Temperature and precipitation predict wildfires (if there’s something there to burn; i.e., it’s not the Sahara)

University of Missouri-Columbia: A team of researchers is continuing an effort to research how climate influences wildfire frequency. The group developed the Physical Chemical Fire Frequency Model just a few years ago. The model focuses on two variables — temperature and precipitation — to understand how climate drives wildfire across the world. Past fire years are detected on trees as …

Potential of evaporative power? Also, cooling for all, and low-tech air conditioner that uses terracotta tubes & water to naturally cool down air

Evaporation Power Could Supply 325 Gigawatts (70%) Of US Electricity Demand September 28th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica In what is believed to be the first analysis of evaporation as a renewable energy source, researchers from Columbia University have determined that US lakes and reservoirs could generate a whopping 325 gigawatts worth of clean energy, which would account for approximately …

“How are we going to pay for this?” agencies ask re: climate change costs?

Whether it is 4½ feet of sea level rise by 2100 that would leave more than 75,000 people in San Francisco and Alameda County vulnerable to inundation, and threaten $100 billion worth of existing property along the California coast… Or 137 large wildfires raging across 7.8 million acres in what might be the worst fire season ever Agencies are asking, …

Could the humble heat pump be a decarbonization hero?

By Zach Mortice, Arup, September 6, 2017  Buildings are responsible for a bit fewer than half of all greenhouse gas emissions in the US. Break this figure down further and you’ll find that building heating, in particular, accounts for about a fifth of all US greenhouse gas emissions. Building heating and hot water are a part of the climate change story people …

Heat Waves Creeping Toward a Deadly Heat-Humidity Threshold

As global temperatures rise, river valleys in South Asia will face the highest risk of heat waves that reach the limits of human survivability, a new study shows. BY BOB BERWYN, INSIDECLIMATE NEWS AUG 3, 2017 Heat waves that are dangerous now will get worse as global temperatures rises. A new study looks at the risks for global hot spots with …

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 …

Climate change making heat waves 10x as likely in Europe

By James Ayre, Clean Technica, 8 July 2017  Climate change, and more specifically the overall warming of the global climate, was a noted driver of the recent June 2017 heatwave in Europe, according to a new analysis from researchers involved with Climate Central’s World Weather Attribution program and partners. The analysis found that anthropogenic greenhouse-gas-driven warming has increased the intensity …

Deadly Heat Waves Could Endanger 74% of Mankind by 2100, Study Says: A new online tool explores the number of days per year in places worldwide when heat is likely to exceed a deadly threshold if nothing is done about climate change.

An increasing percentage of the planet faces deadly heat for 20 or more days per year, with one-third of the world’s population currently at risk. Credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images Inside Climate News, June 2017 Deadly heat waves—already a risk for 30 percent of the world’s population—will spread around the globe, posing a danger for 74 percent of people on Earth …