October 17 News: Climate Scientists Gain Access To World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer For Geosciences

Scientists studying Earth system processes, including climate change, are now working with one of the largest supercomputers on the planet. The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has begun using a 1.5 petaflop IBM system, called Yellowstone, that is among the top 20 supercomputers in the world, at least until the global rankings are updated next month. [Computerworld]

They say that to tell who won a debate, watch it with the sound off. What I learned after the last debate, however, is that to tell what was actually said at a debate, you don’t want to watch it at all. You want to read it. [Wonk Blog]

President Obama and Mitt Romney threw plenty of jabs about energy at their second debate Tuesday but said nothing about climate change. [The Hill]

Warming could be a winning issue, but President Obama isn’t pushing on it — and experts finger one of his top aides as the culprit. [Atlantic]


We heard some oldies but goodies in Tuesday night’s feisty debate between President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney. Here are some factual highlights — or lowlights. [Washington Post]

On Monday, a paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences, or PNAS, concluded that large Katrina-sized hurricanes were twice as likely to form off the United States’ southeast coast in hotter years than they were in colder years. [Los Angeles Times]

A ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday (October 15) marked the official opening of the NOAA’s new world-class center dedicated to advancing the state of weather and climate science and transitioning research findings to improved weather forecasts and related information. [Weather Gang]

A major review into the impact of climate change on plants and animals has found that scientists have almost no idea how it drives various species to extinction. [Guardian]

Data from Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute provide a detailed picture for the first 40 weeks of the year, from January 1 to October 7, and indicates the scale of grid balancing already needed. [Reuters]


German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday defended her government’s decision to phase out nuclear power and switch to renewable energies within a decade, but acknowledged the need to overhaul and speed up the transition plan. [Associated Press]

Overcapacity in the solar industry is likely to result in at least 180 panel makers either going bust or being acquired by 2015, according to a research report released on Tuesday. [Reuters]

The Middle East and North Africa, home to about half the world’s oil reserves, has more than 150 renewable-energy projects under way, a map from the Abu Dhabi- based Clean Energy Business Council shows. [Bloomberg]