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Ethan Coffel

Ethan graduated from Northwestern in 2013 with majors in computer science and the Integrated Science Program, and he is now a PhD student at Columbia University studying atmospheric science and climate change impacts. He is currently working with high resolution climate models to better understand how and why extreme heat waves will change in the future, and to analyze what human systems may be impacted by these changes. He loves weather, airplanes, and coffee, and is very excited to finally be able to combine the three in graduate school. 

Content by Ethan Coffel

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If you are particularly unlucky, you may have at some point found yourself “bumped” from a flight – that is to say, you were kicked off and most likely left stranded.

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I recently listened to a BBC documentary about transatlantic travel that started with the correspondent’s experience on a flight from the U.S.

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Climate change has made the news recently with the announcement that the EPA will require a 30 percent reduction (from 2005 levels) in carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants by 2030.

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Around the time of the summer 2008 Olympics in Beijing, we started to hear about air pollution in Chinese cities

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The world’s mystery for the last month has been the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which vanished on March 8 shortly after departing Kuala Lumpur on a routine, twice-daily flight to Beijing.

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Many scientific fields rarely show up in the news. And, when they do, they do not generate controversy.

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Most flights have at least a few minutes of bumpiness (in my experience, always as the food is served). Some of us think it’s interesting and perhaps fun – but most flyers, of course, do not.

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It was cold enough in Chicago last Monday to freeze the deicing fluid (propyl

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