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Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress. Ronald O’Rourke, Coordinator Specialist in Naval Affairs. December 21, 2015. “The diminishment of Arctic sea ice has led to increased human activities in the Arctic, and has heightened interest in, and concerns about, the region’s future. The United States, by virtue of Alaska, is an ArcticContinue Reading

Witnessing Climate Change Everywhere

MIT Technology Review – Witnessing Climate Change Everywhere – “On an Instagram account called everydayclimatechange, the photographer James Whitlow Delano curates pictures that document causes and effects of global warming and responses to it.”

Pew – 15 striking findings from 2015

“Every year, we look back at our research to select the most memorable facts that illustrate important trends shaping our world. At Pew Research Center, the topics we analyze range from the specific subjects of video gaming and family caregivers to broader areas like political attitudes, global climate change and religious affiliation.”

NOAA Releases Arctic Report Card 2015

“On Tuesday, December 15, 2015 NOAA [released] the latest scientific observations of the Arctic environment at a press conference hosted by the American Geophysical Union at its Annual Fall Meeting in San Francisco.  The Arctic is on the front lines of global climate change, warming more than twice as fast as lower latitudes. Now in itsContinue Reading

Surviving and Thriving in the Face of Rising Seas 2015

Union of Concerned Scientists: “Sea levels are rising as global warming heats up the planet. The risks of tidal flooding and storm surge have grown significantly. In the U.S., sea levels are rising fastest along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico. The growing consequences of climate change threaten communities up and down the U.S.Continue Reading

UN Adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Conference of the Parties Twenty-first session Paris, 30 November to 11 December 2015.FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1. 12 December 2015. “Welcoming the adoption of United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES/70/1, “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, in particular its goal 13, and the adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the third International Conference onContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Aviation Finance, Climate Information, Medicaid Financing

Aviation Finance: Observations on the Effects of Budget Uncertainty on FAA, GAO-16-198R: Published: Nov 19, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 2015. Climate Information: A National System Could Help Federal, State, Local, and Private Sector Decision Makers Use Climate Information, GAO-16-37: Published: Nov 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 2015. Medicaid Financing: Questionnaire Data on States’Continue Reading

Mainstreaming Climate Action within Financial Institutions

The World Bank: “An unprecedented number of the world’s leading financial institutions from across the globe have joined the World Bank Group and other multilateral development banks in signing onto new principles to integrate climate change into their financing and operations. All together 26 financial institutions from developing and developed countries with combined balance sheetsContinue Reading

The Global Carbon Atlas

“The Global Carbon Atlas is a platform to explore and visualize the most up-to-date data on carbon fluxes resulting from human activities and natural processes. Human impacts on the carbon cycle are the most important cause of climate change. The graphics and data sources are made available in the belief that their wide dissemination willContinue Reading

The first worldwide air map

“As the UN Summit on Climate Change ramps up in Paris, Plume Labs, a maker of environmental software for health and well being, announced today the launch of its World Air Map, a live map of air pollution around the world. The data revolution can help policymakers cut air pollution and communities take back controlContinue Reading

FSB to establish Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

News release – “The Financial Stability Board (FSB) announced today it is establishing an industry-led disclosure task force on climate-related financial risks under the chairmanship of Michael R. Bloomberg. The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) will develop voluntary, consistent climate-related financial risk disclosures for use by companies in providing information to lenders, insurers,Continue Reading

Wiley Online Library – New Free Open Source Journal on Global Challenges

Global Challenges: An innovative journal for tackling humanity’s major challenges: “Climate change, energy poverty and security, health security and disease, food and nutrition security, and ensuring safe access to water and sanitation are some of humanity’s major challenges. They can lead to poverty and inequality within a world population projected to grow to 9 billion byContinue Reading