Rising Wet Bulb Temperatures Could Make Parts Of Asia, Middle East, Africa, & South America Uninhabitable For Humans

By James Ayre on Clean Technica, 29 Dec 2017  Rising humidity levels will greatly increase and worsen the effects of rising temperatures on people in many parts of the world — up to the point of precluding the possibility for survival in the regions in question — according to a new study from the Earth Institute at Columbia University. To be more particular, heat …

Slavery through debt

28 Dec 2017 Common Dreams by Ellen Brown “Slavery by debt has continued to this day, and it is particularly evident in the plight of students.” (Photo: Michael Fleshman/cc) The advantages of slavery by debt over “chattel” slavery – ownership of humans as a property right – were set out in an infamous document called the Hazard Circular, reportedly circulated by British banking interests among their American banking counterparts during …

Adaptation CBA: Norfolk and Miami frequently see nuisance flooding now. The cost to protect them and other coastal cities in the future is rising with the tide.

DEC 28, 2017 Inside Climate News Seasonal high tides regularly flood the streets of Miami as sea level rises. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images To get a sense of how much it will cost the nation to save itself from rising seas over the next 50 years, consider Norfolk, Virginia. In November, the Army Corps released a proposal for protecting the cityfrom …

Exxon

LA Times, 2015 http://graphics.latimes.com/exxon-research/ Through much of the 1980s, Exxon earned a public reputation as a pioneer in climate change research. It sponsored workshops, funded academic research and conducted its own high-tech experiments exploring the science behind global warming. But by 1990, the company, in public, took a different posture. While still funding select research, it poured millions into a …

Timeline For Electric Vehicle Revolution (via Lower Battery Prices, Supercharging, Lower Battery Prices)

December 25th, 2017 by Dr. Maximilian Holland on Clean Technica.  Originally published on EV Obsession. Everyone knows that electric vehicles (EVs) are going to replace internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs) in the long run. Many of us are excited about this key transition away from fossil fuels and hope that it comes sooner rather than later, yet are not sure exactly when the big …

Building and rebuilding efficiently and for resilience

Getting cities right can yield major dividends. For instance, research has shown that investing in compact, connected, and efficient cities could substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 Gt CO2 per year by 2030 and generate savings of as much as US$17 trillion by 2050. But many national governments fail to recognize the importance of investing in sustainable urban infrastructure, continuing …

Roots of Prosperity: The Economics and Finance of Restoring Land

by Helen Ding, Sofia Faruqi, Andrew Wu, Juan-Carlos Altamirano, Andrés Anchondo Ortega, René Zamora Cristaless This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the benefits and costs of restoring forests and landscapes in countries around the world, demonstrating how smart policies and innovative financing can help governments meet their restoration targets. The authors find that finance, both public and private, for restoration is inadequate for seven reasons, …

5 Maps Show How Important Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Are to the Environment

By Katie Reytar and Peter Veit – December 20, 2017  Indigenous groups and local communities occupy about half the world’s land, but hold legal rights to only a fraction of it. Photo by Michele Solmi/Flickr Indigenous Peoples and local communities are some of the best environmental stewards. Their livelihoods and cultures depend on forests, clean water and other natural resources, so they have strong incentives …

More than 2,500 American organizations, businesses, cities and states have demonstrated a clear commitment to meet the Paris Agreement goals, representing over half of the U.S. economy

A recent report for the America’s Pledge initiative found that more than 2,500 American organizations, businesses, cities and states have demonstrated a clear commitment to meet the Paris Agreement goals. These groups represent more than half of the U.S. economy; if they were their own country, they would be the third-largest economy in the world. ** 10 Schools of Philosophy and Why …