Climate Change

"Science Linking Drought to Global Warming Remains Matter of Dispute"

"In delivering aid to drought-stricken California last week, President Obama and his aides cited the state as an example of what could be in store for much of the rest of the country as human-caused climate change intensifies. But in doing so, they were pushing at the boundaries of scientific knowledge about the relationship between climate change and drought."

Source: NY Times, 02/17/2014

"Obama Announces Aid for Drought-Stricken California"

"FRESNO, Calif. — President Obama arrived in the heart of California’s parched farmland on Friday afternoon to offer tens of millions of dollars in federal assistance to the state, where the lack of rain and snow this winter has led to the severest drought in its modern history."

Source: NY Times, 02/17/2014

Study Finds Methane Leaks Negate Benefits of Natural Gas as a Fuel

"WASHINGTON — The sign is ubiquitous on city buses around the country: 'This bus runs on clean burning natural gas.' But a surprising new report, to be published Friday in the journal Science, concludes that switching buses and trucks from traditional diesel fuel to natural gas could actually harm the planet’s climate."

Source: NY Times, 02/14/2014
April 16, 2014

Climate Conversations Webinar Series: Extreme Weather: Mitigation & Resiliency to Climate Change

Learn how scientists can forecast where extreme events will occur and their severity. Also discussed will be what communities and governments can do to increase resiliency to extreme weather events and how the scientific community can help prepare citizens and government. 4 - 6:30 p.m. MST. Free

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March 5, 2014

Climate Conversations Webinar Series: Attribution of Extreme Weather

In this interactive panel discussion, scientists will discuss what characterizes an extreme weather event and how single events or trends in extreme weather are attributed to climate change. 4:30 - 6 p.m. MST. Free

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"Sodden Britain Ready To Face Climate Change?"

"In a busy world, it’s easy to think about climate change as a far-away problem – one there’s still time to work on later, that’s happening far away from where we live, that will affect our children or grandchildren but not us. That’s gotten a little harder in the United Kingdom this past month, as the heaviest winter rain in more than 250 years has lashed the country into a sodden, leaking mess, and moved worries about extreme weather right up the list."

Source: Reuters, 02/13/2014

"Sens. Feinstein, Boxer Propose Emergency Drought Legislation"

"WASHINGTON -- Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer proposed emergency drought legislation Tuesday ahead of President Obama's planned visit to Fresno, as Democrats scrambled to counter GOP charges that trying to save rivers and fish during California's historic drought is destroying the nation's chief source of fruits and vegetables."

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 02/12/2014

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