Michael Searcy

Michael Searcy has written 124 posts for Fresh Air. The Scent of Pine.

The Monthly Climate: April 2011

Extreme Weather in the U.S. and Beyond Drought. Wildfires. Wind. Hail. Tornadoes. Flooding. April 2011 was a month defined by extreme weather conditions, particularly in the United States. Texas followed its driest March in over 100 years with its fifth driest April. Higher temperatures and absent rainfall were blamed for power outages at refineries, a … Continue reading

The Monthly Climate: March 2011

  In Brief March 2011 began with a major setback to improving NASA climate observation capabilities with the launch failure of the Glory satellite. Intended to improve both solar monitoring and aerosol impacts on global climate, Glory suffered a fate similar to its 2009 predecessor, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO), which also experienced a launch … Continue reading

Arctic Warming Pushing Winter Weather South

Meteorologist David Eichorn with the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) discusses how warming around Earth’s northern pole can push winter weather further south resulting in colder temperatures across the Northeastern and Eastern United States.

National Research Council: Prompt and Sustained Commitment Needed

U.S. NRC Panel Discusses Limiting Future Climate Change The principal conclusion of our report is that the country needs both a prompt and a sustained national commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. – Robert W. Fri, Chair of the Panel on Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change The National Academies of the United States … Continue reading

The Extreme Weather of 2010

Extreme Weather Events Felt Around the World in 2010 While no single weather event can be definitively traced to global climate change, we would expect to see a greater number of extreme weather events accompanying climatic shifts. As more water vapor enters the atmosphere with rising global temperatures, large-scale precipitation events become more commonplace resulting … Continue reading

Geologists: Climate Recovery Could Take 100,000 Years or More

UK Geological Society Releases New Statement on Climate Change It is not possible to relate the Earth’s warming since 1970 to anything recognisable as having a geological cause (such as volcanic activity, continental displacement, or changes in the energy received from the sun). – Geological Society of London, November 1, 2010 The Geological Society of … Continue reading

GOP: Questioning Climate Science

Republican Candidates Question Climate Change Science The Republican Party in the United States has now placed itself squarely in opposition to the conclusions of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and other scientific organizations around the world that climatic changes driven by human activities pose a serious environmental and societal threat. Questioning the existence of … Continue reading

National Research Council: Advancing the Science of Climate Change

This is not about a belief. This is about evidence. This is about observations. This is about an accumulated body of knowledge that tells us something about the way the world is working. We are having a huge footprint on the planet. – Dr. Pamela A. MatsonChair, The Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate … Continue reading

Should The Earth Be Cooling?

Current Climate Running Against the Grain When considering whether or not the human influence on the Earth’s climate is discernible, one of the immediate questions that comes to mind is, “What would the climate be doing in the absence of human interference?” Indeed all climate models strive to identify the impact of natural mechanisms as … Continue reading

Industrial CO2: Relentless warming taskmaster

Natural processes have determined Earth’s climatic history, but human industrial activities have introduced a new mechanism that is driving Earth’s climate future. At any given time, the Earth’s climate is subjected to a myriad of natural influences. The impact of each influence varies based on the magnitude of the natural change, the duration over which … Continue reading



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The Consensus

173 professional scientific organizations (and counting) around the world acknowledge the global impact of rising emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities

The Indicators

Climate Change Indicators Climate Change Indicators NASA GISS - Global Annual Mean Surface Air Temperature ChangeGlobal Temperature Sea level change from 1993 to the present day Global Sea Level Northern Hemisphere Sea Ice Anomaly, 1979-Present Arctic Ice Melt Glacial Retreat, 1980-2010 Glacial Retreat Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations, Mauna Loa Atmospheric CO2 Level