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Plants have unexpected response to climate change

By Jennifer Balmer – Science Magazine – August 8, 2014

Not all species flee rising temperatures. As the mercury has inched upward across western North America over the last 40 years, many plant species have moved downhill, toward—not away from—warmer climates, according to the results of a new study. The finding adds to growing evidence that temperature isn’t the only factor influencing how Earth’s life will respond to climate change. For full article, click here.

In Arctic Temperature Causing Extreme Weather In US, Europe, Claims New Study
Monday, 18 August 2014 00:00

By Avaneesh Pandey – International Business Times – August 12, 2014

A rapid rise in temperature in the Arctic region over the last two decades could be responsible for extreme weather events throughout the northern hemisphere, scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany said in a study published Monday. Both U.S. and Europe have seen cold snaps, heat waves and flooding in recent years. “The large number of recent high-impact extreme weather events has struck and puzzled us,” Dim Coumou, lead author of the study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said in a press release. “Of course we are warming our atmosphere by emitting CO2 from fossil fuels, but the increase in devastating heat waves in regions like Europe or the US seems disproportionate.” For full story, click here.

NOAA Climate Program Office Releases 2015-2019 Strategic Plan
Monday, 11 August 2014 00:00

Climate Program Office

The plan leverages CPO's position at the intersection of NOAA"s science and service missions, the climate research community, and the broader climate enterprise to help guide the office towards its vision: "People, businesses and the environment thriving in the face of climate impacts."  The plan will also enable to office to lead a research agenda and forge partnerships that enhance society's ability to make effective decisions. For more about the Strategic Plan, click here. To download CPO Strategic Plan, click here

Delay Action on Climate Change by 10 Years and Costs Rocket 40%: Report
Monday, 04 August 2014 00:00

Maya Rhodan – Time.com – July 29, 2014

The longer the U.S. holds off action to mitigate climate change, the more costly the effort will become, a new report shows. A new report estimates the cost of mitigating the effects of climate change could rise by as much as 40% if action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is delayed 10 years — immediately outweighing any potential savings of a delay. For full story, click here.

Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots
Monday, 28 July 2014 00:00

By Danielle Paquette – The Washington Post – July 23, 2014

Sewage gushed up Lori Burns’s toilet. It swept the floor. It wrecked the water heater, the deep freezer, her mother’s wedding veil. This basement invasion was the third in five years. Burns, 40, could no longer afford to pay a cleanup crew. So she slipped on polka dotted rain boots, waded into the muck, wrenched out the stand-pipe and watched the brown water drain. The South Side native, a marketing specialist, estimated damages at $17,000. And that did not include what she could not replace: the family heirlooms, the oriental rugs, her cashmere sweaters. The bungalow had flooded four times from 1985 to 2006, when her parents owned it. Lately, it flooded every other year. Burns felt nature was working against her. In a way, it was. As Washington still fights over whether or not climate change is real, people across the country are already paying costs scientists ascribe to it — sometimes in unexpected places. You might think about climate change in terms of rising sea levels threatening coastal cities. But all over the Midwest, from Chicago to Indianapolis and Milwaukee, residents face just as many difficult issues as changing weather patterns collide with aging infrastructure. The costs — for governments, insurance companies and homeowners — are measured not only in dollars, but in quality of life. For full story, click here.

Science Brings Clarity to Shifting Shores
Monday, 11 August 2014 00:00

By Lindsay Mann and Jessica Robertson – USGS Science 

Features – July 16, 2014Each and every day, waves move sand back and forth, onto and away from beaches. The thin ribbon of sandy barrier islands and beaches along America’s coastline shifts constantly, especially during hurricanes, nor’easters, and other extreme storms. How vulnerable is your favorite beach if a hurricane like Katrina, Ike, or Sandy paid a visit? What did your beach look like 50, 100, or 150 
years ago? What might it look like in the future? Since more than 40% of the nation’s population lives in coastal counties on both the East and West Coasts, answering questions like these will help protect millions of citizens who are at risk from changing sea level, retreating shorelines, and extreme coastal storms. For full blog post, click here.

U.S. coastal flooding on the rise, government study finds
Monday, 04 August 2014 00:00

By Ryan McNeill – Reuter – July 28, 2014

Flooding is increasing in frequency along much of the U.S. coast, and the rate of increase is accelerating along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts, a team of federal government scientists found in a study released Monday. The study examined how often 45 tide gauges along the country’s shore exceeded National Weather Service flood thresholds across several decades. The researchers found that the frequency of flooding increased at 41 locations. Moreover, they found that the rate of increase was accelerating at 28 of those locations. The highest rates of increase were concentrated along the mid-Atlantic coast. For full story, click here.

Australia Kills Off Carbon Tax
Monday, 28 July 2014 00:00

By Lenore Taylor – The Guardian – July 16, 2014

Australia’s carbon price has been repealed, leaving the nation with no legislated policy to achieve even the minimum 5% greenhouse emissions reduction target it has inscribed in international agreements. After eight years of bitter political debate, during which climate policy dominated three election campaigns and contributed to the demise of two prime ministers, after last week’s Senate drama in which the repeal was again defeated and this week’s lengthy last gasp debate, the Senate has now finally voted to make good Tony Abbott’s “pledge in blood” to “axe the tax”. For full story, click here.

White House Announces Climate Change Initiatives
Monday, 21 July 2014 00:00

By Coral Davenport – The New York Times – July 16, 2014

President Obama announced a series of climate change initiatives on Wednesday aimed at guarding the electricity supply; improving local planning for flooding, coastal erosion and storm surges; and better predicting landslide risks as sea levels rise and storms and droughts intensify. The actions, involving a variety of federal agencies, were among the recommendations of the president’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, a group of 26 officials who have worked since November to develop the proposals. For full story, click here.

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