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  • Opinion: Capitalism can crack climate change. But only if it takes risks

    08/17/2018 11:49:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 17, 2018 | by Larry Elliott
    This summer’s heatwave has provided a glimpse of the future, and it is not a pretty one. On current trends, the years to come will see rising temperatures, droughts, a fight to feed a growing population, and a race against time to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. The struggle to combat climate change brings out the best and worst of capitalism. Decarbonisation of the economy requires alternatives for coal and cars that run on diesel, and that plays to capitalism’s strengths. The good news is that in Beijing and New Delhi, policymakers have woken up to the idea that green...
  • How climate change will affect the trees on your Chicago block: 'It’s about to get a lot tougher.'

    08/17/2018 11:30:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 17, 2018 | by Cindy Dampier
    When you think of climate change, you might be thinking melting glaciers, massive hurricanes or polar bears on dwindling ice floes. Add this to that grim list: The trees in your own backyard. The birches in the corner of your kid’s favorite park, the towering spruce in your suburban backyard, that graceful linden on your block — all are likely to disappear from Chicago’s landscape over the next few decades, casualties of a climate that is suddenly ill-suited to their needs. Yet, at least one corner of Chicago should have a pretty good chance of retaining most of its trees...
  • Most economic forecasts have a big blind spot: Climate change

    08/17/2018 11:25:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    CNN Money ^ | August 17, 2018 | by Lydia DePillis
    Climate change is having a real impact, not just on the environment but on the economy too. And a growing body of research by economists and climate scientists shows that extreme weather will weigh on economic growth even more so in the future. But almost no mainstream economic forecasting model takes that into account, in an omission that some economists say could affect the accuracy of economic predictions going forward. The most recent study to quantify the economic impact of the carbon emissions that spur climate change was featured last week in a brief by the Federal Reserve Bank of...
  • Climate change is helping crank up the temperatures of California's heat waves

    08/17/2018 11:20:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 17, 2018 | By BETTINA BOXALL
    California suffered through its hottest July on record, while August has pushed sea-surface temperatures off the San Diego coast to all-time highs. Are these punishing summer heat waves the consequences of global warming or the result of familiar weather patterns? The answer, scientists say, is both. Climate change is amplifying natural variations in the weather. So when California roasts under a stubborn high-pressure system, the thermometer climbs higher than it would in the past. “What we’re seeing now is the atmosphere doing what it has always done. But it’s doing it in a warmer world, so the heat waves occurring...
  • Global warming policy: Is population left out in the cold?

    08/17/2018 11:14:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Science Magazine.org ^ | August 17, 2018 | by John Bongaarts, Brian C. O'Neill
    Summary Would slowing human population growth lessen future impacts of anthropogenic climate change? With an additional 4 billion people expected on the planet by 2100, the answer seems an obvious “yes.” Indeed, substantial scientific literature backs up this intuition. Many nongovernmental organizations undertake climate- and population-related activities, and national adaptation plans for most of the least-developed countries recognize population growth as an important component of vulnerability to climate impacts. But despite this evidence, much of the climate community, notably the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the primary source of scientific information for the international climate change policy process, is...
  • [satire] Pope Says He Will Address Sex Abuse Scandal Once He’s Finished Talking About Climate Change

    08/16/2018 7:24:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 25 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | 8/16/2018
    VATICAN CITY—In his first public statement on the horrifying, devastating report on sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, Pope Francis stated he would address the controversy in detail once he’s done talking about climate change for a few more weeks. The head of the Roman Catholic Church claimed he is deeply concerned with the tragic report, but is “just too swamped” with work fighting climate change, criticizing capitalism, and advocating for other issues of social justice to talk about the repulsive report at the moment. “Rest assured, once I have exhausted my talking points on the need for government policies...
  • Trees are migrating west to escape climate change

    08/16/2018 1:27:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 79 replies
    Popular Science ^ | August 16, 2018 | By Marlene Cimons
    An individual tree has roots and, of course, it doesn’t move. But trees, as a species, do move over time. They migrate in response to environmental challenges, especially climate change. Surprisingly, they don’t all go to the Poles, where it is cooler. As it turns out, more of them head west, where it is getting wetter. Sure, some species, such as evergreens, are heading to the Poles to escape the heat. But others, like certain oaks and maple, are going west in search of rain. For the most part, “tree migrations are moisture related,” said Songlin Fei, associate professor at...
  • Global warming ‘will make tsunamis more common’, scientists warn

