In 2017 I finished a two year project interviewing some of the world’s best known experts in Arctic studies, for the Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic (SWIPA) update, a once in 5 year summation of all we have learned in this area.

The first 4 minutes of the video above are a clear and credible explanation of the bulge of arctic air we are currently seeing over North America, and why we will continue to see this more and more going forward.

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Jeff Goodell’s book “The Water Will Come” became a best seller this year.
Here are excerpts of the interviews I did with him in Miami as he researched the book.

 

Jeff writes in the book about his 2013 flight with Dark Snow Project, along the calving wall of Jakobshaven glacier, in Greenland.
I interviewed Jeff just before we took off on that leg.

In advance of a giant break in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica, I interviewed glaciologists Eric Rignot of NASA, and Jeremy Bassis, of the University of Michigan.

New York Times journalist Keith Schneider gave me one of the best interviews of 2017. Here’s a clip.

Noah Diffenbaugh in the NYTimes:

STANFORD, Calif. — This was a year of devastating weather, including historic hurricanes and wildfires here in the United States. Did climate change play a role? Increasingly, scientists are able to answer that question — and increasingly, the answer is yes.

My lab recently published a new framework for examining connections between global warming and extreme events. Other scientists are doing similar research. How would we go about testing whether global warming has influenced the events that occurred this year?

Consider Hurricane Harvey, which caused enormous destruction along the Gulf Coast; it will cost an estimated $180 billion to recover from the hurricane’s storm surge, high winds and record-setting precipitation and flooding. Did global warming contribute to this disaster?

The word “contribute” is key. This doesn’t mean that without global warming, there wouldn’t have been a hurricane. Rather, the question is whether changes in the climate raised the odds of producing extreme conditions.

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I’ve often observed that a much cheaper option to the giant, roaring SUV/ORV is a simple bumper sticker that says, “Damn Right I have a Small Penis.”

Never more true than in the tiny-handed era of Trump.

Scientific American:

Women have long surpassed men in the arena of environmental action; across age groups and countries, females tend to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Compared to men, women litter less, recycle more, and leave a smaller carbon footprint. Some researchers have suggested that personality differences, such as women’s prioritization of altruism, may help to explain this gender gap in green behavior.

Our own research suggests an additional possibility: men may shun eco-friendly behavior because of what it conveys about their masculinity. It’s not that men don’t care about the environment. But they also tend to want to feel macho, and they worry that eco-friendly behaviors might brand them as feminine.

The research, conducted with three other colleagues, consisted of seven experiments involving more than 2,000 American and Chinese participants. We showed that there is a psychological link between eco-friendliness and perceptions of femininity. Due to this “green-feminine stereotype,” both men and women judged eco-friendly products, behaviors, and consumers as more feminine than their non-green counterparts.  In one experiment, participants of both sexes described an individual who brought a reusable canvas bag to the grocery store as more feminine than someone who used a plastic bag—regardless of whether the shopper was a male or female.  In another experiment, participants perceived themselves to be more feminine after recalling a time when they did something good versus bad for the environment.

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