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Category Archives: Climate Change

South Pole is last place on Earth to pass global warming milestone

NOAA, June 15, 2016: “The Earth passed another unfortunate milestone May 23 when carbon dioxide surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) at the South Pole for the first time in 4 million years. The South Pole has shown the same, relentless upward trend in carbon dioxide (CO2) as the rest of world, but its remote… Continue Reading

Paper – Trust, tribalism and tweets: has political polarization made science a “wedge issue”?

Brian Helmuth, Tarik C. Gouhier, Steven Scyphers and Jennifer Mocarski – Climate Change Responses 2016 3:3 DOI: 10.1186/s40665-016-0018-z ©  Helmuth et al. 2016 Received: 5 February 2016 Accepted: 13 May 2016 Published: 30 May 2016 “Background – Political polarization remains a major obstacle to national action on global climate change in the United States Congress, and acceptance of anthropogenic drivers strongly differs between Republicans and Democrats. But… Continue Reading

First-ever standards to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector

“As a further step in the Obama Administration’s commitment to take action on climate change and protect public health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing comprehensive steps to address methane emissions from both new and existing sources in the oil and gas sector.  For new, modified and reconstructed sources, EPA is finalizing a… Continue Reading

Air pollution to cause 6-9 million premature deaths and cost 1% GDP by 2060

“Outdoor air pollution could cause 6 to 9 million premature deaths a year by 2060 and cost 1% of global GDP – around USD 2.6 trillion annually – as a result of sick days, medical bills and reduced agricultural output, unless action is taken, according to a new OECD report. The Economic Consequences of Air… Continue Reading

e360 digest Sea Ice in Arctic Hits New Record Low

“Sea ice extent in the Arctic hit a new record spring low last month, measuring 537,000 square miles below average — an area twice the size of Texas, the National Snow and Ice Data Center announced this week. Last month’s Arctic sea ice extent was the lowest May sea ice measurement since satellite monitoring began… Continue Reading

Potential Increases in Hurricane Damage in the United States: Implications for the Federal Budget

“Damage from hurricanes is expected to increase significantly in the coming decades because of the effects of climate change and coastal development. In turn, potential requests for federal relief and recovery efforts will increase as well. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated the magnitude of the increases in hurricane damage and the associated amounts of… Continue Reading

CRS – Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Via FAS – Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress. Ronald O’Rourke, Coordinator, Specialist in Naval Affairs. May 31, 2016. “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,… Continue Reading

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