Tag Archives: climate change

Alaska hit 70 degrees the earliest ever


Alaska: Photograph:© SAF — Coastal Care

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Parts of the state have had their earliest 70-degree readings on record. Klawock, a town in southeastern Alaska, reached 70 F on March 19 — the earliest any spot in the state has hit that high.

More records are expected to be broken this weekend, with temperatures soaring as much as 50 degrees above normal in the fastest-warming state…

Read Full Article; CNN (03-29-2019)

Renewables Cheaper Than 75 Percent of U.S. Coal Fleet, Report Finds


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Nearly 75 percent of coal-fired power plants in the United States generate electricity that is more expensive than local wind and solar energy resources, according to a new report. Wind power, in particular, can at times provide electricity at half the cost of coal, the report found…

Read Full Article; Yale E360 (03-25-2019)

9 of the 10 Worst Global Risks are Linked to Water


Rescue team over Montecito, CA. Olive Mill Bridge and 101 Freeway destroyed and flooded by debris and mud flows, on January 9th, 2018. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Every year, the World Economic Forum asks some 1,000 decision-makers from the public sector, business, academia and civil society across the globe to assess the risks facing the world over the decade to come.

Since 2012, water crisis has consistently been ranked as one of the threats with the highest potential impact as well as likelihood. The top scores on both impact and likelihood are perceived to be: extreme weather events; failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation; and natural disasters.

Of the 1,000 most severe disasters that have occurred since 1990, water-related disasters accounted for 90 per cent. With extreme water and weather events increasing in both frequency and severity in the wake of climate change, floods and droughts are set to strike harder and more often in the years to come…

Read Full Article; IPS News (03-21-2019)

Researchers create hydrogen fuel from seawater


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Splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen presents an alternative to fossil fuels, but purified water is a precious resource.

Stanford researchers have devised a way to generate hydrogen fuel using solar power, electrodes and seawater – Earth’s most abundant source – for chemical energy…

Read Full Article; Science Daily (03-18-2019)

Sharp rise in Arctic temperatures now inevitable – UN


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Sharp and potentially devastating temperature rises of 3C to 5C in the Arctic are now inevitable even if the world succeeds in cutting greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris agreement, research has found…

Read Full Article; Guardian UK (03-13-2019)

Greenland ice melting four times faster than in 2003; Science Daily (01-21-2019)
Greenland is melting faster than scientists previously thought – and will likely lead to faster sea level rise -thanks to the continued, accelerating warming of the Earth’s atmosphere, a new study has found…

Glacial melts in the Canadian Arctic reveal land that hasn’t been seen in more than 40,000 years; Business Insider (01-28-2019)
Melting ice is exposing hidden landscapes in the Canadian Arctic that haven’t been seen in more than 40,000 years, new research published in Nature Communications reveals…

Our oceans broke heat records in 2018 and the consequences are catastrophic

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Photo courtesy of © Johnny Abegg

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Last year was the hottest ever measured, continuing an upward trend that is a direct result of manmade greenhouse gas emissions.

The key to the measurements is the oceans. Oceans absorb more than 90% of the heat that results from greenhouse gases, so if you want to measure global warming you really have to measure ocean warming…

Read Full Article; Guardian UK (01-16-2019)

2018 was one of the warmest years on record – and the next 5 years could be even hotter; CBS News (02-06-2019)
New data confirms last year was one of the warmest ever recorded, and British meteorologists are predicting the next five years will be even hotter than 2018…

To Hold Warming to 1.5 Degrees, Study Says Nations Must Stop Building New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Immediately; Yale E360 (01-15-2019)
If nations commit immediately not to replace fossil fuel infrastructure as it reaches the end of its expected lifetime, the world would have a 64 percent chance of keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, according to a new study…

Climate change tipping point could be coming sooner than we think; Science Daily (01-23-2019)
A new study confirms the urgency to tackle climate change. While it’s known that extreme weather events can affect the year-to-year variability in carbon uptake. this study is the first to actually quantify the effects through the 21st century…

Why don’t U.S. nuclear regulators acknowledge the dangers of climate change?

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PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, in background. California. California’s Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant will close by 2025 under an accord ending three decades of safety debates that helped fuel the national anti-nuclear power movement. Photo source: ©© Mike Baird

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When America’s fleet of nuclear reactors was designed some four-plus decades ago, few people had ever heard the phrase “climate change.” Today, the global threats of worsening weather patterns and natural disasters are well recognized, commanding concern and responses across the board. Except, apparently, at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission…

Read Full Article; The Washington Post (03-14-2019)

Why We Build Nuclear Power Stations in Earthquake Zones? (03-2011)
If more Fukushimas are to be avoided, we have to start by understanding the real risk of risk.

As Sea Levels Rise, Are Coastal Nuclear Plants Ready? National Geographic (12-16-2015)
Safety concerns have stoked opposition to nuclear. Reactors can’t operate safely without uninterrupted power and vast amounts of cool water, which is why they’re often located near coastlines, rivers, and lakes…

How Rising Seas Could Sink Nuclear Plants On The East Coast, Huffington Post (05-21-2014)

East coast earthquake reveals faults in nuclear emergency planning; Guardian UK (08-24-2011)
The largest earthquake to hit the East Coast of the United States in 67 years reveals faults in nuclear emergency planning raising added concerns about the safety of the country’s nuclear power plants…

Japan Underestimated Tsunami Hazard For Nuclear Sites, UN Experts Find; UN News Centre (06-02-2011)

Tropical Species Moved Hundreds of Miles North During Marine Heatwave


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Between 2014 and 2016, parts of the eastern Pacific Ocean warmed as much as 7 degrees Fahrenheit above average during what has been characterized as the worst marine heatwave on record. During the event, scientists began discovering a record number of tropical sea species along the northern California and Oregon coasts, more than 700 miles north of their usual range…

Read Full Article; Yale E360 (03-12-2019)

Fatal horizon, driven by acidification, closes in on marine organisms in Southern Ocean


Reunion Island, Indian Ocean. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Marine microorganisms in the Southern Ocean may find themselves in a deadly vise grip by century’s end as ocean acidification creates a shallower horizon for life.

The modeling study, published today in the journal Nature Climate Change, forecasts that at current carbon dioxide emission rates, the depth at which some shelled organisms can survive will shrink from an average of 1,000 meters today to just 83 meters by the year 2100, a drastic reduction in viable habitat.

The steep drop, which could happen suddenly over a period as short as one year in localized areas, could impact marine food webs significantly and lead to cascading changes across ocean ecosystems, including disruptions of vital global fisheries…

Read Full Article; Science Daily (03-11-2019)