How China has reduced the carbon footprint of developed countries

Dr Glen Peters, Robbie Andrew, and Dr Jan Ivar Korsbakkenare senior researchers at the CICERO Center for International Climate Research in Norway. in Carbon Brief, Pan, C. et al. (2017) Emissions embodied in global trade have plateaued due to structural changes in China, Earth’s Future, doi:10.1002/2017EF000625  We tend to remember the way things were, not the way things are. In the 2000s, production-based CO2 emissions in developed …

Hidden Costs of Climate Change Running Hundreds of Billions a Year, but solutions can provide better value

By Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, 27 Sep 2017 Extreme weather, made worse by climate change, along with the health impacts of burning fossil fuels, has cost the U.S. economy at least $240 billion a year over the past ten years, a new report has found. And yet this does not include this past month’s three major hurricanes or 76 wildfires in nine Western states. Those …

Coastal property at risk with current climate policies

DOWNTOWN HOUSTON FLOODING FROM SUPERSTORM HARVEY, AUGUST 28, 2017. CREDIT: AP/JASON DEAREN   The massive climate report released by the Trump administration on Friday makes clear that the President’s climate policies will destroy every last bit of U.S. (and global) coastal property in the decades to come. That means more than $1 trillion in U.S. coastal property will eventually be …

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 …

Historical GHG emissions, responsibility

Figures from the World Resources Institute show the top 10 nations as measured by their cumulative emissions between 1850 and 2007. The US tops the list by a wide margin – though Chinese emissions have risen significantly since these data were assembled. 1. US: 339,174 MT or 28.8% 2. China: 105,915 MT or 9.0% 3. Russia: 94,679 MT or 8.0% 4. Germany: …

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 …

Massive storms and Western Atlantic sea level rise resulted from slightly warmer temperatures and moderate CO2 concentrations over a hundred thousand years ago

Geologic evidence is the forerunner of ominous prospects for a warming Earth, October 12, 2017, Science Daily While strong seasonal hurricanes have devastated many of the Caribbean and Bahamian islands this year, geologic studies on several of these islands illustrate that more extreme conditions existed in the past. A new analysis shows that the limestone islands of the Bahamas and …

Reduced rainfall in the SW through late summer and fall, and in the longterm, due to climate disruption

ScienceDaily 18 Oct 2017 excerpt …Results highlight the possibility of a strong precipitation reduction in the northern edge of the monsoon in the southwestern US in response to warming, with consequences for regional water resources, agriculture and ecosystems. “Monsoon rains are critical for the southwest U.S. and northwest Mexico, yet the fate of the North American monsoon is quite uncertain,” …

“How are we going to pay for this?” agencies ask re: climate change costs?

Whether it is 4½ feet of sea level rise by 2100 that would leave more than 75,000 people in San Francisco and Alameda County vulnerable to inundation, and threaten $100 billion worth of existing property along the California coast… Or 137 large wildfires raging across 7.8 million acres in what might be the worst fire season ever Agencies are asking, …