Andrew Freedman


New York, NY

Andrew Freedman

Digital Journalist Specializing in Climate, Weather and Energy.



The bleaching of the northern Great Barrier Reef

Richard Vevers, the founder of the nonprofit Ocean Agency, and his partners at the XL Catlin Seaview Survey have been witnessing an ecological disaster unfolding in coral reefs worldwide since 2014. The group’s mission is to document, in unprecedented detail, the third-ever global coral bleaching event on record, and by far the longest such event ever seen.
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Wonderworld: A spectacular photo journey of Earth

The planet just had its warmest winter on record, which comes on the heels of its warmest year. But data shows that the record-warm year of 2014 was no fluke. In fact, 2015 has a decent shot at exceeding the 2014 record, for a back-to-back string of record-warm years. Global warming is affecting the entire planet, from the ice caps of the Arctic and Antarctic, to the depths of the sea and the plains of Africa.
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The hottest year

In all of recorded history back to the mid-19th century, we haven’t seen a year warmer than 2015. Everywhere scientists looked, from Siberia to northern South America, to all of the world's major ocean basins, they found record to near-record warmth. This was the announcement the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA jointly made on Wednesday, using their databases of global surface temperatures dating back to 1880.
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Blizzard of 2016 lives up to the hype, and then some

Call it what you want to: The Blizzard of 2016, Winter Storm Jonas or Snowzilla. The fact is that for tens of millions of people from New York to the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky and West Virginia, this storm lived up to — and even exceeded — the days of hype leading up to it. In New York City, for example, millions of residents went to bed on Friday night expecting to wake up to a few inches of snow, only to find a raging blizzard outside.
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Unusually warm Arctic winter stuns scientists with record low ice extent for January

Right about now, Arctic sea ice should be building up toward its annual maximum, making most of the region impenetrable to all but the most hardened icebreakers. Instead, January and indeed much of the winter so far has been unusually mild throughout large parts of the Arctic. Nothing is as it should be for this time of year across a wide swath of the Arctic.
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Global warming policies we set today will determine the next 10,000 years

The decisions made in the next couple of decades about reducing greenhouse gas emissions will determine the severity of global warming — including potentially catastrophic sea level rise — for the next 10,000 years, according to a provocative statement by prominent climate scientists. The research, published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, examines the "deep time" implications of emissions of global warming pollutants such as carbon dioxide.
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This Louisiana tribe is now America's first official climate refugees

The first climate refugees in America speak French, and live on a dwindling sliver of land that is rapidly disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico. In a little-noticed move, the Obama administration announced on Jan. 21 that the state of Louisiana will receive about $93 million for climate resilience projects, including enabling this tribal community to "relocate to a resilient and historically significant community."
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Tropical Cyclone Winston - strongest ever seen in southern hemisphere - hits Fiji

Tropical Cyclone Winston made history when it tore across Fiji's main island of Viti Levu early on Sunday morning. It hit with staggering intensity, with estimated maximum sustained winds of up to 185 miles per hour, with gusts to 225 miles per hour. This made it the strongest tropical cyclone on record in the entire southern hemisphere, based on wind speed estimates from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
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Watch this sea snail flutter through the ocean just like a butterfly

Meet the sea butterfly. Unlike most species of zooplankton that occupy the all-important base of the marine food web, this sea snail earned its nickname by behaving more like an insect, fluttering its wings from top to bottom and contorting its tiny body to propel itself upward through the water column.
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Climate deniers lose key talking point as satellites show temperatures hit all-time highs

February was the warmest month in the satellite record of atmospheric temperatures, according to new data. This is just the first domino to fall during what will likely prove to be the warmest, or one of the warmest, months on record as more data trickles in on conditions during February. The satellite data deals a setback to climate deniers that frequently cite the satellite record of atmospheric temperatures as evidence that human-caused global warming either doesn't exist or is far smaller than scientists claim.
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Stuck jet stream pattern to spawn dangerous 'Maya Express' deluge

Blocked weather patterns tend to be a clue that something extreme is about to happen, and that is the case this week. To weather forecasters, it has been clear for more than a week now that a series of extreme events will play out across the western and south-central U.S., along with parts of Mexico, during the next several days: everything from snow in Mexico City to dangerous flooding in several states.
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Two atmospheric rivers are bombarding the U.S. with heavy rain and deadly flooding

UPDATE: March 10, 2016, 4:13 p.m. EST Heavy rainfall continues to fall in the South as a rare confluence of extreme weather events combine to break records. As of 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, 20.9 inches of rain had fallen since Monday in Monroe, Louisiana, with 18 inches at Barksdale Air Force Base and 13.5 inches in Hamburg, Arkansas.
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Andrew Freedman

Freedman is the science editor for Mashable, where he also covers extreme weather, climate science, and energy.

Prior to Mashable, Freedman was a senior science writer for Climate Central.

He has also worked as a reporter for Congressional Quarterly and Greenwire/E&E Daily. His work has also appeared in the Washington Post and online at and, where he wrote a weekly climate science column for the "Capital Weather Gang" blog.

Media appearances: Sky News, CBC Radio, NPR, Huffington Post Live, The Weather Channel, Sirius XM Radio, and other media outlets. His work has been lauded in the Columbia Journalism Review, and been mentioned online by CNN, New Republic, Time, The Hill, and The Guardian, among others.

Freedman holds a Masters Degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University and a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. He lives in Brooklyn.

He has also performed and taught improv and sketch comedy.



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