Climate Change News

NOAA report highlights climate change threats to nation’s estuaries

NOAA – August 7, 2013

The nation’s 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) are experiencing the negative effects of human and climate-related stressors according to a new NOAA research report from the National Ocean Service. The national study, Climate Sensitivity of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System,points to three East Coast reserves, Sapelo Island NERR in Georgia, ACE Basin NERR in South Carolina and Waquoit Bay NERR in Massachusetts, and  the Tijuana River NERR on the California-Mexico border, as the most sensitive to climate change. For full story, click here.

Here's How 16 Big Companies Are Profiting Off Global Warming

By Jillian Berman – The Huffington Post –  August 19, 2013

Rising global temperatures could be putting all of us at risk of allergies, nutritional deficiencies and more. But don't worry, there's a silver lining! Some companies will make a pretty penny. Sure, many of these businesses, like hybrid automakers, will make money due to increased demand for products that actually help the environment, but some are profiting off climate change in more sinister ways. For full story, click here.

Leaked UN Report Increases Certainty On Climate Change

Here & Now – August 20, 2013

In a leaked climate report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — a United Nations scientific body that makes definitive assessments on climate change — has determined with 95 percent certainty that humans are responsible for global warming. The report also increased its estimate for sea level rise, as a result of the warming planet. The final report is due to come out in September. A draft was leaked over the weekend. For full story, click here.

Hurricane enable: How climate change is mixing up bigger, badder storms

By Jim Meyer – Grist – August 21, 2013

Global warming and hurricanes are like Bourbon Street and Hurricanes: The farther down the road you go, the more intense they get. Buy your Hurricanes at the Hard Rock Café, and you can probably make it through a third before you’ve dimmed enough to believe the Republican talking points on climate change. But by the time you get to The Marigny, they’re making those things with three kinds of rum, a half-gallon of rocket fuel, and the soul of an angry leprechaun.Most climate models predict the same thing with storms: The more we stray from the climate norm, the stronger the hurricanes become. Which makes a lot of sense when you look at how these tempests work. For full story, click here.

Socioeconomics and Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region

Headwaters Economics

Interactive map shows how the social and economic characteristics of the Great Lakes Region are impacted by regionally specific changes in climate. It was developed in partnership with the Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities at the University of Michigan. For more information, click here.

Map: Places That Will Flood More Often Due to Global Warming

By Kate Sheppard and James West Slate June 14, 2013

Rising seas and increasingly severe weather are expected to increase the areas of the United States at risk of floods by up to 45 percent by 2100, according to a first-of-its-kind report released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday. These changes could double the number of flood-prone properties covered by the National Flood Insurance Program and drastically increase the costs of floods, the report finds. For full story, click here.

Investors View Climate Change as ‘Material Risk’

Environmental Leader – August 8, 2013

A majority of investors view climate change as a material risk and as a consequence have retained — and in many cases advanced — their commitment to addressing climate change in their investment activities, according to research by consultant Mercer. This is despite wider economic challenges and continuing policy uncertainty, according to the third annual Global Investor Survey on Climate Change. For full story, click here.

Rebranding Climate Change as a Public Health Issue

By Courtney Subramanian – Time Health & Family – August 8, 2013

To most people, climate change means melting snowcaps and helpless polar bears sweltering under escalating temperatures. But most of the world’s populations aren’t likely to see an iceberg in their lifetimes, much less a stranded polar bear in the wild. Which explains why the dangers of these environmental changes haven’t exactly earned high priority on most people’s list of attention-worthy crises. (Does anyone remember Al Gore’s $300 million We Campaign?) The politicization of climate change — the never-ending debate over whether it exists, for example, and the ensuing back-and-forth over its causes, its implications and potential solutions — further discourages the public from action. For full article, click here.

Climate Change Policy for a High Energy Planet

By Roger Pielke, Jr. – The Energy Collective – July 31, 2013

The world’s response to climate change is deeply flawed. The conventional wisdom on how to deal with climate change has failed and it’s time to change course. To date, climate policies have been guided by targets and timetables for emissions reduction derived from various academic exercises. Such methods are both oblivious to and in violation of on-the-ground political and technological realities that serve as practical “boundary conditions” for effective policy making. For full story, click here.