Global Warming and Climate Change News

A Florida city voted to split the state in two because of concerns over climate change.
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 10:00 AM

The South Miami City Commission voted 3 to 2 for Florida's 23 southern counties to secede and form a new state named South Florida because of frustration over environmental issues and a lack of concern by state leaders. [News Source]

Insurers ‘ill-prepared’ for climate change risks.
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 10:00 AM

Most leading insurance companies in the US are profoundly ill-prepared to deal with the risks of climate change, an environmental lobby group has warned. Only a handful of companies have developed robust internal climate policies according to a report by Ceres. [News Source]

Coal miners fired in Appalachia getting hired in Wyoming.
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 10:00 AM

With the U.S. coal industry in its worst decline in decades, companies are pivoting toward pockets of future profit. No prospect is bigger than the Powder River Basin, a high, mineral-rich plain of yellow grass and sagebrush stretching from central Wyoming to southern Montana. [News Source]

Protecting key Native American site from erosion.
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 10:00 AM

A $199,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will allow researchers at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science to help protect Werowocomoco – one of the most important Native American sites in the eastern U.S. – from shoreline erosion and sea-level rise. [News Source]

Ice loss sends Alaskan temperatures soaring by 7C.
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 10:00 AM

If you doubt that parts of the planet really are warming, talk to residents of Barrow, the Alaskan town that is the most northerly settlement in the US. In the last 34 years, the average October temperature in Barrow has risen by more than 7°C − an increase that, on its own, makes a mockery of international efforts to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 2°C above their pre-industrial levels. [News Source]

U.S. insurers meet climate risk with ‘deeply troubling’ silence.
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 10:00 AM

Even though insurers are in the business of protecting others from risk, a new report shows that most major United States players are turning a blind eye to a serious threat to their own bottom line—climate change. [News Source]

There’s a surprisingly strong link between climate change and violence.
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 10:00 AM

Earlier this year, when a study came out suggesting global warming will increase the rates of violent crimes in the United States -- producing "an additional 22,000 murders, 180,000 cases of rape," and many other crime increases by the year 2099, it drew widespread criticism. [News Source]

Cities to boost use of new-energy vehicles.
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 10:00 AM

Thirteen cities in North China, including Beijing, Tianjin and some cities in Hebei Province, will add over 20,000 new-energy vehicles to their public transportation fleets before the end of 2015 as part of a regional action plan to combat rampant air pollution, news portal 163.com reported on Wednesday. [News Source]

Climate change could ruin leaf peeping for us.
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 10:00 AM

Leaf peeping can pump hundreds of millions of tourist dollars into the economies of particularly colorful areas. But now climate change hovers in the background, threatening to alter future versions of this annual color show. [News Source]

Thermal coal still a goldmine for Australia.
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 10:00 AM

Don't write thermal coal off yet. The combination of very high power prices in Japan, new technology and the fact that world temperatures have not increased in the last decade is giving coal another chance given its low price. [News Source]

Mountain goats are shrinking – a lot – because of global warming.
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 10:00 AM

Wild mountain goats in the Italian Alps have gotten significantly smaller over the past few decades in response to a warming climate, scientists report – a result more dramatic than expected, suggesting that a changing climate may have significant impacts on natural systems in the near term in ways that are only beginning to be understood. [News Source]