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COP 20 in Lima: Africa at Disproportionate Risk from Climate Change

December 3, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Africa and Climate Risk

Even though big countries’ global leadership on climate issues is crucial for any meaningful progress in international climate talks, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that many countries in Africa and Asia exhibit the dangerous combination of high vulnerability and low readiness to climate change.[read more]

Reflections on the IPCC Synthesis Report

November 5, 2014 by David Hone
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The release of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report Synthesis document on Sunday was a useful reminder of the wealth of measurements, observations and science behind the reality of the anthropocene era and the impact it is having on global ecosystems.[read more]

Methane Leaks Wipe Out Any Climate Benefit Of Fracking, Satellite Observations Confirm

October 25, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Fracking and the Risk of Methane Leaks

Satellite observations of huge oil and gas basins in East Texas and North Dakota confirm staggering 9 and 10 percent leakage rates methane. Researchers write, “at the current methane loss rates, a net climate benefit on all time frames owing to tapping unconventional resources in the analyzed tight formations is unlikely.”[read more]

Climate Change-Related Risks and Costs Exist Today

August 25, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Climate Change Risk and Cost

The risk categories with climate change need to be distinguished: first, risks based on historical data tend to occur with some degree of frequency and therefore can be expected and accounted for. Second, risks that are utterly unexpected and exhibit sudden changes with negative impacts.[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]

Obama Announces New Disaster Planning Guidance That Will Make States and Communities Better Prepared for Climate Change

July 21, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

President Obama announced that states will soon be required to consider the projected effects of climate change when planning and preparing for natural disasters. The requirement will be implemented in a revision to the FEMA guidance for “state hazard mitigation plans.”[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]

Of Climate Change and Invalidated Assumptions and Plain Old Obstinance

June 27, 2014 by Lou Grinzo
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How people, whether individually or in groups of various sizes, respond to the most obvious threats of climate change — higher temperatures and humidity, floods and droughts, and perhaps most obviously, rising sea levels — is a topic as fascinating as it is important.[read more]

7 Reasons America Should Succeed On Climate Change

June 10, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change Preparedness and Vulnerability

Predictions of what the US “will” do in the future are personal judgments on human nature and the political system. I understand why some people would be pessimistic. But the science makes clear inaction is not a rational option and that technology/economics makes clear that action is super cheap.[read more]

NOAA Predicts Relatively Quiet Atlantic Hurricane Season

June 8, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Hurricane Risk This Season

 

Sunday, June 1, marked the beginning of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a relatively inactive June-November hurricane season this year, following the quietest hurricane season in the past two decades in 2013.[read more]

What Climate Change Means for Your Garden, Flower Pots, and Favorite Park

May 31, 2014 by Frances Beinecke
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Climate Change and Local Effects

These days it is getting harder for gardeners to track the seasons. Climate change has shifted the arrival of spring and caused unpredictable frosts and rainfalls. Now cherry blossoms can arrive a month early in DC and pests can do more damage thanks to hotter temperatures.[read more]

Firenado Alert: All Of California Under Severe Drought As Climate Change Dries Out Texas

May 18, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Climate Change and Firenados

The epic drought in California worsened this week, setting up “unprecedented” fire conditions and even spawning a fire tornado. At the same time, the drought in Texas may become the third worst in the last 500 years. Both states face even worse droughts in the future thanks to climate change.[read more]

Landmark Report Warns Time Is Running Out To Save US From Climate Catastrophe

May 8, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Warning

The National Climate Assessment is the definitive statement of current and future impacts of carbon pollution on the United States. And the picture it paints is stark: Inaction will devastate much of the arable land of the nation’s breadbasket — and ruin a livable climate for most Americans.[read more]

Whiplashed by Weather?

April 19, 2014 by A Siegel

Weather Whiplash

Drastic shifts in weather (from beautiful sunny skies to dark menacing ones, from t-shirt frisbee temperatures to parka-wearing cold, etc.) are natural. Humanity, however, has recently been putting its thumb directly on the scales of what can be considered “natural.”[read more]

Floodwaters are Gone but not Forgotten: Lessons Learned from Sandy

April 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Flooding and Climate Change

 

We can help ourselves to be better prepared for a changing climate, by incorporating the insights science offers us about what kinds of changes to expect – for example, so coastal cities can plan and take better steps to prepare for changing risks from storm flooding.[read more]