Kids are suing Gov. Rick Scott to force Florida to take action on climate change

By Alex Harris, aharris@miamiherald.com, April 16, 2018 Florida Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t talk about climate change. He notoriously declared “I’m not a scientist” when asked his thoughts on humanity’s well-documented impact on the warming planet, banned the phrase in his administration (a charge he denies) and backed up President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord. On Monday, an unusual group sued Scott for ignoring the …

Climate change and wildlife impacts

 In 2015, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds published a study indicating that worldwide seabird populations had dropped by 70% over a sixty-year period. The WWF published a study saying overall, vertebrate species had declined 60% in forty years.  In 2017, a study in German wildlife sanctuaries documented a 75% drop in flying insect populations over 35 years. In …

Heat extremes increasing faster than global average temperature increase

Science Daily 24 Jan 2018 “The global average annual temperature has increased over the past three decades at a rate of 0.20 degrees Celsius per decade, but we have found that the maximum temperature of the year has climbed at a much faster rate — two to three times higher in such regions as Eurasia and parts of Australia and …

Scorching Heat Melts Highway in Australia

By Lorraine Chow, January 2018  Extreme weather is blasting opposite ends of the globe. As the northeastern U.S. faces freezing winds and record snowfall, a “catastrophic” heat wave in Australia has prompted warnings of dangerous bushfire and has literally melted part of a busy highway. According to the New York Times, triple-digit temperatures reached “life-threatening levels” over the weekend in many parts of the …

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 …

World Temperatures To Rise By Up To 15% More By 2100 Than Previously Thought, Study Finds

December 11th, 2017 by James Ayre Clean Technica  Earlier estimates may have understated the extent by which world temperatures will rise by 2100 by up to 15%, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. In other words, if the current goal of limiting climate warming to under 2° Celsius (3.6° Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by 2100 (which is considered by many …

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 …

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 …

Costs of climate change much bigger than we think and much greater for women

24 Oct 2017  Forbes   NOAA Billion dollar weather related disasters through October 6th, 2017. The first thing that caught my eye was a report commissioned by Democratic Senator Maria Cantrell and Republican Senator Susan Collins. The report was released by the bipartisan Government Accountability Office and recommends that the U.S federal government develop a plan to manage climate change risks. The report …

Temperature and precipitation predict wildfires (if there’s something there to burn; i.e., it’s not the Sahara)

University of Missouri-Columbia: A team of researchers is continuing an effort to research how climate influences wildfire frequency. The group developed the Physical Chemical Fire Frequency Model just a few years ago. The model focuses on two variables — temperature and precipitation — to understand how climate drives wildfire across the world. Past fire years are detected on trees as …