Dr. Jeff Masters, January 30, 2015
Director of Meteorology, Weather Underground
January has not been kind to two parched corners of the Americas. A large chunk of California’s San Francisco Bay area is wrapping up the month with no measurable rainfall, a first for January since records began, and reservoirs serving São Paulo, Brazil, are perilously close to running completely dry in the midst of the region’s worst drought since at least 1930.
Dr. Ricky Rood, January 26, 2015
Professor, University of Michigan
No doubt, “warmest ever” headlines obscure what is important about climate change. It takes what is expected and makes it into inconsequential headlines. It is simplistic in many ways to make this persistently premiere news. It plays into maintaining a conversation that is isolating of the subject of climate change. It consumes the energy and resources of scientists in fundamentally nonproductive ways. It helps the denialists frame the conversation. We need to learn to embrace the complexity, simply, rather that trying to communicate the complexity simplistically.