Tag - climate change

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Houston’s Harvey response predictable and disastrous
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Costa Rica to ban fossil fuels and fully decarbonize
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Trump ends vital climate monitoring program
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Global temperature change since 1850
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Florida faces devastation. Denial will make it worse.
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“Water shaming” will spread from Cape Town to US
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1 in 8 bird species threatened with extinction
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Save your phony Earth Day tweets, leaders
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Spring snowstorms bring death to migrating birds
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Allergies are getting worse as the planet warms

Houston’s Harvey response predictable and disastrous

Houston’s approach to rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey is both predictable and disastrous. And it illustrates the problems that many of our coastal cities large and small will face as the growing storm of climate destruction bears down on the United States. Read More

Costa Rica to ban fossil fuels and fully decarbonize

Costa Rica’s new president used his inaugural speech on May 9 to pledge that his nation would become the first in the world to fully decarbonize.

President Carlos Alvarado plans to end all fossil fuel use in transportation by 2021–in time for Costa Rica’s 200th anniversary of its independence. Read More

Trump ends vital climate monitoring program

The Trump Administration has killed a NASA program that is vital to monitoring the world’s progress in avoiding climate catastrophe.

This is not at all surprising for an administration that has told federal employees to lie to you about climate science, has stripped most mentions of climate change from government websites, and is battling California for having the states-rights audacity to set stricter air pollution standards than the federal government.

See no evil, hear no evil, but speak evil of anyone who does. That’s Trump and his anti-life Republican Party, which roundly supports every one of the administration’s attacks on environmental protections. Read More

Global temperature change since 1850

Florida faces devastation. Denial will make it worse.

No graver threat faces the future of South Florida than the accelerating pace of sea-level rise. In the past century, the sea has risen 9 inches in Key West. In the past 23 years, it’s risen 3 inches. By 2060, it’s predicted to rise another 2 feet, with no sign of slowing down.

So begins the first article in a major effort by South Florida’s major newspapers, along with PBS and NPR, implicitly reading the riot act to a state whose Republican governor, Rick Scott, has not only ignored climate science but has placed gag orders on public discussion of it by state employees. Read More

“Water shaming” will spread from Cape Town to US

“Water shaming” is being credited for helping Cape Town, South Africa, make it through an extreme three-year drought. Faced with a rapidly approaching “Day Zero” that would force the city to shut off municipal water to its more than 3.7 million residents, officials in January launched an interactive Google map that allows people to see which households are staying within the water use limits–and which ones are not. Read More

1 in 8 bird species threatened with extinction

Roughly one in eight bird species around the world face potential extinction because of agricultural practices, logging, invasive species, hunting, climate change and habitat loss.

That’s 1,469 of the world’s 10,996 bird species, according to BirdLife International. Overall, 40 percent of the world’s bird species are in decline, according to the group’s new report, The State of the World’s Birds. And that is a clear sign of poor health in one ecosystem after another around the world, as humans continue to put the biosphere into a tailspin. Read More

Save your phony Earth Day tweets, leaders

At the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, shortly before my 13th birthday, there was a widespread sense that Americans finally were beginning to value the earth, to understand its essential role in sustaining life, and to demand actions to keep those support systems healthy. It was an era when there was enough bipartisan agreement to pass major, much-needed legislation to clean our air and water, to clean up toxic waste, to protect endangered species and preserve large wild areas that are important both for their beauty and their biodiversity.

What the hell has happened? Read More

Spring snowstorms bring death to migrating birds

[Cross-posted at my other blog, Gathering Runes.]

While big April snowstorms are not common in Wisconsin, they do happen now and then. But the two feet dumped on Green Bay this past weekend not only set a state record for April, it also ranks second on the list of all-time recorded snowfalls, second only to a 29-inch snowfall in March 1888.

And the birds migrating north flew right into it. Read More

Allergies are getting worse as the planet warms

Allergies are worsening and allergy seasons lengthening as the planet warms due to our use of fossil fuels. CBS news reports:

Rising temperatures from climate change and more carbon dioxide in the air are causing many pollen-producing plants to bloom earlier – and last longer – thus prolonging allergy season.

Dr. Joseph Shapiro, an allergist and immunologist in Los Angeles, says his office is now flooded with patients year round.

“New patient visits are coming in at different times of year that I did not use to see,” he said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. While allergies are more common in children, they can occur for the first time at any age.

With allergy seasons growing longer and more intense, experts say many people are developing seasonal allergies for the first time well into their adulthood.

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