    08/16/2018 1:21:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | August 16, 2018 | by Rob Waugh
    Coastal cities could face bigger and more dangerous tsunamis thanks to global warming with even small earthquakes capable of unleashing killer waves, scientists have warned. Researchers say that earthquakes which would pose no threat today could lead to cities being swamped by water as the sea level rises. The researchers focused on the city of Macau in China, which is currently considered safe from tsunamis, despite lying in an earthquake zone. But a three-foot rise in sea level would increase the risk of tsunamis inundating the city by up to 4.7 times, the researchers found. Such a rise is predicted...
  • Meet the ‘climate kids’ suing the US government over global warming

    08/16/2018 1:15:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    New Scientist ^ | August 15, 2018 | By Fred Pearce
    They claim inaction on climate change has blighted their future - just one of many challenges now hitting the courts. And they might just succeed. HIGH-SCHOOL student Aji Piper goes snowboarding in the mountains behind Seattle – but for how much longer, he wonders. Miko Vergun fears her native Majuro atoll in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific could soon be under water. In Alaska, Nathan Baring’s friends can no longer hunt for seals because the ice is too thin. Nine-year-old Levi Draheim, who lives in low-lying, coastal Florida, says of his president: “It’s scary having someone in the White...
  • Climate change likely to cause more sewage leaks, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna warns

    08/15/2018 7:24:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    The Toronto Star ^ | August 15, 2018 | By MIA RABSON - The Canadian Press
    OTTAWA - More than one hundred municipal wastewater systems did not report how much raw sewage overflowed from their pipes in 2017 but Environment Canada is only investigating two of them for violating federal regulations. Data provided to The Canadian Press recently showed over one trillion litres of raw sewage leaked into Canadian waterways between 2013 and 2017, including 215 billion litres in 2017 alone - a 10 per cent increase over 2013. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says the government isn’t specifically looking at ways to improve reporting rates of municipalities but, if there is more to do, the federal...
  • Humans are pushing the Earth closer to a climate cliff

    08/15/2018 7:11:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 68 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 15, 2018 | by Jon Abraham
    A new paper, just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has received a lot of media attention. The attention is justified because the paper paints a very grim picture of the climate and what humans may be doing to it. There are many really important insights from this paper. The authors wanted to know how feedbacks in the Earth’s climate will play a role in shaping the climate in the future. By feedbacks, we mean a change in one part of the climate that then causes another change, which in turn may cause another change, and...
  • Could Climate Change Destroy the Bloody Mary?

    08/15/2018 6:50:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    New York Magazine (Grub Street) ^ | August 15, 2018 | By Clint Rainey
    At this point, we’ve all just made peace with the idea that climate change will devastate the Earth, right? As far as food is concerned, it is now easy to imagine a world without coffee, wine, bananas, avocados, chocolate, crops whose mere presence in the world’s food supply is threatened by a warming planet. But some climate-change experts stress the fact that complete extinction is less of a threat than the ways smaller adjustments will affect our food chain. “The unpredictable ways in which our food system takes up shocks and stressors is the really compelling story here and it...
  • Global Warming's Effect on Car Development

    08/15/2018 6:43:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Road and Track ^ | August 14, 2018 | BY MÁTÉ PETRÁNY
    Finland's Test World is the only place on the planet where carmakers can find perfect ice and snow tracks in the middle of summer. Every car component needs to operate flawlessly between -30ºF and 130ºF, and manufacturers go to great lengths to meet that requirement. But finding real cold in a controlled environment is not getting any easier, spawning a technological battle between frosty territories all across the planet. Due to a seemingly never-ending heatwave, fish are boiling alive in Germany's waters, Cyanobacteria-levels are critical at Polish beaches, while the ice on Sweden's highest peak, the Kebnekaise, has started to...
  • The next five years will be ‘anomalously warm,’ scientists predict

