User: flenvcenter Topic: Air and Climate-Independent
Category: Climate Change :: Climate Change Impacts
Last updated: Jun 16 2017 21:55 IST RSS 2.0
 
1 to 20 of 4,770    
Ask Your Doctor if the Paris Climate Agreement Is Right for You 16.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Medical professionals are often the first to deal with the health harms caused by air pollution, heat waves, drought, famine and war brought on by climate change. The newly formed Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health representing 11 major medical specialty organizations in the US is working to build awareness among the public and lawmakers about the looming public health crisis precipitated by climate change. (Photo: Global Landscapes Forum ; Edited: LW / TO) President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement has been condemned throughout the world for a long list of reasons. It's a manifestation of complete detachment from the reality of climate science. The US economy will crawl into hibernation in a cramped den of dirty energy while the rest of the world eagerly exploits the enormous economic opportunities of clean energy. And it has quickly and decisively knocked the US off the leadership podium on the most important issue in the history of mankind. The White House, cheered on ...
Also found in: [+]
The Colorado River is shrinking because of climate change 15.6.2017 High Country News Most Recent
A long-term drought threatens Western cities’ water supplies.
Also found in: [+]
Trump's Climate Withdrawal Is An Impeachable Offense 8.6.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement, he acted in concert with 22 Republican senators, who collectively receive $10,694,284 in contributions from the coal and oil industries. These 22 senators wrote to Trump, asking him to pull out of the accord. The president and the senators put their own political and economic interests above the safety, security and indeed survival of the American people and the entire planet. The climate accord is a landmark deal, in which 195 countries responsible for 95 percent of carbon emissions worldwide agreed to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in order to slow down global warming. Under the pact, the Obama administration promised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent to 29 percent lower than 2005 levels by 2025. But according to the Rhodium Group , Trump’s new policies will only cut emissions 15 percent to 19 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, considerably lower than the commitment made by the Obama ...
Also found in: [+]
Leonardo DiCaprio's Efforts Prompt Mexico To Commit To Saving Rare Porpoise 8.6.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Mexican government has announced new efforts to save the critically endangered vaquita from extinction, following a widespread advocacy campaign by groups including the World Wildlife Fund and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, actor Leonardo DiCaprio and billionaire Carlos Slim met Wednesday to mark the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that will spark new efforts to save the animal, which researchers worry could become  extinct by next year . Last month DiCaprio launched a Twitter campaign aimed at Mexican officials to encourage them to take action, an effort that led Peña Nieto to declare the country was focusing “all its efforts to prevent the extinction of the species.” “Now more than ever, the world is looking for bold leadership at every level to tackle climate change and environmental conservation issues,” DiCaprio said in a statement after Wednesday’s meeting. “This action is a critical step towards ensuring that the Gulf of California continues to ...
Also found in: [+]
Brad Pitt Forecasts 'No Future' Thanks To Trump's Paris Accord Withdrawal 7.6.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The first rule of climate change is you need to hear Brad Pitt talk about climate change. Comedian Jim Jefferies closed out the debut of “The Jim Jefferies Show” on Tuesday by throwing it to his “ weather man .” The mystery weather man was supposedly there to address Trump announcing the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Agreement  and the environmental impact we can expect. Enter “Fight Club” and “War Machine” actor Brad Pitt. Pitt, posing as a weather man in front of a very red-looking map of the world, motioned to everywhere, saying, “Things are going to be getting warmer in this area here and this area here.” Jefferies, clearly a little startled by the news, then asked the weather man/Pitt about any future forecasts. “There is no future,” warned Pitt. Climate change is an issue Pitt has spoken out about for a while , so the surprise appearance in response to Trump withdrawing from the Paris Accord makes sense for the actor, as ridiculous as it was. Pitt’s weather man skills are ...
Also found in: [+]
Trump's Climate Withdrawal Is an Impeachable Offense 6.6.2017 Truthout.com
President Trump arrives to announce his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accords, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, June 1, 2017. (Photo: Al Drago / The New York Times) Having received nearly $11 million dollars in contributions from the coal and oil industries, 22 senators urged Trump to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, thus jeopardizing the safety, security and perhaps survival of the planet. This action constitutes a crime against humanity and a "High Crime" under US law, which is a ground for impeachment of the president. President Trump arrives to announce his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accords, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, June 1, 2017. (Photo: Al Drago / The New York Times) When President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement, he acted in concert with 22 Republican senators, who collectively receive $10,694,284 in contributions from the coal and ...
