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Brookings – The end of coal-fired growth in China

Brookings Editor’s Note: “The original paper titled “China’s post-coal growth” was published in Nature Geoscience and authored by Qi Ye, Nicolas Stern, Tong Wu, Jiaqi Lu and Fergus Green. When will China reach its coal peak? Most analysts have predicted that China’s coal consumption will peak somewhere between 2020 and 2040. In an article recently published in Nature Geoscience, however,… Continue Reading

Carrying capacity of U.S. agricultural land: Ten diet scenarios Research Article

Carrying capacity of U.S. agricultural land: Ten diet scenarios published July 22, 2016 at Elementa. “Strategies for environmental sustainability and global food security must account for dietary change. Using a biophysical simulation model we calculated human carrying capacity under ten diet scenarios. The scenarios included two reference diets based on actual consumption and eight “Healthy… Continue Reading

Zillow – Climate Change and Housing

By Krishna Rao on 8/2/2016 “If sea levels rise as much as climate scientists predict by the year 2100, almost 300 U.S. cities would lose at least half their homes, and 36 U.S. cities would be completely lost. One in eight Florida homes would be underwater, accounting for nearly half of the lost housing value… Continue Reading

Study – breeding conditions for Arctic shorebirds could collapse by 2070

“Climate change could make much of the Arctic unsuitable for millions of migratory birds that travel north to breed each year, according to a new international study published today in Global Change Biology.  The University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences’ researcher Hannah Wauchope said that suitable breeding conditions for Arctic shorebirds could collapse by… Continue Reading

Climate change in your county: Plan with this new tool

NOAA – “Residents, communities and businesses now have easy access to climate projections, through a few easy keystrokes, for every county in the contiguous United States. NOAA’s newly updated Climate Explorer offers downloadable maps, graphs, and data tables of observed and projected temperature, precipitation and climate-related variables dating back to 1950 and out to 2100.  … Continue Reading

At the top of the world a climate disaster is unfolding that will impact the lives of more than 1 billion people

Crisis on high – At the top of the world a climate disaster is unfolding that will impact the lives of more than 1 billion people. By China correspondent Matthew Carney, photography by Wayne McAllister “Deep in the Himalayas sits a remote research station that is tracking an alarming trend in climate change, with implications… Continue Reading

Oppressive summer heat grips large portions of U.S.

NOAA – High temperatures and extreme humidity will extend into week of July 25, 2016: “A widespread heatwave is parked over the central United States, causing heat index values to reach 110 degrees F, with some areas reaching 115 degrees by Sunday as the high pressure ridge spreads to the East. As of Friday, July… Continue Reading

2016 Climate Trends Continue to Break Records

Via NASA -“Two key climate change indicators — global surface temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent — have broken numerous records through the first half of 2016, according to NASA analyses of ground-based observations and satellite data. Each of the first six months of 2016 set a record as the warmest respective month globally in… Continue Reading

Report – Deforestation in the Amazon

The Ongoing Struggles With Deforestation in the Amazon by Council on Foreign Relations (Creative Innovation) – “Deforestation is second only to the burning of fossil fuels as a source of global greenhouse gas emissions, which scientists link to climate change. Researchers say halting and reversing land clearance in tropical forests could reduce global carbon emissions… Continue Reading

Vox – 7 biggest problems facing science according to 270 scientists

Via Vox – by Julia Belluz, Brad Plumer, and Brian Resnick, July 14, 2016: “Science is in big trouble. Or so we’re told. In the past several years, many scientists have become afflicted with a serious case of doubt — doubt in the very institution of science. Explore the biggest challenges facing science, and how… Continue Reading

Rolling Stone – Can New York Be Saved in the Era of Global Warming?

The future of America’s greatest city is at risk by Jeff Goodell – Rolling Stone, July 5, 2016. “Almost every coastal city in the world is vulnerable to sea-level rise, but nowhere is there more at stake than in New York. In purely economic terms, the New York metropolitan area is responsible for almost 10… Continue Reading

A Case Study of New York State’s Response to Extreme Weather Events

“Researchers from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) and the Rockefeller Institute of Government of the State University of New York (SUNY) have released a study evaluating New York State’s planning efforts to reduce the state’s vulnerability to future disasters. Such efforts form part of the state’s adaptations to climate change. The study analyzed… Continue Reading