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When Rising Seas Hit Home: Hard Choices Ahead for Hundreds of US Coastal Communities

Union of Concerned Scientists: When Rising Seas Hit Home: Hard Choices Ahead for Hundreds of US Coastal Communities (July 2017) “If saltwater regularly soaked your basement or first floor, kept you from getting to work, or damaged your car, how often would it have to happen before you began looking for a new place to… Continue Reading

16 yrs of change in global terrestrial human footprint and implications for biodiversity conservation

Article is open – Sixteen years of change in the global terrestrial human footprint and implications for biodiversity conservation. Nature Communications 7, Article number: 12558 (2016). doi:10.1038/ncomms12558. “Human pressures on the environment are changing spatially and temporally, with profound implications for the planet’s biodiversity and human economies. Here we use recently available data on infrastructure, land cover… Continue Reading

Study – 100 fossil fuel producers responsible for 71% of global emissions

The Carbon Majors Database – CDP Carbon Majors Report 2017 – 100 fossil fuel producers and nearly 1 trillion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions “The Carbon Majors Database stores greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data on the largest company-related sources of all time. CDP’s Carbon Majors Report 2017 is the first in an ongoing series of… Continue Reading

Climate change impacts are arriving sooner than anticipated

The Uninhabitable Earth – Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think. New York Magazine – David Wallace-Wells: “It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface… Continue Reading

New research – climate warming at top of world can cause unusually cold weather elsewhere

The Washington Post: “As if melting glaciers, thawing permafrost and starving polar bears weren’t enough, scientists are finding that the effects of climate change in the Arctic are even more complex — and far-reaching — than we thought. New research suggests that warm spells at the top of the world can, surprisingly, cause unusually cold weather… Continue Reading

Climate Change: Frequently Asked Questions About the 2015 Paris Agreement

CRS report via FAS – Climate Change: Frequently Asked Questions About the 2015 Paris Agreement, Jane A. Leggett, Specialist in Energy and Environmental Policy; Richard K. Lattanzio, Specialist in Environmental Policy. June 28, 2017. “The Paris Agreement (PA) to address climate change internationally entered into force on November 4, 2016. The United States is one… Continue Reading

City cyclists monitored for particulate matter pollution and health impact

The New York Times: On Your Bike, Watch Out for the Air “…a five-year study…aims to find out at what point the harm done by pollution to cyclists might outweigh the health benefits accrued from the exercise…strapped-on sensors measure levels of PM 2.5, the fine particulate matter that is about one-thirtieth the diameter of a… Continue Reading

Study maps areas of high impact due to climate change in US

Where climate change will hit the U.S. hardest – “Left unmitigated, rising temperatures from climate change will increase inequality and mortality rates in the U.S. by the end of the 21st century, a team of economists and climate scientists warn in a study published today. It’s the first to project the impacts of climate change… Continue Reading

Great Barrier Reef valued at $56B by Deloitte economists

Great Barrier Reef Foundation – “A new Deloitte Access Economics report has calculated the total asset value of the Great Barrier Reef to be $56 billion, assessing the World Heritage site’s economic, social and iconic brand value together in one study for the first time. In the report commissioned by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation… Continue Reading

Plastic emissions from world’s rivers add 5,000 metric tons of plastic waste every day to oceans

River plastic emissions to the world’s oceans, Laurent C. M. Lebreton, Joost van der Zwet, Jan-Willem Damsteeg, Boyan Slat, Anthony Andrady & Julia Reisser. Nature Communications 8, Article number: 15611 (2017). doi:10.1038/ncomms15611. Received: 27 October 2016. Accepted: 11 April 2017. Published online: 07 June 2017. “Plastics in the marine environment have become a major concern… Continue Reading

California again tops list of states with worst air pollution

American Lung Association – State of the Air 2017 – “For 18 years, the American Lung Association has analyzed data from official air quality monitors to compile the “State of the Air” report. The more you learn about the air you breathe, the more you can protect your health and take steps to make our… Continue Reading

Rise in ocean temperatures on northern east coast impacting ecology and economy

Yale Environment 360: Feeling the Heat: How Fish Are Migrating from Warming Waters – “Steadily rising ocean temperatures are forcing fish to abandon their historic territories and move to cooler waters. The result is that fishermen’s livelihoods are being disrupted, as fisheries regulators scramble to incorporate climate change into their planning…Over the last decade, the… Continue Reading