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Understanding the Jetstream
Jennifer Francis, Rutgers University
One intriguing idea about how and why a warming Arctic might be changing the Northern Hemisphere jetstream, explained in a technical but very clear video. Not everyone agrees, though: see Stephanie Paige Ogburn's good overview of the debate on ClimateWire; this 8-minute interview from the Yale Climate Media Forum with Francis and one of the dissenting scientists, Kevin Trenberth; and, another good overview, Tom Henry's January 2014 article from the Toledo Blade.
(5 minutes, September 2013)

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Our Year of Extremes: Did Climate Change Just Hit Home?
Ann Curry, NBC News
An excellent feature story about recent extremes (cold in the East, drought in the Southwest, wildfires, flash floods, Arctic ice melt, Superstorm Sandy) and their connections with climate change‒considered on the ground, through interviews with climate scientists and with people who have experienced these events first-hand.
(42 minutes; also divided into shorter sections, 2014)


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Rising Heat: Can We Cool the Risks of an Invisible Disaster
Laurie Goering, Thomson Reuters Foundation, September 2017
This is a terrific and very handsome interactive, multimedia overview of the risks of rising heat around the globe. If you want just one source on this subject, this would be a good choice.

Climate Central, 2016
This accomplished group of scientists and journalists has created a useful and engaging set of interactive graphs and charts covering a wide range of elements of rising heat, especially days that are dangerously hot for humans. You can check your own US state and city for local data (no, it's not just your imagination, and your memory isn't failing), or scan for a bigger picture. Here is an update of the graphic on the number of hot summer days in cities in all 50 states, plus DC and Puerto Rico. And here is one that covers cities around the globe.

Summers are Getting Hotter
No surprise, of course: higher temperatures are central to global WARMING. For some good specifics see these sources: one (on the of high temperatures, 2017) from the New York Times and two from Climate Central (one on heat waves, 2016, one on humidity, 2015). It's not just summer days, for nights are warming faster than the days, and this is dangerous, for human health, agriculture, wildlife, and fires: see this piece from the New York Times (July 2018) and this one from Inside Climate News (both from July 2018) for the story, with vivid charts. Indeed, it's not just summers: across the year, record high temperatures are outpacing low temperature records, with more imbalance to come (2016).

Katrina. Sandy. Harvey. The Debate over Climate and Hurricanes Is Getting Louder and Louder.
Chris Mooney, Washington Post, August 2017
An excellent overview discussion of what the debates are among climate scientists about what might be linking hurricane behavior with a warmer globe.

Houston: A Global Warning
Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone, August 2017
As one might expect from this writer, this is a very good and direct story about the stakes visible in the Houston floods caused by Hurricane Harvey (what happened, why did it happen, and what will likely happen next‒as opposed to what should happen). For an excellent back-story to these floods‒all the floods in previous recent years in the same place‒ see this piece from the Texas Tribune and ProPublica.

Attributing Extreme Weather to Climate Change
CarbonBrief, June 2017
The science of figuring out the links between climate change (aka increased CO2 in the atmosphere) and extreme weather events has progressed considerably in recent years. This interactive global map offers lots of examples. Here is a good piece about this map.

The Subtle‒But Very Real Link between Global Warming and Extreme Weather Events
Chris Mooney, The Washington Post, June 2015
Floods, heat waves, hurricanes, droughts: what do such events have to do with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? Here is a quick primer, touching on current events and referring to a 2012 report from the IPCC, "Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation."

Burning Questions about Winter Cold
Bob Henson, NCAR/UCAR AtmosNews, November 2014
A clear and informative discussion of the leading scientific hypotheses about "what's causing the midlatitude chill"‒despite a steadily warming planet. Good scientific supporting materials, as one would expect from this writer and institution.

FEMA Report: Climate Change Could Increase Areas at Risk of Flood by 45 Percent
Kate Sheppard and James West, Mother Jones, June 2013
That's up to 45% more US land (along coasts and inland rivers) at risk of flooding by 2100, doubling the number of properties covered by the (already stressed) National Flood Insurance Program; just 30% of this increase will be from population growth, according to the study cited in this story, with 70% from climate change.

Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must Be Avoided
World Bank, November 2012
This long but readable report (with a good Executive Summary) argues that the poor (including those in developing countries) will likely suffer disproportionately from such effects as heat waves, drought, and floods‒and especially so if we don't limit warming to a lower level.

A Climate of Suffering: The Real Costs of Living with Inaction on Climate Change
The Climate Institute, August 2011
Focused on Australia, this careful and thought-provoking report (26 pages) considers the mental health consequences of extreme weather events and climate change, both for individuals and for communities‒including anxiety, post-traumatic stress, the pain of forced migration, and a loss of sense of place.

Climate Change and Extreme Weather
Scientific American, John Carey, June 2011
An excellent three-part series about the increasing evidence that the recent extreme weather really is linked to climate change, and on some key questions: Why would this be so? How do we know? What difference does it make to us? What should we be doing to prepare?
Part 1 is " Storm Warnings: Extreme Weather Is a Product of Climate Change."
Part 2 is " Global Warming and the Science of Extreme Weather."
Part 3 is " Our Extreme Future: Predicting and Coping with the Effects of a Changing Climate."

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Extreme Weather
Climate Central
Various good resources on this topic: short videos looking at links between climate change and various types of extreme weather, including drought, precipitation, heat, and snowstorms (also tornadoes, where links are unclear and the jury is still out); and pages (from 2011) on extreme weather in the US Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest, with references.

Climate Signals
This is a complex but easy-to-navigate source of information and articles about many signals for a changing climate, including a wide variety of extreme weather events as well as such things as bark beetles, thawing permafrost, atmospheric rivers, and much more.

Our Changing Climate
National Climate Assessment, 2014
This chapter of the authoritative NCA report (downloadable as text and quickly accessible on the internet) includes readable sections on extreme weather, hurricanes, heavy downpours, and more.


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