Against climate emergency

The recent Special Report from the IPCC on Global Warming of 1.5C (IPCC SR15) has (again) heightened the climate change rhetoric and generated another splurge of dramatic headlines: ‘We have 12 more years to limit climate change catastrophe’, ‘World...

The first climate scenario: a drama in three acts

The first scientific paper using the terminology of ‘scenario’ to describe the possible future evolution of climate was published in 1977 by the German meteorologist Hermann Flohn. It appeared as the first paper in the very first issue of the new journal Climatic Change, published by Springer and edited by the ambitious young American climatologist, […]

WIREs Climate Change – rising impact factor

The new journal impact factors for 2017 announced in June show the growing citation success of the journal which I edit, WIREs Climate Change.   Our Thomson-Reuters JIF for 2016 was 5.12, the highest we have been since the journal launched in 2010.  This places WIREs Climate Change 5th in the ‘meteorology and atmospheric science’ […]

Climate in the Anthropocene

The idea of climate only makes sense when there is a degree of stability in some set of conditions, whether these be atmospheric, economic, political or moral. When everything is changing and no stable condition is possible — the...