Tuesday September 16th 2014, 10:00 AMWhile this summer may have felt like fall across much of the eastern half of the U.S., worldwide the overall picture was a warm one. This August was the warmest August on record globally, according to newly released NASA temperature data, while the summer tied for the fourth warmest. [News Source]
NASA ranks this August as warmest on record.
Why fighting climate change may help the economy, not hurt it.
Tuesday September 16th 2014, 10:00 AMTwo new studies argue that reducing greenhouse gas emissions can actually result in a stronger and more vibrant economy in the United States and across the globe. It has long been thought that tackling climate change means saddling nations with job losses and economic uncertainty. Now two new studies are calling that idea into question. [News Source]
1,000ft climate observatory to tower over Amazon forest.
Tuesday September 16th 2014, 10:00 AMA 1,000ft steel tower will soon loom over the centre of the Amazon rainforest, giving scientists a clearer understanding of global climate change. [News Source]
Wind turbines kill fewer birds than do cats, cell towers.
Tuesday September 16th 2014, 10:00 AMWind turbines kill far fewer birds in North America than do cats or collisions with cell towers, says a study out Monday. [News Source]
Go low-carbon for the money, says high-profile report.
Tuesday September 16th 2014, 10:00 AMIs it too good to be true? Top economists this week lay out an audacious argument for transforming the world's economy into a low-carbon one. Even if you forget climate change, they say, it is worth doing on its own. [News Source]
Flooding from storm surge would threaten D.C. infrastructure, report says.
Tuesday September 16th 2014, 10:00 AMBy the end of this century, as sea levels rise, as much as $7 billion worth of property in the District will routinely be threatened by storm-driven floodwaters, according to a new analysis, including 1,000 homes, three military bases and a broad swath of the Mall. [News Source]
Fixing climate change may add no costs, report says.
Tuesday September 16th 2014, 10:00 AMIn decades of public debate about global warming, one assumption has been accepted by virtually all factions: that tackling it would necessarily be costly. But a new report casts doubt on that idea, declaring that the necessary fixes could wind up being effectively free. [News Source]
China to ban imports of high ash, high sulphur coal from 2015.
Tuesday September 16th 2014, 10:00 AMChina will ban the import and local sale of coal with high ash and sulphur content starting from 2015 in a bid to tackle air pollution, with tough requirements in major coastal cities set to hit Australian miners. [News Source]
Maryland faces worse climate-driven flooding, report warns.
Tuesday September 16th 2014, 10:00 AMBaltimore and Annapolis are likely to suffer serious coastal flooding again before this century is over, and people and property in Ocean City and on the lower Eastern Shore face even greater risks as climate change accelerates sea level rise along Maryland's extensive shoreline, warns a new report. [News Source]
The Gulf of Alaska is unusually warm, and weird fish are showing up.
Tuesday September 16th 2014, 10:00 AMSomething odd is happening in Northern Pacific waters: They're heating up. In fact, it hasn't been this warm in parts of the Gulf of Alaska for this long since researchers began tracking surface water temperatures in the 1980s, according to NOAA. [News Source]
Climate change cause of floods? Not quite.
Tuesday September 16th 2014, 10:00 AMNeither the prolonged floods in Kashmir this year nor the flashfloods that ravaged Uttarakhand last year can be directly attributed to climate change, Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the UN panel of climate change, said today. [News Source]