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EU Briefing What Think Tanks are thinking

“The United States choses its next president on 8 November, with implications for international relations, security, trade and fight against climate change. The vote follows an acrimonious campaign, which analysts say points to a deeply divided nation on issues such as the US international role, immigration, social protection, taxation as well as trade and industrial… Continue Reading

Monthly record-warm streak ends, September 2nd warmest on record for globe

NOAA: “August’s warmth spread into September, contributing to the warmest year to date for the globe, but not enough to continue the recent 16-month streak of record warmth. Even so, September 2016 ranked as the second warmest September on record.    September was 1.60 degrees F above the 20th-century average, missing last year’s record for the month by just 0.07 degrees, according to scientists… Continue Reading

The Fragile Menagerie: Biodiversity Loss, Climate Change, and the Law

Chen, James Ming, The Fragile Menagerie: Biodiversity Loss, Climate Change, and the Law (November 2, 2016). Available  for download at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2862882 “The greatest vectors of biodiversity loss in the Anthropocene epoch are climate change, habitat destruction, invasive species, pollution, population, and overkill. Perversely enough, the legal understanding of extinction mechanisms remains frozen in time,… Continue Reading

Before the Flood – Full Movie free to stream via National Geographic until Nov 6 2016

Before the Flood – Full Movie | National Geographic “Join Leonardo DiCaprio as he explores the topic of climate change, and discovers what must be done today to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.” Continue Reading

National Geodetic Survey damage assessment imagery available online

“From October 7-10, 2016, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) collected damage assessment imagery for more than 1,200 square miles in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The aerial imagery was collected in specific areas identified by FEMA and the National Weather Service. Select the round icon with directional arrows using your mouse (or your finger) and… Continue Reading

Report – Investing in Urban Resilience

World Bank – “Natural disasters – such as Hurricane Matthew – and climate change are having devastating effects on cities and the 4 billion people who live in them today.  By 2030, without significant investment into making cities more resilient, natural disasters may cost cities worldwide $314 billion each year, up from around $250 billion… Continue Reading

Energy-related CO2 emissions for first six months of 2016 are lowest since 1991

EIA – “U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions totaled 2,530 million metric tons in the first six months of 2016. This was the lowest emissions level for the first six months of the year since 1991, as mild weather and changes in the fuels used to generate electricity contributed to the decline in energy-related emissions.… Continue Reading

WHO – Mapping Dangerous Levels of Air Pollution

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the University of Bath have creative an interactive map demonstrating findings from their newly developed method for calculating air pollution which reveals that 92 percent of the world’s population live in places with dangerously high levels of pollution. The method uses satellite and ground-level data and airflow models to… Continue Reading

Pew – The Politics of Climate

“Political fissures on climate issues extend far beyond beliefs about whether climate change is occurring and whether humans are playing a role, according to a new, in-depth survey by Pew Research Center. These divisions reach across every dimension of the climate debate, down to people’s basic trust in the motivations that drive climate scientists to… Continue Reading

GAO – Information on NOAA’s Support for States’ Marine Coastal Ecosystem Resilience Efforts

Climate Change: Information on NOAA’s Support for States’ Marine Coastal Ecosystem Resilience Efforts, GAO-16-834: Published: Sep 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2016. “Climate assessments predict that floods and other extreme weather events will become more common and intense, putting coastal areas—which are home to more than half of the U.S. population—at risk. The wetlands, marshes, and mangroves… Continue Reading

Paper – A Brief History of Marine Litter Research

Marine Anthropogenic Litter pp 1-25. 02 June 2015. A Brief History of Marine Litter Research. Peter G. Ryan. 10.1007/978-3-319-16510-3_1 “This chapter traces the history of marine litter research from anecdotal reports of entanglement and plastic ingestion in the 1960s to the current focus on microplastics and their role in the transfer of persistent organic pollutants to marine… Continue Reading

Sea-Level Rise and U.S. Coasts: Science and Policy Considerations

CRS report via FAS – Sea-Level Rise and U.S. Coasts: Science and Policy Considerations, Peter Folger – Specialist in Energy and Natural Resources Policy; Nicole T. Carter, Specialist in Natural Resources Policy. September 12, 2016. “Some states, such as Florida and Louisiana, and U.S. territories have a considerable share of their assets, people, economies, and… Continue Reading