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Young professionals tackle Solar Radiation Management research governance

By Alex Hanafi This post was written by EDF’s Alex Hanafi and Cassandra Brunette. What do 45 young environmental leaders from around the world have to say about the governance of emerging climate engineering technologies? The Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI) and EDF teamed up with the University of California, Berkeley to ask that question at a recent workshop. It’s a question that has important implications for the future governance of solar geoengineering research. Also known as “solar radiation management” (or “SRM”), emerging solar geoengineering technologies are designed to cool the Earth by blocking or reflecting some of the sun’s energy back into space. These techniques could — in theory — stop global warming quickly and relatively cheaply.… Read More

GOP Has An Immoral Agenda To Destroy The Climate Or Something

Another day, another Warmist losing his mind. In this case, it is the Washington Post’s Tom Toles Remember how the GOP swept into the Senate by promising to cripple the EPA and its ability to enforce its mandate to protect against pollution that will damage the climate? No, they really didn’t get a mandate for that, but details, details,they are planning to try it anyway. Yes, they are. They plan on pushing the Keystone XL pipeline through, and limiting the EPA mission creep, which ranges anywhere from their absurd economy killing regulations on “climate change” to wetlands overreach to many other things of which there is massive mission creep/overreach (read here, here, here, and so many more). Is anyone… Read More

Why California thirsts for rain and the East Coast gets soaked

By Ilissa Ocko Source: Flickr/Jared Tarbell If you think the weather’s acting strange, you’re correct. Extreme weather in the United States is trending upward, and human-caused climate change has already been blamed for much of it – most recently in connection with theCalifornia drought. But along with extreme weather we’re also getting extreme contrasts. What on Earth is going on when New York gets endless rain and San Francisco none, and when one part of the country is freezing while another suffers under record heat? You guessed it, rising temperatures have something to do with it – and here’s how. Rain patterns are changing In the Northeast, the combination of more moisture in the atmosphere from a warmer world and changes in… Read More

Hundreds of Thousands Support Standards to Ensure a Healthy Low-Carbon Future

By Mandy Warner This is a fact that always stuns people: There are currently no national limits whatsoever on carbon pollution from U.S. power plants, the single largest source of this pollution in the country. But last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposal that could change that fact for future power plants. EPA’s proposal would set America’s first-ever national carbon pollution standards for future power plants – a major victory in the fight against climate change. The Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants are an absolutely necessary, common sense step toward limiting the pollution emitted through our country’s power generation. These standards will help protect our children from harmful smog, curb respiratory problems, and shield our… Read More

New report: How climate change is impacting where you live

By Ilissa Ocko The National Climate Assessment (NCA) report, prepared by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, is essentially the U.S. equivalent of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): Using the best available science, over 300 experts synthesized current understanding of observed and future climate changes and impacts, particularly in the U.S. The third ever NCA was released today, and concludes beyond a reasonable scientific doubt that Americans are being affected by climate change. Among the findings: U.S. average temperatures have increased by 1.3 to 1.9ºF since record-keeping began in 1895, and most of this warming has occurred since 1970 Heavy precipitation has increased in many parts of the country Extremes such as heat waves, droughts, floods, and North… Read More

‘Feeding 9 billion’ requires facing up to climate change

By EDF Blogs This post was co-authored by Kritee, Senior Scientist, International Climate; Richie Ahuja, Regional Director, Asia; and Tal Lee Anderman, Tom Graff Fellow – India Low-Carbon Rural Development National Geographic’s May cover story, “Feeding 9 billion,” offers valuable insights into how to feed a growing global population while reducing agriculture’s environmental impacts. But it omits some key connections with a critical issue: climate change. Drought in the U.S. causes withering of corn. (Photo credit: Ben Fertig, IAN, UMCES) As the Food and Agriculture Organization recently documented in great detail, climate change is likely to fundamentally alter the structure of food systems around the globe. With about 43% of the world’s population employed in agriculture, it’s vital that farmers have the knowledge and tools… Read More

Arctic Melting – a Business Opportunity, but Also a Dangerous Climate Risk

By Peter Sopher The Obama Administration recently released a plan to cope with a warming Arctic. Climate change has increased warming in that region at a striking rate, and it has extended the ice melting season by about two weeks per decade. As a result, the Arctic–which was inaccessible to commercial shipping as recently as 2008–saw 71 vessels cross last year. Speedy Arctic development, however, is an indisputably risky business. The Threat Over the past three decades, warmer temperatures have caused Arctic sea ice to lose half of its area and three quarters of its volume. Even with a slight increase in ice this winter, the Arctic’s sea ice last December was still the fourth lowest on record. In the summer of 2012… Read More