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Oct 4 6 tweets 2 min read
The prime factor in #sikkimflood appears to be a glacial-lake outburst flood (#GLOF). Get used to that acronym. #climatechange is changing Himalayan ice dynamics in big ways. Vulnerability downstream is enormous. More on another risk factor: increasing dam construction on these meltwater rivers: Pulling together a #sustainwhat discussion with @icimod (and hopefully Rajeev) with help from @kashishds 1/
And the #GLOF threat is not restricted to the Himalayas. Remember August, when a #GLOF surge on the Mendenhall River caused flooding in Juneau, Alaska? A @USGS webcam caught the astonishing build, build, build, flush dynamic. 2/
Dec 23, 2022 15 tweets 5 min read
As the Siberian cold spreads, I'm thinking back to how Russia, more than most countries, has weaponized winter - almost always in defense. So much so that foes spoke of "General Winter" as a leader of Russian forces. Now, by destroying so much of Ukraine's energy infrastructure in his invasion, Putin is using winter cold as an offensive weapon. #PutinWarCrimes
Dec 22, 2022 4 tweets 5 min read
I would like to run a @columbiaclimate #sustainwhat conversation on #atrocityprevention building on this post and conversations I've held on #fragilestates and the #page21effect (where intelligence briefs list risks, but with no clear prioritization)… 1/ Can the U.S. Go From Responding to Fragility to Spreading Resilience? @MathewABarlow, Linda Robinson of @RANDCorporation, @MickeyGlantz @RodSchoonover..
Dec 21, 2022 9 tweets 3 min read
Because @evan_greer will be on my show Wednesday 2pm in part to explore his @OpenAI #ChatGPT Christmas tunes, I had to commission a song as well. My prompt: "Write a country song about Vladimir Putin's dreams for the world." 🧵🎶⤵️ Verse 1: He's the leader of the land of snow and ice, Where the mighty bear roams free. He's the one they call Vladimir Putin, He's got big dreams for you and me....
Sep 3, 2021 4 tweets 4 min read
A #sustainwhat takeaway from NY's tragic #FlashFloodEmergency, inspired by a listener who said her phone alert came with no call to action. Is it time for #flashflood "#DryOut" training in flood-risk regions akin to quake states' #shakeout work?… 1/ One reason: Flash floods pose a distinctly different threat compared to coastal flooding. As @wxpizza notes, they can happen almost anywhere and are local. The response challenge is similar to that with tornadoes. @climatesociety & @NASA working on this. 2'
Sep 3, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
New: LIVE 1:30 pm ET! How Did Dozens Die from Hurricane Ida's Predicted Northeast Blow @wxpizza of @columbiaclimate No signup. Click to watch three ways:… Image First there was the excellent forecasting of extreme rain risk, as early as Monday evening via many like @burgwx 1/
Aug 1, 2021 10 tweets 9 min read
With only nine or so vaquitas left in Mexican waters with little control on deadly nets set for a black-market fish, silence is replacing this tiny porpoise's vocalizations. Extinction looms. But the next 6 weeks can make a real difference. Read. Share:… 1/ Last week I was poised to write game over - that the conservation community should conserve resources for other efforts. I'd kept track via my @nytimes #dotearth blog for years, as numbers plunged from a couple hundred to a handful. China, particularly, seemed immovable. 2/
Apr 23, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
In the 19th century, gravity + water at West Point Foundry equaled steam engine components, cannon barrels. Now simply this. Thanks to @scenichudson, the outdoor museum here always illuminates. Some other views of what amounts to a @longnow outdoor museum of industry history and landscape recovery: West Point Foundry Preserve. Here's a snapping turtle walking past the one intact structure.
Apr 22, 2021 5 tweets 4 min read
Noon Eastern - Keeping the #earthday vibe without the greenwash, also with @maggiekb1 of @FiveThirtyEight, @profadamsobel of @columbiaclimate & @JohnMoralesNBC6!… John and Adam have related essays in @BulletinAtomic 1/⤵️ 2/ @JohnMoralesNBC6 Corporate greenwash stains Earth Day…
Apr 22, 2021 8 tweets 7 min read
An #EarthDay jam of highlights from the first #COVID19 #EarthWeek through this one (yes, the pandemic is not remotely over..). Here's @DarWilliamsTour singing "The Hudson" on our @columbiaclimate song swap a year ago:… 1/ And #EarthDay music includes songs about corporations focused on dollars more than wellbeing. So another tune from last year's #earthweek @columbiaclimate show from The Nestlers, singing, "The banks are made of marble, with a guard at every door..."… 2/
Feb 18, 2021 7 tweets 6 min read
There's a logic fail in my old friend @billmckibben's effort to derail @DKeithClimate's plan to loft a balloon in Sweden. Arguing even this tiny step toward assessing #SRM must wait until '30 misses how long it takes to do anything related to climate.… Every facet of the global climate challenge is super tough and requires years (generations even) of effort. Today's photovoltaic, LED, and battery successes did not arise from Musk-style entrepreneurship. They started with grinding basic study, like lofting a first balloon. 2/
Feb 17, 2021 4 tweets 5 min read
Vital coverage of the social/xenophobic drivers of a climate catastrophe by @ColumbiaJournMA team/@stillsarita.1/⤵️ Would love to host a @columbia @earthinstitute #sustainwhat session with the @columbiajourn team like the one we did with @AbrahmL @sciandmedia @watersecurity @agmunozs on climate and migration..… 2/⤵️
Feb 11, 2021 10 tweets 7 min read
There are many avenues you can take to pursue #climateaction at the intersection of the arts, science and society.

