Green Dems pull all-nighter to remind us our climate is a mess

Usually when the Press details a group of Senators convening at all hours of the night we expect the worst. However this wasn’t the case this past Monday as 29 Democrats and 2 Independents convened on Capitol Hill to call to attention the need for climate related legislation. The 19 hour event [1], dubbed on social media as #Up4Climate was organized by freshman Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) “to make sure everybody across the nation knows we’re taking this seriously, and that there is a stirring in the Senate on this issue (climate change).” Per Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), the goal of the event was not to introduce any new legislation, but rather to express confidence in Congress’ ability to get a climate change bill passed, a task the Democratic-led Senate failed to do in 2010.

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Wind Chill Science Revisited

I stumbled across this article on aweathermoment.com with regards to how the “Wind Chill Temperature” is calculated in today’s public forecasts, and the inherent flaws, or rather, extremely simplified assumptions used to translate the values to a “temperature” simply because the public can relate better to a “Feels Like” comment.

From “Brad’s” blog post on Environment Canada’s change in Wind Chill Warning mechanisms;

“As I’ve shown above, there are some egregious assumptions made that oversimplify the reality of how wind chill can be measured. In addition to that, there are fundamental parameters that can be dramatically altered by body type and clothing. The idea that there’s a “one size fits all” solution to wind chill simply isn’t rooted in reality.”

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CERES believes SEC isn’t doing enough to enforce Climate Risk Reporting

First report by Bloomberg, a recent CERES report indicates that the Securities and Exchange Commission has failed to make climate risk reporting a priority to S&P 500 companies.

“Investors want greater transparency on the business risks of climate change as a means to protect and increase shareholder value,” Ceres President Mindy Lubber said in a statement. “Yet the SEC is not adequately enforcing its own requirements.” (more…)

The Rise of the Internet Weatherman (Via Buzzfeed)

“The local TV meteorologist is dying, but it’s never been a better time to be a weatherman.”

Buzzfeed with a great piece on the evolution of the social media-centric weatherman. Aside from the tech and social audience’s desire to avoid television and their local news at all costs (or no costs), its also bred a new form of higher level meteorology to a wider audience. For years the local weather guy/gal throws up a map of the forecasted temps within a 40 mile radius*.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/charliewarzel/the-rise-of-the-internet-weatherman

Seriously, does it matter EVEN REMOTELY that it will get to 23 in Schaumburg, but only 19 in Evanston today?  “Hmmm, better pack a scarf, 20 degrees is my cutoff”.  “Amateur” forecasters now throw around terms like ECMWF and MOS regularly and quickly comment on how these models evolve as systems approach, as well as regular updates during storms (@ForecasterEnten has been ferviously covering the latest NYC systems as of late).

It will be very interesting come spring as these roles evolve and the weather affecting the US takes a more violent and uncertain stance as the severe thunderstorm season unfolds. But for now, know that Sonny Skies and Zack Frost have some competition.

* I know former classmates and colleagues who fill television met-roles and do a great job.  Everyone has to adapt sooner or later.  I’m also a trained met myself.

Climate Change: why it has our world’s business leaders thinking “green”

One of my 2014 resolutions is to embrace the communication strategy and efficiency of the climate change discussion, because up to this point its been a mis-mash of scientific essays, op-ed pieces, and sound bites that ultimately die a quick death on the back pages of the Daily Planet or the margins of (isnert news website).  In doing so I couldn’t help but notice the amount of Twitter activity around the hash tag #ClimateRisk2014, which captured the thoughts and quotes presented during the 2014 Investor Summit on Climate Risk at the United Nations last week in co-presented by the CERES group. The event serves as the preeminent forum for leading global investors to discuss the implications of climate change for capital markets. (more…)