Nature Climate Change Perspective, 'Taking climate model evaluation to the next level', by Veronika Eyring and others discusses newly developed tools that improve the evaluation of climate models. Advancement in this area is critical for providing the most credible information possible to stakeholders and policy-makers.

Eyring et al. 2019

Figure: Annual mean SST error from the CMIP5 multi-model ensemble. Figure reproduced from Wiley (see Eyring et al., 2019).

Extremes NatureA collection of articles on Climate and Weather Extremes was recently published in Nature to coincide with the opening of the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2018. The Collection, which highlights research looking at extreme events across the globe and their prediction, is an outcome of the Subseasonal-to-Seasonal (S2S) Prediction Project Extremes Workshop that was held at International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University in December 2016 (Workshop website).

You can access the collection of papers on the Nature website.

Is there a connection between climate change and wildfires? Kevin Trenberth, Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, explains that "Global warming does not cause wildfires ... global warming exacerbates the conditions and raises the risk of wildfire." To find out how this relates to the Earth's energy imbalance, click the headline above.

NASA fires

A satellite image of the Carr Fire in California (NASA.)