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Global Temperature in 2016

by | January 18, 2017

Global Temperature in 2016 18 January 2017 James Hansen[1], Makiko Satoa, Reto Ruedy[2],[3] Gavin A. Schmidtc, Ken Lob,c, Avi Persinb,c Abstract.  Global surface temperature in 2016 was the highest in the period of instrumental measurements.  Relative to average temperature for 1880-1920, which we take as an appropriate estimate of “pre-industrial” temperature, 2016 was +1.26°C (~2.3°F) […]

Rolling Stones

by | January 11, 2017

Rolling Stones 11 January 2017 James Hansen I do few interviews because of the time required and my difficulty in making things clear orally.  The Rolling Stone interview by Jeff Goodell was an exception, a testimony to his abilities. An important number in the story was not right, but is being corrected.  It made me […]

A Holiday Tale

by | December 15, 2016

A Holiday Tale  15 December 2016 James Hansen   I woke with a start to see what was the matter; not a creature was stirring, except the Mad Hatter.   Then tossing and turning, until the next thing; a vision appeared, of Rex the new King.   Lo, listen, his words, they bring forth great […]

Transcript of We Hold Truths to be Self-Evident

by | December 9, 2016

Transcript of We Hold Truths to be Self-Evident 09 December 2016 James Hansen Here is the transcript, requested by a few people, of the video  discussion of the Constitutional and practical basis for solving the climate matter (opportunity/problem) in democracies.  I agree that 20 minutes was long for a video.  Sophie has an idea of […]

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 […]