Nili Majumder sur Twitter : ""@VP:$100 billion: That's how much climate and weather disasters cost our economy in 2012 alone. Together, we need to #ActOnClimate."" Rising tide of loss and damage advances cause in UN climate deal. Debris covers a road after heavy rains from Tropical Storm Erika hit the Caribbean island of Dominica in this picture from Robert Tonge, Dominican Minister for Tourism and Urban Renewal, taken Aug. 27, 2015.
Handout via Reuters By Megan Rowling BARCELONA, Sept 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As the latest round of U.N. climate talks drew to a close in Bonn on Friday, the tiny island state of Dominica was beginning a second day of national mourning for more than 30 people killed a week ago by a tropical storm, and some 35 reported missing. Margareta Wahlström, head of the U.N. Naomi Klein sur Twitter : "Want to know why climate change calls for system change? Let’s look back at #Katrina and #DisasterApartheid: Greenpeace USA sur Twitter : "How Gulf communities are leading the fight for climate justice after Katrina: #GulfSouthRising. NWS sur Twitter : "The incredible power of weather on display in the Pacific. Three hurricanes lined up - #Kilo, #Ignacio, and #Jimena. Eric Blake sur Twitter : "Historic central/eastern Pacific outbreak- 3 major hurricanes at once for the first time on record! #ElNino #climate.
Sea Level Rising Faster Than Expected, NASA Warns. New research underway indicates that at least three feet of global sea level rise is near certain, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scientists warned Wednesday.
That’s the higher range of the one to three feet level of rise the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) gave in its 2013 assessment. Sea levels have already risen three inches on average since 1992, with some areas experiencing as much as a 9-inch rise. “Given what we know now about how the ocean expands as it warms and how ice sheets and glaciers are adding water to the seas, it’s pretty certain we are locked into at least three feet of sea level rise and probably more,” said Steve Nerem of the University of Colorado, Boulder and lead of NASA’s interdisciplinary Sea Level Change Team.
“But we don’t know whether it will happen within a century or somewhat longer.” “The prevailing view among specialists has been that East Antarctica is stable, but we don’t really know,” Rignot stated. Ocean Conservancy sur Twitter : "The RESTORE Act Council releases $183 million in projects to restore the Gulf. @GulfAction. David Clark sur Twitter : "Twin Typhoons in Pacific. Amazing. Sea Level Rise - Years Of Living Dangerously. Climate Reality sur Twitter : "Fact: In the last century, sea level has risen over a foot on the Jersey shore (watch out, @Snooki).
Alexander Verbeek sur Twitter : "Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here #PlanetarySecurity... The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here. Historians may look to 2015 as the year when shit really started hitting the fan. Some snapshots: In just the past few months, record-setting heat waves in Pakistan and India each killed more than 1,000 people.
In Washington state's Olympic National Park, the rainforest caught fire for the first time in living memory. London reached 98 degrees Fahrenheit during the hottest July day ever recorded in the U.K.; The Guardian briefly had to pause its live blog of the heat wave because its computer servers overheated. In California, suffering from its worst drought in a millennium, a 50-acre brush fire swelled seventyfold in a matter of hours, jumping across the I-15 freeway during rush-hour traffic. Then, a few days later, the region was pounded by intense, virtually unheard-of summer rains. Current forest fires in the Russian Federation. California's Devastating Fire Season Is the New Normal. The Rocky Fire outside Santa Rosa is the biggest wildfire in California this week.Hector Amezcua/ZUMA On Friday, California's wildfire season turned deadly, when Forest Service firefighter David Ruhl, 38, became the first wildland firefighter to be killed this year.
Meanwhile, more than 10,000 homes are under evacuation orders as nearly 10,000 of Ruhl's peers tackle two dozen wildfires that have scorched tens of thousands of acres across the state. As of Wednesday morning, the state's biggest fire, the Rocky Fire north of Santa Rosa, had been burning for a week and was only 20 percent contained. 2015 has been an above-average year for wildfires in California, as the state continues to bake in an unprecedented drought. Last week Gov. Summer has proved them right—to an extent. "Our vegetation hasn't received enough water to resist wildfires. "Absolutely the drought is the biggest factor," said Daniel Berlant, a spokesperson for Cal Fire, the state's wildland firefighting agency. Ground Zero for climate change. The headline on a Herald front-page story last week nearly says it all: Florida leads nation in risk to property by climate change.
The report measures the state’s vulnerability in dollars-and-cents and finds, not surprisingly, that we’re Number One. But not in a good way. Most sentient people in what we like to call the Sunshine State already knew that Florida was Ground Zero for climate change. Our peculiar geography is both a glorious bounty — wonderful, world-famous beaches at our fingertips — and the reason that our state is so dangerously exposed to rising seas and other effects of global warming. Ground Zero for climate change - Miami Herald - ParisProtocol.com. GAO Report Sees Climate Risks to Army Corps Projects. Thousands of dams, levees, hurricane barriers and flood walls built across the country by the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers may be at risk from extreme weather and sea level rise driven by climate change, but the Army Corps has only just begun to assess how vulnerable they are and suffers from a lack of funding, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report. The Army Corps may not be the most prominent of federal government agencies, but the dams, levees and other infrastructure it builds, critical to the lives of millions, can be seen everywhere across the United States, often keeping rising waters away from low-lying communities. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shoreline rehabilitation project in Keansburg, N.J. Startling Footage of California Reservoirs Shows Devastating Impact of Epic Drought. Rain, Storm Surge Combine to Put U.S. Coasts at Risk. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleanians thought they knew what areas were susceptible to flooding during a storm.
