Thursday, July 30, 2015

ClimateWire

The politics and business of climate change
  1. RESEARCH: Hansen paper offers explanation for growing Antarctic ice
    Climate change skeptics have for a long time cited the increase in floating sea ice around Antarctica as an example that refutes the idea that the globe is warming.
  2. OCEANS: El Niño expected to drive extreme weather around the world
    Every few years, surface waters in the Pacific Ocean become abnormally warm, giving rise to an El Niño event that affects weather in different ways across the world. It also has varied economic implications for countries because of the often contrasting ways in which it affects weather patterns and agriculture.
  3. ADAPTATION: Western resort towns shift focus as snow dwindles
    Faced with a future of shorter ski seasons and unpredictable snowfall, tourist destinations in the Rocky Mountains are spearheading different adaptation efforts, including an expansion of summer offerings.
  4. FOSSIL FUELS: Coal will remain major power source in 'foreseeable future' -- Moody's
    Coal-fired power in the United States, squeezed by low natural gas prices and renewable wind and solar sources that have become easier to finance, will remain a dominant energy source for years to come despite its present headwinds, according to Jairo Chung, an analyst at Moody's Investors Service.
  5. TECHNOLOGY: NOAA scientists highlight improvements with hurricane tracking since Katrina
    Ten years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, the nation's weather forecasters are using vastly improved satellite and modeling tools to help forecast hurricanes, federal scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said yesterday.
  6. SCIENCE: Agricultural emissions of potent greenhouse gas may be underestimated -- study
    Agricultural emissions of nitrous oxide, which contributes to global warming and the destruction of the atmosphere's ozone layer, could have been underestimated by 40 percent in the U.S. Corn Belt, new research has found.
  7. REGIONS: New risk report lists potential health and economic costs of climate change in southeastern U.S.
    By midcentury, an additional 4,500 people may be dying from heat-related illness each year in Texas, and more than $150 billion worth of Florida property may be below flood-swollen high tide levels, along with critical manufacturing and energy infrastructure in Louisiana.
  8. POLITICS: Experts tangle over the costs of clean energy policies to Calif.'s poor
    Experts tangle over the costs of clean energy policies to Calif.'s poor
  9. RESEARCH: Washington, D.C., may face greater flooding risk due to land subsidence -- study
    Sea-level rise is going to be a problem for many of America's coastal cities, and the nation's capital is no exception, thanks in part to a funny-sounding phenomenon referred to as "forebulge."
  10. REGULATION: Health advocates push for 'strong' standards in Clean Power Plan
    In the countdown to the release of the Clean Power Plan, advocates are crossing their fingers for strong provisions to protect health.