Also found in: [+]
How Leaving The Paris Accord Will Hurt Our Health 6.6.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Accord climate change agreement  was derided by economists who worried that the U.S. exit would hurt the clean-energy sector, and environmentalists who said abandoning the agreement would be a devastating setback to global efforts to combat climate change.  The withdrawal also drew ire from another group: doctors and public health experts.  “I am stunned at this irresponsible action,” Dr. Howard Frumkin, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at University of Washington School of Public Health, told HuffPost. “Climate change is perhaps the greatest public health threat of our time.” “As a pediatrician, I am gravely concerned that this administration’s has a blatant disregard for the health of its citizens,” said Dr. Aaron Bernstein, associate director of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health Center for Health and the Global Environment. “All Americans, and especially our children, face substantially less healthy and ...
Also found in: [+]
Trump’s 'Laughing Stock' Climate Change Argument Shifts From Science To Economics 4.6.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The semantics of climate change have evolved from global warming to climate change over the last 25 years, but have focused on the science. This week, Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the historic Paris Climate Agreement, in which 194 countries pledged to step up their commitment to cutting carbon emissions. In his announcement , Trump reframed the discussion away from the science of fossil fuel’s effect on the environment toward economics: “The Paris climate accord disadvantages the United States, to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers, who I love, and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories and vastly diminished economic production.” Trump’s always planned on pulling out of the Paris accord because he’s a self-proclaimed America Firster; he’s cozy with the petroleum industry; and he thinks whatever Obama did is inherently bad. He chose an economic argument because he thought his background as a businessman would bestow ...
Also found in: [+]
Why the Endangered Species Act can’t save whitebark pines 2.6.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Politics, money and climate change threaten one of the West’s iconic trees.
Also found in: [+]
The Weather Channel Is Not Holding Back When It Comes To Climate Change 2.6.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Weather Channel has embarked on the intrepid mission of attempting to teach climate change deniers that they’re, well, wrong. The fight against climate change has long been an arduous battle, but President Donald Trump made it even harder on Thursday,  announcing that the United States would pull out of the Paris Agreement. The Weather Channel completely revamped its homepage to answer all your burning (sorry!) questions about the havoc that climate change is wreaking on the world.  Coverage of Trump’s announcement obviously gets top billing on the site, but the other front page links are nothing short of superb. One piece lets readers find out “what happens to Earth now.” It describes “scientists and environmentalists” who called Trump’s withdrawal from the pact a “historical mistake.” There are also links to powerful stories about  wildlife and forests that have been fatally affected by climate change. Oh, and NBD, there are just some notes on ice shelves collapsing , Antarctica turning green , and ...
Also found in: [+]
Trump’s Withdrawal Of The U.S. From The Paris Climate Agreement Is A Disaster 2.6.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Since the end of World War II, the United States has proudly carried the mantle of global leader of the international community. American leadership brought us the United Nations, the World Bank, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild a continent decimated by war and secure a peace that has lasted for more than 70 years. As a senior member of Congress, a member of the Helsinki Commission, and member of the American delegation to the 80th Inter-Parliamentary Meeting of European Union and United States Legislators, one of my responsibilities is to work with the delegation’s European counterparts on cooperative efforts to address and resolve issues of mutual concern. This is becoming increasingly difficult because in less than 150 days, President Trump has done more to damage relations with our allies and the standing of the United States in the world than all of his predecessors combined. On his maiden trip abroad as the leader of the United States, Trump ...
Also found in: [+]
Why Climate Change Is A Women's Issue 1.6.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Multiple news outlets  are now reporting that President Donald Trump is set to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark pact to reduce global warming. While environmentalists are warning that is very bad news for many reasons, bringing the world far closer to the “ danger limit ” where extreme conditions become the norm, it could be particularly harmful to women around the world. Here’s why: Women are more likely to live in poverty. Women make up the majority of the world’s poor , and that simple fact means they are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change ― particularly if they live in rural areas. That’s because women tend to be responsible for securing water, food and energy for cooking, and the effects of climate change ― namely drought and/or uncertain rainfall ― make that process and responsibility all the much more onerous for them.  “In almost all disasters, women bear the brunt more than men. Anytime there are mass movements, which is what happens when you ...
Also found in: [+]
Global Warming Is On Pace To Cause Many Sleepless Nights By 2099, Study Finds 26.5.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Nick Obradovich couldn’t sleep. It was October 2015, and a surprise heat wave sent thermometers across San Diego soaring 7 degrees Fahrenheit above average. The window air-conditioning unit in his living room wasn’t powerful enough to cool the bedroom. So the climate impact researcher lay on top of his sheets, fixated on the idea that global warming could forecast many more nights like that one. Turns out that may be the case. Surges in nighttime temperatures correspond with an increase in self-reported nights of restless and insufficient sleep, according to a study Obradovich published Friday in the journal Science Advances. “Human sleep relies on ambient temperature for its regulation,” Obradovich, now a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, told HuffPost by phone this week. “When that ambient temperature is unusually warm, when it’s not expected to be, that can predict disruption in sleep patterns.” To test his theory, he and three other researchers compared ...
