Category Archives: Climate Change

Sea level rise to cause major economic impact in the absence of further climate action

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Aerial pictures of North Carolina’s coast, after superstorm Sandy devastated the area. Photo courtesy of: © Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) / WCU

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The Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015 by 175 parties, aims to limit global warming to well below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels. However, the period 2010-2020 was the planet’s hottest decade on record and the long-term trend is upward. Sea level rise is one of the most severe impacts of climate change, with rising waters amplifying coastal floods, threatening coastal communities, infrastructure, and agriculture…

Read Full Article, Science Daily (01-27-2020)

Conservative States Seek Billions to Brace for Disaster (Just don’t call it climate change.)


Photograph courtesy of: © William Neal, Orrin Pilkey & Norma Longo.

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The Trump administration is about to distribute billions of dollars to coastal states mainly in the South to help steel them against natural disasters worsened by climate change…

Read Full Article, The New York Times (01-20-2020)

Republican-led States Want Disaster Aid Without Having to Address Climate Change, The New York Mag (01-20-2020)
Southern states battered by natural disasters are putting in for the HUD money, but leaving out phrases related to climate change in order to stay on the Trump administration’s good side…

Trump to planet: Drop dead, CNN (06-01-2017)
“America First” is becoming increasingly America alone. Somehow, Donald Trump has managed, with a single, desperate and ill-conceived stroke, to sever the United States from the rest of the world…

Water world: rising tides close in on Trump, the climate change denier; Guardian UK (07-06-2016)

‘Kids are taking the streets’: climate activists plan avalanche of events as 2020 election looms, Guardian UK (01-25-2020)

Lawsuit could put U.S. government’s role in climate change on trial; CBS News (03-02-2019)
A lawsuit filed on behalf of 21 kids alleges the U.S. government knowingly failed to protect them from climate change. If the plaintiffs win, it could mean massive changes for the use of fossil fuels…

‘Kids are taking the streets’: climate activists plan avalanche of events as 2020 election looms


Photograph: © Coastal Care

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Organizers in the youth climate movement plan an avalanche of activities beginning next week, determined to make the future of the climate the major issue of the 2020 election…

Read Full Article, Guardian UK (01-25-2020)

Poll: Millennials care about climate change; Axios (02-26-2018)
The nonprofit Alliance for Market Solutions released new polling on millennial attitudes about the reality of human-induced climate change and efforts to combat it. Millennials are broadly convinced human-induced climate change is real and deserves action…

Lawsuit could put U.S. government’s role in climate change on trial; CBS News (03-02-2019)
A lawsuit filed on behalf of 21 kids alleges the U.S. government knowingly failed to protect them from climate change. If the plaintiffs win, it could mean massive changes for the use of fossil fuels…

Trump to planet: Drop dead, CNN (06-01-2017)
“America First” is becoming increasingly America alone. Somehow, Donald Trump has managed, with a single, desperate and ill-conceived stroke, to sever the United States from the rest of the world…

Catalan coast and Balearic Islands have been ravaged by Storm Gloria


Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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The Catalan coast and Balearic Islands have been ravaged by Storm Gloria.

A storm surge on the east coast of Spain has swept 3km (two miles) inland, devastating rice paddies in the Ebro river delta south of Barcelona.

The mayor of the delta region, Lluís Soler, said “we’ve never had anything like this before”…

Read Full Article: Storm Gloria floods major river delta in eastern Spain; BBC News (01-22-2020)

Sea foam floods Spanish town, CNN (01-22-2020)

Interactive: See how Storm Gloria ravaged this Spanish river delta; EuroNews (01-22-2020)

The ‘Blob,’ a massive marine heat wave, led to an unprecedented seabird die-off

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Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care.

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From 2015–2016, 62,000 dead common murres washed onto U.S. and Canadian Pacific coast beaches. All together, an estimated 10 to 20 percent of the region’s total population was wiped out…

Read Full Article; Science News (01-15-2020)

A giant ‘blob’ of hot water larger than New South Wales threatens the survival of fish and coral near New Zealand (12-28-2019)
About 800 kilometres east of New Zealand’s South Island, near the Chatham Islands, ocean temperatures have spiked to almost 6 degrees Celsius warmer than average. When sea-surface temperatures spike precipitously, it’s considered a marine heat wave…

‘We can’t wait’: Maldives desperate for funds as islands risk going under


Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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The tropical Maldives may lose entire islands unless it can quickly access cheap financing to fight the impact of climate change, its foreign minister said…

Read Full Article; Strait Times (01-17-2020)

The sinking state, The Washington Post (07-26-2018)

What happens when a country drowns? These 5 island nations will disappear first; Inverse (06-05-2019)

Escaping the Waves: a Fijian Village Relocates, a Video (10-03-2015)
“When many understand climate change in concept but not through personal experience, this exhibit carries great weight…”

Global warming cited as Antarctica’s chinstrap penguin population drops by half

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Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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The numbers have dropped across the region as average temperatures have soared by more than five degrees over 50 years. That increase is about five-times the global average.

“It’s very dramatic to have a wildlife population decline by 50% – an unexploited wildlife population. They’re not hunted,” says activist and researcher Steve Forrest. “I think climate change is driving almost all of the processes down here now in a way they’ve never experienced before…”

Read Full Article; CBS News (01-16-2020)