Category Impacts

The Climate Risks We Face

Since the dawn of the industrial age, humans have been pumping increasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by burning coal, oil and gas. Researchers at the Mauna Loa Observatory, perched on the side of a volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island, have measured atmospheric levels of this greenhouse gas since 1958. That first year,… Read More

three texas scientists on hurricane harvey

Hurricane Harvey has taught us many lessons, but the most valuable may be the oldest lesson of all, one we humans have been learning – and forgetting – since the dawn of time: how much we all have to lose when climate and weather disasters strike. The risks we face from disasters depend on three… Read More

People already care about climate change – the trick is getting them to realize it

One brisk morning in March, two years ago, I found myself at a bustling diner in Salt Lake City sitting across the table from Steven Amstrup. Lanky and affable, he was eating a plate of fried eggs cooked just the way he liked them: with smashed yolks, as if they’d been “stomped on.” We were… Read More

A Letter to the Next US President

Dear President elect, I’m a climate scientist. Thanks to decades and even centuries of careful research, we know climate is changing, we’re responsible, and the impacts are serious. I’ve helped write U.S. national climate assessments that document how climate change is affecting the country’s water, its energy, ecosystems, infrastructure, and even people’s health. This thing… Read More

Scary and Gross – Three Disturbing Consequences of a Warming Planet

What do anthrax-riddled reindeer corpses, a pile of flaming horse manure, and thawing cold war waste at a top-secret military base in Greenland have in common? These are just three of the increasingly bizarre and disturbing impacts of a warming climate that made headlines this summer. Climate scientists like myself are always trying to anticipate… Read More

Seven Ways Climate Change Affects Our Health

Climate change is making heat waves stronger and more frequent, air pollution worse, and allowing vector-borne diseases to expand their range. It’s also compromising our drinking water, causing more extreme weather events, and impacting our mental health. And the costs will be great: just this June, the World Health Organization estimated that in the twenty… Read More

Politics should argue solutions, not science

Accolades Keep Coming for Texas Tech Professor, Climate Scientist

By Robin Deehan | rdeehan@klbk13.tv Published 05/17 2016 06:33PM Updated 05/17 2016 06:33PM Fresh off her trip to Paris to take part in international climate negotiations, Texas Tech professor and climate scientist, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe can add two more accolades to her resume this month.

The response to climate change comes from the heart

Every day seems to bring startling new headlines about climate change. From climate refugees and out of control wildfires to record flooding and warnings of global water shortages, its impacts are here, now, and serious. The science is clear that climate is changing. It’s not just a matter of thermometers or satellites. Around the world,… Read More