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Category: Climate Change :: Climate Change Impacts
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Is America Ready for Climate Change Refugees? 4.9.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Right after the government of Iceland announced to accept only 50 refugees in 2015, more than 10,000 Icelanders offered on Facebook to take them in their own houses this week. If Iceland would have as many inhabitants as the U.S. the number would be more than 1 million. The number of refugees coming to Europe this year is the highest on record . But Europeans just as Americans have to ask themselves: Will the number of refugees go up even more when climate change goes beyond 2 degrees? And are the American people ready for that? Already in 2008 Srgjan Kerim, president of the United Nations General Assembly, warned global warming could cause up to 200 million refugees worldwide -- per year. Droughts, rising sea levels and super-storms are just some examples how climate change curtails people from their livelihoods. The goal of the climate talks in Bonn is a climate treaty by the end of the year in Paris. While there has been some progress, the U.S. climate commitments are still much weaker than those of ...
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Bill Gates: Who will be most affected by climate change? What can we do? 3.9.2015 TreeHugger
For the world’s poorest farmers, life is a high-wire act.
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Room with a View? Costing Environmental Risks 3.9.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Light reflecting, a pastel palette sea, graceful contours of the coast. These seaside pleasures we seek in our dreams, can see in our mind's eye, and now and then can afford when we buy or rent real estate. Hotels call these landscape pleasures "premium" and charge us handsomely for premium room attributes, even though the environment itself offers its pleasures to us free of cost. Proximity to the sea and sea views have been advantages for trade, art and culture since the beginning of human settlements -- a poetry in the landscape of where we choose to locate ourselves, and conduct commerce. And owners of land near the sea are skillful at translating the free value attached to seafront property by nature into charges they can pass along. After all, who among us checks into an hotel and asks for a room facing a wall? But, via climate change, we are nastily converting free pleasures into pending threats. Tsunamis from earthquakes are notorious, of course, but earthquakes are for the most part not ...
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Fox News Host: Obama Should Work For Weather Channel If He's So Obsessed With Climate Change 2.9.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Hosts on Fox News' "The Five" are not happy that President Barack Obama is spending time  addressing climate change while in Alaska  this week.  "To me, it’s such a glaring example of priorities askew," host Kimberly Guilfoyle said, arguing that the president should be focusing on escalating crime rates instead of climate change. "I fail still at this point to understand where he’s coming from because I don’t speak the language he speaks. ... He thinks the biggest threat to national security is climate change. Whoa. Where do you even go from there?" Host Greg Gutfeld backed Guilfoyle, arguing that Obama is more concerned with the "academic, climate change-obsessed community" than communities where crime rates are up.  "He should work for The Weather Channel," Guilfoyle suggested, adding later, "He’s like, obsessed with cumulus clouds." Obama is spending three days this week  discussing climate issues in Alaska , a state both rich in fossil fuels and exceptionally vulnerable to the disasters posed by ...
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Two Droughts and the Cost of 1 Degree of Global Warming 1.9.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In August, scientists at Columbia University released a study that identified the contribution that global warming made to the severity of the California drought between 2012 and 2014. Their finding - that global warming increased the drought's severity by 8 - 27% - deepens our understanding of just how damaging and costly even small amounts of global temperature increase can be. This year alone, the California drought has cost the State 2.7 billion dollars , and led to the loss of 21,000 jobs . Beyond that, it has caused tremendous hardship and personal strain for thousands of people, particularly in the agriculture sector. It surprised me to see just how strongly global warming is already playing it's hand because until now I've tended to think about climate change in terms of large scale, future impacts. But my gaze has suddenly been brought to the very present, and the fact that a small amount of warming is already carrying massive costs. Earlier this year we crossed a milestone of sorts that nobody ...
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Alaska-Bound: President Obama Visits Our Nation's Climate Change Frontier, Where Wildlife Face Serious Threats 1.9.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
President Obama flew to Alaska today and will be the first sitting president to visit an Arctic Alaskan community. Why? Because Alaska and the Arctic are on the front lines of the single greatest challenge our planet faces: climate change. As the president points out in his video announcing his trip, climate change isn't just affecting Alaska. It's contributing to extreme drought in California and the Northwest, intensifying storms, like the three major hurricanes currently moving across the the Pacific Ocean, and melting glaciers across the Arctic. But Alaska is facing unique challenges this year: wildfires are raging across the state, and a shocking 30 humpback and fin whales have died recently in the Gulf of Alaska. Both disasters are likely tied to climate change: unusually warm temperatures and lack of rain have made it all too easy for fires to rage out of control, and a large mass of warm water in the North Pacific dubbed the "warm blob" has made conditions perfect for toxic algal blooms, a ...
