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White House Fact Sheet: What Climate Change Means for Your Health and Family

Via the White House: “Today, delivering on another commitment in the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Obama Administration released a new final report called The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, which significantly advances what we know about the impacts of climate change on public health, andContinue Reading

The Deepening Story of How Climate Change Threatens Human Health

The Deepening Story of How Climate Change Threatens Human Health – Gina McCarthy, John Holdren, Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, and Kathryn Sullivan. April 4, 2016 This is a joint blog from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, EPA, the U.S. Surgeon General, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  “Climate change poses risks toContinue Reading

Solar Climate Engineering and Intellectual Property: Toward a Research Commons

Reynolds, Jesse and Contreras, Jorge L. and Sarnoff, Joshua D., Solar Climate Engineering and Intellectual Property: Toward a Research Commons (February 29, 2016). Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2753833 “Climate change is one of the greatest challenges confronting society today. Solar climate engineering (SCE) has the potentialContinue Reading

United Nations World Water Development Report 2016

United Nations World Water Assessment Programme. 2016. The United Nations World Water Development Report 2016: Water and Jobs. “Among its findings, this report shows that many jobs in the global workforce depend on water. It demonstrates that water stress and the lack of decent work can exacerbate security challenges. It also traces the link betweenContinue Reading

Paper on climate change – Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms

Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms: evidence from paleoclimate data, climate modeling, and modern observations that 2 degrees C global warming could be dangerous – Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 3761–3812, 2016, www.atmos-chem-phys.net/16/3761/2016/, doi:10.5194/acp-16-3761-2016. “We use numerical climate simulations, paleoclimate data, and modern observations to study the effect of growing ice melt from Antarctica andContinue Reading

February global temperature anomaly sets new record for globe

NOAA: “Record warmth across the globe was aided by a strong El Niño that peaked during the winter. The average temperature for the globe during December-February was 2.03°F above the 20th century average according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.  This was the highest temperature for December-February in the 1880-2016 record, surpassing theContinue Reading

EIA United Kingdom Country Analysis Brief

“The United Kingdom (UK) is the largest producer of oil and the second-largest producer of natural gas in the European Union. The United Kingdom (UK) is the fifth-largest economy in the world in terms of gross domestic product. Following years as a net exporter of crude oil and natural gas, the UK became a netContinue Reading

Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

Via Steven Aftergood – FAS: “The term “climate change” was included for the first time in the latest revision of the Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms (Joint Publication 1-02), published last week. Climate change is officially defined by DoD as “Variations in average weather conditions that persist over multiple decades orContinue Reading

NASA Finds Drought in Eastern Mediterranean Worst of Past 900 Years

“A new NASA study finds that the recent drought that began in 1998 in the eastern Mediterranean Levant region, which comprises Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Turkey, is likely the worst drought of the past nine centuries. Scientists reconstructed the Mediterranean’s drought history by studying tree rings as part of an effort toContinue Reading

Paper – Four billion people facing severe water scarcity

Science Advances 12 Feb 2016: Vol. 2, no. 2, e1500323 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500323 “Freshwater scarcity is increasingly perceived as a global systemic risk. Previous global water scarcity assessments, measuring water scarcity annually, have underestimated experienced water scarcity by failing to capture the seasonal fluctuations in water consumption and availability. We assess blue water scarcity globally atContinue Reading

Southwest sliding into a drier climate

News release: “The weather patterns that typically bring moisture to the southwestern United States are becoming more rare, an indication that the region is sliding into the drier climate state predicted by global models, according to a new study. “A normal year in the Southwest is now drier than it once was,” said Andreas Prein,Continue Reading

NOAA, CIRES study: Wind, sun could eclipse fossil fuels for electric power by 2030

NOAA – “The United States could slash greenhouse gas emissions from power production by up to 78 percent below 1990 levels within 15 years while meeting increased demand, according to a new study by NOAA and University of Colorado Boulder researchers. The study used a sophisticated mathematical model to evaluate future cost, demand, generation andContinue Reading