Andrew Freedman

Weather and Climate Journalist

New York, NY

Andrew Freedman

Digital Science Journalist Specializing in Climate and Weather.



Here's a Huge Dose of Climate Reality From Bipartisan Business Leaders

Last week, it was former Republican EPA administrators who spoke out on the need to address manmade global warming. This week, it's the turn of business leaders. On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of business leaders and former politicians, including President George W. Bush's treasury secretary, Henry Paulson Jr., issued a sharp warning about disastrous economic consequences if manmade global warming is not addressed in the near future.
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G-7 Recommits to New Treaty in Wake of U.S. Climate Rules

Meeting just a few days after President Obama announced new regulations to cut global warming emissions from the electric power sector, the Group of Seven (G-7) major industrialized countries committed to working toward an “ambitious” new climate change agreement to be negotiated in Paris in 2015. In the leaders’ “Brussels G-7 Summit Declaration” released at the conclusion of the G-7 meeting that was dominated by ongoing tensions with Russia, they endorsed the goal of limiting manmade global warming to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) or less above pre-industrial levels.
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Global Warming to Triple Frequency of Drought, Floods Along Indian Ocean

The frequency of extreme forms of a climate cycle that can cause devastating droughts and flood events from Indonesia to India to Kenya, may triple in the coming decades, according to a new study published Wednesday. The study, published in the journal Nature, ties manmade global warming to shifts in the behavior of a naturally-occurring climate cycle, known as the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD).
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Super Typhoon Haiyan: A Hint of What’s to Come?

Super Typhoon Haiyan was one of the most intense tropical cyclones at landfall on record when it struck the Philippines on Nov. 7. Its maximum sustained winds at landfall were pegged at 195 mph with gusts above 220 mph. Some meteorologists even proclaimed it to be the strongest tropical cyclone at landfall in recorded history .
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Haiyan Foretells Challenges for Military in Warming World

Super Typhoon Haiyan left the central Philippines in ruins, with a staggering death toll that could climb well above 10,000. The U.S. military is leading the international response to the devastation, along with international aid agencies. The Pentagon has dispatched an aircraft carrier and five other Navy ships, plus a separate group of at least 90 marines and specially trained humanitarian relief teams to the area.
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Panel Warns of ‘Catastrophic’ Gap in Weather Satellite Data

Unless it acts quickly, the U.S. faces the likelihood of a "catastrophic" reduction in weather and climate data starting in 2016, resulting in less reliable weather and climate forecasts, a federally-commissioned review panel said on Thursday. The Suomi NPP satellite, the newest polar-orbiting satellite in the U.S. fleet, can track ocean chlorophyll concentrations.
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Making Sense of the Moore Tornado in a Climate Context

The devastating tornado that ripped apart Moore, Okla., on Monday now joins the ranks of America’s strongest twisters on record, coming almost exactly two years after a similarly extreme and deadly tornado struck Joplin, Mo. In trying to make sense of the tragedy that unfolded in Moore, here are some of the things we know and don't know about tornadoes, and whether or how climate change may be influencing them now and into the future.

The Space Race Is On for Climate, Weather Privatization

The latest version of the "Space Race" lacks the Cold War-era drama of the last one, and does not even involve daring feats of manned spaceflight. No, this one is a race to launch a network of increasingly tiny Earth-observing satellites that will change how weather and climate information is gathered and disseminated.
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‘Drunken’ Weather Pattern Leads to Deadly Heat

The heat wave that has built across the eastern U.S. — roasting cities from Memphis to Washington to Boston in a stifling blanket of heat and humidity — has had one strange characteristic that meteorologists cannot yet explain in a long-term climate context. Rather than moving west to east, as typical weather patterns do in the Northern Hemisphere, weather systems across the country have moved in the opposite direction, like a drunken driver on a dark stretch of highway, drifting from east to west during the past two weeks.
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Bill to Shift NOAA Resources to Weather Marches On

A House bill that would mandate the nation’s top weather and climate agency shift its priorities more toward short-term weather forecasting has sped its way through the legislative process. The House Science Committee is expected to consider it in the next few weeks. The bill is aimed at changing how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) prioritizes its missions of weather, climate and ocean science.
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Hurricanes Likely to Get Stronger & More Frequent: Study

Hurricanes are Mother Nature’s largest and most destructive storms. Fed by warm ocean waters and moist atmospheric conditions, about 90 such storms — also known as tropical cyclones — form worldwide each year. With the population of coastal areas growing daily and sea level on the rise, how these monster storms may change as the climate continues to warm is an increasingly urgent question facing climate scientists, insurance companies, and public officials.
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Record Heat in June Extends Globe’s Streak to 340 Months

June was one of the hottest such months on record globally, based on newly released data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The month extended the unbroken string of warmer-than-average months to 340, or a stretch of more than 28 years. That means that no one under the age of 28 has ever experienced a month in which global average temperatures were cooler than average (based on the 20th century average).
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Andrew Freedman

Freedman is a senior science writer for Climate Central, where he covers extreme weather, climate science, and energy. Prior to working with Climate Central, he was 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.

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 with his wife Olga and their cat, Forrest.

He has also performed and taught improv and sketch comedy.



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