Atlantic hurricane season ended today – the summary

Investments in forecasting and research yield more accurate predictions Today marks the official end of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which matched NOAA’s seasonal predictions for being extremely active. The season produced 17 named storms of which 10 became hurricanes including six major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5) – including the first two major…

Qatar Runs Out of Sand!

Guest geo-humor by David Middleton The future of the diplomatic crisis surrounding Qatar may come to hinge on an unlikely commodity: sand. An analysis of Qatar’s export and import data conducted by Al Arabiya suggests that Qatar is facing serious challenges to meet its construction needs for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The precious commodity is…

Harvard University

Have Students Become Bored with Climate Activism?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall An attendee at the Harvard University event “Hope and Despair: Communicating an Uncertain Future” expressed concern about how few undergrads bothered to attend their climate doomsday event. Climate Change Panel Talks ‘Hope and Despair’ By YASMIN LUTHRA and AIDAN F. RYAN, CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Climate change researchers, professors, and journalists debated…

Wanderlust

A quick note for those interested in my ongoing adventures around the world. I’m currently in Gizo, in the Solomon Islands … why? Well, the answer is in my latest post on my blog, a post entitled “Feasting“. If you’d like lighter fare than the ongoing discussion of my latest Watts Up With That post on cold…