User: flenvcenter Topic: Air and Climate-Independent
Category: Climate Change :: Climate Change Impacts
Last updated: Dec 19 2014 19:52 IST RSS 2.0
 
1 to 20 of 3,736    
What does #BlackLivesMatter mean for climate change? Everything. 19.12.2014 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Friday, December 19, 2014 The annual United Nations climate summit wrapped up in Lima, Peru, and on its penultimate day, something historic happened. No, not the empty promises from powerful governments to finally get serious about climate action -- starting in 2020 or 2030 or any time other than right now. The historic event was the decision of the climate-justice movement to symbolically join the increasingly global #BlackLivesMatter uprising, staging a "die-in" outside the convention centre much like the ones that have brought shopping malls and busy intersections to a standstill, from the U.S. to the U.K. "For us it is either death or climate justice," said Gerry Arances, national coordinator for the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice. The reality of an economic order built on white supremacy is the whispered subtext of our entire response to the climate crisis, and it badly needs to be dragged into the ...
Also found in: [+]
What Climate Change Asks of Us: Moral Obligation, Mobilization and Crisis Communication 19.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Also found in: [+]
Most Of The Coastal U.S. Will See Over 30 Days Of Flooding Due To Sea Level Rise, NOAA Projects 19.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Most coastal regions of the United States will see 30 or more days of flooding by 2050 thanks to sea level rise, according to new research the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released Thursday. NOAA's researchers looked at the anticipated frequency of what the National Weather Service considers nuisance flooding , which are floods that are 1 to 2 feet over the regular local high tide and are enough to cause problems but not pose active threats to human life. Some areas of the U.S. are already seeing increased flooding, the researchers said, and it's only going to get worse. "Coastal communities are beginning to experience sunny-day nuisance or urban flooding, much more so than in decades past. This is due to sea level rise," William Sweet, an oceanographer at NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services and the report's coauthor, said in a statement. "Unfortunately, once impacts are noticed, they will become commonplace rather quickly." The research was ...
Also found in: [+]
Climate Change Could Cause 18 Percent Drop In Food Production By 2050, Study Says 18.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
ROME, Dec 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global warming could cause an 18 percent drop in world food production by 2050, but investments in irrigation and infrastructure, and moving food output to different regions, could reduce the loss, a study published on Thursday said. Globally, irrigation systems should be expanded by more than 25 percent to cope with changing rainfall patterns, the study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters said. Where they should be expanded is difficult to model because of competing scenarios on how rainfall will change, so the majority of irrigation investments should be made after 2030, the study said. "If you don't carefully plan (where to spend resources), you will get adaptation wrong," David Leclere, one of the study's authors, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Infrastructure and processing chains will need to be built in areas where there was little agriculture before in order to expand production, he said. International food markets ...
Also found in: [+]
Theatre Opens the Brain and the Heart to Climate Smart Agriculture 18.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In Zulu, my native language, there is no accurate and literal translation for the complex issues farmers now face. Climate change, nutrition and policy: these translate to weather, food and rules respectively. But many people would say that none of these are accurate translations. So how best do I help farming communities in Africa like the one where I come from -- the places that are suffering the worst effects of climate change but who are the least involved in big policy meetings and global dialogues. The September 2014 Global Climate Summit convened for world Leaders by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, left behind most farmers puzzled and asking, "Why are they talking about climate smart agriculture? Do they think famers lack intelligence about the weather? The recent 2014 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCCC) projects that for African countries, the effect of climate change could reduce yields from rain-fed agriculture by up to 50% by 2020. As if that's not enough, ...
Also found in: [+]
Something new to blame climate change on: Beavers. 17.12.2014 Environmental News Network
There are consequences of the successful efforts worldwide to save beavers from extinction. Along with the strong increase in their population over the past 100 years, these furry aquatic rodents have built many more ponds, establishing vital aquatic habitat. In doing so, however, they have created conditions for climate changing methane gas to be generated in this shallow standing water, and the gas is subsequently released into the atmosphere. In fact, 200 times more of this greenhouse gas is released from beaver ponds today than was the case around the year 1900, estimates Colin J. Whitfield of the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. He led a study in Springer's journal AMBIO about the effect that the growth in beaver numbers in Eurasia and the Americas could be having on methane emissions.The fur trade of the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries nearly led to the extinction of beaver populations worldwide. After trapping was limited and conservation efforts led to the re-introduction of these animals ...
Also found in: [+]
New PBS Special 'Extreme Realities' Explores Security Threat From Climate Change 15.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What kind of new realities will climate change bring this century? The latest episode in the PBS series " Journey to Planet Earth " explores the rising threat of extreme weather and the effects climate change is already having on the geopolitical landscape around the world. Narrated by Matt Damon, "Extreme Realities: Severe Weather, Climate Change and Our National Security" also features World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, former EPA Administrator Carol Browner, journalist Thomas Friedman and others. In the clip above, viewers are introduced to the rising tensions on the border between Bangladesh and India. Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to sea level rise . Climate change, along with economic hardship and other factors, may force an even greater number of Bangladeshis to seek refuge in India. Unfortunately this problem isn't limited to the region. It would be "perhaps possible for the international community to deal with" this if it were an isolated incident, Former Assistant ...
