US coastal businesses hit by everyday impact of climate change, study shows
Annapolis seeing sea rise at about twice the global rate. Flooding there foreshadows problems other coastal towns can…
[T]he study estimates that eight shops in Annapolis saw about 3,000 fewer visitors and up to $172,000 less in revenue in 2017 when flooding closed the nearby parking lot.
An analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists finds that flood-prone areas in Annapolis, where the US Naval Academy is located, could be almost constantly under water by 2070. The roughly 50 floods a year could reach 400 floods a year by 2050. The so-called “nuisance flood” days have increased 925% in 50 years, according to the NOAA.
Since 1970, the longest annual streak of below-normal winter temperatures has gotten shorter in nearly all cities analyzed. Winter cold streaks trended at least one day shorter in 91 percent of our 244 cities, while trending at least one day longer in just two percent of cities. The average trend across cities was a reduction of nearly five days, with 45 locations seeing their cold streaks shorten by at least a week. Cities around the country — including Las Vegas, Topeka, St. Louis, and Philadelphia — were among those seeing the cold fade the most quickly.
Sharp rise in methane levels threatens world climate targets
Experts warn that failure to act risks spike in global temperatures
Studies suggest these increases are more likely to be mainly biological in origin. However, the exact cause remains unclear. Some researchers believe the spread of intense farming in Africa may be involved, in particular in tropical regions where conditions are becoming warmer and wetter because of climate change. Rising numbers of cattle — as well as wetter and warmer swamps — are producing more and more methane, it is argued.
Fossil Fuels (Not Wildfires) Biggest Source of a Key Arctic Climate Pollutant, Study Finds
When soot from fossil fuel combustion and wildfires drifts onto the Arctic ice and snow, it helps feed a spiraling…
Opinion | The Green New Deal Is What Realistic Environmental Policy Looks Like
In the 21st century, environmental policy is economic policy. By Jedediah Britton-Purdy Mr. Britton-Purdy is the…
So the proposals to retrofit buildings, retool transportation and build a clean-energy system are simply ways of tackling the problem where it starts. They are public-works projects because large capital projects — especially ones that, like highways, involve widespread public benefit — have always required public money. They are jobs programs, unless robots do the work, so the jobs might as well be good.
The Millennial Era of Climate Politics Has Arrived
The resolution also suggests that a Green New Deal is now a centerpiece climate policy for the Democratic Party…
“Millennials have been hearing for 20 years [that climate change would be an issue for their generation to deal with.] And I would say, thanks, we’re here now. This is us taking over the issue that, decades ago, people said would be ours to deal with. This is what the next generation of the issue looks like.”
Storm-lashed South Carolina reassesses global warming's role
COLUMBIA, S.C. - When he took the job 15 years ago, Horry County Emergency Manager Randy Webster figured his biggest…
As they consider how to plan for and react to future weather events, the governor and fellow politically conservative members of the South Carolina Floodwater Commission aren’t quite ready to accept the general consensus among scientists that pollution and other manmade factors are largely to blame for climate change.
Coal ash bill heads to governor's desk
Legislation to require the excavation of the state's legacy coal ash now stored in Dominion Energy ponds is on its way…
The deal allows Dominion to recover from ratepayers the full cost of the project, estimated at $2.4 billion to $5.7 billion, including financing costs and a profit. Lawmakers estimate the project will add $5 to the monthly bills of average households for the next 15 to 20 years.
“It’s hard to believe how far we’ve come,” said Dean Naujoks, the Potomac Riverkeeper. “In 2014, Dominion was saying, ‘We’re going to cap all of this ash in place and drain the ponds.’ That was the original plan. “The fact that we were able to slow down the process and start advocating for other solutions like recycling, to finally see it come to fruition, is a big win for Virginia waterways.”
Bold Plan? Replace the Border Wall with an Energy-Water Corridor
Here's an idea: Instead of an endless, inert wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, line the boundary with 2,000 miles of…
Building infrastructure is a big priority in the current Congress, despite its endless bickering, so perhaps a border industrial park could rally legislators. They just have to think differently about how to solve the border issue, Castillo says. “Don’t think of it as a barrier. Think of it as an energy corridor, a water corridor. It can create great opportunity for both countries. It can create peace.”
Oil Supermajor Shell Acquires Sonnen for Home Battery Expansion
Shell will acquire German startup sonnen, staking a claim on the home energy storage market and further expanding its…
Sonnen distinguished itself in the early home-storage market, with thousands of units deployed across Germany, and a notable presence elsewhere in Europe, the U.S. and Australia. Besides storing solar power for homeowners, sonnen aggregates its installations into controllable networks of grid resources.
Australia's coal exports are booming despite climate change concerns
Southeast Asian economies are importing Australian coal.
Driving the news: Coal exports brought in a record $66 billion (in Australian dollars) in export value last year, according to data from the government’s Bureau of Statistics released earlier this month.
The data also shows that coal surpassed iron ore to become the biggest export in Australia, one of the world’s largest exporters of fossil fuels and other resources.
TVA Votes to Close 2 Coal Plants, Despite Political Pressure from Trump and Kentucky GOP
Brushing aside pleas from coal-friendly politicians, Tennessee Valley Authority's board voted Thursday to retire a…
At its meeting Thursday, the TVA board voted to retire both Kentucky’s Paradise coal-fired power plant and the Bull Run coal plant near Knoxville, Tennessee.
The extraordinary political pressure on the TVA also drew attention to the source of the coal burned at the Kentucky plant. Energy Information Agency data show most of the coal shipped to the Paradise plant during the first nine months of 2018 came from Kentucky mines that are part of Murray Energy Corp., which is led by coal baron and Trump supporter Robert E. Murray. Murray has pushed for a government-ordered bailout of coal.
Students Skip School Across Europe to Demand Climate Action
Thousands of students streamed out of schools across Europe on Friday, waving placards and carrying banners as they…
“It’s just during these strikes that I am convinced we can actually make a difference.”
How a 7th-grader's strike against climate change exploded into a movement
February 16 On the ninth Friday of her strike, 13-year-old Alexandria Villasenor wakes to a dozen emails, scores of…
They are kindred spirits, Internet-savvy teenage girls who can recite the results of the latest U.N. climate report and take pride in seeing through what Alexandria calls “the veil of money and B.S.” that seems to stall so many adults.
Together, they debate strategy and discuss going vegan. On their strike days, they trade tweets littered with heart emoji and cheer as the walkouts expand.
Can David Wallace-Wells Scare Us Into Addressing Climate Change?
These Indian Women Are Fighting Back Against Caste, the Patriarchy, and Climate Change Why America Keeps Getting…
But, as Wallace-Wells points out, 800 million people are already food insecure, and thousands of people drown in floods (and die of asthma, and heat stroke, and forest fires). For me, this frequent reminder of the current baseline was one of the scariest parts of the book. Time’s slippery slowness prevents us from ever fully internalizing how much has already been made worse by climate change, causing us to discount an awfully large amount of harm and destruction as just a normal, unfortunate part of life. Eventually, climate change will just be the deadly water we all swim in, perhaps without even really noticing how much the temperature has changed.