Hurricanes strengthening faster. Counting only natural disasters over $1 billion, NASA tallies $91 billion in costs in 2018. Last 3 years have seen double the previous average.

Hurricanes are strengthening faster in the Atlantic, and climate change is a big reason why, scientists say: A startling study says that devastating storms that intensify rapidly are becoming more common. By Chris Mooney & Brady Dennis, Washington Post, Feb 7, 2019 Over a 28-year period from 1982 to 2009, the percentage of Atlantic storms that rapidly intensified had tripled, the study found. …

Drones, Seeds, & Fires: How DroneSeed Plants Trees From The Sky

Drones, Seeds, & Fires: How DroneSeed Plants Trees From The Sky, by Erika Clugston in Clean Technica, February 8th, 2019 Tree planters are superheros, according to DroneSeed founder and CEO, Grant Canary. In one day, a person manually replanting trees will burn the caloric equivalent of two marathons. Wow. It follows that such labor-intensive work is difficult to implement on a large scale, without the time …

In December, 415 investors put out a statement warning that unabated climate change could cause $23 trillion in global economic destruction over the next 80 years.

The Next Financial Crisis Could Be Caused by Climate Change: After wildfires bankrupted a major utility, there’s concerns that more severe natural disasters will lead to economic devastation, Geoff Dembicki,VICE, Jan 27 2019 A bike docking station during 2017’s Hurricane Irma in Miami, one of many severe weather events that were likely made worse by climate change. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty …

New Study Finds Food Shocks Becoming More Frequent Due to Extreme Weather, Conflict

JANUARY 28, 2019 “Food shocks” — sudden disruptions of food production — have become more frequent over the last half-century, driven by an increase in extreme weather events and geopolitical instability, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Sustainability. Led by researchers at the University of Tasmania, the study examined 226 food production shocks across 134 countries between 1961 …

Climate Change Is Already Driving Mass Migration Around the Globe + U.S. Intelligence Officials Warn Climate Change Is a Worldwide Threat

Climate Change Is Already Driving Mass Migration Around the Globe, Jeff Turrentine, onEarth, Jan. 26, 2019 Given the oversize role that migration plays in our current political discourse, you’d think there would be more emphasis on the one factor military and security experts believe will affect future migration patterns more than any other: . The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), a nonpartisan agency that analyzes and audits …

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 …

Gone in a Generation: Across America, climate change is already disrupting lives

By Zoeann Murphy and Chris Mooney, Washington Post interactive feature, January 29, 2019 The continental United States is 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than it was a century ago. Seas at the coasts are nine inches higher. The damage is mounting from these fundamental changes, and Americans are living it. These are their stories. FORESTS A family of hunters explores what remains …

One language becomes extinct every other week. Indigenous people hold knowledge and protect life: The 22 percent of the world’s land indigenous people occupy holds 80 percent of its species, much of its forests

Colonization is a “structure rather than an event” and federal policies, broken treaties and public attitudes exacerbate “economic distress and keep tribal people separate, unequal and exposed to predatory interests.” There’s a Vanishing Resource We’re Not Talking About, In These Times, Feb 1, 2019 “Capitalist economies that stress on nonstop economic growth … are paving the way to the homogenization of …

The Polar Vortex Is Just The Beginning — Here’s How Climate Change Is Hitting Middle America

“Too many people see climate change as a coastal issue,” said one expert.  By Zahra Hirji, BuzzFeed News Reporter, January 31, 2019 It’s so brutally cold in the Midwest right now, with subzero temperatures lingering for days, that schools and businesses are closing, mail carriers aren’t delivering mail, transit workers are lighting fires to keep trains running, and people are dying. The “polar vortex” is blasting …