Pielke Jr. on Lessons of the LʼAquila Earthquake Lawsuit – comparisons to lessons learned on NWS forecast failures

After learning of the guilty verdict today, Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. sends this along noting that “it is a little bit more complicated than not being able to forecast earthquakes”. From: bridges vol. 31, October 2011 / Pielke’s Perspective By Roger A. Pielke, Jr. In 1997 the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota, saw devastating…

Record cold and snow to hit Great Plains

From the National Weather Service: “An early-season winter storm is expected to develop across eastern North Dakota into northern Minnesota beginning Wednesday night, as colder air filters into the region. Rain developing during the day on Wednesday will mix with or change to snow by Thursday morning, with the possibility for six inches or more…

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USA CO2 emissions fall 7.7%

From vancouverobserver.com. Every year the International Energy Agency (IEA) calculates humanity’s CO2 pollution from burning fossil fuels. And once again, the overall story line is one of ever-increasing emissions: “Global carbon-dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel combustion reached a record high of 31.6 gigatonnes in 2011.” The world has yet to figure out how to stop the…