Global heating and climate disruption on path to making Denver 7.4 F hotter in 60 years, like Texas

Seth Borenstein, AP, Feb 2019 – https://fitzlab.shinyapps.io/cityapp/ The climate in New York City in 60 years could feel like Arkansas now. Chicago could seem like Kansas City and San Francisco could get a Southern California climate if global warming pollution continues at the current pace, a new study finds. In 2080, North Carolina’s capital, Raleigh, could feel more like Florida’s capital, Tallahassee, …

Electric Heating Accelerates the Push for Deep Decarbonization

Electric Heating Accelerates the Push for Deep Decarbonization, but Cost Remains an Issue: An economic analysis of heat pumps versus natural gas and oil shows the least carbon-intensive option may not be the cheapest. EMMA FOEHRINGER MERCHANT, GTM JUNE 18, 2018 Heat pump systems reduce carbon emissions for buildings, but may cost more than traditional heating and cooling. Photo Credit: Shutterstock 39 …

100 year old fish die in Darling River, Aussies say “It’s like hell here”, with heat

‘It’s like hell here’: Australia bakes as record temperatures nudge 50C, Naaman Zhou, The Guardian 19 Jan 2019  Fears rise for homeless and vulnerable people as communities brace for another week of relentless hot weather 25 January – Australia extreme heatwave: Victoria and Tasmania face bushfire threat – live updates Extreme heat Melbourne: city expecting 44C as Victoria faces hottest day since Black …

2018 Lancet report on health and climate: India’s workforce output loses 75 billion man hours (7% decline) due to heatwave conditions.

LaCroix, Dec 2018 Climate change hits Indian farmers, Caritas helps the most vulnerable face challenges such as higher temperatures, drought and unseasonal rains Umar Manzoor Shah, Srinagar, India, December 18, 2018 A farmer in Kerala, India. (Photo from Pixabay) It was mid-April when Ishwar Ram decided to end his life. He swallowed rat poison in an attempt to get his debt-stricken family out …

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 …