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China will soon surpass South Korea, Russia, and Japan in nuclear generating capacity

EIA – “Nuclear power currently makes up slightly more than 2% of China’s total power generation. However, the Chinese government has a stated goal to provide at least 15% of overall energy consumption by 2020 (increasing to 20% by 2030) from non-fossil fuel sources, including nuclear, hydroelectricity and other renewable sources. To help achieve thisContinue Reading

International report confirms: 2014 was Earth’s warmest year on record

NOAA, Climate markers continue to show global warming trend – July 16, 2015:  “In 2014, the most essential indicators of Earth’s changing climate continued to reflect trends of a warming planet, with several  markers such as rising land and ocean temperature, sea levels and greenhouse gases ─ setting new records.  These key findings and othersContinue Reading

McKinsey – How companies can adapt to climate change

Hauke Engel, Per-Anders Enkvist, and Kimberly Henderson – “From the early days of seafaring trade, dealing with the weather has been an integral part of doing business. Today, however, concerns over climate change are taking this to a whole new level, and companies will have to adapt to growing regulatory, environmental, and consumer pressures. ThisContinue Reading

California drought impacting rural poor – arsenic tainted water

Washington Post: “For many Californians, the state’s long drought has meant small inconveniences such as shorter showers and restrictions on watering lawns. But in two rural valleys, the Coachella southeast of Los Angeles and the San Joaquin to the north, farmworkers and other poor residents are feeling its impact in a far more serious andContinue Reading

Climate change through the lens of Google Search

Via the Google News Lab project – this Google’s data visualization aggregates popular global search trends specific to climate change –  “We wanted to show how this big issue looks when viewed through the lens of Google search data. Google data is so big — there are over 3 billion searches a day — thatContinue Reading

UK Airports Commission: Final Report 2015

From the Report: “The London airport capacity problem has perplexed governments for over fifty years, for reasons that are not hard to find. The considerable benefits of aviation accrue to the many, while the environmental costs are borne by the (relatively) few. For those who live near them airports are noisy neighbours and are greedyContinue Reading

Northern Alaska Coastal Erosion Threatens Habitat and Infrastructure

“In a new study published [July 1, 2015], scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey found that the remote northern Alaska coast has some of the highest shoreline erosion rates in the world. Analyzing over half a century of shoreline change data, scientists found the pattern is extremely variable with most of the coast retreating atContinue Reading

Pew – Americans, Politics and Science Issues

“One of the key trends in public opinion over the past few decades has been a growing divide among Republicans and Democrats into ideologically uniform “silos.  A larger share of the American public expresses issue positions that are either consistently liberal or conservative today than did so two decades ago, and there is more alignmentContinue Reading

Report – Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth

“The growing problem of changing environmental conditions caused by climate destabilization is well recognized as one of the defining issues of our time. The root problem is greenhouse gas emissions, and the fundamental solution is curbing those emissions. Climate geoengineering has often been considered to be a “last-ditch” response to climate change, to be usedContinue Reading

Independent report for G7 on climate change risks

“A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks”, an independent report commissioned by members of the G7, identifies seven compound climate-fragility risks that pose serious threats to the stability of states and societies in the decades ahead. Based on a thorough assessment of existing policies on climate change adaptation, development cooperationContinue Reading

Report documents extensive drought in western states

Follow up to previous posting – California Curtails Senior Water Rights via ProPublica –  California’s Drought Is Part of a Much Bigger Water Crisis. Here’s What You Need to Know, by Abrahm Lustgarten, Lauren Kirchner and Amanda Zamora. June 25, 2015. “Why do I keep hearing about the California drought, if it’s the Colorado RiverContinue Reading

Study – Uncertainty in global groundwater storage estimates

Uncertainty in global groundwater storage estimates in a total groundwater stress framework. Accepted manuscript online: 16 June 2015 Full publication history  DOI: 10.1002/2015 WR017351 “Groundwater is a finite resource under continuous external pressures. Current unsustainable groundwater use threatens the resilience of aquifer systems and their ability to provide a long-term water source. Groundwater storage isContinue Reading