Whitley's Journal

Journal entries relating to "Climate Change"

Thursday, June 16, 2016
In many ways, I’m sad about publishing this journal entry—sad not because I have been wrong about something, but because I have been so very right. And what have I been right about? Very simply, climate change. From the publication of Nature’s End in 1985 through the Key and Superstorm, I have been right.
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015
2015 is now well on its way to be the hottest year on record, and a year of great extremes, with extraordinary heat in summer and profound cold in winter, and springs and autumns marked by weather of unusual violence. This is exactly what we are seeing this year. And yet climate change denial is, if anything, more strident--and more fallacious--...
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Saturday, March 28, 2015
I have been writing about the dangers of climate change since I published Nature's End with Jim Kunetka in 1985. It was considered overstated. When Art and I published Superstorm, it was considered overstated. It turns out that neither book was overstated. In fact, both were understated. Climate change is happening much faster than we imagined...
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Sunday, October 5, 2014
We have reached the climate tipping point much more quickly than anybody anticipated. But with methane outgassing in arctic tundra and beginning to boil up from under the Arctic Ocean, Greenland ice turning black due to lack of snowfall, and rapid warming of northern waters, the stage is set. Nobody has any idea when dramatic changes will...
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Sunday, February 16, 2014
When I published Nature's End in 1985, I was laughed at by environmental reporters at a press conference in Washington. When Art Bell and I published Superstorm in 1999, Matt Lauer scoffed at us on the Today Show. When the movie based on it came out, even the director said, to defend himself, that it was probably an overstatement.
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
It is an odd and chilling feeling to see Hurricane Sandy called a superstorm. It's going to go down in history as Superstorm Sandy. I didn't coin the word 'superstorm' but the Coming Global Superstorm, certainly brought it into the language. And the movie based on it, the Day After Tomorrow, fixed the idea of such storms in the public...
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Saturday, October 27, 2012
The news media has been calling Hurricane Sandy a 'superstorm.' It is not that, not yet. It is not as intense as storms that will form later in the process of climate change. We have already passed the point of no return on this issue. It is going to happen. In part, this is because the interglacial during which human population has expanded to...
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011
So many people want so badly to believe either that there is nothing unusual about the weather, or at least that climate change is part of a cycle that we cannot do anything to affect. They have been comforted by lying talk show hosts and politicians who are backed by numerous companies foolishly dedicated to protecting their current profits...
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Wednesday, February 2, 2011
The second colossal winter storm of the winter is slamming the eastern half of the United States. The greatest cyclone in Australian history is hitting Queensland in Australia. These events come during one of the most intense winters in recorded history, after a summer that was among the hottest on record. The whole situation seems like a chapter...
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Thursday, December 23, 2010
My appearance on Coast-to-Coast AM on December 20 and my last journal entry resulted in some ferociously angry email from climate change deniers, as well as some more considered letters. Most of the 'denier' email had an element of hysteria about it, which I associate with fear. In fact, it was pitiful, the sound of people shrieking in terror. And...
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