Prof. James Renwick

AuthorProf. James Renwick

James has over 30 years’ experience in weather and climate research, specialising in large-scale climate variations. His interests include the El Niño/La Niña cycle and the mid-latitude westerly winds, and the impacts of climate variability and change on New Zealand. James was a lead author for the 4th and 5th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Reports and is a member of the World Climate Research Programme Joint Scientific Committee.

What’s the Hurry with Climate Change?

Climate change is in the news a great deal these days, but it may not be clear why. For most of us, the weather carries on from day to day and nothing seems very different. There’s certainly no sign of imminent disaster. So what’s the issue? It’s all about heat, and time. Some of the gases in the air are really good at soaking up the heat that radiates up from the earth, then sending some of it...

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