Chris is covering the climate since around 2010, and is a regular author at Climate State. He also produced most of our video content.

How the Greenhouse Effect Works

The greenhouse effect is a process by which thermal radiation from a planetary surface is absorbed by atmospheric greenhouse gases, and is re-radiated in all directions. Since part of this re-radiation is back towards the surface and the lower atmosphere, it results in an elevation of the average surface temperature above what it would be…

Mike Mann on Hardball

Published on YouTube Aug 21, 2013: Chris Mathews interviews scientist Michael Mann of Penn State U, and a Republican Strategist, on the GOP’s anti-science bent. ClimateCrocks.com explains: Well, in some cases, like His Excellent and Serene Highness Lord Monckton, birthers and climate deniers are the same people – see below. What’s interesting about the video…

NASA Operation IceBridge: From the Cockpit | Arctic Sea Ice + Commentary (2013)

Published on YouTube Aug 23, 2013: You’ve seen the great cockpit footage from Best of IceBridge Arctic ’13, now go behind the scenes for 9 minutes of scientific commentary with Operation IceBridge Project Scientist Michael Studinger and NASA sea ice researcher Nathan Kurtz, as they discuss the science behind the mission’s study of Arctic sea…

NASA Operation IceBridge: Stunning Aircraft Travel – Documenting Antarctic and Greenland Change

Published on YouTube Aug 16, 2013: The views from the cockpit of NASA’s P-3B aircraft on an Operation IceBridge campaign are truly stunning. The mission doesn’t travel to both ends of the Earth for the scenery of course — the airborne mission is there to collect radar, laser altimetry, and other data on the changing…

Dissolving brittle stars hint at implications of ocean acidification

Image: At the GeoSoilEnviroCARS beamline at the Advanced Photon Source, scientists mapped slices of 24 brittle starfish skeletons in 3 dimensions using X-ray tomography to find out how much volume the eroded skeletons had lost, and to reconstruct their structures. Credit: Shawn Harper Phys.org — Under the sea ice of Explorers Cove, Antarctica, is a startling…

Climate Extremes and the Carbon Cycle

A new study (doi:10.1038/nature12350) published in nature, explores the impacts of extreme weather events on the carbon cycle. By Bobby Magill / Wunderground, published: August 15, 2013: Devastating drought in the Southwest, unprecedented wildfire activity, scorching heat waves and other extreme weather are often cited as signs of a changing climate. But what if those extreme…

The conservative argument to act on climate change

August 15, 2013: Republican Bob Inglis’ belief that climate change is real helped get him booted from Congress by a Tea Party primary challenger in 2010. He talks with Chris Hayes about his ongoing efforts to convince Republicans to act on global warming. Related Climate reality must win out over political attacks on science