Also found in: [+]
Climate 101 For The President 26.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Trump has been bombarded with reasons to keep the United States in the climate agreement the international community achieved two years ago in Paris. Everyone from the Pope to America’s leading CEOs have urged Trump to stay the course. As he nears a decision, Trump also has been peppered with platitudes from predictable lobbies about how the Paris deal, as well as climate action in general, will bankrupt the economy and kill jobs. That is a false fear. Consider: Common sense tells us that climate change is far more likely to bankrupt the economy than climate action. The impacts of a disrupted climate will carry enormous costs for families, communities, businesses and governments. The costs will be reflected in everything from food prices families pay because of cropland drought or flooding, to higher premiums for homeowners’ insurance and higher taxes to cover rising government costs for disaster preparation, response and recovery. A successful international collaboration to cut carbon ...
Also found in: [+]
Climate 101 For The President 26.5.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
President Trump has been bombarded with reasons to keep the United States in the climate agreement the international community achieved two years ago in Paris. Everyone from the Pope to America’s leading CEOs have urged Trump to stay the course. As he nears a decision, Trump also has been peppered with platitudes from predictable lobbies about how the Paris deal, as well as climate action in general, will bankrupt the economy and kill jobs. That is a false fear. Consider: Common sense tells us that climate change is far more likely to bankrupt the economy than climate action. The impacts of a disrupted climate will carry enormous costs for families, communities, businesses and governments. The costs will be reflected in everything from food prices families pay because of cropland drought or flooding, to higher premiums for homeowners’ insurance and higher taxes to cover rising government costs for disaster preparation, response and recovery. A successful international collaboration to cut carbon ...
Also found in: [+]
How to break the political logjam on climate change 23.5.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
It starts with leveraging market-based solutions and bipartisan appeal.
Also found in: [+]
Climate Change May Force Millions Of Americans To Move Inland 22.5.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In low-lying island nations like Tuvalu and the Maldives , the term “climate migrant” is all too familiar. Rising sea levels have already forced some Pacific Ocean communities to flee from their homes and there are fears that several whole islands will be underwater  in just a few decades. But it’s not just island dwellers who need to worry about climate-related migration. As coastal areas are deluged over this century, millions of mainland Americans could be forced to flee inland, where they may overwhelm already crowded cities, according to new research  from the University of Georgia. “We typically think about sea-level rise as a coastal issue, but if people are forced to move because their houses become inundated, the migration could affect many landlocked communities as well,” said Mathew Hauer, the University of Georgia demographer who wrote the paper. Using migration data from the Internal Revenue Service and climate migration models, Hauer concluded that a 6-foot increase in sea levels would ...
Also found in: [+]
Climate Impacts Happening Now: Westward Migration of Forests 21.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
A recent article in The Atlantic implies climate change to be wrongly viewed as something we don't yet know much about. This article, "American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why," is half correct. The authors in the study reported upon reveal the reasons why trees are shifting west (as well as north), and that the shift is intrinsically related to climate change. That "No One Knows Why" these trees are shifting westward is fundamentally not a part of this research. The authors say that the westward shift is because climate change has changed moisture patterns, that increased moisture in western portions of the eastern U.S. is the cause for this seemingly counterintuitive westward shift, and it is predominant among young trees that are more resistant to drought even in the face of sporadic drought pulses in the west. From the paper: "The observed differential shift rates could also be due to the fact that saplings are more sensitive to droughts in terms of survival than adult trees, as ...
Also found in: [+]
Low-carbon bubbly: Champagne industry adapts to climate change 19.5.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
BusinessGreen uncorks the esteemed French wine region's attempts to protect its interests in the face of the changing climate
Also found in: [+]
Trump's Response To Disaster Relief Raises Alarms 19.5.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
After last fall’s devastating Hurricane Matthew, Donald Trump ’s presidential campaign headed to North Carolina towns ravaged by the disaster with around $29,000 worth of emergency supplies in tow.  The October delivery, led by Trump daughter-in-law Lara Trump, made for a nice photo op that the candidate, who was not present at the event, shared on his Twitter account.  — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2016 “My father-in-law said, ‘You take a break and go down and help them out ,’” Lara Trump said of those affected by the hurricane, which claimed 24 lives  in North Carolina and another 20 in nearby states. Last week, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) heard back from President Trump on his request for $929 million in aid to help with unmet hurricane recovery costs. Cooper sought funding mainly through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program. Cooper expressed “shock and disappointment’’  over the federal response. The Trump administration ...
Also found in: [+]
1 to 20 of 4,770