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Persistent cold air outbreaks over North America in a warming climate

Environmental Research Letters – IOP Science – Persistent cold air outbreaks over North America in a warming climate – 2015 Environ. Res. Lett. 10 044001 “This study examines future changes of cold air outbreaks (CAOs) using a multi-model ensemble of global climate simulations from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 and high resolution regionalContinue Reading

Governor Brown Directs First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Reductions

News release: “Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state’s drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient. “Today weContinue Reading

FEMA – State Mitigation Plan Review Guide

“The State Mitigation Plan Review Guide is FEMA’s official policy on, and interpretation of, the requirements for State Standard and Enhanced Mitigation Planning found at 44 Code of Federal Regulations Part 201 Mitigation Planning.  The intended use of the State Mitigation Plan Review Guide is to facilitate consistent evaluation and approval of State Mitigation PlansContinue Reading

Detekt – free tool that scans your Windows computer for traces of commercial surveillance spyware

Via FastCoExit: “Spyware like FinFisher contributes to a multi-billion dollar business. But until last week, activists had few ways to defend themselves, aside from the well-placed bit of duct tape over the computer camera and rigorous digital hygiene practices. That’s why Amnesty International, Privacy International, Digitale Gesellschaft, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation rolled out aContinue Reading

NASA – ‘megadrought’ will grip U.S. in the coming decades

Darryl Fears – Washington Post: ” The long and severe drought in the U.S. Southwest pales in comparison with what’s coming: a “megadrought” that will grip that region and the central Plains later this century and probably stay there for decades, a new study says. Thirty-five years from now, if the current pace of climateContinue Reading

Planting your spring garden? Consider climate’s ‘new normal’

“Among the most important factors determining which plants can survive where is how cold the winter is. If you’re planting a garden this spring, this set of maps can help you see how planting zones across the country have shifted ever so subtly over the past few decades in response to warming climate. Click titlesContinue Reading

New Yorker – across the planet road construction has destroyed or splintered natural habitats

What Roads Have Wrought by Michelle Nijhuis “Today, a study in Science Advances synthesizes results from Manaus [a city in northwest Brazil] with those from similar experiments worldwide, confirming what scientists have long suspected: no matter the ecosystem—forest, prairie, patch of moss—the effects of habitat fragmentation are ruinous.””[a] new study, led by Nick Haddad, aContinue Reading

Quantifying Uncertainty and Variable Sensitivity within the U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disaster Cost Estimates

Smith, Adam, Quantifying Uncertainty and Variable Sensitivity within the U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disaster Cost Estimates (March 11, 2015). Natural Hazards, 2015, DOI: 10.1007/s11069-015-1678-x. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2581699 “Research examining natural disaster costs on social and economic systems is substantial. However, there are few empirical studies that seek to quantify the uncertaintyContinue Reading

NASA – Climate change: How do we know?

NASA Global Climate Change: “The Earth’s climate has changed throughout history. Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era — and of human civilization. Most ofContinue Reading

Data.gov – Ecosystem Vulnerability Theme Adds Five New Datasets

Via Data.gov – “In a continued effort to provide key datasets that support the process of developing resilience to climate change, five additional datasets are now available in the Ecosystem Vulnerability theme. Those include: California Ocean Uses Atlas Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) Threatened and Endangered Species REST Services US Forest Service Forests To Faucets National WildlifeContinue Reading

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, March 17, 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

NOAA Global Climate Data – February 2015

“February 2015 second warmest February on record; December–February warmest on record February Arctic sea ice extent third smallest on record. The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for February 2015 was the second highest since record keeping began in 1880. Both the year-to-date (January–February) and seasonal (December–February) globally averaged temperatures were record high.”Continue Reading