I'm listening to the UN's climate change panel and they're basically saying, it would take a herculean effort to stop us from hitting 1.5C. Based on their description the difference between 1.5C and 2C is basically the difference between the Hunger Games and Mad Max.
We're basically gonna hit 1.5C. And if I heard correctly it's because we're not reducing CO2 emissions fast enough (we've warmed about 1.1F so far)
If a loved one is refusing to evacuate because they'd survived another Cat 4 storm please tell them that wind rarely kills in hurricanes, it's water that's deadly and all Cat 4 does is tell you a storm's wind speed. /1
Irene was a never stronger than a Category 1 when it made land in North Carolina in 2011 but that didn't stop it from being the 12th most expensive hurricane in US history. Its rainfall *decimated* Vermont which as an inland state doesn't even have a coastline. /2
What's terrifying about Florence is not her wind speed. What's terrifying is the storm surge and rain that's going to land on already soaked ground because it's been a wet summer.
Maybe it's my training as a science journalist, idk. But the evidence that exists says that giving a platform to ideas like black people are genetically inferior doesn't help fight those ideas /2 gq.com/story/steve-ba…
Also this idea that journalism is a "resistance to a retreat to enclaves," is bullshit at least in the context of US journalist history. This idea that it is, is only ever trotted out when the ideas being batted around are racist /3
Gather around ye, to understand why the recent news around "Secret Science" or the EPA's refusal to use studies that in essence don't publicly disclose a subject's medical history is essentially throwing out most good studies /1
The first thing you have to understand, in essence, is that redaction is bullshit. There are MIT researchers who can figure out who you are based on three points of data. /2