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August May Go Down As the Month We Woke Up to Smell the Carbon 31.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Our climate is changing. The impacts on our weather, food and water supplies, oceans, forests, public health, national security and economy are already being felt. Bees and other species are disappearing. These trends do not bode well for humans. Those facts are not news, or at least not new, but President Obama has made news by making August a Green Letter month taking his newly urgent warnings about our climate crisis on the road. Last stop, Ground Zero, Arctic Alaska where icebergs are melting at a new glacial speed. He will be the first sitting President to bear witness to "the challenge of our time." Hats off to him and it just might be warm enough. Perhaps after this record breaking hot summer we will set a new normal for climate change coverage as well. To date, we have not seen a majority of serious environmental developments covered regularly and with sufficient context and depth on the evening news or on any recurring talk shows. It's time for the news networks to step up their game. For too ...
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'Gulf South Rising': Ten Years After Katrina, Demands for Deep Justice March On 30.8.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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In Remembrance of Katrina, Why We Must Fight for Climate Justice 29.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Call It What It Is: A Global Migration Shift From Climate, Not a Migrant or Refugee Crisis 29.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Call It What It Is: A Global Migration Shift From Climate, Not a Migrant or Refugee Crisis 29.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Hundreds more died off the coast of Libya today, on the heels of 71 death s of migrants trapped in the back of a truck near Vienna, Austria. At the same time, NASA officials just warned that rising global sea levels from climate change could affect coastal regions, including 150 million residents in Asia who lived "within a meter from the sea." While news organizations and policymakers around the world wrestle with calling displaced persons "refugees" or "migrants"or "asylum-seekers," a far more dangerous precedence of denial over a looming global shift of populations largely from climate change is taking place. There is not a migrant or refugee crisis. We're in the midst of a global migration shift. While its unrelenting realities of forced displacement, whether from war, persecution or economic despair originate from disparate causes, they all share a singular fact: The nascent stages of this historical migration shift require long-term planning, not short-term designation. Standing on the shores of ...
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The Drought You Haven't Heard About Is Causing Crisis In Africa 29.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of the stories that made news in recent days. You noticed the media forgot all about another story's basic facts? Tweet  @TheWorldPost or let us know on our Facebook page .  The worst drought in almost a decade has decimated agriculture in southern Africa, leaving 1 in 10 people in the region at risk of going hungry. The drought contributed to massive crop failures, including in South Africa which ordinarily produces 40 percent of the region's corn. The country had to import the crop earlier this year, after it faced the worst drought since 1992 . The regional drought crisis has raised fears of renewed chaos in Zimbabwe, just as it was beginning to emerge from years of economic turmoil. The World Food Program  warned  this week that 1.5 million Zimbabweans will face food shortages after the production of staple crops like corn was slashed by around 50 percent. “What you will see is people buying less of everything else so that they can afford corn,” ...
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Self-Governing Association in El Salvador Offers Local Solutions to Global Problems 28.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
While Washington pays lip service to Central America's dire social situation, local communities in the region are doing something to address the root causes of poverty and violence, from the lack of educational and economic opportunities to environmental degradation. The banner on this “Romero Vive” painting reads, “If they kill me, I will be resurrected in the struggle of my people." (Photo: EcoViva Photo Archive) Much of the news coming out of El Salvador these days highlights the violence and suffering plaguing the small Central American nation of 6.34 million people. The country has seen a worrying amount of violence of late, with 3,830 murders since the new year, earning it the dubious distinction of having one of the world's highest homicide rates. Along with many other countries in the region, El Salvador also faces widespread poverty, wealth disparities, narco-traffic and ecological degradation. Insecurity and violence have reached levels not seen since the end of the civil war in 1992. ...
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An Unequal Recovery in New Orleans: Racial Disparities Grow in City 10 Years After Katrina 28.8.2015 Democracy Now!
We spend the hour today marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 storm that devastated the Gulf Coast and New Orleans, killing more than 1,800 people, forcing more than a million people to evacuate. Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has become a different city. The population is now about 385,000—about 80 percent of its pre-Katrina population. The number of African Americans has plunged by nearly 100,000 since the storm. According to the Urban League, the income gap between black and white residents has increased 37 percent since 2005. Thousands of homes, many in African-American neighborhoods, remain abandoned. On Thursday, President Obama spoke in New Orleans, remembering what happened 10 years ago. "We came to realize that what started out as a natural disaster became a man-made disaster -- a failure of government to look out for its own citizens,” Obama said. We speak to actor Wendell Pierce, Monique Harden of the New Orleans-based Advocates for Environmental Human ...
