How can we have “global warming” and still have monster snow storms and frigid winters? Somehow that never made sense to me, until one day I stumbled upon the answer. How global warming causes extreme weather came to me in a revelation about five years ago from an insurance company, Swiss Re, that had written a report about how climate change effects insurance payouts. Swiss Re is a “reinsurance” company that insures other insurance companies. “Reality-based” organizations, like the U.S. military, or large insurance corporations that pay out millions of dollars of claims money, tend to focus on pesky details like evidence, cost versus benefit, and their Continue reading How can we have extreme winter AND global warming??
UPDATE: December 2016, This post is updated regularly as new podcasts on climate change are published. Only the best podcasts make it on this page. Are you hungry for a good podcast on climate change? I know I am. Unfortunately the pickings are slim. But I’m sure that will change in the coming years as climate change comes to dominate the nightly news. If you search iTunes or the web for “climate change podcast” a bunch of stuff comes up. Most of them aren’t very recent or updated often. Seems like folks started out with good intentions, then petered out. Continue reading The Best Climate Change Podcasts
Heat waves kill hundreds to thousands of people around the world every summer. Global warming is making it worse. An especially hot summer day today will be a normal summer day in the future. And the rare, deadly heat wave of today will become common. In this post we’ll take a deep dive into the medical aspects of heat illness and the link to climate change. According to the CDC, heat is the leading cause of weather related death in the US. From 1999 to 2009 heat exposure killed 7,800 people. Not only that, but heat makes chronic medical problems Continue reading Climate Change, Deadly Heat and You