2011-08-29 00:18:15Hurricance Irene & Climate Change -- Park Articles Here
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Let's use this thread to "park" links to the myriad of articles posted on this topic. 

2011-08-29 00:22:43Seeing Irene as Harbinger of a Change in Climate -- Justin Gillis -- NY Times
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Gillis quotes both Kerry Emanuel and Thomas Knutson in this blog post of Aug 27.

2011-08-29 00:43:28Hurricane Irene Makes Landfall in North Carolina
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Sorry, but I do not know how to import this satellite photo.  At the time the photo was taken, Irene's size was about equivalent to that of Europe.

Caption: The GOES-13 satellite saw Hurricane Irene on August 27, 2011 at 10:10 a.m. EDT after it made landfall at 8 a.m. in Cape Lookout, North Carolina. Irene's outer bands had already extended into New England. Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project

2011-08-29 02:32:59Forum: Seasonal hurricane forecasting is futile -- Harold Brown
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Harold Brown*, writing for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation (partially Koch funded) has decided that NOAA is wasting its effort on unreliable hurricane prediction.

http://onlineathens.com/stories/082811/opi_877809848.shtml

University of Georgia professor emeritus R. Harold Brown* is a senior fellow with the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and author of "The Greening of Georgia: The Improvement of the Environment in the Twentieth Century." The foundation is an independent think tank that proposes market-oriented approaches to public policy.

Is Harold Brown in the SkS denier database?

2011-08-29 10:49:04Irene’s Potential for Destruction Made Worse by Global Warming, Sea Level Rise -- Climate Central
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Joe Romm quoted from this excellent Climate Central article in his post on this topic. The comment thread is worth reading as well.

2011-08-29 10:59:28Hurricane Irene 2011: Climate Change To Blame? -- Huffington Post
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This article, by Lynne Peeples, was first posted on Aug 27.  needless to say, its comment thread has drawn climate denier drones like flies to honey. 

2011-08-30 01:51:51Was Hurricane Irene caused by global warming? -- Politico
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This article, by Bob King, was posted on Aug 26. As is the case with any Politico article with "global warming" or "Climate change" in its title, the climate denier drones have descended upon it en mass. The comment thread count currently stands at 450.

2011-08-30 05:09:34Elected Officials Deny Climate Science as Climate-Related Losses Grow -- Huffington Post
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This article, by Shawn Lawrence Otto,* was posted on Aug 29. It's a mix of science and politics and includes some nice graphics.

*Author of "Fool Me Twice," science advocate, filmmaker and co-founder of Sciencedebate.org   

2011-08-30 05:50:11“Will Hurricane Irene Be a Wake-Up Call about Climate Change?” -- Bill McKibben -- Democracy Now
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Here's the introductory text to a 42 minute video interview of Bill McKibbon by Democracy Now.  

Hurricane Irene received a massive amount media coverage, but television reports made little or no reference to the role global warming played in the storm. We speak with someone with his eye on climate change and its impact. "We’ve had not only this extraordinary flooding, but on the same day that Hurricane Irene was coming down, Houston set its all-time temperature record, 109 degrees," says Bill McKibben, co-founder and director of 350.org. "We’re in a new situation." McKibben is among hundreds of people arrested last week during ongoing sit-ins outside the White House, protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf of Mexico. On Friday, the U.S. State Department’s final environmental review of the proposed pipeline found that the project will have "limited adverse environmental impacts." Protesters will begin their second week of sit-ins today, and continue to demand President Obama veto approval for the pipeline. "There’s never been a purer test of whether or not we’re prepared to stand up to climate change or not," says McKibben. [includes rush transcript]

 

2011-08-30 06:13:28"We Are Still Under Siege": Vermont Gov. Shumlin on Catastrophic Flooding & Climate Change -- Democarcy Now
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Here's the introductory text to a 27 minute video interview of Vermont Gov Shumlin by Democracy Now.  [Note: Vermont is one of the most liberal. progressive states in the US.]

Emergency officials say at least 22 people across eight states may have died as a result of Hurricane Irene, which spanned more than 500 miles at some points. After making landfall in North Carolina on Saturday, the hurricane was downgraded first to a tropical storm and then to a post-tropical cyclone as it hit New York City, flooding waterfronts and low-lying areas. Up to four million customers from North Carolina to Maine remain without electricity. Authorities say it could take more than a week to restore all of the power. Meanwhile, in Vermont, Tropical Storm Irene dropped heavy rains late on Sunday, causing flash floods, forcing hundreds of evacuations, and leaving 40,000 to 50,000 people without power. It is becoming the state’s worst natural disaster since the Great Flood of 1927. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin joins us for an update from Vermont, where nearly every community is surrounded by hills and valleys, with small streams feeding into rivers. Shumlin notes that since he was sworn into office seven months ago, "this is the second major disaster as a result of storms. We had storms this spring that flooded our downtowns and put us through many of the same exercises that we’re going through right now. We didn’t used to get weather patterns like this in Vermont. The point is, we in the colder states are going to see the results of climate change first." [includes rush transcript]

2011-08-30 06:50:24On Warming and U.S. Hurricane Strikes -- Andy Revkin -- NY Times
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Revkin posted this article on DOT Earth on Aug 26. Revkin takes on Bill McKibben's statements about the link between climate change and hurricanes. To his credit, Revkin addes the following update to his original article on Aug 27.

There’s a lot more valuable discussion of these questions, including a post from Michael Lemonick at Climate Central and one by John Horgan at Scientific American. Adam Frank of the University of Rochester posted on climate and hurricanes on NPR’s Web site. Justin Gillis has a news article focused on the views of Kerry Emanuel and Tom Knutson.

 

2011-08-30 09:54:37
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Let's hope Robert Way can find shelter. I recall that he's doing fieldwork in the Torngat Mountains in N Labrador, which seem to be on the pathway of the tropical storm.

 

2011-08-30 09:58:29
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Badger, why link to Revkin? He's a dork. 

2011-08-30 10:15:13Rob Painting
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I believe we need to keep on top of the good, the bad, and the ugly. 

2011-08-31 04:46:05“The 5 Dumbest Right-Wing Reactions to Hurricane Irene” by Sarah Seltzer, Alternet
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“Government planning and preparation helped keep Irene's damage from being even worse than it was. No wonder right-wingers are going nuts.”

Source: “The 5 Dumbest Right-Wing Reactions to Hurricane Irene” by Sarah Seltzer, Alternet, Aug 29, 2011

To access this article, click here.

2011-08-31 04:48:24Intensity of Hurricanes Still Bedevils Scientists -- NY Times
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The title of this brief article speaks for iteself.

2011-09-01 05:00:50Scientists Slam Link Between Hurricanes and Global Warming -- US News & World Report
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Although I have not read the "Washington Whipers" column by Paul Bedard before sumbling upon it today, it appears that Bedard is in the mold of George will when it comes to climate change.

You will see what i mean when you read the article.  

PS -- Q. The leader of the scientific team reporting to Bedard? A. the infamous, Fred S....