I usually ignore Examiner.com stories. For one thing, I can't tell exactly how it selects its stable of writers, whether they're paid anything particularly notable, or what standards are expected of them. The reporting and sensibility of the stories are erratic to say the least. But here's a fine job of blending several threads of news into a coherent essay (and that is what it is, for it appears to have involved no direct conversations between the writer and anybody - derived instead off what can be turned up, written by somebody else, on the internet). It's nearly a week old, but came up on the radar just now.
- Frank Regan (Rochester Environmental News Examiner) : Great weather now but a lousy climate coming for the Rochester, NY region ;
I put a link to his name and that leads to his bio and evidence he's a writer, a greenie, and a seriously engaged guy. His essay ties the recent warm US March to a recent and to-me persuasive arXiv paper by a frustrated climatologist who will definitely go down in history and probably as the boy who was not crying wolf, James Hansen (with two colleagues), and to global and US insurance industries.
Both Regan's essay and the Hansen et al paper are good reading for anybody on the climate beat.
Late Addition: Closely related news and views:
- Neorenaissance blog - Paul Douglas: A Message from a Republican Meteorologist on Climate Change ; Not what you might expect, which is its point. (found via Andy Revkin at DotEarth).
- Charlie Petit