Like avian vultures, the Climate Vulture sniffs around for his prey…recent solid research about climate change…and leads his friends to it. We’re now posting every other day on both ClimateVulture.com and EnergyVulture.com, so if there’s nothing new on one, there will be on the other.
The posts are mostly journalistic summaries of highly technical scientific papers published within the past year—and sometimes the past day—that are usually either unobtainable unless you have access to a university library, or are surprisingly expensive to view online. We are blogging about important research that usually didn’t make it into the news cycle [i.e. it wasn’t published in Science or Nature] and we give you the full reference followed by a link to as much of the paper as is available without a subscription. By using the button on the sidebar to select categories, you can often get some real insight into a pressing climate topic.
The Chief Climate Vulture is Dr. Emil Morhardt, Professor of Environmental Biology at the W. M. Keck Science Department of the Claremont Colleges in California, where the weather is so good it’s hard to tell if the climate is changing or not. The fledgling climate vultures, who wrote most of these posts, wrote them when they were science students at the Claremont Colleges.
You can alert Emil to topics (or papers) you’d like to have us summarize at firstname.lastname@example.org.
He is also Chief Energy Vulture.
[This blog contains all posts originally posted on ClaremontClimateReport.com through June 2014 (most without any pictures so far) excluding only some energy posts that also occur on EnergyVulture.com. All newer energy posts, however, appear only on EnergyVulture.com.]
Cohorts and their books:
The focus of this 2015 book is the interactions between energy, ecology, and climate change, as well as a few of the responses of humanity to these interactions. It is not a textbook, but a series of chapters discussing subtopics in which the authors were interested and wished to write about. The basic material is cutting-edge science; technical journal articles published within the last year, selected for their relevance and interest. Each author selected eight or so technical papers representing his or her view of the most interesting current research in the field, and wrote summaries of them in a journalistic style that is free of scientific jargon and understandable by lay readers. This is the sort of science writing that you might encounter in the New York Times, but concentrated in a way intended to give as broad an overview of the chapter topics as possible. None of this research will appear in textbooks for a few years, so there are not many ways that readers without access to a university library can get access to this information.
One place is scientific blogs on the Internet, and most of the material in this book will appear in the blogs ClimateVulture.com and EnergyVulture.com by mid-2016, but all of the material is available here.
This book is intended be browsed—choose a chapter topic you like and read the individual sections in any order; each is intended to be largely stand-alone. Reading all of them will give you considerable insight into what climate scientists concerned with energy, ecology, and human effects are up to, and the challenges they face in understanding one of the most disruptive—if not very rapid—event in human history; anthropogenic climate change.