So when Hurricane Isaac, a much weaker storm than Katrina, bore down on the city in 2012, those who live to the west of Lake Pontchartrain weren’t worried, as they had been spared the raging waters that inundated so much of the city during Katrina. As Hurricane Isaac dumped rain on the greater New Orleans area, the storm created a surge on Lake Pontchartrain that officials say was greater than Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This was the scene on the north shore of the causeway.Click image to enlarge. Climate change Articles : Former Top NASA Scientist Predicts Catastrophic Rise In Sea Levels. WASHINGTON -- One of the nation's most recognizable names in climate science, Dr.
James Hansen, released a new paper this week warning that even 2 degrees Celsius of global warming may be "highly dangerous" for humanity. The paper, which will be published online in the European Geosciences Union journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussion later this week, projects sea levels rising as much as 10 feet in the next 50 years. The paper notes there is evidence indicating that average temperatures just 1 degree Celsius warmer than today caused sea levels to rise 16 to 30 feet and fed extreme storms thousands of years ago.
Hansen and 16 co-authors drafted the paper as a message to policymakers that current greenhouse-gas reduction goals are not strong enough. Sea level study: James Hansen issues dire climate warning. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images In what may prove to be a turning point for political action on climate change, a breathtaking new study casts extreme doubt about the near-term stability of global sea levels.
The study—written by James Hansen, NASA’s former lead climate scientist, and 16 co-authors, many of whom are considered among the top in their fields—concludes that glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will melt 10 times faster than previous consensus estimates, resulting in sea level rise of at least 10 feet in as little as 50 years. The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, brings new importance to a feedback loop in the ocean near Antarctica that results in cooler freshwater from melting glaciers forcing warmer, saltier water underneath the ice sheets, speeding up the melting rate.
Hansen, who is known for being alarmist and also right, acknowledges that his study implies change far beyond previous consensus estimates. Sea level study: James Hansen issues dire climate warning. Texas' Climate Stubbornness Takes an Increasingly Big Toll. The Texas flooding in May that pulled houses off foundations and swamped city streets provided a glimpse of what scientists have long warned could be its new norm because of global warming.
But it did nothing to sway the state's politicians, who have done next to nothing to adjust to a climate that is already bringing more damaging extreme weather. Scientist have warned for years that Texas will suffer from longer and hotter periods of drought punctuated by heavier, more damaging rainfall as the world warms from the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Add sea level rise along its coasts, and the state is one of the most vulnerable in the U.S. to the effects of climate change, alongside Florida, Louisiana and the mid-Atlantic region, according to climate scientists. Measures to enhance climate resiliency are still rare as most interior U.S. states have yet to develop climate adaptation plans.
Gov. A History of Floods Favoring the Floodplain. Mike Hudema sur Twitter : "Unprecedented #Wildfires Drive Thousands From Homes in #Canada & #Alaska #climate #tarsands. Mike Hudema sur Twitter : "How 2°C of Warming Could Reshape the U.S. #climate #newyork #NoKXL #COP21... Air Travel And Climate Change May Be Linked In 'Feedback' Loop - Tech Times - ParisProtocol.com. The stunning statistic that puts this year’s Alaskan wildfires in perspective. The setting sun is partially obscured by smoke from an out-of-control wildfire on the Parks Highway near Willow, Alaska, in this picture courtesy of Mat-Su Borough taken June 14.
(Stefan Hinman/Mat-Su Borough/Reuters) Every day they update the numbers. And every day, the number of acres burned in Alaska seems to leap higher yet again. As of Monday, it is at 4,447,182.2 acres, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center — a total that puts the 2015 wildfire season in sixth place overall among worst seasons on record. It’s very likely to move into fifth place by Tuesday — and it’s still just mid-July.
According to the Center, 2015 is now well ahead of the rate of burn seen in the worst year ever, 2004, when 6,590,140 acres burned in 701 fires. But it isn’t just Alaska — even more acres have burned this year across Canada. Overall, the 2015 Canadian and Alaskan fire seasons have seen 11,670,704 acres burned so far, based on these numbers. Assaad Razzouk sur Twitter : "5 Extreme Weather Events Are Impacting the Planet And Us Right Now #climate. Eric Blake sur Twitter : "The current wly wind burst will be remembered as the event that propelled the 2015 #ElNino to strong levels #climate. Climate Nexus sur Twitter : "House passes forest management overhaul to address #wildfires via @thehill #climate.
Reporting Climate sur Twitter : "New evidence links Arctic warming with severe weather. Grist sur Twitter : "What happens when wildfire meets permafrost in Alaska? NWS Alaska Region sur Twitter : "Alaska burns... Sadly, it won't be long until 2 million acres have burned. 2004 was bad but 2015 is already worse. Climate Reality sur Twitter : "Something is up when Alaska has seen 391 wildfires in a month. #ActOnClimate. Climatehawk1 sur Twitter : "Perfect firestorm: B.C. roasts thanks to bad forest policy and #climate change: @VanObserver... Climate Progress sur Twitter : "An unprecedented number of Canadian wildfires send smoke pollution across the United States. Climatehawk1 on Twitter: "It burns: The deadlier scourge of #wildfires in an age of #climate change: @InsideClimate #divest" Jaybird sur Twitter : "No one should be waking up to smoke. Are you listening Ottawa? #bcwildfires #JobsJusticeClimate #cdnpoli.
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