The first step to sanity and impact? Realize the prismatic #climatecrisis has many facets. Cutting vulnerability? Huge. Cutting emissions? Huge. Pick one.⤵️ 2. I guarantee there is one issue or problem at the interface between climate and society that suits your passions and skills best. Energy innovation? Vulnerability reduction? Community building? Political engagement? Global? Local? Glocal? All are needed. Choose your sweet spot.
Oct 9, 2020 9 tweets 9 min read
Amazing @earthinstitute #sustainwhat chat started with Larry Altman covering @VP candidate Eagleton pulling out of '72 race over undisclosed depression treatment, ended exploring @DrMarcSiegel's plan to give @potus a #COVID19 checkup live on @TuckerCarlson tonight. Links below⤵️ Watch @Laurie_Garrett @nytimes' 40-year veteran presidential-health reporter Larry Altman, & @deborahblum of @KSJatMIT: Periscope
Oct 9, 2020 7 tweets 7 min read
Rare chance to AMA Larry Altman, 1pm ET. Hard to find anyone with deeper perspective in a week with a @POTUS, the press & an exhausted public flailing amid a pandemic. He edited @CDCMMWR early days, covered presidents' health 40 years for @NYTimes -joined by two Pulitzer winners! You really have to meet Larry Altman, who's currently a global fellow at @TheWilsonCenter but wore a fascinating hat in the CDC smallpox unit in '65 (pic via @JHSPH_CHS) and did the first presidential interview on health with Reagan for @nytimes in '80: 1/
Oct 6, 2020 5 tweets 7 min read
NEW! Friday at 1pm join our special #SustainWhat #covid19 news review with the dean of "All the Presidents' Health" reporting, my old @NYTScience colleague Lawrence K. Altman MD! Simply had to announce around @DavidCayJ's old tweet. Details soon> 1/⤵️ ImageImage Here's a great reflection by Larry Altman (currently a fellow at @TheWilsonCenter on his reporting journey focused on presidential health, starting with a Reagan interview in 1980. 2/⤵️… Image
Jul 16, 2020 6 tweets 6 min read
There is enormous ferment around open-data/access approaches to pandemic emergence & forecasting. @viralemergence is hiring! 1/ IBM's @WCGrid is building #openpandemics 2/
Mar 31, 2020 12 tweets 7 min read
1. Some context for this LIVE @earthinstitute conversation at noon (US Eastern) on lessons from the #COVID19 pandemic and related economic turmoil that might reshape development/wellbeing pathways going forward. Join Herman Daly and @KateRaworth 2. Join the conversation, and pose questions, here on Twitter @revkin via Periscope (no advance link; subscribe):
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Dec 3, 2019 10 tweets 18 min read
I'm blown away by the idea blitz & connectivity at our first face-to-face @columbia @earthinstitute #climatecomm #sustcomm network meetup & workshop. Despite snow, ~100 students, staff, faculty, alums explored ways to accelerate & spread climate & CO2 progress. A few threads: 1/ @DrKateMarvel, Cynthia T. of @climatesociety, @climateofgavin, Jeremy H. of @earthinstitute & others focused on building a creative & effective arts/climate relationship. More soon! Relevant reading: @alexisfrasz… @thinkprogress… 2/
Sep 27, 2019 4 tweets 7 min read
Blown away by the turnout, insights & brainstorming on #coveringclimateHOW (vital facet of #coveringclimatenow) at our first @BrownInstitute @earthinstitute #sustcomm #climatecomm mixer. Scientists & journalists huddling over random stories to find new angles. And what a mix! 1/ And led off by a fine panel on pathways to effective climate reporting featuring Moses Shumow of @EmersonSOC, @SominiSengupta of @nytclimate & @johnupton of @climatecentral, which is doing great partnerships/collaborative journalism (including with @earthinstitute soon). 2/
Jul 21, 2018 5 tweets 13 min read
@ASKusmer @ddimick @onthemedia @InsideNatGeo @DrTempleGrandin @nytimes e.g., the core narrative that CO2-driven warming is a "problem to solve." Given known knowns on social, CO2 fronts, seems far more an emergent risk to work on in a sustained way. The attached slide puts this in the context of other "War On.." issues. 1/ @ASKusmer @ddimick @onthemedia @InsideNatGeo @DrTempleGrandin @nytimes Others are increasingly making this point, including @wenstephenson and even former @@UNFCCC leader @CFigueres... 2/