Tag Archives: climate change

Venice is sinking and this time it may go under

Acqua alta, Venice, Italy. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


From its founding in the Early Middle Ages, Venice has had a fraught relationship with the sea, dependent on it for food and trade, protected from the mainland by the waters of the lagoon, yet always threatened by changing environmental conditions.

Today, though, wind and water lash the palaces and churches with alarming frequency. “Acqua alta,” the term locals use for when the water gets high, pours through the city, most recently even flooding the great church of San Marco. According to The Guardian, it’s only the sixth recorded time the church has flooded in the last 1200 years, but the fourth in the last 20 years. Venice is sinking, and this time it may go under…

Read Full Article; CNN (11-15-2019)

Worst floods for 50 years bring Venice to ‘its knees; CNN (11-13-2019)
The worst flooding to hit Venice in more than 50 years has brought the historic city to its knees. Local authorities in the Italian lagoon city called for a state of emergency to be imposed…

11,000 scientists sign declaration of global climate emergency

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Thousands of scientists from around the world have mobilized to warn people of an impending global climate emergency if levels of greenhouse gas emissions are not significantly reduced.

More than 11,000 scientists have signed a declaration stating “clearly and unequivocally” that humans could endure “untold suffering” if massive changes aren’t made to the biosphere…

Read Full Article; ABC News (11-05-2019)

Why Rising Acidification Poses a Special Peril for Warming Arctic Waters

Faroe Islands
Island of Streymoy, Faroe Islands. Photograph courtesy of: ©James Marcus Haney


A recent Northern voyage on a Norwegian research vessel highlighted how soaring carbon dioxide levels and the resulting acidification of the oceans present an especially grave threat to the Arctic’s cold seas and the rich marine life that they harbor…

Read Full Article; Yale E360 (10-24-2019)

The World can make more water from the sea, but at what cost?

The Dead Sea. Photo source: © SAF — Coastal Care


Worldwide, desalination is increasingly seen as one possible answer to problems of water quantity and quality that will worsen with global population growth and the extreme heat and prolonged drought linked to climate change.

However, desalination remains expensive, as it requires enormous amounts of energy…

Read Full Article; The NYT (10-22-2019)

Indian Ocean Dipole spells flood danger for East Africa

Little Hope Warrior, Kenya. Captions and Photo source: ©© Nesos


Hundreds of thousands of people in East Africa are affected by heavy rains and floods linked to record-breaking temperature changes in the Indian Ocean.

The western Indian Ocean has been about two degrees warmer this month than the eastern Indian Ocean. As a result, higher evaporation off the African coastline is being dumped inland as rainfall: a simplified description of 2019’s positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) episode.

This year, the IOD is “enormous”, according to climate scientist Saji Hameed, who studies the phenomenon at the University of Aizu, Japan…

Read Full Article; The New Humanitarian (10-22-2019)

The IPCC’s Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere – What it means for Africa’s coastal cities

Assilah, Morocco. Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care


For African coastal cities, sea level rise and increasing storm frequency and intensity pose serious threats.

The reality is that the West, Central, East and Mediterranean coastal zones in Africa are very low-lying. Within these low-lying coastal zones are many of Africa’s largest cities: Dakar, Abidjan, Accra, Lagos, Dar es Salaam, Alexandria, Tripoli, and Cape Town…

Read Full Article; IPS (10-15-2019)

Our Unequal Earth: how environmental injustice divides the world

Photo source: ©© Angela AlaskaTeacher


Environmental justice reporter, Nina Lakhani, asked five luminaries of the movement to explain ‘environmental justice’ in their own words. They reveal why, alongside global heating and the extinction crisis, it is one of the most pressing issues of our time…

Read Full Article; Guardian UK (10-21-2019)

Climate gentrification: the rich can afford to move – what about the poor?; Guardian UK (09-25-2018)
While wealthy Arizonans flee the desert for cooler climes, ‘climate gentrification’ is also affecting hipster Red Hook, exposed on New York City’s floodplain. In Texas, campaigners want the oil industry to help pay for a coastal barrier to shield six counties from storm surges. And Molly Peterson asks what you can do if you buy a disaster-prone property and nobody warned you: so far, not much…

Climate change to shrink economies of rich, poor, hot and cold countries alike unless Paris Agreement holds; Science Daily (08-19-2019)
Detrimental economic effects of global warming are likely to go beyond those being discussed in policy circles — particularly for wealthier nations, say researchers. Study suggests that 7% of global GDP will disappear by 2100 as a result of business-as-usual carbon emissions…

Climate Change Could Create 100 million Poor, Over Half a Billion Homeless; CNN (11-09-2015)

New government report reveals staggering economic and health toll of climate change; CBS News (11-23-2018)
Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, according to a long-awaited report released Friday by the federal government…

Premature Deaths from Environmental Degradation Threat to Global Public Health, UNEP Report Says; UNEP- Nairobi, 23 May 2016

Human rights are at threat from climate change, but can also provide solutions; UNEP (10-04-2019)