Climate Change News

Alaska’s high court first supreme court in the nation to hear climate change case

By Jeremy Hsieh KTOO October 4, 2013

Alaska’s high court became the first state supreme court in the country yesterday to hear an appeal in one of more than a dozen climate change lawsuits. The lawsuits pit young people against their states. The plaintiffs claim the state has an obligation to protect the atmosphere from excessive carbon emissions. For full story, click here.

What Climate Change Skeptics Think About the UN Report

By Sarah Childress Frontline October 1, 2013

Last week, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change went further than it ever has in blaming humans for the role in climate change in its fifth report, warning that the warming is happening faster, and will only get worse. 

“Limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Thomas Stocker, a Working Group co-chair. “As a result of our past, present and expected future emissions of [carbon dioxide], we are committed to climate change, and effects will persist for many centuries even if emissions of CO2 stop.”

But has the new report changed the mind of any of the leading climate change skeptics? For full story, click here.

IPCC report more certain about global warming

By Robin Hammond – SciDev.Net – September 28, 2013

Development experts and scientists have reacted cautiously to leaked versions of the first part of the fifth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which deals with the physical science of climate change and will be released in Stockholm, Sweden, on Monday (30 September). They say the report has confirmed climate change with greater certainty, but has shed no fresh insights, and it is unclear to what extent it will persuade national governments to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. For full story, click here.

'Green' can equate to growth, adviser tells NUIG group

By Lorna Siggins The Irish Times September 25, 2013

Environmental science researchers need to create a “new narrative” to show that nature can nurture economic growth, British sustainability adviser Tony Juniper has said. Even campaign groups like Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth can create the false impression that there is a conflict between the environment and the economy, when in fact respect for nature can boost gross domestic product (GDP), Mr Juniper said at NUI Galway (NUIG) yesterday. Costa Rica, Belize and Brazil are examples of countries which recognised that “parallel accounting” of nature’s performance through “changing mindsets in government finance departments” could yield benefits, he told researchers at NUIG Ryan Institute’s environment gathering. For full story, click here.

Virginia Town Forced to Adapt to Rising Seas

By Rosanne Skirble – Voice of America – September 20, 2013

No one is far from the water in Norfolk, Virginia, where citizens are feeling the impact of climate change. The port city, home to the largest naval base in the world, is a vital part of the region's economy and is critical to the nation's security. At high tide and during storms, water floods streets. Sea level is rising faster here than anywhere else on the U.S. East Coast. The city, and its residents, are learning to adapt to a warmer world. For full story, click here.

Professor speaks on coastal wetlands and climate change

By Vicki Jackson – Clearwater Gazette – August 28, 2013

Some people want to break the “hockey stick,” a graphic that climate scientists say illustrates the planet’s abrupt temperature rise, said Donny Smoak, professor of environmental science at the University of South Florida. In his Aug. 15 presentation “Climate Change and Blue Carbon” at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, he illustrated some of the many sources that he said offer evidence of global temperature rise, exceptional in later decades and contrary to the opinions of disparagers. For full story, click here.

Climate change prompts new concerns about Delta tunnels, Sacramento water supply

By Matt Weiser – The Sacramento Bee – September 13, 2013

The Sacramento City Council this week stepped up its critique of a plan to build two giant water diversion tunnels in the Delta, warning that it may harm the city’s ability to access drinking water in the decades ahead. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan, as the tunnel project is formally known, is being pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown and a contingent of major water suppliers, mostly in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley. The goal is to improve water delivery to farms and cities south of the Delta and also protect endangered fish. For full story, click here.

Climate change may speed up forests’ life cycles

By Thomas Anderson – TG Daily – September 12, 2013

Many climate studies have predicted that tree species will respond to global warming by migrating via seed dispersal to cooler climates. But a new study of 65 different species in 31 eastern states finds evidence of a different, unexpected response. Nearly 80 percent of the species aren’t yet shifting their geographic distributions to higher latitudes. Instead, they’re staying in place – but speeding up their life cycles. For full story, click here.