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EDF and Google Street View Join Forces to Find and Map Natural Gas Leaks

July 27, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Mapping Leakage

Under the streets of most American cities, water and natural gas are leaking from aging pipes. Large natural gas leaks are an immediate safety risk, but even small leaks are not completely benign, and they may be more common than previously thought.[read more]

Colorado Town to East Coast Anti-Fracking Activists: You're Wrong

July 27, 2014 by Simon Lomax

Local officials in Erie, Colorado, are pushing back hard against a national environmental group for misrepresenting the outcome of a failed “ban fracking” campaign in their town. The officials say the Massachusetts-based group has “ignored or misstated” the facts.[read more]

More Evidence Global Surface Temperatures Poised To Rise Rapidly

July 26, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Potential Surface Temp Jump

A new study finds that when climate models factor in the temporary warming and cooling impact of El Niño and La Niña, they accurately predict recent global warming. And that is consistent with recent studies that led one climatologist to say, “Global temperatures look set to rise rapidly.”[read more]

Change In Antarctic Sea Ice Trend Not So Extreme, Study Finds

July 25, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Antarctic Ice Change Study

A new study finds that the change in the trend of Antarctic sea ice growth over time is “not as extreme as the published literature indicates,” as one coauthor put it. The most important thing to know about Antarctica and ice is that a large part of the South Pole’s great sheet of land ice is close collapse.[read more]

Building Climate-Resilient Communities with State Revolving Funds

July 24, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Resiliency and State Funding

Water and wastewater infrastructure systems play a vital role in our daily lives. Without these critical systems, life as we know it would not be possible. Yet much of this infrastructure is outdated, under-maintained, and in desperate need of repair.[read more]

The Climate Protection-Urban Expansion Nexus

July 23, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Climate Change and Urbanization

Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities and this urban growth trend continues uninhibited at a fast clip. By 2050 it is projected that 67 per cent of the world’s population will consist of urban dwellers. They will have to deal with Climate Change.[read more]

A New Paper on Disaster Losses and Climate Change

July 23, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.
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Disasters and Climate Change

A new paper appeared in Climatic Change this week by Visser et al. which looks at disasters and climate change. Like other studies and the IPCC assessment, Visser et al. find no trends in normalized disaster loses, looking at several metrics of economic and human losses.[read more]

President's Climate Resiliency Actions Include Risk-Mapping Tool

July 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

President Obama announced a series of climate preparedness initiatives aimed at strengthening the nation’s efforts to prepare for sea level rise and more frequent extreme weather events. Among this array of initiatives is a $13.1 million mapping project, called the 3D Elevation Program.[read more]

Obama Administration Recognizes the Climate-Resiliency Benefits of Green Infrastructure

July 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

As we‘ve seen play out in communities across the U.S., the impacts of climate change are already here. Multiple wildfires are currently burning in Western states, California’s drought is only intensifying, and extreme storms have caused flooding and heavy winds from the East Coast to the Rockies.[read more]

Obama Plan Helps Communities Prepare for Extreme Weather Brought on by Climate Change

July 18, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

Climate Change and Resiliency

New Yorkers remember all too well the alarm we felt as Superstorm Sandy pounded our city. Apartment buildings and hospitals were swamped, and entire neighborhoods went without power for days. And city officials and residents wondered: will we be ready next time?[read more]

Sea Level Rise and Global Warming [INFOGRAPHIC]

July 18, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Sea Level Rise and Risk

The coastlines are changing, what does that mean for coastal development, ecosystems and the global economy? What about real estate values, insurance costs, or that nice little seaside village where you plan to buy a house and retire? It’s all changing.[read more]

State Officials Prod California Cities to Act on Drought

July 17, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California Drought Crisis

As California enters the hottest and driest season of the year, state officials are acting today to prod California’s cities and water suppliers to take drought conditions more seriously – and none too soon. Emergency regulations drafted by the State Water Resources Control Board are clearly needed.[read more]

Drought and Energy: An Interesting Water/Energy Nexus

July 16, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

If we look at water as a supply chain, it is easy to spot the similarities to the traditional electricity supply chain, which consists of generation, transmission, distribution, and consumption. The water supply chain is comprised of water sources, transport, treatment, and consumption.[read more]

Satellite Images Show Tar Sands Extraction Obliterating Boreal Forest

July 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Environmental Risk and Fuel Extraction

The Global Forest Watch program of the World Resources Institute and Global Forest Watch Canada released maps of forest loss in the tar sands region of Alberta, in the heart of Canada’s Boreal forest. These maps make very clear how prevalent the forest loss is in and around the tar sands operations.[read more]

The Columbia River Basin Provides More than 40% of Total U.S. Hydroelectric Generation

July 7, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Columbia River Basin Hydro Power

Hydroelectric power plants located in the Columbia River Basin account for a little more than one third of all the hydroelectric capacity in the United States. The Columbia River runs from the Canadian Rockies and flows 1,214 miles through Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.[read more]