Even with pledges to fight global warming, you’d better brace yourself for more extreme weather

Scientists have some sobering news about the future of our planet: Even if humans manage to meet the temperature target set forth in the Paris climate change agreement, record-breaking weather events will become increasingly common around the world. And that’s the good part. The Paris plan seeks to keep Earth’s global average temperature within 2 […]

Harvey and Irma say this is the right time to discuss global warming

As Hurricane Irma was bearing down on Florida on Friday, Scott Pruitt, who runs the federal Environmental Protection Agency, told a television interviewer that the moment was inappropriate for discussing climate change because, well, there were other things to discuss. “Here’s the issue,” Pruitt said. “To have any kind of focus on the cause and […]

Accidents or attacks? Global warming; Tedious opinions; Taney statue

Accidents or attacks? Over the years, I have written letters to this newspaper with my thoughts on unconventional or asymmetric attacks on the USA from sea. I have repeatedly opined that neither rogue nations nor rogue groups need intercontinental ballistic missiles to hit U.S. military bases overseas in Okinawa or Guam, or even Hawaii and […]

It’s winter. It’s cold. For Trump, that’s evidence against global warming

This could become President Trump’s Sen. Jim Inhofe moment, in which a dramatic flourish to make a political point instead just displays an astounding mix of arrogance and ignorance. So what did Trump do this time (how’s that for an evergreen question)? It’s cold in most of the country. Of course, it’s also winter, and […]

A little extra global warming will mean a lot more habitat loss for plants and animals

What difference does half a degree Celsius of global warming make? To many plants and animals, and especially insects, it could mean the difference between life and death, according to a new study. In a paper published Thursday in Science, researchers report that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above the average pre-industrial global […]

Despite congressional representation, many in 48th District believe in man-made global warming

Voters in the 48th Congressional District, spanning the Orange Coast from Seal Beach to Laguna Beach and extending inland in some areas as far as Santa Ana, have major choices to make in the 2018 midterm election. A bastion of Republican conservatism since the 1930s, the district of late has been showing signs of growing […]

Looking for signs of global warming? It’s all around you

David Inouye is an accidental climate scientist. More than 40 years ago, the University of Maryland biologist started studying when wildflowers, birds, bees and butterflies first appeared each spring on this mountain. These days, plants and animals are arriving at Rocky Mountain Biological Lab a week or two earlier than they were 30 years ago. […]

Training for Winter Olympics ‘going to become harder and harder’ with global warming

The athletes’ half-hour commute in the Swiss Alps — up two gondolas, then through a tunnel in the world’s highest underground train to a glacier at 11,000 feet — served up daily grim reminders that global warming is threatening their line of work. After exiting the train, they squelched through a field of grayish mud […]

North Korea; Global warming; Remembering Hersheypark

Donald Trump is not the first president to be presented with nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles aimed at United States territory. Every president since Dwight Eisenhower has faced this prospect. No president considered a pre-emptive attack on Russia or China when they developed a nuclear weapon and a missile capable of delivering it to […]

Mapping gun votes, judges’ hometowns, sexual misconduct, global warming

Good morning! The House Judiciary Committee will be voting this morning on five gun bills aimed at preventing mass shootings. Prior to the votes, get ready for some long speeches for and against the bills, especially because the hearing is coming five months before the November election. Lawmakers will need plenty of ammo for their […]