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Mar

23
2014

Shifts in rainfall, not warming pause, slow sea level rise

Natalie     Data, Discussions, Records, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Local.msn.com reports that...

Heavy rains from the Amazon to Australia have curbed sea level rise so far this century by shifting water from the oceans to land, according to a study that rejects theories that the slowdown is tied to a pause in global warming.

Sea level rise has been one of the clearest signs of climate change – water expands as it warms and parts of Greenland and Antarctica are thawing, along with glaciers from the Himalayas to the Alps.

But in a puzzle to climate scientists, the rate slowed to 2.4 millimeters (0.09 inch) a year from 2003 to 2011 from 3.4 mm from 1994-2002, heartening skeptics who doubt that deep cuts are needed in mankind’s rising greenhouse gas emissions.

Read more at local.msn.com


Mar

16
2014

Climate change will reduce crop yields sooner than we thought

Natalie     Data, Discussions, Predictions, Reports & Findings     0

Phys.org reports that...

A study led by the University of Leeds has shown that global warming of only 2°C will be detrimental to crops in temperate and tropical regions, with reduced yields from the 2030s onwards.

Read more at phys.org


Dec

07
2012

Obama seeking $60.4 billion for post-Sandy recovery

Natalie     Damage over $1B, Data, Discussions, Policy, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com reports that...

 

President Barack Obama requested Friday that Congress authorize $60.4 billion in emergency spending to help the states hit by the supers-storm Sandy in late October. A House Democratic aide told NBC News that they “even though it’s reasonable, we don’t expect Republicans to just hand it over. We’re going to have to fight for it.” Some congressional Republicans have said that the money spent on Sandy ought to be offset with spending cuts in other parts of the federal budget; most Democrats do not seek offsets. In a joint statement, Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y. and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., co-chairs of the bipartisan congressional task force on recovering from Tropical Sandy, praised Obama’s request. “While more may be needed in the long term, this robust package is a major first step that we will work to pass as quickly as possible in Congress to help devastated communities, families and businesses.”

Read more at nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com


Jul

27
2012

Grass painting spreads as U.S. drought ravages lawns

Natalie     Discussions, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Usatoday.com reports that...

As the worst drought in decades hits two-thirds of the USA, residents and businesses in normally well-watered areas are catching on to the lawn-painting practice employed for years in the drier West and Southwest.

Read more at www.usatoday.com


Jul

20
2012

Russia flood brings volunteer spirit, and new law

Natalie     Discussions, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Chron.com reports that...

At least 171 people died in Krymsk and nearby parts of southern Russia when flash floods triggered by extraordinarily heavy rains inundated the area on July 6-7.

Read more at www.chron.com


May

31
2012

Scientists: Carbon dixode at highest level in 800,000 years

Natalie     Data, Discussions, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Usatoday.com reports that...

The world’s air has reached what scientists call a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant. Monitoring stations across the Arctic this spring are measuring more than 400 parts per million of the heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere. The number isn’t quite a surprise, because it’s been rising at an accelerating pace.

Read more at www.usatoday.com


May

31
2012

Tipping iceberg captured on video by tourist

Natalie     Discussions, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

News.yahoo.com reports that...

A tourist has captured some rare and startling video of an iceberg tipping over. The tourist was traveling on a boat near the Upsala Glacier in Argentina and caught the unexpected moment… The Upsala Glacier has been melting for a number of years and is often cited as evidence of global climate change. The BBC reports that the glacier, once the largest in South America, has been retreating at a rate of about 600 feet a year.

Read more at news.yahoo.com


May

16
2012

Extreme rain doubled in Midwest: climate study

Natalie     Data, Discussions, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Reuters.com reports that...

The number of extreme rainstorms – deluges that dump 3 inches or more in a day – doubled in the U.S. Midwest over the last half-century, causing billions of dollars in flood damage in a trend climate advocates link to a rise in greenhouse gas emissions.

Read more at www.reuters.com


May

15
2012

 Most mammals won’t flee climate change fast enough

Natalie     Discussions, Predictions, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Usnews.msnbc.msn.com reports that...

As the climate changes over the next century, the ranges of nearly 90 percent of mammal species will shrink- in many cases because animals won’t be able to get to areas where the climate is going to become suitable for them, says new research.

Read more at usnews.msnbc.msn.com


Apr

15
2012

Is your state getting ready for Global Warming?

Robert     Discussions, green, Uncategorized     0

California has been ranked as one of the top US states in climate change preparedness. California will likely have more than its share of problems caused by climate change with dwindling water supplies and coastal flooding. However California is ready in terms of planning for expected changes to the snowpack and the resulting smaller volume in the states reservoirs.
One of just nine states having designed comprehensive strategies and implemented policies addressing water shortages that are expected to occur if global temperatures increase as predicted.

The author of “Ready or Not: An Evaluation of State Climate and Water Preparedness Planning”, Ben Chou reports many states have not even begun to take action, “They are not doing anything to cut down on carbon pollution or to prepare for climate change impacts.”

“I would say California is one of the leading states in the country” said Chou. The rankings follow with Alaska, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennslvania, Washington and Wisconsin as the nine states listed in the national study conducted by the NRDC.

The study goes on to say twenty nine states have done little or nothing to prepare for water related climate impacts.

People actually care about what’s going to happen in the future at least in these nine states.


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