With current emissions heat stress from extreme heat and humidity will annually affect areas now home to 1.2 billion people by 2100

Heat stress from extreme heat and humidity will annually affect areas now home to 1.2 billion people by 2100, assuming current greenhouse gas emissions, according to a Rutgers study. That’s more than four times the number of people affected today, and more than 12 times the number who would have been affected without industrial era global warming. The research is …

Last summer’s 600 billion tons of ice loss in Greenland raised global sea levels by nearly a 10th of an inch — or 2.2 millimeters — in two months

The Hill, March 2020. Greenland lost 600 billion tons of ice last summer due to an exceptionally warm season, according to a study released Wednesday.  The study was published Wednesday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.  The data was drawn from satellites designed to measure changes to the earth’s gravitational pull that result from changes in mass, including water.  Last summer’s …

U.S. Military Could Collapse Within 20 Years Due to Climate Change, Pentagon Report Says + Fragility from Food System, Water Shortage

DOD report says a combination of global starvation, war, disease, drought, and a fragile power grid could have cascading, devastating effects. By Nafeez Ahmed, Oct 24 2019 According to a new U.S. Army report, Americans could face a horrifically grim future from climate change involving blackouts, disease, thirst, starvation and war. The study found that the US military itself might also …

The Law and Science of Climate Change Attribution

Posted on February 7th, 2020 by Tiffany Challe, Climate Law Blog By Michael Burger, Jessica Wentz, and Radley Horton THE LAW AND SCIENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE ATTRIBUTION The evolving field of climate change attribution science plays a critical role in shaping our understanding of how humans are affecting the global climate system, and in informing discussions about responsibility for climate change impacts. Attribution …

Honolulu’s lawsuit for damages cites oil and gas industry’s concealing of science that predicted catastrophic consequences for the continued burning of fossil fuels

David Hasemyer, MAR 10, 2020, Inside Climate News Honolulu city officials, lashing out at the fossil fuel industry in a climate change lawsuit filed Monday, accused oil producers of concealing the dangers that greenhouse gas emissions from petroleum products would create, while reaping billions in profits.  The lawsuit, against eight oil companies, says climate change already is having damaging effects …

Climate change threatens Colorado river and the water supply for 40 million people The Weather Channel | Jan Wesner Childs Climate change has dramatically decreased natural flow in the Colorado River, jeopardizing the water supply for some 40 million people and millions of acres of farmland, according to new research from the USGS. The decline is expected to continue unless …

Financial Times: “most participants in the climate debate ‘pretend to care, pretend to act, or both’ with the result that ‘despite decades of talk, trends in emissions remain in the wrong direction’”

Last chance for the climate transition by Martin Wolf, Financial Times, Feb 19 2020 The FT’s chief economics commentator, Martin Wolf, offers his view on what is required to cut emissions from the global economy by 2050. He says most participants in the climate debate “pretend to care, pretend to act, or both” with the result that “despite decades of …

The world is failing to ensure children have a ‘liveable planet’, report finds

By Saeed Kamali Dehghan, The Guardian, 19 Feb 2020. A new report compiled by 40 international child-health experts has warned that every nation on the planet is failing to defend children from “intensifying ecological degradation, climate change and exploitative marketing practices”, the Guardian reports. The commission, which the paper notes was convened by the World Health Organization (WHO), Unicef and …

Report Commissioned By Pentagon Says A Combination Of Global Starvation, War, Disease, Drought, And A Fragile Power Grid Could Have Cascading, Devastating Effects. And over 600 million people live at sea level.

According to a new U.S. Army report, Americans could face a horrifically grim future from climate change involving blackouts, disease, thirst, starvation and war. The study found that the US military itself might also collapse. This could all happen over the next two decades, the report notes. The senior US government officials who wrote the report are from several key …

Our Climate as an Infrastructure Asset

January 16, 2020  |  By RMI Oriana Tannenbaum and Rushad Nanavatty Our climate is getting plenty of attention, but we don’t often view it as infrastructure. We should. The global climate comprises an essential and massive part of the natural systems that form the foundation for our world and our society. Our economy is built on assumptions about climate stability. Our real …