How climate change is making hurricanes more dangerous: Stronger wind speeds, more rain, and worsened storm surge add up to more potential destruction

A 2013 study found a substantial regional and global increase in the proportion of the strongest hurricanes—category 4 and 5 storms. The authors attribute that increase to global heating of the climate: “We conclude that since 1975 there has been a substantial and observable regional and global increase in the proportion of Cat 4–5 hurricanes of 25–30 percent per °C of anthropogenic …

Now is the time for a World Carbon Bank

The Guardian, July 2019 excerpt It is high time to create a new, focused agency, a World Carbon Bank, that provides a vehicle for advanced economies to coordinate aid and technical transfer, and that is not simultaneously trying to solve every other development problem. Yes, I fully understand that the current US administration is reluctant to fund even existing international …

Rising seas are on the verge of swallowing two of Tuvalu’s nine islands, and the encroaching waves haunt locals’ dreams

Seascape: the state of our oceans ‘One day we’ll disappear’: Tuvalu’s sinking islands:  Islands in the Tuvalu archipelago Rising seas are on the verge of swallowing two of the tiny archipelago’s nine islands, and the encroaching waves haunt locals’ dreams by Eleanor Ainge Roy in Tuvalu; The Guardian, photographs by Sean Gallagher 16 May 2019 On the hottest days, Leitu Frank feels like she …

Sea level rise is reducing home values

By PHILIP MARCELO May 14, 2019, Associated press 1 of 4 In this Feb. 15, 2019 photo, real estate agent Tom Saab stands on a oceanfront deck at a condo he developed in Salisbury, Mass. Academic researchers say concerns over rising sea levels and increased flooding are having subtle but significant impacts on coastal property values, finding that climate change concerns …

Greenland melting faster than scientists thought

Ice flows from Helheim Glacier into Sermilik Fjord, in E Greenland April 22, 2019, KTLA Channel 5 Climate change is eliminating giant chunks of ice from Greenland at such a speed that the melt has already made a significant contribution to sea level rise, according to a new study. With global warming, the island will lose much more, threatening coastal …

Hamburg’s Green Roads, bike paths and green space linkages

Joe Bauer, Streetfilms.org, In EUROPE/ TRAVEL  A Look at Cycling Culture in Hamburg, Germany Recently I was in Hamburg, Germany to cover their cycling scene and the car-free story that swept across the internet. Check out more at Streetfilms.org. My interest in traveling to Hamburg, Germany piqued following news early last year that the city would become car-free over the next 15 to 20 years. The distaste …

Indonesia announced it’s planning to move its capital out of Jakarta

Wired: Jakarta Is Sinking. Now Indonesia Has To Find A New Capital, by Matt Simon. BAY ISMOYO/AFP/GETTY IMAGES THIS WEEK, AMID devastating flooding, Indonesia announced it’s planning to move its capital out of Jakarta, which really is nothing new—the country’s first president was talking about it way back in 1957. Part of the problem is extreme congestion, but today the city of more than …

More reason to steer away from tipping points. Factcheck finds much of the future warming in the Arctic will depend on our emissions over the 21st century

UN Report Warns ‘Locked In’ Arctic Temperature Spikes Will Unleash Global Sea Level Rise: “We have the science; now more urgent climate action is needed to steer away from tipping points that could be even worse for our planet than we first thought.” Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, March 14, 2019  A section of a glacier is seen from NASA’s Operation IceBridge research aircraft …

Study of Antarctic sea ice collapse warns of potential 10-foot sea rise, with rate of ocean warming up 50% since 1991.

Gigantic hole two-thirds the size of Manhattan discovered in Antarctic glacier, Sheena McKenzie, CNN, January 31, 2019 (CNN) A massive cavity two-thirds the size of Manhattan has been discovered growing in an Antarctic glacier, signaling rapid ice decay that has shocked scientists. The huge hole — measuring almost 1,000 feet (300 meters) tall — was found growing at an “explosive rate” at the …