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Experts: More grasslands, wetlands needed to help reduce flooding
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 00:00

DesMoines Register – June 22, 2013

Iowans can’t control the weather, but they could do a lot more to limit how much rainfall runs off into the state’s rivers and streams and heightens flood risks, experts say. Changes in climate and landscape — including more pavement, row crops and fewer water-absorbing acres of prairie grasses and wetlands — mean more rain and snowmelt are entering Iowa’s waters. That makes conditions ripe for severe floods like those of 2008 and 1993. For full story, click here.

Climate Change ‘Will Increasingly Affect Businesses’
Thursday, 27 June 2013 13:52

Environmental Leader – June 21, 2013

Extreme weather events, water scarcity, biodiversity loss and other global warming-related changes in the environment will increasingly affect businesses and how they operate, according to a report released by the United Nations Environment Programme. The report, GEO-5 for Business: Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Corporate Sector, says the private sector’s operating costs, markets for products and availability of raw materials will be affected by climate change. For full story, click here.

Coastal Cities And Climate Change: You're Going To Get Wet
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 00:00

Business Insider –June 16, 2013

Hurricanes and storms are nothing new for Florida. But as the oceans warm, hurricanes are growing more intense. To make matters worse, this is happening against a backdrop of sharply rising sea levels, turning what has been a seasonal annoyance into an existential threat. For full story, click here.

CC & Budget Cuts: Most Dangerous Hurricane Season Ever
Monday, 10 June 2013 13:25

By Kiley Kroh – Think Progress – May 31, 2013

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on Saturday and despite warnings of an above-average season and increasingly intense storms driven by climate change, key agencies are facing mandatory cuts that threaten their ability to prepare and protect at-risk communities. In releasing its annual hurricane season outlook last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted an “active or extremely active” season, with 13 to 20 named storms — 7 to 11 of which could become hurricanes, including 3 to 6 major hurricanes.For full story, click here.

NOAA's Climate Ready Great Lakes Offers Free Online Training Modules
Monday, 10 June 2013 00:00

NOAA – 2013

NOAA's Climate Ready Great Lakes posted three training modules online designed to help create a Great Lakes region that is "climate ready."  These modules provide stakeholders and decision makers with clear information about the Great Lakes climate, as well as strategies on adaptation.  This project was sponsored by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and the NOAA Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team.  Each module consists of a PowerPoint presentation and supplemental materials, including worksheets, handouts, and evaluation forms.  Presenters may wish to use the evaluations at the end of a presentation or training workshop.  The modules may be presented in their entirety, or users may wish to select a subset of the PowerPoint slides and support materials from one or more modules to suit their particular needs.  For more information, click here.

EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities and Climate Ready Estuaries Initiatives Release Climate Change Risk Assessment and Adaptation Planning Reports
Thursday, 27 June 2013 13:50

EPA – June 27, 2013

EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative and the Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) initiative have released two new reports that document the joint use of the Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) between water systems and the Morro Bay and Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Programs (NEP). In both pilots, CREAT was used to identify current and future climate threats and adaptation options. In Morro Bay, participants used CREAT to focus on sustainable groundwater yields considering how changes in precipitation and sea level rise would impact groundwater levels and saltwater intrusion. In the Albemarle-Pamlico NEP, water systems in the towns of Manteo and Columbia used CREAT to focus on sea level rise and intense storm events.  This project demonstrated how small communities and utilities can use CREAT to build awareness of the potential impacts from climate change and begin planning to adapt to these new conditions. The reports document the CREAT risk assessment process, results and reports, and next steps for the NEPs involved. They can be viewed here under the Tools and Resources tab.

Fate of Bloomberg’s climate-defense plan depends on relationships good and bad
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 00:00

NYaltnews – June 16, 2013

On Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a much-anticipated $20 billion plan to bolster the city’s defenses ahead of another storm like Sandy — to create, in the words of his administration, “A Stronger, More Resilient New York.” It includes more than 250 recommendations — everything from levees, floodwalls and storm barriers to updated building codes and utility upgrades. For full story, click here.

Climate change raises stakes on US ethanol policy
Monday, 10 June 2013 00:00

Your Houston News – June 6, 2013

If the climate continues to evolve as predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United States stands little to no chance of satisfying its current biofuel goals, according to a new study by Rice University and the University of California at Davis. The study published online in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science and Technology suggests that in 40 years, a hotter planet would cut the yield of corn grown for ethanol in the U.S. by an average of 7 percent while increasing the amount of irrigation necessary by 9 percent. For full story, click here.

Climate change will be slower than thought, study shows – or does it?
Monday, 03 June 2013 00:00

By Graham Readfearn – The Guardian –  May 24, 2013

When it comes to understanding the impact of human emissions on the climate, thousands of studies published over decades are what builds understanding. And so we come to new research published in the journal Nature Geoscience suggesting global warming might not occur quite so quickly as other studies have suggested it would. New Scientist magazine said the study could mean the world had a "second chance" to avoid dangerous climate change. The BBC reported how the study had concluded that the rate of global warming would "lead to lower temperature rises in the short term". The Sydney Morning Heraldalso reported that the study "could" mean global warning might be slower in the short term. For full story, click here.

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