Kevin Trenberth

National Center for Atmospheric Research

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Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research; Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize

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Massive flooding that began last week near Baton Rouge is now being compared to Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005.

Southern Louisiana: Under Water Again...

Massive flooding that began last week near Baton Rouge is now being compared to Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005.

from To the Point

July was America’s hottest month since 1895, and the past year was the hottest ever recorded.

The Consequences of Climate Change and the Cost of Denial

July was America’s hottest month since 1895, and the past year was the hottest ever recorded.

from Which Way, L.A.?

July was America’s hottest month since 1895, and the past year was the hottest ever recorded.  Temperatures, droughts, ice-sheet meltings and floods are setting records all over the…

The Consequences of Climate Change and the Cost of Denial

July was America’s hottest month since 1895, and the past year was the hottest ever recorded.  Temperatures, droughts, ice-sheet meltings and floods are setting records all over the…

from To the Point

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Lots of news this week.

from Left, Right & Center

66 million years ago, an asteroid caused Earth’s Fifth Extinction, destroying the dinosaurs and most other life forms. Now Earth is facing another extinction, as fish, plants and animals vanish forever. But this time, it’s not the asteroid, it’s us. This week, hundreds of people, both young and old, took to the streets in cities all over the world to begin weeks of protest called the Extinction Rebellion. In the natural course of evolution, the decline and disappearance of a life form takes thousands of years. In the course of a human lifetime, not even one species might disappear. But now, some 28,000 species are vanishing all of a sudden. Elizabeth Kolbert of the New Yorker magazine has written a book called “The Sixth Extinction.” She says, “Extinction rates are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of times higher than what is known as the background extinction rate that has pertained over most of geological history.” In her words, “You should not be able to see all sorts of mammals -- to name just one group -- either going extinct or on the verge of extinction. And that is a tipoff that something very, very unusual, and I would add, very dangerous, is going on.” “We’re running geological history backwards. Fossil fuels that were created over the course of hundreds of millions of years buried a lot of carbon underground. We’re now combusting it, putting that carbon back into the atmosphere over a matter of centuries. So we’re taking a process that hundreds of millions of years to run in one direction and then, in a matter of centuries, running it in another direction.” We’ll hear what that means now and for the future of life as we know it.

from To the Point

A bone-chilling documentary about Roy Cohn, Donald Trump’s mentor, reveals the all-American evil that brought us modern-day politics.

from Scheer Intelligence

The goods movement is the backbone of Southern California’s Inland Empire. With the threat of automation looming, what’s going to happen to the people getting replaced by robots?

from Greater LA

Election officials in LA County want to make voting easier, more accessible, and more secure.

from KCRW Features

What will change the minds of climate change skeptics? An astrophysics professor suggests reframing the climate debate in a more positive light -- as a result of human evolution.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Presidential campaigns aren’t just on TV anymore, they’re on countless digital platforms.

from To the Point

Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book, “Talking to Strangers,” is out, while he’s hosting the podcast, “Revisionist History.”

from To the Point

Absolute immunity, executive privilege, crony privilege?

from LRC Presents: All the President's Lawyers