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Video Friday: Extreme Weather, the Jet Stream, and Global Warming

With the eastern half of the United States under a deep freeze and the phrase “polar vortex” making the rounds (and no, despite Rush Limbaugh’s breathless ranting, it isn’t a term just made up by evil climate scientists), we circle back around to the discussion of climate vs. weather  and get a grasp on how the jet stream works in this…

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Dr. Katherine Hayhoe: The Intimidation of Climate Scientists

There was a time when Newt Gingrich was able to have a reasonable discussion on global warming. The issues were what to do about it, not to denigrate the science and disparage climate scientists. So it came as a surprise when climate scientist and evangelical Christian Dr. Katherine Hayhoe found out in a newscast that Gingrich was going to “kill” a chapter…

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Enviro News Wrap: Controversy in Wind; Watching the Arctic Melt; Newt’s Retreat on Climate Change, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is now a big supporter of wind power. This is crucial in an area where a lot of oil is used to heat homes and a lot of coal is used to make electricity. Wind energy is controversial for many reasons, now add…

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Daily Mail Fail: Made-Up Headline Says Research Predicts a Mini Ice Age in the Next Decade

A team from the National Solar Observatory (NSO) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has released research suggesting that the sun is heading for a period of decreased sunspot activity. The Daily Mail took that report and ran with it, adding their own delicious little tidbit. Here’s the headline they used to announce the NSO/AFRL study: Earth facing a…

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Rush Limbaugh and the Heartland Institute: I am Ignorance, Hear Me Roar

We’ve been reporting recently on the International Scientific Congress on Climate Change in Copenhagen, where some of the world’s top climate scientists and experts are meeting to collect and synthesize the research in climate change since the Fourth Assessment Report released by the IPCC in November of 2007. At the other end of the spectrum last week was the annual…

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