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As Refugee Tide Mounts, No One Is in Control 28.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Adapted from recent remarks at the Ditchley Foundation. LONDON -- The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees recently published the statistics for 2014. At the end of last year we reported that 59.5 million people were displaced by conflict in the world. Roughly two-thirds were internally displaced, and one-third refugees. In some conflict situations, the internally displaced live much worse lives than refugees because their government, which is supposed to protect them, can be part of their problem. Those figures mark an increase of 16 percent from 2013 , and an increase of 60 percent over the past decade. We should not forget when we see these big numbers that behind each refugee there is a tragic individual story; a story of suffering. Many of these people have seen their houses destroyed, members of their family being killed and their communities bombarded. Many of them have lost everything. Women have been victims of rape and other forms of sexual violence and children are victims of trauma ...
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Inhofe's Drought, McConnell's Fire 28.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Families in the West who are trying to salvage what they can from the charred ruins of their homes may want to communicate their grief to the members of Congress who could do something to slow climate change, but won't. Global warming has made the drought, fires and personal losses worse than they otherwise would have been. Weather extremes are no stranger to California, but scientists say the current drought is 15% to 20% more severe because of global warming. They say the odds of extreme droughts there have doubled over the last century. In other words, global warming is injecting steroids into weather disasters. Without countermeasures, it will get much worse. Yet the response among deniers in Congress is to escalate their campaign to sabotage any government effort to reduce the pollution responsible for climate change. They are attempting to undermine not only President Obama's climate action plan, but also hopes for an international agreement at the next global climate conference this December in ...
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Inhofe's Drought; McConnell's Fire 28.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Families in the West who are trying to salvage what they can from the charred ruins of their homes may want to communicate their grief to the members of Congress who could do something to slow climate change, but won't. Global warming has made the drought, fires and personal losses worse than they otherwise would have been. Weather extremes are no stranger to California, but scientists say the current drought is 15% to 20% more severe because of global warming. They say the odds of extreme droughts there have doubled over the last century. In other words, global warming is injecting steroids into weather disasters. Without countermeasures, it will get much worse. Yet the response among deniers in Congress is to escalate their campaign to sabotage any government effort to reduce the pollution responsible for climate change. They are attempting to undermine not only President Obama's climate action plan, but also hopes for an international agreement at the next global climate conference this December in ...
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Experts Warn Climate Change is 'Changing the Contours' of World's Oceans 27.8.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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The Climate Post: Recent Studies Provide Examples of Emissions Trading Successes, Failures 27.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The emissions trading program in the northeastern United States--the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)--is responsible for about half the region's emissions reductions--an amount far greater than reductions achieved in the rest of the country. The study in the journal Energy Economics determined that even when controlling for other factors--the natural gas boom, the recession, and environmental regulations--emissions would have been 24 percent higher in participating states without RGGI (subscription). RGGI, the first market-based regulatory program in the United States, is a cooperative effort among states to create a "cap" that sets limits on carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector--a cap lowered over time to reduce emissions. Power plants that can't stay under the cap must purchase credits or "emissions allowances" from others that can. "While the study focused on the northeastern states and the RGGI program specifically, the findings suggest that emissions trading could be a ...
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Climate Change This Week: Wind Winds Up, Extinctions Explode, and More! 27.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
No More Beaches? We burn, ice melts, the sea rises, and they disappear. OO Scientists Foresee Losses As Cities Fight Beach Erosion - the beaches are being lost. Related: OO Gulf Eats Away At Coast Outside Levee-Protected New Orleans * Costs less, so use more? Not necessarily... climate change costs a lot! OO Americans Are Fueling Up Cheaply, And Their Climate Suffers - as cheap gas lets people drive more and buy gas-guzzlers, it reverses a long decline in greenhouse gas emissions from cars. * * "Out Due to Drought" might be the frequent future food message. Source ourworld.unu.edu OO Major Food Production Shocks To Increase Due To Extreme Weather - becoming three times more likely within 25 years, as extreme weather increases due to global warming, warns a new report. Related: Source thekrazycouponlady.com Yearly, unsustainable population growth is emptying the shelves of our planet's yearly supplies ever earlier. We get the rest of the year's supplies by consuming some of the finite sources for those ...
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