Climate vulnerability update

California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment released in August is the latest in the state’s exemplary series of reports on the state’s vulnerability to climate change. Highlights from the summary of findings include: Under a medium-low future emissions average statewide temperatures are projected to rise by 4.4°F by mid-century and 5.6° by end of century. Under a high emissions future, temperatures …

Climate Change Will Lock Us Into a Feedback Loop of Stupidity: The more the world heats up, the less we’ll be able to understand it.

By Tom Whyman on VIce.com Aug 15 2018 Saddleworth moorland fire from Glossop (Christian Heintzen / Alamy Stock Photo) What a gorgeous summer it’s been! What lovely, pleasant weather we’ve had! Normally the UK is – aha – wet and overcast, so it’s a lovely change that this summer will be remembered for… horrible sickly yellow red beating down on you, stopping you from …

Why Ravaging Heatwaves Matter to World’s Dinner Table

By Agnieszka De Sousa August 14, 2018, 12:12 AM MDT To see the impact of record-breaking temperatures around the world, watch wheat. Found in everything from bread to noodles, biscuits to cereals, beer to cakes — there is no more widely grown staple crop and more than 170 million metric tons trade every year. So when the weather ruins harvests in …

Farmworkers are dying from extreme heat

Grist – This story was originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Also: https://academic.oup.com/ndt/article/32/4/598/3604969 On June 16, Miguel Angel Guzman Chavez arrived in Georgia from Mexico. He was 24 years old and went right to work picking tomatoes. The Georgia heat was consistently more than 90 degrees, and on June 21, the temperature soared to 95 degrees. That day, …

Halfway to boiling: the city at 50C, the temperature at which human cells start to cook, animals suffer and air conditioners overload power grids. Once an urban anomaly, 50C is fast becoming reality

In a city at 50C, the only people in sight are those who do not have access to air conditioning by Jonathan Watts and Elle Hunt in The Guardian, Mon 13 Aug 2018  Imagine a city at 50C (122F). The pavements are empty, the parks quiet, entire neighbourhoods appear uninhabited. Nobody with a choice ventures outside during daylight hours. Only at night do the denizens …

Heat has a significant impact on traffic crash fatalities, and traffic accident numbers in the U.S. are highest in the months of July, August, and September.

Climate change killing us in more ways than expected? By Saumya Jain, by SSTI, posted on August 6th, 2018 in News Tags: crash risk, research, weather While the positive relationship between traffic crashes and extreme summer conditions is certainly not unheard of, it is rarely used in practice when designing policies or issuing roadway safety warnings. A recent study in Accident Analysis and Prevention shows that heat waves have …

As California burns, many fear the future of extreme fire has arrived

“It’s burning differently. It’s burning more aggressive than it has in years past. And I know we say that every year, but it’s unprecedented.” Vice: Thousands of firefighters are battling unprecedented fatal wildfires in California. By Alissa Greenberg and Jason Wilson in Redding, for The Guardian, Tue 31 Jul 2018   Homes destroyed by the Carr fire in Redding, California. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Roger Gray …

This Summer’s Heat Waves Could Be the Strongest Climate Signal Yet: ‘In many places, people are preparing for the past or present climate. But this summer is the future

By Bob Berwyn, Inside Climate News, 28 July 2018 Extreme heat killed more than 80 people in Japan in July, just a few weeks after flooding from downpours was blamed for more than 200 deaths there. Martin Bureau/Getty Images Earth’s global warming fever spiked to deadly new highs across the Northern Hemisphere this summer, and we’re feeling the results—extreme heat …

Warmest May ever in the US, and temps 3 degrees F (1.7 C) over the 20th century average in June. 30% of states in drought. 401st consecutive month with above avg temps worldwide

By Christie Aschwanden, in Five Thirty Eight, July 19, 2018 A man cools off in the spray of a fire hydrant during a heatwave in Philadelphia this month. JESSICA KOURKOUNIS / GETTY IMAGES It’s only July, but it has already been a long, hot spring and summer. The contiguous U.S. endured the warmest May ever recorded, and in June, the average temperature was 1.7 degrees Celsius (3.0 …

Dandelion Energy Has Built The Tesla of Residential Thermal Management With Plans For World Domination

July 9th, 2018 by Kyle Field on Clean Technica Cutting right to the chase, Dandelion plans to change the world of residential geothermal, and it is heading down that long road of transformation starting in the state of New York. Dandelion Energy spun off from Google parent company Alphabet’s X labs last year, and with so many claims floating around about transformative technologies …