Climate Change News
By Rex Springston – Richmond Times-Dispatch – June 7, 2015 – Video
Feeding along this barrier island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, about 200 birds called red knots looked more like chunky, long-billed robins than widely admired wonders of nature. Now red knots have a new problem — climate change — and Virginia is at the center of the issue. For full story and to view video, click here.
The Daily Star – June 8, 2015
Fish such as black seabass and summer flounder that prefer warm water are appearing more frequently in Long Island Sound because of climate change, according to a report released Monday on the health of the sound. And fish such as winter flounder, Atlantic herring and red herring that prefer cold water are slowly decreasing, according to the report by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. For full story, click here.
By Elizabeth Douglas – InsideClimate News – May 28, 2015
Sharp differences are emerging between U.S. oil majors and their European brethren on the issue of climate change, and Wednesday's shareholder meetings at ExxonMobil and Chevron underscored the divergence as they fought all climate-related shareholder proposals and came away largely victorious. The stiff resistance from Exxon and Chevron came in contrast to recent annual meetings at BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Statoil, where nearly identical climate-related shareholder resolutions passed almost unanimously after the three companies opted to support the measure instead of oppose it. For more information, click here.
Forest Trends – June 3, 2015
Companies, governments, and individuals voluntarily spent just under $4.5 billion on conservation and clean energy over the past decade by purchasing nearly 1 billion carbon offsets, finds a new report released on the sidelines of this week’s international climate talks in Bonn, Germany. The Forest Trends Ecosystem Marketplace report, Ahead of the Curve: State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2015, demonstrates that voluntary demand for carbon offsets – each representing a one-tonne reduction in greenhouse gases that compensates for emissions elsewhere – is impactful well beyond the markets’ relatively small size. For full story, click here.
By Amanda Peterka – E&E Publishing, LLC – May 18, 2015
La Niña could be driving spring ozone levels in the West, according to new research that has major implications for the Obama administration's proposed tightening of the federal ozone standard. Analyzing air quality and meteorological data from 1990 to 2012, researchers found the frequency of high-ozone events increased after strong La Niña winters. The polar jet stream at that time creates upper-atmosphere intrusions that funnel ozone toward the ground in the western United States. The finding is significant in light of U.S. EPA's proposal to toughen the national ozone standard, the researchers said, because it may allow regulatory entities to better predict and document when high-ozone days occur as a result of background concentrations. For full story, click here.
Huffington Post – May 28, 2015
This week's record rainfall in Texas eased the state's drought and swelled rivers and lakes to the point that they may not return to normal levels until July, scientists said Thursday. Just weeks ago, much of the state was parched with varying levels of drought. But the same drenching rainfall that paralyzed parts of Houston and swept away a vacation home with eight people inside also offered relief from a long dry spell. Many cities were still in danger of flooding as heavy rain from earlier in the week poured downstream, pushing rivers over their banks. For full story, click here.
By Michael D. Lemonick – Climate Central – May 21, 2015
The massive shelves of ice that ring Antarctica have been shrinking over the past couple of decades, and that could have grave implications for sea level rise. It’s not the ice shelves themselves that pose a problem: they’re mostly afloat, so when they melt or dump massive icebergs, it doesn’t affect water levels any more than melting ice cubes make your drink rise and overflow. But the ice shelves serve as massive barriers that slow the flow of glaciers out to sea. As the shelves shrink, the barrier weakens, allowing glaciers to start moving faster. And since that ice is land-based, it adds to sea level rise. For full story, click here.
By Andrea Thompson – Climate Central – May 21, 2015
While the Western drought has its claws firmly dug in, the nearly five-year drought that has gripped Oklahoma and Texas is on its last legs, thanks to recent torrents of rain, government climate scientists said Thursday. “I think the Texas drought is pretty much all but over,” Victor Murphy, climate services program manager for the National Weather Service’s Southern Region, said during a press teleconference. For full story, click here.
By Carol Rasmussen – Global Climate Change – May 14, 2015
A new NASA study finds the last remaining section of Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf, which partially collapsed in 2002, is quickly weakening and is likely to disintegrate completely before the end of the decade. A team led by Ala Khazendar of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, found the remnant of the Larsen B Ice Shelf is flowing faster, becoming increasingly fragmented and developing large cracks. Two of its tributary glaciers also are flowing faster and thinning rapidly. For full story, click here.