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Animation shows how the Earth has warmed up since 1850

Via World Economic Forum: “It is difficult to really visualize global warming, but a new animation vividly illustrates how much global temperatures have risen since 1850. Constructed using data from the UK’s Met Office, the animation shows global warming rapidly gathering pace in recent years. What’s different about it? Ed Hawkins, a climate scientist at… Continue Reading

The Risky Business Project has released reports quantifying the economic risks posed by a changing climate

“Risky Business reports have identified climate risks to the nation, the Midwest, and the Southeast and Texas, and California. A new report released in 2016 will examine opportunities to strengthen the U.S. economy by reducing these risks.” The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States – “A Climate Risk Assessment for the United… Continue Reading

Raisins and Resilience: Elaborating Home’s Compensation Analysis with an Eye to Coastal Climate Change Adaptation

Galperin, Josh, Raisins and Resilience: Elaborating Home’s Compensation Analysis with an Eye to Coastal Climate Change Adaptation (February 1, 2016). Stanford Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 35, No. 3, 2016. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2781970 “The State of New Jersey, the Borough of Harvey Cedars, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers were all preparing for… Continue Reading

NOAA – Long term warm weather anomalies are the new normal

National Centers for Environmental Information – NOAA: “April 2016 was characterized by warmer to much warmer-than-average conditions across most of Earth’s land surfaces, according to the Land & Ocean Temperature Percentiles map. The most notable warm temperature departures were observed across much of Russia and Alaska, where temperatures were 3.0°C (5.4°F) or greater above average.… Continue Reading

World Bank Report – Unprepared for a Risky Future

“A new report is warning that the world is ill-prepared for an increasing rise in disasters, spurred by climate change, rising populations and increasing vulnerability of people in large cities and unregulated housing. The report, The Making of a Riskier Future: How Our Decisions are Shaping the Future of Disaster Risk, calls for a radical… Continue Reading

State of the World’s Plants 2016

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew – “This is the first document to collate current knowledge on the state of the world’s plants. A large team of researchers has reviewed published literature, scrutinised global databases and synthesised new datasets. The output presented here represents a status report on our knowledge of global vegetation as it stands in… Continue Reading

Report – Opportunities to Reduce Vulnerability to Drought are Within Reach

“As extreme drought continues to hit much of Sub-Saharan Africa, leaving millions of people in need of emergency assistance, a new report led by the World Bank focuses on interventions that could increase long term resilience to drought. Launched at the First Great Green Wall Conference held in Dakar, the report Confronting Drought in Africa’s… Continue Reading

Report – Climate-exodus expected in the Middle East and North Africa

Part of the Middle East and North Africa may become uninhabitable due to climate change, May 02, 2016. “The number of climate refugees could increase dramatically in future. Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia have calculated that the Middle East and North Africa could become so hot… Continue Reading

Climate-Driven Water Scarcity Could Hit Economic Growth by Up to 6 Percent in Some Regions

“Water scarcity, exacerbated by climate change, could cost some regions up to 6 percent of their GDP, spur migration, and spark conflict, according to a new World Bank report released today. High and Dry: Climate Change, Water and the Economy, says the combined effects of growing populations, rising incomes, and expanding cities will see demand… Continue Reading

100% clean and renewable wind, water, and sunlight all-sector energy roadmaps for the 50 United States

Via Vox – Here’s what it would take for the US to run on 100% renewable energy – Updated by David Robert – “The road maps show how 80 to 85 percent of existing energy could be replaced by wind, water, and solar by 2030, with 100 percent by 2050.” Energy Environ. Sci., 2015,8, 2093-2117:… Continue Reading

Will droughts turn the Amazon into a giant source of carbon pollution?

NOAA: “Will droughts turn the Amazon into a giant source of carbon pollution? As climate change increases temperatures and alters rainfall patterns across South America, scientists are concerned that the Amazon rainforest will shift from a carbon sponge to a carbon source. New research published today in the journal Global Change Biology highlights this disturbing… Continue Reading

A Bear’s-Eye View of Yellowstone

Via National Geographic: What do bears eat? How far do they roam? Find out in this interactive journey through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Continue Reading