Also found in: [+]
Warmer Temperatures Are Bad For The Economy, Study Finds 15.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hotter days mean less cold cash for Americans, according to a new study matching 40 years of temperatures to economics. Days that averaged about 77 degrees ended up reducing people's income by about $5 a day when compared with days that were about 20 degrees cooler. A county's average economic productivity decreases by nearly 1 percent for every degree Fahrenheit that the average daily temperature is above 59, says a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper released Monday. And, the study's authors predict, if the world continues on its current path of greenhouse gas emissions, even warmer temperatures later this century will squeeze the U.S. economy by tens of billions of dollars each year. This is not from storms, drought or other weather disasters — just the sweat of daily heat. The paper by a pair of economists at the University of Illinois and University of California, Berkeley, has not yet been peer-reviewed but is part of work done for the nonpartisan economics research ...
Also found in: [+]
Green Is the New Black, Part 2: Human Tide 15.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
With heads turned towards the Southern hemisphere for recent climate action, G20 Brisbane and COP20 Lima, I take a moment to reflect on climate messages back in the Northern Hemisphere. In my last blog I rattled through the old ways of communicating climate change. These less successful past ideas on how to communicate climate change are now being replaced- apart from one.. Back To The Apocalypse Remember that approach? Messages saying that climate change will cause dark stormy seas to rise up and submerge your local high street to create the Underwater Kingdom of Chingford. AND that's if you're lucky! As the extreme hurricanes, crippling droughts and pandemic levels of tropical diseases could ravish your town before the menace of the waves reaches you. One message which came to light during the age of apocalypse was that a human tide of migrants would flood from the 'developing world' into Europe and the US to accompany a catastrophic sea level rise. Orwellian representations of social chaos were ...
Also found in: [+]
Climate Change Takes A Village
As The Planet Warms, A Remote Alaskan Town Shows Just How Unprepared We Are
15.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The remote village of Shishmaref, Alaska, has been experiencing the effects of climate change first-hand. In the last decades, the island's shores have been eroding into the sea, falling off in giant chunks whenever a big storm hits. (Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images) It's a Wednesday morning in late August, the first day of classes at the Shishmaref School. The doors of the pale blue building haven't opened yet, and the new principal is hurriedly buttering toast in the kitchen for the students’ breakfasts. Teachers are scrambling to make last-minute adjustments to their classrooms, while anxious kids, ranging from pre-K students through high schoolers, wait on the porch, their jackets zipped against the chill of the early-morning air. It's all so incredibly normal, you might not know that, just a few years ago, no one thought Shishmaref would be here anymore. The remote village of 563 people is located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle, flanked by the Chukchi Sea to the north and an inlet to the ...
Also found in: [+]
Climate Change Creates New Geography of Food 14.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Coffee rust at a farm in Cauca, southwestern Colombia. (Photo: Neil Palmer / CIAT ) Lima, Peru - The magnitude of the climate changes brought about by global warming and the alterations in rainfall patterns are modifying the geography of food production in the tropics, warned participants at the climate summit in the Peruvian capital. That was the main concern among experts in food security taking part in the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held Dec. 1-12 in Lima. They are worried about rising food prices if tropical countries fail to take prompt action to adapt. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI estimates that climate change will trigger food price hikes of up to 30 percent. The countryside is the first sector directly affected by climate change, said Andy Jarvis, a researcher at the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) who specialises in low-carbon farming in the CGIAR ...
Also found in: [+]
Senate Energy Efficiency Bill, We Hardly Knew Ye 12.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan pair of senators is making a last-ditch effort to pass a scaled-back version of their energy efficiency bill before the end of this Congress. But it doesn't look like it's going to happen. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) have been trying to pass their energy efficiency legislation since they first introduced it in 2011 . They reintroduced it in 2013 and it passed in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in May of that year with bipartisan support. But then it got bogged down repeatedly in Senate fights over unrelated measures like the Keystone XL pipeline and Obamacare. Last week, Shaheen and Portman introduced a pared-down bill . The new version mirrors a bipartisan energy efficiency bill that passed in the House in March , from Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) that creates a voluntary system for rating the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. The proposal is much like the government's Energy Star program for consumer ...
