Who Will Pay for the Huge Costs of Holding Back Rising Seas?

U.S. coastal cities face billions of dollars in costs for the extensive infrastructure projects needed to protect against rising seas and worsening storms. From Boston to Miami, government officials are only beginning to grasp the enormous expense of what will be required. BY JIM MORRISON • AUGUST 5, 2019 For cities in the United States, the price of infrastructure projects to combat rising seas and intensifying …

This Is What America Could Look Like When Our Coasts Are Under Water

By Shayla Love in Vice, Jul 23 2019 HUNTER FRENCH Soldier’s Grove is a small town of fewer than 600 people located near the Kickapoo River in Wisconsin. The Kickapoo is not a genial body of water. In 1907, the river flooded, dumping record amounts of water into downtown Soldier’s Grove. Then it did so again in 1912, 1917, 1935, 1951, and 1978. The …

‘Toxic Stew’ Stirred Up by Disasters Poses Long-Term Danger, New Findings Show

By Christopher Flavelle, on July 15, 2019, NYTimes.com WASHINGTON — New research shows that the extreme weather and fires of recent years, similar to the flooding that has struck Louisiana and the Midwest, may be making Americans sick in ways researchers are only beginning to understand. By knocking chemicals loose from soil, homes, industrial-waste sites or other sources, and spreading them …

Using distributed energy to lower peak demand, increase resilience, save money, and lower emissions: Utility found storage cheaper than a second power line

Can grid resiliency finally pay for itself? JULIAN SPECTOR GTM Research, JUNE 07, 2019 Eversource Wants to Back Up an Entire Rural Town With Batteries Large and Small 2 “This is not, strictly speaking, a resilience play — it’s using distributed energy to lower peak demand, thereby saving money and lowering carbon emissions“ The traditional option would be to build a …

By 2050 more than half of the world’s population faces 20 days a year of lethal heat, crop yields globally drop by a fifth, Amazon ecosystem collapse, ice-free Arctic in summer, and 1.5 ft of sea level rise

Based on the 3C Paris Track… The collapse of ecosystems like coral reefs, the Amazon and the Arctic Unlivable temperatures for more than 100 days a year in West Africa, tropical South America, the Middle East and South-East Asia A one-fifth decline in agricultural yields The flooding of coastal cities, small islands and low-lying regions including Chennai, Mumbai, Jakarta, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh …

Economically poor communities lack access to evacuation, left vulnerable in emergencies: Case Study of Harris County TX

Analysis of Flood Vulnerability and Transit Availability with a Changing Climate in Harris County, Texas Joshua A. Pulcinella, Arne M. E. Winguth, Diane Jones Allen, … First Published April 22, 2019 Research Article  https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198119839346 Article information    Hurricanes and other extreme precipitation events can have devastating effects on population and infrastructure that can create problems for emergency responses and evacuation. Projected climate change and associated …

America’s shifting political landscape and economic thinking, with growing inequality and concentration of poverty

America’s political landscape and economic thinking are shifting. The 2016 election—and the rise of powerful movements over the past decade—has shown us that Americans are calling for change. They want a diagnosis of our economy to help make sense of what’s gone wrong and to suggest ways to make things better. The challenges we face may seem disparate, but they …

What Will You Say to Your Grandchildren? What we really need right now is Deep Transformation. There is still time to act: we must acknowledge this moral imperative.

By Jeremy Lent, Patterns of Meaning, on EcoWatch, 17 April 2019 Facing oncoming climate disaster, some argue for “Deep Adaptation” — that we must prepare for inevitable collapse. However, this orientation is dangerously flawed. It threatens to become a self-fulfilling prophecy by diluting the efforts toward positive, structural change (as outlined in Evangelii Gaudium and Laudato Si’ and known for generations …

The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change 

The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change by Gleb Raygorodetsky “The Indigenous communities and their traditional territories are the islands of biocultural diversity in the ever-rising sea of development and urbanization. The Archipelago of Hope takes readers on a journey to explore the inextricable links between Indigenous cultures and their lands, and how they form the foundation …