SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA/NV, Jan. 23, 2018 – Keynote speaker and Stanford University professor of earth system science Dr. Noah Diffenbaugh presented his latest findings on the connections between the planet’s global warming and extreme weather events today at Tahoe South’s Operation Sierra Storm, an annual national weather conference. (

“It’s been an extreme year in California, and not only the rest of the U.S. but other parts of the world,” said Diffenbaugh. “The warming we are seeing is not consistent with natural forcing alone.”

Diffenbaugh explained based on current research and the trends it is uncovering the country will continue to experience future impacts.

“As I say in my classes, global warming is a measurement,” Diffenbaugh explained. “It is not a matter of politics. It is not a matter of belief. If you believe in thermometers you have no choice but to believe in global warming. It’s just what the thermometer is recording.”

When asked what could be done to slow down global warming, Diffenbaugh said the reality was the world was going to need to supply a lot more energy in a more equitable manner without fossil fuels.

“In order to meet the Paris goals, to stay below 2 degrees Celsius, we are going to have to decarbonize the energy system by 2050,” Diffenbaugh said. “We will need a four-fold increase in total global energy, but a 100 percent decrease in carbon. We need both those things at once.”

An interview with Diffenbaugh from Heavenly Mountain Resort and broll from his Tuesday morning presentation are available via Dropbox at the following link:

OSS features prominent scientists and experts and provides ongoing education, networking, and live broadcasts opportunities from Heavenly Mountain Resort. (

Attendees for 2018 represent: CNN, The Weather Channel, Washington Post, stations in Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Barstow, Reno, Billings, Alabama, Sioux Falls, etc.

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