Climate Compass Blog
Hurricane season officially starts June 1 and it looks like a busy one in the Atlantic. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expects a well above-average hurricane season with 13 to 20 named storms. Seven to 11 of them could develop into hurricanes and three to six of those could be major (defined as category 3 or higher). The average over about the past 30 years is 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes per season.
I recently replied to a question on the National Journal blog on whether small legislative measures will be effective in fighting climate change.
You can read responses at the National Journal.
Here is my response:
Some skeptics have seized on a recent article in The Economist noting an apparent “hiatus” in global warming to argue that climate change is a fiction and efforts to address it are misguided. Those interpretations, which were voiced by some representatives at a recent House hearing on climate science, misrepresent both the article and the science it examines.
So what are the facts?
In the past few weeks, both Maryland and Virginia raised revenue to fix aging transportation infrastructure. And they ensured that future revenues would increase with inflation.
The revenue packages are quite different, reflecting each state’s uniquely messy political realities. But for the first time in a long time, they make genuine progress in solving the region’s transportation problems.