Increasing droughts, lower crop yields (just 40% already in Utah and forecast to go to 10%), and increased stress and conflict

A new study by MIT climate scientists, economists, and agriculture experts finds that certain hotspots in the country will experience severe reductions in crop yields by 2050, due to climate change’s impact on irrigation. The most adversely affected region, according to the researchers, will be the Southwest. Already a water-stressed part of the country, this region is projected to experience …

Asian typhoons becoming more intense, have grown 50% stronger in the past 40 years due to warming seas

By Damian Carrington in The Guardian, 2016  On 7 July 2015, satellite images showed the Pacific Ocean with two typhoons, one tropical storm, one formation alert and one large area of increased convection. Photograph: JMA MTSAT-2/NOAA The destructive power of the typhoons that wreak havoc across China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines has intensified by 50% in the past 40 years due …

Heat risks are nearly unthinkable, as global warming remains major culprit behind extreme weather

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-18 Editor: Song Lifang GENEVA, July 18 (Xinhua) — Global warming remains the main reason for recent extreme weather conditions worldwide, including the long-lasting heat waves and scorching temperatures across the northern hemisphere, according to a latest study of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Using the climate assessment models of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the WMO predicted …

End of coal: Failure (of us) to plan for it hurts miners most: can we have the dialogue and planning we need?

On a just transition History shows governments that don’t anticipate and make provisions for the decline of coal burden communities for generations Retired coal miner Kenneth Dangerfield, from Morgantown, West Virginia, speaks to Barack Obama’s labour secretary Thomas E. Perez in 2014 (Photo: US Department of Labor) By Oliver Sartor and Andrzej Błachowicz Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US …

Environmental justice, also indigenous people creating toolkits and climate action plans, across Canada

By Carolyn Fortuna, Clean Technica, 27 June 2017  Environmental justice calls for fair treatment of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, and it necessarily includes the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Environmental justice also requires meaningful involvement of underrepresented groups in power structures in society. According to the EPA, we will achieve this …

Wait! What jobs will be safe from robots?

An excerpt from The Guardian, June 2017 Ford, the futurist, classifies resilient jobs in three areas. The first is jobs that involve “genuine creativity, such as being an artist, being a scientist, developing a new business strategy”. Ford notes: “For now, humans are still best at creativity but there’s a caveat there. I can’t guarantee you that in 20 years …

Freshwater & renewable energy storage for drought striken regions? Areas for integrated pumped hydro reverse osmosis (IPHRO) system identified

Combined energy and water system could provide for millions: Analysis shows system could economically bring fresh water and renewable energy storage to drought-stricken coastal regions worldwide. Introduction by Kelley Travers | MIT Energy Initiative, 18 April 2017.  Full copy of the article is available at the link and below the overview. The team’s analysis determined that in Southern California, all power …

Saving coffee from climate change

While Washington debates whether climate change is a hoax or an imminent threat, the world coffee industry is not waiting for the American government to take action to protect its business. By Marvin G Perez and Fabiana Batista on Bloomberg, 28 April 2017 Coffee crops are under siege from deforestation, abnormally high temperatures, a lack of precipitation, and disease. The global …

Significant increase in hospital admissions for mental illnesses seen during periods of heatwaves, especially during longer periods of heat exposure

A mental hospital-based study in Hanoi, Vietnam looked at if there is a relationship between heat exposure and mental health problems. The results showed significant increase in hospital admissions for mental illnesses during periods of heatwaves, especially during longer periods of heat exposure. This is according to a doctoral thesis from Umeå University. The study, which looked at admissions data …