Social costs of carbon need to be updated, say the National Academy of Sciences

Washington Post, 14 January 2017. How we view the costs of future climate change, and more importantly how we quantify them, may soon be changing. A much-anticipated new report, just released by the National Academy of Sciences, recommends major updates to a federal metric known as the “social cost of carbon” —  and its suggestions could help address a growing …

Abrupt sea level rise (SLR) looms as an increasing threat

99% of Earth’s freshwater ice is locked up in the Antarctic and Greenland ice caps. Now, a growing number of studies are raising the possibility that as those ice sheets melt, sea levels could rise by six feet this century, and far higher in the next, flooding many of the world’s populated coastal areas. 5 May 2016 from Yale 360 by Nicola …