Flash drought: ‘Really wet to really dry, really fast’, and even as the amount of damage increases, governments and residents have less time to repair before the next storm hits

Luebehusen plotted what experts call a “flash drought.” While not fully understood, these quick-developing droughts might be another signature of climate change. Experts say a flash drought often begins as a pin-sized swelter in one county, then expands like an amoeba across the landscape. The droughts are often accompanied by erratic precipitation over sharply defined geographic areas. The downpours can …

Will LA Metro Be Ready To Take The Heat Of Climate Change? It’s ‘Complicated’

“Extreme heat is the most pervasive risk that Metro faces,” according to agency officials, who’ve outlined several hazards extreme heat could pose to the transit system, Metro employees and riders. As global temperatures rise, Southern Californians will be faced with new realities to complicate our postcard-perfect weather. Summerlong heat waves could become the new normal throughout the region, according to scientists — and the …

Researchers Propose Floating Microgrids and Virtual Power Plants Made up of Electric Boats

September 6, 2019 By Lisa Cohn, Microgrid Knowledge.com Electric boats may enable floating microgrids that could serve islands that have historically been powered by fossil fuels, according to a report from researchers at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. By Igor Karasi/Shutterstock.com “Powering small islands with reliable, affordable and green electricity is a big challenge due to their dispersed …

Cooling goo sidewalks and other strange new weapons in the war on urban heat

“Originally, we thought this was about reducing air conditioning usage and the associated carbon emissions. But it’s really becoming more about public health,” said Spotts. Sweltering cities: Los Angeles faces a doubling of its extreme heat days but has fresh ideas to keep residents cool – and tackle the inequality of who suffers Susie Cagle in Los Angeles, Aug 21, 2019 …

Innovations To Combat Hot Cities With Natural Air-Conditioning

Aug 26, 2019 Natalie Parletta, Forbes, Science, Sustainable solutions and innovation With temperatures soaring around the globe, people who live in urban jungles – thick with concrete rather than trees – are feeling the heat even more. Climate Central warns that the compounded impact of climate change on cities is set to seriously jeopardise people’s health and put pressure on energy resources …

Managed Retreat: Move, Don’t Rebuild, Research Suggests

By Kendra Pierre-Louis, Aug. 22, 2019, NYTimes.com What should communities do as climate change escalates threats like sea-level rise? Until now, much of the focus has been on disaster response, with very little discussion of orderly, strategic retreat from areas at risk. After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, for example, the New York State governor’s office ran a public service announcement that …

‘We Should Be Retreating Already From the Coastline,’ Scientist Suggests After Finding Warm Waters Below Greenland

GREENLAND  Jordan Davidson, Aug. 20, 2019 Andrew Yang’s assertion that people move away from the coast at the last Democratic debate is the completely rational and correct choice for NASA scientists in Greenland. “There is enough ice in Greenland to raise the sea levels by 7.5 meters, that’s about 25 feet, an enormous volume of ice, and that would be devastating to coastlines all around …

New York Says Climate Suit About Protecting Residents, Not Regulating Emissions

Climate Liability News, March 2019 Litigation/New York Says Climate Suit About Protecting Residents, Not Regulating Emissions New York City wants to shift the burden of protecting the city back onto the companies it says have overwhelmingly caused the climate crisis. Photo credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images Litigation |  March 27, 2019  print By Karen Savage In its latest brief trying to keep alive its …