    08/15/2018 6:27:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 52 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 15, 2018 | By Chris Mooney
    The past four years have been the four warmest ever recorded - and now, according to a new scientific forecast, the next five will also probably be “anomalously warm,” even beyond what the steady increase in global warming would produce on its own. That could include another record warmest year, even warmer than the current record year of 2016. “What we found is that for the next five years or so, there is a high likelihood of an anomalously warm climate compared to anomalously cold,” said Florian Sevellec, a scientist at France’s National Center for Scientific Research. The study mines...
  • Scientists find way to make mineral which can remove CO2 from atmosphere

    08/14/2018 10:36:38 PM PDT · by Innovative · 113 replies
    Phys.org ^ | Aug. 14, 2018 | Goldschmidt Conference
    Scientists have found a rapid way of producing magnesite, a mineral which stores carbon dioxide. If this can be developed to an industrial scale, it opens the door to removing CO2 from the atmosphere for long-term storage, thus countering the global warming effect of atmospheric CO2. This work is presented at the Goldschmidt conference in Boston. Project leader, Professor Ian Power (Trent University, Ontario, Canada) said: "Our work shows two things. Firstly, we have explained how and how fast magnesite forms naturally. This is a process which takes hundreds to thousands of years in nature at Earth's surface. The second...
  • Interior’s Zinke: ‘Environmental terrorist groups’ most responsible for out-of-control wildfires

    08/14/2018 3:40:14 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 19 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 8/14/18 | USA Features
    Truth Bomb: Interior Secretary and former Montana congressman Ryan Zinke blasted “environmental terrorist groups” over their mindless lockstep opposition to proper forest management including logging as being a major contributing factor to several massive fires burning up the West. In an op-ed for USA Today, Zinke wrote that there are about 100 wildfires currently burning, mostly across the western United States, and that most of them were largely preventable. He also wrote that he had just returned from the massive Ferguson Fire in California while praising POTUS Donald Trump for quickly declaring portions of the state disaster areas so they...
  • Seattle Judge Dismisses Young Activists' Climate Lawsuit

    08/14/2018 2:00:08 PM PDT · by Rinnwald · 16 replies
    KIRO 7 News ^ | 8/14/18 | AP
    SEATTLE - A Washington state judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by young activists who argued the state is violating their rights by failing to protect them from climate change. In his ruling Tuesday, King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott says the issues in the case are political questions that must be addressed by the legislative and executive branches and cannot be resolved by a court.
  • How can we address the effects of climate change on communities of color?

    08/14/2018 7:02:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 74 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | August 13, 2018 | BY ALEX HARRIS
    Climate change is a massive, complex, globe-spanning issue that affects every facet of our lives. And like most problems at its scale, it’s bound to affect the poor and people of color most significantly. How can we address that in South Florida? This week, the issues are the environment and climate change, vital topics for residents who live at “ground zero” for sea-rise threats. The most at-risk population are poor people. They have the least amount of resources to escape the effects of climate change, by buying products or services to make weathering the changes easier. There is also increasing...
  • Unexpected effects of climate change: worse food safety, more car wrecks

    08/14/2018 6:39:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | August 13, 2018 | By Susan Scutti
    On excessively hot days, there are more likely to be fatal car accidents and food safety problems, and police officers and government food inspectors tend to do less of their duties, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The MIT scientists, who analyzed data from across the United States, suggest that if the climate continues to change, by 2050 -- and in another 50 or so years beyond that -- our world may be less safe than it is today. "The crux of the idea -- which is that weather affects how...
  • Carbon Dioxide ‘Leak’ in Southern Ocean May Have Warmed Earth for 11,000 Years

    08/13/2018 3:01:24 PM PDT · by ETL · 42 replies
    Sci-News ^ | Aug 1, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    “We think we may have found the answer. Increased circulation in the Southern Ocean allowed carbon dioxide to leak into the atmosphere, working to warm the planet,” said Princeton University’s Professor Daniel Sigman, co-author of the study. For years, researchers have known that growth and sinking of phytoplankton pumps carbon dioxide deep into the ocean, a process often referred to as the ‘biological pump.’ “The biological pump is driven mostly by the low latitude ocean but is undone closer to the poles, where carbon dioxide is vented back to the atmosphere by the rapid exposure of deep waters to the...