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Category Archives: Climate Change

National Geodetic Survey damage assessment imagery available online

“From October 7-10, 2016, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) collected damage assessment imagery for more than 1,200 square miles in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The aerial imagery was collected in specific areas identified by FEMA and the National Weather Service. Select the round icon with directional arrows using your mouse (or your finger) and slide back and forth to view a “before and after” comparison. “Before” images are provided by Mapbox, Digital Globe, and OpenStreetMap; “After” images were captured by NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.”

Report – Investing in Urban Resilience

World Bank – “Natural disasters – such as Hurricane Matthew – and climate change are having devastating effects on cities and the 4 billion people who live in them today.  By 2030, without significant investment into making cities more resilient, natural disasters may cost cities worldwide $314 billion each year, up from around $250 billion… Continue Reading

Energy-related CO2 emissions for first six months of 2016 are lowest since 1991

EIA – “U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions totaled 2,530 million metric tons in the first six months of 2016. This was the lowest emissions level for the first six months of the year since 1991, as mild weather and changes in the fuels used to generate electricity contributed to the decline in energy-related emissions.… Continue Reading

WHO – Mapping Dangerous Levels of Air Pollution

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the University of Bath have creative an interactive map demonstrating findings from their newly developed method for calculating air pollution which reveals that 92 percent of the world’s population live in places with dangerously high levels of pollution. The method uses satellite and ground-level data and airflow models to… Continue Reading

Pew – The Politics of Climate

“Political fissures on climate issues extend far beyond beliefs about whether climate change is occurring and whether humans are playing a role, according to a new, in-depth survey by Pew Research Center. These divisions reach across every dimension of the climate debate, down to people’s basic trust in the motivations that drive climate scientists to… Continue Reading

GAO – Information on NOAA’s Support for States’ Marine Coastal Ecosystem Resilience Efforts

Climate Change: Information on NOAA’s Support for States’ Marine Coastal Ecosystem Resilience Efforts, GAO-16-834: Published: Sep 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2016. “Climate assessments predict that floods and other extreme weather events will become more common and intense, putting coastal areas—which are home to more than half of the U.S. population—at risk. The wetlands, marshes, and mangroves… Continue Reading

Paper – A Brief History of Marine Litter Research

Marine Anthropogenic Litter pp 1-25. 02 June 2015. A Brief History of Marine Litter Research. Peter G. Ryan. 10.1007/978-3-319-16510-3_1 “This chapter traces the history of marine litter research from anecdotal reports of entanglement and plastic ingestion in the 1960s to the current focus on microplastics and their role in the transfer of persistent organic pollutants to marine… Continue Reading

Sea-Level Rise and U.S. Coasts: Science and Policy Considerations

CRS report via FAS – Sea-Level Rise and U.S. Coasts: Science and Policy Considerations, Peter Folger – Specialist in Energy and Natural Resources Policy; Nicole T. Carter, Specialist in Natural Resources Policy. September 12, 2016. “Some states, such as Florida and Louisiana, and U.S. territories have a considerable share of their assets, people, economies, and… Continue Reading

Study – How Much Do You Pollute? Individuals Can Calculate Their Bay Footprint

Chesapeake Bay Foundation: “If everyone in the Chesapeake Bay drainage area consumed only the recommended amount of protein, the associated reductions in nitrogen pollution would be equivalent to what is needed to save the Chesapeake Bay. That is one of the findings of an exercise by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and the University of… Continue Reading

Climate Change: Frequently Asked Questions about the 2015 Paris Agreement

CRS report via FAS  – Climate Change: Frequently Asked Questions about the 2015 Paris Agreement, Jane A. Leggett, Specialist in Energy and Environmental Policy; Richard K. Lattanzio, Specialist in Environmental Policy. September 1, 2016. “Experts broadly agree that stabilizing greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere to avoid dangerous GHG-induced climate change could be accomplished… Continue Reading

Will NYC become a gradual Atlantis?

New York Magazine – Even locals who believe climate change is real have a hard time grasping that their city will almost certainly be flooded beyond recognition, by Andrew Rice “Klaus Jacob, a German professor affiliated with Columbia’s University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, is a geophysicist by profession and a doomsayer by disposition. I’ve gotten to… Continue Reading

American landfills and waste production – landfills over time, size and location

How Much Trash in Near Your Home?: “The average American tosses 4.4 pounds of trash every single day. It may not seem all that astonishing on the surface, but with 323.7 million people living in the United States, that is roughly 728,000 tons of daily garbage – enough to fill 63,000 garbage trucks. That is… Continue Reading