Best of climate change coverage 2019—and a challenge

By Dan Drollette Jr | December 26, 2019

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Quick: What do SUVs, Greta Thunberg, windmills, a smartphone app, the Titanic, Plan B, and the 97 percent all have in common?

They were each part of the Bulletin’s best climate coverage of 2019—whether you define the word “best” as meaning among the most popular, most in-depth, most colorful, most innovative, most humorous, or just the most dang interesting climate-related article we published this year.

Of course, some readers may have different Bulletin climate stories that they think are deserving of the word “best.” If you have a favorite Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ climate story that you think should be singled out for praise, then send your nominee for best Bulletin climate story of 2019 to [email protected], and put the words “Best Climate” in the subject line, along with any comments you care to make about why you think it’s deserving. We’ll publish the results  later—and you may get the glory of seeing your comments in ink. (Well, the electronic version of ink, anyway.)

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There is no Plan B for dealing with the climate crisis
Raymond Pierrehumbert
Albedo modification can never safely play more than a very minor role in the portfolio of climate change solutions. There is simply no substitute for decarbonization.

Millions of times later, 97 percent climate consensus still faces denial
Dana Nuccitelli
The public, even when alarmed about climate change, underestimates the scientific consensus on it being a man-made problem. That’s largely due to a sustained misinformation campaign.

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Tilting towards windmills
Dan Drollette Jr
A homespun Rhode Island destination gets an offshore wind farm—and, mostly, likes it. Will massive offshore win parks follow, powering America’s Northeast?

SUV shaming: I care about climate change, so why am I driving an SUV?
Dawn Stover
I don’t have kids. I don’t fly often. But I have a big honkin’ SUV that is killing the planet.

Cranky Uncle: The smartphone game designed to fight climate denial
John Cook
How a game can beat fake news.

Climate change and the Titanic
Peter Gleick
A tongue-in-cheek (?) scenario.

The eloquence of Greta Thunberg
Thomas Gaulkin
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old student whose school strikes have inspired a global youth movement on climate change, has emerged as a chief orator for her generation. A speech to the British Parliament shows why.


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Charlie

The 97% consensus on anthropogenic climate change is an outdated figure. A review of the peer-reviewed literature shows the consensus at 99.94%

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https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0270467617707079?journalCode=bsta

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