Hamburg’s Green Roads, bike paths and green space linkages

Joe Bauer, Streetfilms.org, In EUROPE/ TRAVEL  A Look at Cycling Culture in Hamburg, Germany Recently I was in Hamburg, Germany to cover their cycling scene and the car-free story that swept across the internet. Check out more at Streetfilms.org. My interest in traveling to Hamburg, Germany piqued following news early last year that the city would become car-free over the next 15 to 20 years. The distaste …

Inland heating and risk of heatwaves are much worse

Dr Andrew King is lecturer in climate science at the School of Earth Sciences and ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes at the University of Melbourne.  in Carbon Brief, April 26, 2019 The world has not warmed evenly as the climate has changed over the past century. After about 1C of human-induced global warming, we observe that regions such as the Arctic and most land areas have …

More reason to steer away from tipping points. Factcheck finds much of the future warming in the Arctic will depend on our emissions over the 21st century

UN Report Warns ‘Locked In’ Arctic Temperature Spikes Will Unleash Global Sea Level Rise: “We have the science; now more urgent climate action is needed to steer away from tipping points that could be even worse for our planet than we first thought.” Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, March 14, 2019  A section of a glacier is seen from NASA’s Operation IceBridge research aircraft …

Food policy to stop climate change and health crises

Further news breaking on 12 March 2019: Changing rainfall patterns could threaten major crops worldwide in just 20 years, study warns Climate change is likely to alter rainfall patterns in some of the world’s most important food crop growing areas over the next 20 years, a new study says, reports Press Association. The research, published in the journal Proceedings of the …

Zero-Energy Homes: Tunneling Through the (Electrification) Cost Barrier in Cold Climates

RMI found that, in every instance, pursuing ZER homes was more economical than just electrifying space-heating equipment with code-compliant equipment, and in colder climates it actually changed the economics of electrification from being painful to homeowners to being beneficial.   ZE homes told a more interesting economic story. Over the resale timeframe, they performed economically in a fairly similar way to …

Global heating and climate disruption on path to making Denver 7.4 F hotter in 60 years, like Texas

Seth Borenstein, AP, Feb 2019 – https://fitzlab.shinyapps.io/cityapp/ The climate in New York City in 60 years could feel like Arkansas now. Chicago could seem like Kansas City and San Francisco could get a Southern California climate if global warming pollution continues at the current pace, a new study finds. In 2080, North Carolina’s capital, Raleigh, could feel more like Florida’s capital, Tallahassee, …

Electric Heating Accelerates the Push for Deep Decarbonization

Electric Heating Accelerates the Push for Deep Decarbonization, but Cost Remains an Issue: An economic analysis of heat pumps versus natural gas and oil shows the least carbon-intensive option may not be the cheapest. EMMA FOEHRINGER MERCHANT, GTM JUNE 18, 2018 Heat pump systems reduce carbon emissions for buildings, but may cost more than traditional heating and cooling. Photo Credit: Shutterstock 39 …

100 year old fish die in Darling River, Aussies say “It’s like hell here”, with heat

‘It’s like hell here’: Australia bakes as record temperatures nudge 50C, Naaman Zhou, The Guardian 19 Jan 2019  Fears rise for homeless and vulnerable people as communities brace for another week of relentless hot weather 25 January – Australia extreme heatwave: Victoria and Tasmania face bushfire threat – live updates Extreme heat Melbourne: city expecting 44C as Victoria faces hottest day since Black …

2018 Lancet report on health and climate: India’s workforce output loses 75 billion man hours (7% decline) due to heatwave conditions.

LaCroix, Dec 2018 Climate change hits Indian farmers, Caritas helps the most vulnerable face challenges such as higher temperatures, drought and unseasonal rains Umar Manzoor Shah, Srinagar, India, December 18, 2018 A farmer in Kerala, India. (Photo from Pixabay) It was mid-April when Ishwar Ram decided to end his life. He swallowed rat poison in an attempt to get his debt-stricken family out …