New Polling Shows Voters Want to Hold Big Oil’s Feet to the Fire. Juliana implications and Maui case.

New Polling Shows Voters Want to Hold Big Oil’s Feet to the Fire (Earther) by Dharna Noor, October 13, 2020 Oil and gas companies have spent decades spewing ungodly amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and there’s ample evidence that oil and gas companies covered up the climate-warming effects of that pollution. New polling shows that Americans want to do something about that. A national …

Democrats want to invest $80 billion in broadband deployment around the country overseen by a new Internet Connectivity Office. The bill would mandate a minimum speed standard of 100/100 megabits per second for federally funded internet projects – fiber level service

House Democrats recently passed an infrastructure bill that would invest $80 billion in broadband deployment around the country overseen by a new Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth. The bill would mandate a minimum speed standard of 100/100 megabits per second for federally funded internet projects, a speed stipulation that can only be met with high-speed fiber optics, says Ernesto Omar Falcon, a senior legal …

Nearly twice as many properties may be susceptible to flood damage than previously thought

Percentage of properties at risk of flooding during a major storm New Data Reveals Hidden Flood Risk Across America By Christopher Flavelle, Denise Lu, Veronica Penney, Nadja Popovich and John Schwartz in NYTimes, June 29, 2020 Nearly twice as many properties may be susceptible to flood damage than previously thought, according to a new effort to map the danger. Across much of the United States, the …

Adaptation through managed retreat from the coast or other impacted area

On March 19, 2020, GCC brought the authors and advisors working on the Equitable Adaptation Toolkit together for a virtual roundtable to discuss and inform the toolkit’s development. Read more about the convening here. About the Challenge: Equity and Climate Impacts Two of the biggest challenges facing the United States are the social inequalities that put the health and well-being of disadvantaged populations at risk, …

In 30 years from now, on the current path, almost half a million existing homes will be on land that floods at least once a year

Rising seas threaten an American institution: The 30-year mortgage The New York Times | Christopher Flavelle Up and down the coastline, rising seas and climate change are transforming a fixture of American homeownership that dates back generations: the classic 30-year mortgage. Home buyers are increasingly using mortgages that make it easier for them to stop making their monthly payments and …

Exposing the World’s Biggest Carbon Emitters: US oil and gas and trade associations failed the country by ignoring the foreseeable and foreseen impacts of their carbon products, which the industry has been aware of for decades

“Energy accountant” Richard Heede does research needed to hold major polluters accountable for their actions “The industry (particularly US oil and gas companies and trade associations) failed the country by ignoring the foreseeable and foreseen impacts of their carbon products, which the industry has been aware of for decades (Franta 2018; CIEL 2017; ICN 2015), with lobbying for legislative and regulatory relief …

Tropical Storms Are Getting More Intense: nearly four decades of satellite data from storms around the world, the likelihood of a storm reaching Category 3 or above, with sustained winds above 110 miles per hour, increased 8 percent per decade

 Jordan Davidson May. 19, 2020 Climate Home News The devastation caused by hurricanes in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, North Carolina and Houston over the last few years is a direct effect of the climate crisis, which is making tropical storms stronger and wetter, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as CNN reported. The study looked …

How planned retreat is evolving with use of eminent domain

Trump Administration presses cities to evict homeowners from flood zones The New York Times | Christopher Flavelle The federal government is giving local officials nationwide a painful choice: Agree to use eminent domain to force people out of flood-prone homes, or forfeit a shot at federal money they need to combat climate change. That choice, part of an effort by …

U.S. Military Could Collapse Within 20 Years Due to Climate Change, Pentagon Report Says + Fragility from Food System, Water Shortage

DOD report says a combination of global starvation, war, disease, drought, and a fragile power grid could have cascading, devastating effects. By Nafeez Ahmed, Oct 24 2019 According to a new U.S. Army report, Americans could face a horrifically grim future from climate change involving blackouts, disease, thirst, starvation and war. The study found that the US military itself might also …