Climate Change and Extreme Weather

Scientists Attribute Record-Shattering Siberian Heat and Wildfires to Climate Change

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 07.16.2020


Siberia’s scorching, 100-degree temperature record made headlines in late June, but it was just the latest spike in a decade of historic heat waves across the Arctic that also set records for wildfires, thawing permafrost and melting sea ice. Such extremes, scientists said, show that Arctic warming is accelerating to outpace all but the most […]


Full Article

Climate crisis: record-breaking heatwave in Siberia

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 06.18.2020


Originally published in The Guardian.    A prolonged heatwave in Siberia is “undoubtedly alarming”, climate scientists have said. The freak temperatures have been linked to wildfires, a huge oil spill and a plague of tree-eating moths.     On a global scale, the Siberian heat is helping push the world towards its hottest year on record in 2020, […]


Full Article

Avalanches Menace Colorado as Climate Change Raises the Risk

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 03.15.2019


Hundreds of avalanches have roared down mountainsides and some swept over highways in recent weeks. Mountain regions in the U.S. and Europe are preparing for more.    Read the entire article at Inside Climate News.    Against the backdrop of an 800-foot high mountain wall scarred by avalanches, Arapahoe Basin mountain operations director Tim Finnigan says […]


Full Article

World’s Driest Desert Floods in Chile

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 02.15.2019


The world’s driest desert is flooding and some of the planet’s wettest woodlands are burning. Welcome to summer in Chile.   Read the entire article at Bloomberg.    Rains high up in the Andes mountains have led to torrents of water pouring into the Atacama desert below, sweeping away houses and roads. Meanwhile in the south, blistering […]


Full Article

How Did the End of the World Become Old News?

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 07.30.2018


Editorial Note: Internally, at This Spaceship Earth, we had a discussion regarding whether or not to post this curated article by David Wallace-Wells in New York Magazine. It describes climate change as the end of the world. We would refine that to mean the end of humanity… the extinction of the human species (along with many other species). […]


Full Article

Typhoons, Floods, Heat Waves Batter Asia

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 07.27.2018


From flash floods in Vietnam to a blistering heat wave in Japan, countries across Asia are suffering from extreme weather. The events come nearly two months into the continent’s annual rainy season that extends from June to November.   Read the entire article at EcoWatch.   A 2016 study showed that typhoons in Asia had gotten 50 […]


Full Article

We Were Warned 30 Years Ago – Now Global Warming is “in our living room”

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 06.27.2018


On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, James Hansen told Congress and the world that global warming wasn’t approaching — it had already arrived. The testimony of the top NASA scientist, said Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley, was “the opening salvo of the age of climate change.”   Read the entire article at The […]


Full Article

Scientific Proof Attributing Extreme Weather to Climate Change

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 05.02.2018


The emerging science, that is increasingly able to determine how much of an extreme weather event is attributable to climate change, may drive growth in climate liability suits, according to a new paper published in the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law.   Read the entire article at Climate Liability News.    The paper, by […]


Full Article

Red Cross Leverages Extreme Event Attribution Science to Prepare for More Frequent Disasters

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 03.14.2018


Understanding how extreme weather and temperatures are changing helps relief organizations like the Red Cross determine where to stockpile emergency supplies.   Read the entire article at Inside Climate News.    Heat waves, droughts and storms intensified by global warming are raising the stakes for disaster relief organizations like the International Federation of Red Cross and […]


Full Article

Tech Startup Helps Businesses Mitigate Vulnerability to Increasingly Severe Weather

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 02.26.2018


The climate is changing, storms are becoming more intense, and more people and property than ever are in harm’s way. Three of the costliest five hurricanes on record, Harvey, Irma, and Maria, struck U.S. shores in 2017 at a price tag of over $200 billion.   Read the entire article at The Washington Post.   The […]


Full Article