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Republican hearing calls for a lower carbon pollution price

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Damage on the Jersey Shore in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Economic models can account for the monetary value of a home, but not the personal value, or the value of suffering from climate damages. Photograph: Reuters

Staying below dangerous climate thresholds requires a carbon pollution price much higher than the federal estimate

March 1, 2017 — The ‘social cost of carbon’ is an estimate of how much carbon pollution costs society via climate damages, and can also be considered the optimal carbon tax price. The US federal estimate ($37 per ton of carbon dioxide pollution) underpins at least 150 regulations across various federal agencies, and has thus become a prime target in the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back Obama’s climate policies. Continue reading Republican hearing calls for a lower carbon pollution price

Figuring out the Keys to Convincing People about Global Warming

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A commuter bus running on diesel fuel emits thick trail of pollutants in Jakarta. New research shows that when people understand that humans are causing global warming, they’re more likely to be concerned about the problem. Photograph: Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images

Understanding the greenhouse effect, the expert consensus, and that humans are causing global warming are gateways to support for climate policies

May 5, 2016 — The latest survey data from Yale and George Mason universities underscores the partisan divide on climate science denial – 73% of Americans realize that global warming is happening, including 71% of liberal/moderate Republicans, but the average is Continue reading Figuring out the Keys to Convincing People about Global Warming

NOAA temperature adjustments bring data closer to pristine

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The U.S. Climate Reference Network consists of 114 stations, including this one in Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey, Utah. Photograph: NOAA
A new study finds that NOAA temperature adjustments are doing exactly what they’re supposed to

March 5, 2016 — Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) has embarked upon a witch-hunt against climate scientists at NOAA, accusing them of conspiring to fudge global temperature data. However, a Continue reading NOAA temperature adjustments bring data closer to pristine

Ted Cruz’s favorite temperature data just got a lot hotter

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Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) holds a campaign rally ahead of the Kansas caucuses at Yardley Hall on the campus of Johnson County Community College on March 02, 2016 in Overland Park, Kansas. Photograph: Kyle Rivas/Getty Images
A new paper makes Ted Cruz’s favorite chart obsolete, as atmospheric temperatures set a new record

March 3, 2016 — In a new paper, Carl Mears and Frank Wentz at Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) have revised their data set estimating the temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere. At his recent Continue reading Ted Cruz’s favorite temperature data just got a lot hotter