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The U.S. and China Announce Joint Emissions Reductions

November 17, 2014 by Henry Auer

People in China and the United States feel the effects of global warming in their daily lives. The creeping smog hanging over Beijing and other cities, driven in part by burning coal for electric generation, severely impacts the lives of millions of Chinese citizens.[read more]

National Science Foundation: Record California Drought Directly Linked To Climate Change

October 2, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Drought and Climate Change Effects

A Stanford study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) confirms a growing body of research that finds “The atmospheric conditions associated with the unprecedented drought in California are very likely linked to human-caused climate change.”[read more]

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Reflections from Halfway Across Asia

September 18, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Biking Across Asia

Over the course of this trip across Asia we’ve been interviewing people — especially older people — as we travel, asking them if they think the climate has changed in their lifetime. We’ve been surprised by the responses. So many people say that it has in fact gotten warmer.[read more]

Here's How Global Warming Is Already Worsening Extreme Deluges In The U.S.

September 11, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Warming and Raining

One of the most robust of recent scientific findings is the direct connection between global warming and more extreme deluges and rainfall events. Scientists have observed a sharp jump in monster one- and two-day rainstorms in this country.[read more]

Global Warming Boosts Chances of Civilization-Threatening Megadroughts Here And Abroad

September 5, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Drought and Widespread Risk

By taking no serious action to slash carbon pollution and put the world on a path to 2°C warming (or less), humanity is voluntarily choosing to sharply boost the chances of the worst kinds of droughts — including the kind of multi-decade megadroughts that in the past have overturned entire civilizations.[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]

Energy Quote of the Day: '... Then we Just go Away as a Business'

August 9, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Environmental Risk and Business Damage

In a story as much about politics as oyster farming in Washington State, the democratic governor is using struggling oyster farms as an example of the effects of climate change to convince conservative voters that global warming is a real problem impacting local businesses.[read more]

The Cost of Inaction: New CEA Report

August 1, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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The Council of Economic Advisors just released an important analysis on the costs of delaying climate action. It follows on the heels of many other reports sounding the same alarm: climate change is here, it is very costly, and doing nothing to reduce dangerous carbon pollution runs intolerably high risks.[read more]

What We Don't Know About Economic Climate Change Impacts

July 24, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer
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Climate Change Economic Effects

Relatively recent econometric literature examines the impact of weather/climate on a variety of outcomes of economic interest. In order to provide an estimate of a climate impact you need two things: An estimate of how a sector responds to a change in weather/climate and projections of future climate.[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]

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]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Climate Change Mitigation vs. Adaptation and the Tragedy of the Commons

July 12, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Climate Change Futures

“Greenhouse gases mix in the atmosphere and that means it doesn’t matter where they come from. They are going to have the same damage. What that means is that any individual jurisdiction; county, state, city; taking action will incur the costs of its actions but the benefits will be distributed globally."[read more]

US to Face Profound Economic Risks from Changing Climate

June 30, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Climate Change and Business Risk

The U.S. economy could face significant and regionally diverse economic risks from climate change if it continues on its current path without proper risk management such as timely “investments in adaptation or policy efforts to mitigate climate change through lowering carbon emissions.”[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 3: Overshooting Dangerous Warming Likely, But For How Long?

June 11, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Global Warming and Growing Risk

Solving climate change is an extremely difficult—even monumental—challenge to address. Carbon emissions come from burning fossil fuels and are deeply embedded in the global economy. Turning on the lights, driving vehicles, powering industry, and living a prosperous life all emit carbon.[read more]

Why We Need CCS, Part 3: Coal

June 10, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Coal Consumption and CSS

 

While one of the most hated commodities on earth, coal is the world's most rapidly growing energy source over the course of the 21st century. Given the growth ambitions of the developing world, this trend is set to continue, creating an even greater need for a rapid CCS rollout over coming decades.[read more]