Climate Change News
By Susan Montoya Bryan – SFGate – April 9, 2014
As temperatures climb across the Southwest, researchers have found some species will win, but others stand to lose — and lose big. The U.S. Geological Survey and researchers from the University of New Mexico and Northern Arizona University released a report this week that takes a closer look at some of the effects climate change is likely to have on species such as the desert tortoise and the pinyon jay. The jay stands to lose nearly one-third of its breeding range, while other birds could lose as much as 80 percent by the end of the century. On the other hand, the tortoise is the only reptile studied that isn't projected to see a decrease in suitable habitat. For full story, click here.
By Sandy Bauers – Portland Press Herald – March 30, 2014
About 15 years ago, Villanova University biology professor Robert Curry was looking for a project that would allow his students to investigate something interesting without much travel. He found it in a cheeky little bird with a black cap, familiar to anyone with a backyard feeder: the chickadee. His idea was to catch a lot of birds (with special nets), band them to identify individuals and keep track of all they did – who was nesting with whom and where, how many offspring they had, where the young went when they set out on their own. Little did Curry know how quickly this creature, weighing less than two quarters, would provide clear evidence of birds moving northward – at quite a clip – in association with climate change. For full story, click here.
By Suzanne Goldberg – The Guardian – March 31, 2014
A United Nations report raised the threat of climate change to a whole new level on Monday, warning of sweeping consequences to life and livelihood. The report from the UN's intergovernmental panel on climate change concluded that climate change was already having effects in real time – melting sea ice and thawing permafrost in the Arctic, killing off coral reefs in the oceans, and leading to heat waves, heavy rains and mega-disasters. And the worst was yet to come. Climate change posed a threat to global food stocks, and to human security, the blockbuster report said. “Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change,” said Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the IPCC. For full story, click here.
By Alexander Saltarin – Tech Times – April 8, 2014
A new study shows that two of the top U.S. cable news companies are guilty of airing misleading reports about climate change. The study also showed that of the top three cable networks, MSNBC aired the most accurate reports on climate issues. The study was conducted by Aaron Heurtas and Rachel Kriegsman from the Union of Concerned Scientists. The aim of the study was to asses the accuracy of cable new coverage relating to climate science, climate change and other climate-related issues. For full story, click here.
Global Post – March 31, 2014
On the same day the world's scientists issued their latest report on climate change and the risks it poses to society, the nation's biggest oil and gas company said the world's climate policies are "highly unlikely" to stop it from selling fossil fuels far into the future. Exxon Mobil issued a report Monday on the risks that climate change policies could pose to the value of its assets and future profitability, by coincidence on the same day as the latest paper by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a Nobel Prize-winning United Nations group assembled to assess the science and risks of climate change. For full story, click here.
By Scott K. Johnson – Ars Technica – March 31, 2014 – Video
A few months ago, we covered the release of the first section of the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which dealt with the physical science of climate and climate change. After one last meeting in Yokohama, Japan, the authors of the section on climate “Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability” have released the final draft of their work. (One additional section will be released in just a couple of weeks, with a synthesis report and the full, official release due at the end of October.) This thirty-chapter report on climate impacts is the product of 679 scientists from around the world, and it cites over 12,000 studies. Its goal is to summarize observed climate impacts, lay out future risks, and describe types of adaptation that could help manage those risks. For full story and to view video, click here. For Final Draft Report, click here.
U.S. Government Accountability Office – March 4, 2014
According to assessments by the National Research Council and the U.S. Global Change Research Program, U.S. energy infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable to a range of climate change impacts-particularly infrastructure in areas prone to severe weather and water shortages. Climate changes are projected to affect infrastructure throughout all major stages of the energy supply chain, thereby increasing the risk of disruptions. GAO was asked to examine the vulnerability of the nation's energy infrastructure to climate change impacts. This report examines: (1) what is known about potential impacts of climate change on U.S. energy infrastructure; (2) measures that can reduce climate-related risks and adapt energy infrastructure to climate change; and (3) the role of the federal government in adapting energy infrastructure and adaptation steps selected federal entities have taken. GAO reviewed climate change assessments, analyzed studies and agency documents, and interviewed federal agency officials and industry stakeholders, including energy companies that have implemented adaptive measures. To access the report, click here.
The White House – March 19, 2014
Delivering on a commitment in the President's Climate Action Plan, released in June 2013, the Obama Administration has launched the Climate Data Initiative - a broad effort to leverage the federal government's extensive, freely-available climate-relevant data resources to stimulate innovation and private-sector entrepreneurship in support of national climate-change preparedness. Initially, in this pilot phase, data and resources related to coastal flooding, sea level rise, and their impacts can be found. Over time, one will be able to find additional data and tools relevant to other important climate-related impacts, including risks to human health, the food supply, and energy infrastructure. To view the fact sheet, click here. To learn more, click here.
By Jeffrey M. Jones – Gallup Politics – March 14, 2014
Two in three Americans say their local area is experiencing colder-than-usual temperatures this winter, and one in four say their area is experiencing drought. When asked why they think these extreme weather events are happening, many more say they are attributable to normal yearly variation in temperature or rainfall than to human-caused climate change or global warming. Democrats are much more inclined than Republicans to attribute the extreme weather to global warming or climate change. Forty-seven percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents who perceive colder temperatures in their areas attribute this to climate change, compared with 11% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who perceive colder temperatures. For full story, click here.