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Archive: February 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

Winter storms don't debunk global warming

Here on Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay we have recently experienced three storms with blizzard conditions in just two weeks. Much of the rest of the mid-Atlantic area of the United States has seen similar situations, and some areas have accumulated up to 6 feet of snow this winter.

By Rick Edmund | February 19, 2010; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (18)

Avoid solutions worse than the problem

Any risks of global warming need to be weighed against the risks of global warming policies. Policymakers must have accurate information on both sides of the equation in order to avoid measures that do more harm than good.

By Ben Lieberman | February 19, 2010; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (13)

Reassess scientific knowledge

Attempting to use the recent snows to bolster assertions that either confirms or undermines the notion of human-caused global warming adds more confusion to the debate and misdirects where we should focus our attention. No small number of weather events are sufficient to draw a conclusion about human influence on the climate system

By William O'Keefe | February 18, 2010; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (4)

Missteps and moisture

Unfortunately, the news media seem more focused on controversy than on substance, contributing to the rampant confusion about "global weirding," as Tom Friedman calls it.

By Donald F. Boesch | February 18, 2010; 8:23 AM ET | Comments (16)

Understanding the risks

There is little doubt that much is still to be learned about this great physics experiment we are undertaking in our atmosphere by changing its composition.

By David Hone | February 18, 2010; 5:20 AM ET | Comments (2)

 
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