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As Global Warming Increases, Is There an Upper Limit to How Much Additional Water Vapor The Atmosphere Can Hold?

I’m sure you’ve heard that old adage, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” Living in Washington, D.C., for the last three decades, I certainly know what it means. That said, it would be more accurate to say, “It’s not only the heat, it’s also the humidity.” Based on a question about water vapor a […] Click Article Title for full article at original site.

Tribute to Dr. Frank Ackerman, a Second Draft

The confidence a good mentor places in you can give you confidence in yourself. When a good mentor is willing to invest in you, you can become willing to invest in yourself. Good mentors can be hard to come by, and earlier this month the most influential mentor I’ve ever had passed away. Dr. Frank [ […] Click Article Title for full article at original site.

What do Alaska Wildfires Mean for Global Climate Change?

During the (on-going) 2019 fire season, over 2 million acres have burned - an area roughly equivalent to that of Yellowstone National Park. In comparison to many fires in the conterminous United States, many fires in Alaska burn far away from population centers, and as such can be fought and respond […] Click Article Title for full article at original site.

Calor fatal en cada distrito de congreso: Nuevo mapa y 433 fichas informativas que muestran lo que está en juego

Un nuevo mapa interactivo de Union of Concerned Scientists le deja explorar cómo se pronostica que el calentamiento global va a aumentar la frecuencia y la severidad del calor extremo en su distrito de congreso. Con esta herramienta, podrá descargar fichas informativas en español o inglés que muestr […] Click Article Title for full article at original site.

Resilience and Transitioning to EVs Should Be Key Features in New Highway Bill

Most legislation introduced in Congress doesn’t go anywhere – it doesn’t get a hearing, doesn’t get a vote, it just dies quietly at the end of the two-year congressional session.  However, there are a few things that Congress must do either annually or every few years, and these are the big “must-pa […] Click Article Title for full article at original site.

My Written Testimony on Transportation Infrastructure and Climate Change

In May of this year, I had the opportunity to provide written testimony to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s hearing on “The Need for Resilience: Preparing America’s Transportation Infrastructure for Climate Change.” I focused on how the many impacts of climate change—from increasi […] Click Article Title for full article at original site.