Wednesday June 19th 2013, 10:00 AMGovernments around the world have just received one of the most important scientific reports ever written. It provides the starkest assessment yet of how the earth's climate is responding to rising levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and creating risks for billions of people from extreme weather events and rising sea levels. [News Source]
Climate change by the numbers.
US Army Corps declines environmental reviews for coal export terminals.
Wednesday June 19th 2013, 10:00 AMThe Army Corps of Engineers said it would not conduct an area-wide or cumulative review of various coal export terminal proposals in Oregon and Washington state, despite concerns over their environmental impact. [News Source]
New effort to quantify ‘social cost’ of pollution.
Wednesday June 19th 2013, 10:00 AMThe Obama administration is making a second attempt to systematically account for the dollar damage from greenhouse gas pollution, even with no consensus on how to forestall global warming or whether to do so. [News Source]
Record 2012 Greenland melt challenges climate models.
Wednesday June 19th 2013, 10:00 AMA weather pattern that may have become more common in recent years was largely responsible for causing last summer’s record melt in Greenland, according to a new study. [News Source]
Opinion: Grand Theft Climate.
Wednesday June 19th 2013, 10:00 AMPETA created a video game where you hurt research scientists. The best response would be to create video games that require science: Real Space Invaders, or Grand Theft Climate. [News Source]
St. Tammany linked to coastal parishes during hurricanes.
Wednesday June 19th 2013, 10:00 AMFactor in the effects of sea level rise, climate change and coastal erosion, St. Tammany Parish residents were told, and it could portend more flooding to come for parish residents, many of whom might not think of themselves being nearly as vulnerable as other communities. [News Source]
Nobel peace laureates urge Obama and Kerry to nix Keystone XL.
Wednesday June 19th 2013, 10:00 AMFirmly linking the Keystone XL pipeline with climate change, 10 Nobel Peace Prize winners are urging President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the project. [News Source]
World’s poorest will feel brunt of climate change, warns World Bank.
Wednesday June 19th 2013, 10:00 AMMillions of people around the world are likely to be pushed back into poverty because climate change is undermining economic development in poor countries, the World Bank has warned. [News Source]
Climate change threatens trouble in the near future.
Wednesday June 19th 2013, 10:00 AMThe World Bank is beginning to commit billions of dollars to flood prevention, water management and other projects to help major Asian cities avoid the expected impact of climate change, a dramatic example of how short the horizon has become to alleviate the effects of global warming. [News Source]
New York adds 600,000 residents to storm evacuation zones.
Wednesday June 19th 2013, 10:00 AMIn the wake of deadly Superstorm Sandy, New York officials have added 600,000 residents to the city's storm evacuation zones, according to maps released Tuesday. [News Source]
All-time heat records broken in . . . Alaska?!
Wednesday June 19th 2013, 10:00 AMA massive dome of high pressure, sometimes referred to as a "heat dome," has set up shop over Alaska, bringing all-time record temperatures just a few weeks after parts of the state had a record cold start to spring. In some cases, towns in Alaska were warmer on Monday than most locations in the lower 48 states. [News Source]