Community members in Waukegan, Illinois get fewer than 20 of 150 jobs but all the pollution of coal plants, common for minority and low income areas

Waukegan, Ill., a town just north of Chicago, is predominantly Latino, black, and low-income. It’s also home to a coal power plant, two active coal ash ponds, and three superfund sites. Accordingly, the community has struggled with air and water pollution for decades. But toxic air and water aren’t its only issues — far from it: Waukegan’s residents are further afflicted …

Ecosystem and vegetation vulnerability to climate change mapped worldwide

By using satellites, biologists are now able to map which areas are most sensitive to climate variability on a global scale. A new metric, Vegetation Sensitivity Index (VSI), allows a more quantifiable response to climate change challenges and how sensitive different ecosystems are to short-term climate anomalies. Ecologically sensitive regions are the Arctic tundra, parts of the boreal forest belt, …

Growing evidence that climate change and overall air quality contributes to cardiovascular disease, strokes

“Number of strokes increase as pollution levels rise.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 17 February 2016.  Higher pollution levels were linked to a higher total number of strokes, and researchers said it reaffirmed the growing evidence that climate change and overall air quality contributes to cardiovascular disease, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016. The study, which …

Is decentralized (PV) electricity needed for resilience, to power pumps and ensure health during and after weather crises? Severe storm in Fiji…

This last week we heard how Fiji is the destination of evacuees due to sea level rise, in Kiribati, but this week we are hearing how impaired and vulnerable Fiji is after “one of the most powerful storms recorded in the southern hemisphere,” induced by warming global temperatures, warming oceans, and more humid air, from these… Cross-posted from http://newsdaily.com/2016/02/category-5-storm-approaches-fijian-capital/ Downed power …

Sivak and Schoettle’s top 7 things Americans can do to reduce emissions

What if we, as Americans, were going to join in as individuals in order to help the U.S. meet its emissions goals? What would we do differently? Two researchers at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle, recently set out to answer those questions. (Here is the abstract of their report.) Their conclusion: The largest single source of greenhouse …

A single standard-deviation increase in temperature elevates the risk of person-to-person violence by about 2.5 percent and the risk of group-to-group violence by about 11 percent

A Stanford economist named Marshall Burke and two of his colleagues published an article in the Annual Review of Economics about the relationships between climate and conflict.  He begins by telling me that I don’t need to go to Darfur or Damascus to learn about the connections between heat and hot-headedness. “We see this everywhere in the U.S. — in …

Temperature increases in most parts of the world responding linearly to cumulative emissions, local impacts calculated

This is a map of climate change. Credit: Nature Climate Change Earth’s temperature has increased by 1°C over the past century, and most of this warming has been caused by carbon dioxide emissions. But what does that mean locally? A new study published in Nature Climate Change pinpoints the temperature increases caused by CO2 emissions in different regions around the …

Access to FEMA funds will require state hazard mitigation plans that address climate change

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change. Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard mitigation plans that address climate change. This may put several Republican governors who maintain the earth isn’t warming due to human activities, or prefer to do nothing …