Climate focus for early 2011

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bears.jpgPrompted by Fred's post, I've decided to emphasize climate variability and change over the next few months.  Keep an eye out for commentary on winter weather conditions, especially as they relate to the North Atlantic Oscillation (an old buddy of mine) and the current La Nina in the Pacific.  This will hopefully include a forecast or two for copepods and right whales for the next few years.  I am also in the process of boning up on my understanding of the climate change controversy, and I plan to post reviews of several recent books on the topic:

  • Jim Hansen's "Storms of My Grandchildren"
  • Roger Pielke, Jr.'s "The Climate Fix"
  • James Hoggan's "Climate Cover-up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming"
  • Roy Spencer's "The Great Global Warming Blunder: How Mother Nature Fooled the World's Top Climate Scientists"
Hansen is a climate scientist at NASA and has made very strong claims about the potential severity of climate change, and thus the need for action.  Pielke is a political scientist at U. Colorado, and my understanding (haven't read the book, yet) is that he acknowledges evidence for a changing climate but is less action-oriented than Hansen.  Hoggan is a journalist and his book is supposed to be an exploration of the effort by big companies to shift the climate change debate.  Finally, Spencer is a well-respected scientist who takes a dim view of the science behind global warming.  I'm hoping this will provide a good cross section of how different groups view climate change.  I'll try to give each viewpoint a fair shake.  Stay tuned...

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