High temperatures have caused the global labor capacity to decrease by approximately 5.3% from 2000 to 2016, with sharper increases recently

The health impacts of global warming could ruin the economy; Climate inaction risks “irreversible and unacceptable cost to human health,” warns medical journal. by JOE ROMM 31 Oct 2017 WORKERS GATHER AT A NEW HOME SITE AT SUNRISE TO BEAT DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURES IN ARIZONA EXCEEDING 110 F, JUNE 27, 2013. CREDIT: AP/MATT YORK  Climate change is already seriously harming both public …

Coastal property at risk with current climate policies

DOWNTOWN HOUSTON FLOODING FROM SUPERSTORM HARVEY, AUGUST 28, 2017. CREDIT: AP/JASON DEAREN   The massive climate report released by the Trump administration on Friday makes clear that the President’s climate policies will destroy every last bit of U.S. (and global) coastal property in the decades to come. That means more than $1 trillion in U.S. coastal property will eventually be …

Steps to combat climate change can lead to immediate public health benefits say doctors

The Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change has published a report titled, ‘The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: from 25 years of inaction to a global transformation for public health. The Lancet Countdown 2017 report tracks progress on the relationship between human health and climate change, and associated implications for governments’ commitments under the Paris Agreement.  The …

Resilient and Sustainable Transport – Dutch Style: An interim report on bilateral cooperation between FHWA and Rijkwaterstaat

August 2017 Since 2014, US and Dutch counterparts have been collaborating on the topic of infrastructure resilience under a bilateral agreement between the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Rijkwaterstaat (RWS), the Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment. During the first two years, each side learned about each other’s tools and approaches. During the second two years of collaboration, FHWA and …

Surviving drought: Herbivores help protect ecosystems from climate change

Plant-eating critters are the key ingredient to helping ecosystems survive global warming, finds new UBC research that offers some hope for a defence strategy against climate change. “The herbivores created space for other plants and animals to move in and we saw much more diversity and variety in these ecosystems,” said Rebecca Kordas, the lead author of the study who …

Conservation, restoration, & land management actions across global forests, wetlands, grasslands, and ag lands can provide 37% of cost-effective CO2 mitigation needed through 2030 for a >66% chance of holding warming to below 2 °C

PNAS: Natural Climate Solutions  Most nations recently agreed to hold global average temperature rise to well below 2 °C. We examine how much climate mitigation nature can contribute to this goal with a comprehensive analysis of “natural climate solutions” (NCS): 20 conservation, restoration, and/or improved land management actions that increase carbon storage and/or avoid greenhouse gas emissions across global forests, …

Antibiotic resistant bacteria are responsible for at least 700,000 deaths each year and cost billions in healthcare spending, lost wages and lost national productivity, est. $100tn and 10m deaths per year by 2050

Excerpt from The Guardian, Oct 2017 Resistant bacteria are a grave threat and getting worse. They are responsible for at least 700,000 deaths around the world each year: 23,000 in the United States, 25,000 in Europe, more than 63,000 babies in India. Beyond those deaths, bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics cause millions of illnesses – 2m annually just in …

Shifting toward renewables and not looking back: First/original nations plan for future resilience

Excerpt from Alaska’s Small Village Turn Toward Renewables and Don’t Look Back, Yes! Magazine, fall 2017 Just Transition issue People here focus on more immediate, practical issues—but that’s why renewable energy is winning. It makes economic sense. The microgrid technology has been proven, and costs are coming down.  One important lesson for the Lower 48 is the need for political …

Safe, Strong, and Just Rebuilding After Disasters: Every $1 invested in upgrades repays $4

Build back better. Rebuild infrastructure to higher standards, and support innovative solutions that can better withstand extreme weather and other risks. Update flood risk data—and use it. Flood maps should be updated and planning commence for these areas and alternatives. Prioritize communities that have the fewest resources to rebuild. Extreme weather events hit hardest in areas struggling to make ends meet and in …