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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]

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Beyond Paris, Part 2: The Dire Consequences of Inaction

June 9, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Climate Action and Inaction

What are the future impacts of a changing climate system? Extreme weather? Higher sea level? More drought and heat waves? Where will these impacts be felt the most? Answering these questions depends on a simple factor: the quantity of carbon emissions emitted in the coming decades.[read more]

Nearly Everyone We Talk to In Turkey Says It's Getting Warmer. Is It?

June 9, 2014 by David Kroodsma
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Turkey and Global Warming

Through Google translate and an extremely basic command of the Turkish language, we have been asking people as we travel if the climate has changed where they live. We've been surprised by how unanimous the response is: nearly everyone says that it is warmer than it once was.[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]

The $4 Trillion Mistake: Climate Action Delayed Is Climate Action Denied

May 19, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change Action and Need

The International Energy Agency has issued another major report warning that we are headed for a beyond-catastrophic 11°F warming (6°C). The IEA report, “Energy Technology Perspectives," explains that delaying climate action has cost the world trillions of dollars in just the past two years.[read more]

California's Drought: Where has the Water Gone this Year?

May 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California Drought

Although there were a few storms in March and April that improved hydrology and water supply for some water districts, 2014 is still going to be a very tough year for most farmers, some cities, and the fish and wildlife in quite of a lot of California.[read more]