Also found in: [+]
Thoughts on Climate Change After Crossing Asia 11.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Over much of 2014, David Kroodsma and Lindsey Fransen are riding their bikes across parts of Asia , and sharing what they learn about the climate issues facing the countries they bike through. Six months after leaving Istanbul, and cycling 5,500 miles (and taking a few buses, trains, boats, and trucks), we reached the eastern coast of China, thus officially crossing Asia with our bicycles. In addition to enjoying the open road and making friends with farmers, yak herders, and businessmen, we've talked to people we've met along the way about climate change. Do they hear much about the issue? Are they worried about it? In the cities, we've spoken with experts and advocates. In the countryside we've interviewed laypeople, showing them a piece of paper with questions written in the local language, asking if people think the weather has changed in their lifetime (Are winters warmer or colder than when you were a child? Are summers warmer or colder than when you were a child? Does it rain more or less?). The ...
Also found in: [+]
Don't Forget Family Farmers in the Battle Against Climate Change at COP 20 11.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This post was co-authored with Harry Palmier, Senior Partnerships Adviser at the Global Forum on Agricultural Research. As nations gather in Lima in December for the 20th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP20) , delegates need to consider the important role played by family farmers in mitigating, adapting, and even reversing climate change. By recognizing agriculture's potential to combat climate change, delegates at the COP20 can celebrate the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) by investing in policies and practices that improve food and nutrition security and raise incomes for farmers around the globe. Farmers, in addition to producing calories, also preserve biodiversity around the world. In Puno and Cusco, Peru, up to 177 varieties of potatoes, and many other native foods, such as quinoa, maize, and oca are conserved by the terraced system on the steep slopes of the Andes and the high plateau around Lake Titicac a. The terraces control pests and ...
Also found in: [+]
Australia Commits To Green Climate Fund After Prime Minister Abbott Changes Mind 10.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SYDNEY, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Australia will contribute A$200 million over four years into a U.N. fund to help poor nations cope with global warming, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday, a major policy reversal for the embattled former climate-change skeptic. The pledge to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the latest in a string of stinging policy reversals for Abbott, whose struggling conservative government has hit record low approval ratings. "I've made various comments some time ago but as we've seen things develop over the last few months I think it's fair and reasonable for the government to make a modest, prudent and proportionate commitment to this climate mitigation fund," he told reporters in Melbourne. The money for Australia's contribution to the fund will be allocated from its foreign aid budget, Abbott said, and was greeted as a welcome surprise at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. The GCF is a major part of a plan agreed in 2009 to raise financial flows ...
Also found in: [+]
Climate Justice Exposed on Human Rights Day 10.12.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
Also found in: [+]
No 'Time For Tinkering' On Climate Change Action, Says UN's Ban Ki-Moon 9.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LIMA, Dec 9 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, expressing deep concern about slow action to combat climate change, told governments at U.N. talks in Lima on Tuesday there was no "time for tinkering" and urged a radical shift to greener economies. Ban said there was still a chance of limiting global warming to an internationally agreed ceiling of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times to limit more floods, droughts, desertification and rising sea levels. "But the window of opportunity is fast narrowing," he told delegates from about 190 nations at the Dec. 1-12 talks working on a deal due in Paris in a year's time to limit rising world greenhouse gas emissions. "This is not a time for tinkering; it is a time for transformation," he said. Despite signs of progress, "I am deeply concerned that our collective action does not match our common responsibilities." "We must act now," he said. He welcomed signs of action, such as more businesses favoring carbon ...
Also found in: [+]
Clean Power Plan a Win All-Around 9.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first-ever limits on the nation's biggest source of heat-trapping gases that are driving climate change, the carbon pollution pouring into the air from fossil fuel power plants. This is the most important step we can take to ensure healthy, productive lives for our children and their children. For many years, governors and mayors across America have been united in our commitment to healthy cities and states. Many have long recognized that climate change -- fueled largely by mankind's use of fossil fuels -- threatens the health and welfare of people who live in our cities, suburbs, and rural areas. Scientists repeatedly have documented those dangers in reports, each more dire than the last. For instance, last May the authoritative National Climate Assessment (NCA) concluded that climate change "is already affecting the American people in far-reaching ways," including more frequent and/or intense extreme weather events, more ...
Also found in: [+]
Will the Global Climate Talks Address the Challenges for Agriculture? 9.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Also found in: [+]
Washington Takes Heat At UN Climate Talks Over Emisisons Targets 9.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Washington is on track to meet its targets for reducing emissions in heat-trapping greenhouse gases despite an uptick last year, U.S. officials insisted at climate talks Monday. Quizzed by rich and poor countries about its efforts against global warming, President Barack Obama's envoys sought to explain how exactly the U.S. plans to cut emissions 17 percent by 2020 based on 2005 levels. Emissions were down about 10 percent but rose slightly last year and in early 2014 due to an "extraordinarily cold winter" that required high energy consumption, deputy U.S. climate adviser Rick Duke said in response to a question from China. He said emissions are projected to be down next year. South Africa challenged whether the U.S. target for 2020 is ambitious enough, asking how much of the emissions drop since 2005 has been due to recession. Duke said about two-thirds was policy-driven, with the rest attributable to factors including the recession and a switch from high-polluting coal to natural gas ...
Also found in: [+]
1 to 20 of 3,736