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Weather conditions continue record breaking snow melt in Greenland

Washingotn Post: “The Danish Meteorological Institute reported that although it’s only April, nearly 12 percent of the ice sheet’s surface is covered with a layer of meltwater of a depth of at least a millimeter. “The former top 3 earliest dates for a melt area larger than 10% were previously all in May (5th May 2010, 8th May 1990,Continue Reading

U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emission Trends and the Role of the Clean Power Plan

CRS report via FAS – U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emission Trends and the Role of the Clean Power Plan, Jonathan L. Ramseur, Specialist in Environmental Policy. April 11, 2016. “Recent international negotiations and domestic policy developments have generated interest in current and projected U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emission levels. GHG emissions are generated throughout the UnitedContinue Reading

World Bank Group Unveils New Climate Action Plan

“The World Bank Group today announced plans to help developing countries add 30 gigawatts of renewable energy – enough to power 150 million homes – to the world’s energy capacity, bring early warning systems to 100 million people and develop climate-smart agriculture investment plans for at least 40 countries – all by 2020. These areContinue Reading

24/7 Wall Street – The Healthiest County in Every State

The Healthiest County in Every State By Thomas C. Frohlich and Evan Comen April 7, 2016. “Governments, individuals, and corporations spend an enormous amount of time and money to keep Americans healthy. Investments in anything from medical research, health care, insurance, nutritional programs, and exercise facilities is meant to improve residents’ health and well-being. SuchContinue Reading

White House Fact Sheet: What Climate Change Means for Your Health and Family

Via the White House: “Today, delivering on another commitment in the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Obama Administration released a new final report called The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, which significantly advances what we know about the impacts of climate change on public health, andContinue Reading

The Deepening Story of How Climate Change Threatens Human Health

The Deepening Story of How Climate Change Threatens Human Health – Gina McCarthy, John Holdren, Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, and Kathryn Sullivan. April 4, 2016 This is a joint blog from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, EPA, the U.S. Surgeon General, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  “Climate change poses risks toContinue Reading

Solar Climate Engineering and Intellectual Property: Toward a Research Commons

Reynolds, Jesse and Contreras, Jorge L. and Sarnoff, Joshua D., Solar Climate Engineering and Intellectual Property: Toward a Research Commons (February 29, 2016). Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2753833 “Climate change is one of the greatest challenges confronting society today. Solar climate engineering (SCE) has the potentialContinue Reading

United Nations World Water Development Report 2016

United Nations World Water Assessment Programme. 2016. The United Nations World Water Development Report 2016: Water and Jobs. “Among its findings, this report shows that many jobs in the global workforce depend on water. It demonstrates that water stress and the lack of decent work can exacerbate security challenges. It also traces the link betweenContinue Reading

Paper on climate change – Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms

Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms: evidence from paleoclimate data, climate modeling, and modern observations that 2 degrees C global warming could be dangerous – Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 3761–3812, 2016, www.atmos-chem-phys.net/16/3761/2016/, doi:10.5194/acp-16-3761-2016. “We use numerical climate simulations, paleoclimate data, and modern observations to study the effect of growing ice melt from Antarctica andContinue Reading

February global temperature anomaly sets new record for globe

NOAA: “Record warmth across the globe was aided by a strong El Niño that peaked during the winter. The average temperature for the globe during December-February was 2.03°F above the 20th century average according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.  This was the highest temperature for December-February in the 1880-2016 record, surpassing theContinue Reading

EIA United Kingdom Country Analysis Brief

“The United Kingdom (UK) is the largest producer of oil and the second-largest producer of natural gas in the European Union. The United Kingdom (UK) is the fifth-largest economy in the world in terms of gross domestic product. Following years as a net exporter of crude oil and natural gas, the UK became a netContinue Reading

Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

Via Steven Aftergood – FAS: “The term “climate change” was included for the first time in the latest revision of the Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms (Joint Publication 1-02), published last week. Climate change is officially defined by DoD as “Variations in average weather conditions that persist over multiple decades orContinue Reading