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  • A $150 Billion Misfire: How Forecasters Got Irma Damage So Wrong

    • Date: 12/09/17
    • Bloomberg
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    Estimates for the damage Hurricane Irma would inflict on Florida kept mounting as it made its devastating sweep across the Caribbean. It was poised to be the costliest U.S. storm on record. Then something called the Bermuda High intervened and tripped it up. “We got very lucky,” said Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground in […]

  • Ben Pile: Beware Greens Exploiting Hurricanes

    • Date: 12/09/17
    • Ben Pile, Spiked
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    Extreme weather is less of a threat than it ever has been. When Hurricane Harvey landed on Texas, it marked the end of a 12-year lull in major hurricanes hitting the US. This period – which also featured a long ‘hiatus’ in global warming, the failure of ice-free Arctic predictions and the growth of polar-bear […]

  • Winton Capital Sets Up Climate Change Prediction Market

    • Date: 12/09/17
    • Lindsay Fortado, Financial Times
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    One of Europe’s largest hedge funds is looking to move into the gambling industry in the UK, as it sets up a new venue where players can bet on the effects of climate change. The project is hoping to tempt climate scientists to put their money where their models are. The new “climate prediction market” […]

  • Guardian Shocked That Florida Residents Remain Climate Sceptical

    • Date: 12/09/17
    • Watts Up With THat
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    Guardian Reporter Ed Pilkington has been running around Marco Island Florida, desperately trying to find someone who thinks climate change is a problem. Floridians battered by Irma maintain climate change is no ‘big deal’ On Marco Island, widespread destruction in Irma’s wake is not enough to make believers out of some climate change skeptics They sat […]

  • New Papers: North Atlantic, Pacific, And Southern Oceans Are Cooling

    • Date: 11/09/17
    • P. Gosselin, No Tricks Zone
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    Contrary to expectations, climate scientists continue to report that large regions of the Earth have not been warming in recent decades. Graph Source Duchez et al., 2016 According to Dieng et al. (2017), for example, the global oceans underwent a slowdown, a pause, or even a slight cooling trend during 2003 to 2013.  This  undermines expectations from […]

  • Mega-Snow: Mother Nature Buries Another Failed Climate Prediction

    • Date: 11/09/17
    • Daily Mail
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    Australians are enjoying the best ski conditions for 20 years after record snowfalls buried resorts as spring began. More than 140cm fell on Thredbo in five days over the past week, a record for September, in what skiers have dubbed the Blizzard of Oz. Top international ski jumpers pose next to a Toyota RAV4 buried overnight […]

  • Nick Butler: The Energy Lessons Of Hurricane Harvey

    • Date: 11/09/17
    • Nick Butler, Financial Times
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    The most important lesson for the energy sector emerging from Hurricane Harvey is that the key issue of energy security is no longer physical shortages of fuel supplies but the quality of the infrastructure system that takes energy to the final consumer. Consider what happened in the days after the hurricane hit Texas (These facts […]

  • Trump Stacks U.S. Administration With Climate Skeptics

    • Date: 11/09/17
    • Devin Henry, The Hill
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    President Trump has stacked his administration with officials who doubt the scientific consensus behind man-made climate change, underscoring a growing divide within the Republican party. Even as leading scientists, environmentalists and most Democrats accept research that shows climate change accelerating — and as some see it contributing to the two mammoth hurricanes that have threatened the […]

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