Weather Extremes Leave Parts of U.S. Grid Buckling

By Matthew L. Wald reported from Washington, and John Schwartz from New York, Published July 25, 2012 WASHINGTON — From highways in Texas to nuclear power plants in Illinois, the concrete, steel and sophisticated engineering that undergird the nation’s infrastructure are being taxed to worrisome degrees by heat, drought and vicious storms. On a single … More Weather Extremes Leave Parts of U.S. Grid Buckling

The new black

Soot is even worse for the climate than was previously thought  Published in Economist, Jan 19th, 2013 |From the print edition SOOT—also known as black carbon—heats up the atmosphere because it absorbs sunlight. Black things do. That is basic physics. But for years the institutions that focus on climate policy have played down the role … More The new black

Volcanic CO2 Caused Ancient Episodes of Global Warming

By Michael D. Lemonick, Published: February 18th, 2013 In order to predict our climate future, scientists spend a lot of time looking into the past, trying to understand what conditions were like during times when the planet was much warmer or much cooler than it is today. The latest instance: a report published in the … More Volcanic CO2 Caused Ancient Episodes of Global Warming