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Climate change through the lens of Google Search

Via the Google News Lab project – this Google’s data visualization aggregates popular global search trends specific to climate change –  “We wanted to show how this big issue looks when viewed through the lens of Google search data. Google data is so big — there are over 3 billion searches a day — that our challenge was how to make those huge numbers meaningful [Simon Rogers]”

UK Airports Commission: Final Report 2015

From the Report: “The London airport capacity problem has perplexed governments for over fifty years, for reasons that are not hard to find. The considerable benefits of aviation accrue to the many, while the environmental costs are borne by the (relatively) few. For those who live near them airports are noisy neighbours and are greedyContinue Reading

Northern Alaska Coastal Erosion Threatens Habitat and Infrastructure

“In a new study published [July 1, 2015], scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey found that the remote northern Alaska coast has some of the highest shoreline erosion rates in the world. Analyzing over half a century of shoreline change data, scientists found the pattern is extremely variable with most of the coast retreating atContinue Reading

Pew – Americans, Politics and Science Issues

“One of the key trends in public opinion over the past few decades has been a growing divide among Republicans and Democrats into ideologically uniform “silos.  A larger share of the American public expresses issue positions that are either consistently liberal or conservative today than did so two decades ago, and there is more alignmentContinue Reading

Report – Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth

“The growing problem of changing environmental conditions caused by climate destabilization is well recognized as one of the defining issues of our time. The root problem is greenhouse gas emissions, and the fundamental solution is curbing those emissions. Climate geoengineering has often been considered to be a “last-ditch” response to climate change, to be usedContinue Reading

Independent report for G7 on climate change risks

“A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks”, an independent report commissioned by members of the G7, identifies seven compound climate-fragility risks that pose serious threats to the stability of states and societies in the decades ahead. Based on a thorough assessment of existing policies on climate change adaptation, development cooperationContinue Reading

Report documents extensive drought in western states

Follow up to previous posting – California Curtails Senior Water Rights via ProPublica –  California’s Drought Is Part of a Much Bigger Water Crisis. Here’s What You Need to Know, by Abrahm Lustgarten, Lauren Kirchner and Amanda Zamora. June 25, 2015. “Why do I keep hearing about the California drought, if it’s the Colorado RiverContinue Reading

Study – Uncertainty in global groundwater storage estimates

Uncertainty in global groundwater storage estimates in a total groundwater stress framework. Accepted manuscript online: 16 June 2015 Full publication history  DOI: 10.1002/2015 WR017351 “Groundwater is a finite resource under continuous external pressures. Current unsustainable groundwater use threatens the resilience of aquifer systems and their ability to provide a long-term water source. Groundwater storage isContinue Reading

Report – climate change damage cost at national parks

Adapting To Climate Change in Coastal Parks: Estimating the Exposure of Park Assets to 1 m of Sea-Level Rise Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/NRSS/GRD/NRR—2015/916: “In advance of the two-year anniversary of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released a report revealing that national park infrastructure and historic and cultural resources totalling more thanContinue Reading

Paper – How Not to Save the Planet

Brooks, Thom, How Not to Save the Planet (June 19, 2015). Brooks, Thom “How Not to Save the Planet,” Ethics, Policy & Environment (target article) (Forthcoming). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2620647 “Climate change presents us with perhaps the most pressing challenge today. But is it a problem we can solve? This article argues thatContinue Reading

Extract from Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change

Via The Guardian – This is an extract from Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si – “The pope’s encyclical on climate change – on Thursday June 18, 2015 the Vatican published Pope Francis’s long-awaited encyclical on the environment, which warns of ‘serious consequences’ if the world does not act on climate change.”: “TheContinue Reading

Study – Arctic Ocean rapidly becoming more corrosive to marine species

“New research by NOAA, University of Alaska, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the journal Oceanography shows that surface waters of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas could reach levels of acidity that threaten the ability of animals to build and maintain their shells by 2030, with the Bering Sea reaching this level of acidity by 2044. “Our research showsContinue Reading