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We Hold Truths to be Self-Evident

by | December 2, 2016

We Hold Truths to be Self-Evident 02 December 2016 James Hansen Sophie, my oldest grandchild, and I made a video  concerning the crucial issue of how the climate matter can be solved in democracies. Stopping human-made climate change is inherently difficult, because of the nature of the climate system: it is massive, so it responds only […]

Emphatic Ruling by Judge Aiken

by | November 11, 2016

Emphatic Ruling by Judge Aiken 11 November 2016 James Hansen Judge Ann Aiken, in the United States District Court in Eugene Oregon, yesterday issued an emphatic ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in the case of Juliana et al. versus the United States. In a remarkable 54-page Opinion and Order, which, for its clarity and […]

Climate Change Call to Action

by | October 31, 2016

Climate Change Call to Action 31 October 2016 James Hansen A very heartening situation is arising in Washington State.  Young people have not only begun to stand up for their rights, their rights to a livable planet with prospects for a bright future, they are showing just how hard they are willing to work for […]

Carbon Pricing: A Useful Cautionary Tale

by | October 28, 2016

Carbon Pricing: A Useful Cautionary Tale  28 October 2016 James Hansen A few weeks ago a friend sent an e-mail asking my opinion about I-732, a proposed Washington State carbon tax that would use most of the funds to reduce the sales tax. My opinion, in brief, is that it would be the best approach […]

Washington Can Lead: Unwashed Version

by | October 26, 2016

Washington Can Lead: Unwashed Version 26 October 2016 James Hansen The editors of The Seattle Times did a good job with my 20 October op-ed , placing it under the following title and sub-head: Washington can lead on climate change by passing I-732 To provide an example for other states and the rest of the […]

Dear Prime Minister Solberg

by | October 19, 2016

October 18th, 2016   Dear Prime Minister Solberg, A year ago I wrote an open letter urging you to carry out an act of transformational climate leadership. I held the faint hope that your government might yet waken to the realities of climate change, heed the call of thousands of Norwegians and rescind the 23rd […]

Young People’s Burden

by | October 4, 2016

Young People’s Burden 04 October 2016 James Hansen Young People’s Burden: Requirement of Negative CO2 Emissions, by twelve of us[1], is being made available as a “Discussion” paper in Earth System Dynamics Discussion on 4 October, as it is undergoing peer review.   We try to make the science transparent to non-scientists.  A video discussion by […]

A Better Graph

by | September 26, 2016

A Better Graph 26 September 2016 James Hansen and Makiko Sato Sorry to have temporarily stopped writing Communications – was working on a paper that we hope to soon make available. But here is something useful: a better graph. For decades we have reported/updated the global temperature record, showing the calendar-year annual-mean temperature, usually with […]

Advanced Nuclear Power

by | August 17, 2016

Advanced Nuclear Power 17 August 2016 James Hansen There is a dearth of objective discussion of the role of advanced nuclear power in the future of clean power and the phase-out of fossil fuels.  I will write on this topic as expeditiously as possible, but first we must finish a paper “Young People’s Burden” that […]

Open Mind Interview

by | June 27, 2016

Open Mind Interview 27 June 2016 Interview of James Hansen by Alexander Heffner on “The Open Mind” is available at: