Scientists scrambling to protect data from Trump’s team

  Of the many crazy statements made by Donald Trump in the past year, one of the scariest is his claim that global warming is a hoax hatched by China. It suggests that as president, Trump will try to thwart America’s leadership role in the war against climate change. Indeed, The Donald has been packing his Cabinet with global-warming deniers, and his transition team at the Department of Energy has asked agency officials for names of employees and contractors who have participated in international climate talks and worked on the...

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Tennessee fires bring to mind nonsense peddled by George Will

  Political columnist George Will is a notorious — and irresponsible — denier of mainstream scientific theories regarding global warming and climate change. To hear him tell it, if the impact of climate change on humans isn’t more calamitous year after year, the science is bogus. Joe Romm, a credentialed scientist, once put it this way, seemingly with Will in mind: “The goal of disinformers and their media allies is to create a straw man whereby those who accept the overwhelming judgment of science are accused of...

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Don’t expect an especially snowy winter this year

  Without bothering to check the weather forecasts for the coming winter season here in the nation’s heartland, I’m guessing that we won’t see the heavy snows so many of us remember from decades ago. We’re in the latter half of November now, and I’m sure the news wires are carrying plenty of official and semi-official predictions of the weather we can expect once winter arrives. But I’m studiously avoiding such stuff. Rather, I’m looking only at the big picture in trying to make a point...

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Weather and climate are not always the same thing

  Every once in a while, I hear or read of some global-warming denier making the argument that the changeability of weather forecasts in the short term betrays the claims by climate scientists that potential disaster lies just a few decades away as the planet heats up. The fundamental problem with such skepticism is that weather and climate often are not the same thing. Most TV meteorologists are not climatologists. Sometimes it’s more difficult to predict whether Sunday’s ballgame will be rained out than whether melting glaciers will...

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Scary week: Hurricane hits states, fireball crosses sky

  At this writing, Hurricane Matthew is bearing down on the Southeastern United States — a cause for special concern, especially for those of us who have kinfolk and close friends in that region. But another phenomenon occurred this week that could have spawned a disaster of unimaginable proportions to much or all of this planet. On Tuesday night — just the night before last — a fireball stretched over a large portion of the North American East Coast and gave off a loud “sonic boom,” according to a report...

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