With Poorest and Laborers Bearing the Brunt, Report Warns Searing Temperatures of Global Heating Could Cost World Economy $2.4 Trillion by 2030

July 02, 2019 by Common Dreams “Disadvantaged and vulnerable population groups and communities,” UN labor experts say, “are at greater risk of suffering the adverse consequences of rising temperatures.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer  6 Comments Migrant workers harvest corn on Uesugi Farms in Gilroy, California on Aug. 28, 2013. (Photo: Bob Nichols/USDA/Flickr/cc) A new United Nations analysis warns that by 2030, labor impacts …

The importance of cutting emissions was highlighted by a new study this week about the risk of rising heat deaths in US cities. The research, published in Science Advances, finds that limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, rather than 2C or 3C, could help prevent thousands of deaths during heatwaves. For example, in a 1.5C warmer world, …

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 …

Heating and risk of heatwaves are much worse

‘It is horrid’: India roasts under heat wave with temperatures above 120 degrees, 7 June 2019 The Washington Post | Joanna Slater When the temperature topped 120 degrees (49 Celsius), residents of the northern Indian city of Churu stopped going outside and authorities started hosing down the baking streets with water. Churu – home to more than 100,000 people – has …

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, …