California’s ‘Rim Fire’ and Climate Change…Dots Connected…Or Not?

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Many media reports link California’s historic summer of 2013 ‘Rim Fire’ to a changing climate. But differences among the American West’s forest regions make broad generalizations risky.
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Feeding 9 Billion on a Hot and Hungry Planet

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Concerns over feeding a growing global population are not new. But what is new is the challenge of feeding a population of 9 billion on a planet with a markedly warmer climate. Agriculture: both part of the problem and part of the solution.
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New IPCC Report Featured in This Month’s ‘This is Not Cool’ Video

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Climate scientists Michael Mann and Stefan Rahmstorf offer a concise description of key points made in the recently released IPCC Working Group I Fifth Assessment Report in a new video produced by Peter Sinclair.
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Strange Bedfellows? Climate Change Denial and Support for Geoengineering

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Potential benefits of geoengineering, despite attendant risks, appeal to some interests showing little concern for the seriousness of the climate change issue generally. What goes here? 

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IPCC’s New Estimates for Increased Sea-Level Rise

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Recently released sea-level rise findings from IPCC project greater increases than earlier forecast, but continuing uncertainties persist, and drawing direct comparisons with past estimates is difficult.

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Managing Risks from Disasters: Advance Preparation Pays Dividends

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Advance preparation can reduce some risks associated with disasters by making planning a part of development aid. It’s a classic case of ‘Pay me now, or pay me [lots more] later.’
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Scientists Should Engage in Policy, But It’s a Balancing Act

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Scientists sometimes ‘have a special responsibility to engage on policy issues’ relevant to their science. But they need to proceed with care when they remove their scientist hats and speak instead as citizens. Reposted with permission of The Conversation.
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