Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Community Air Monitoring: A short summary of low tech, micro air samplers | Diane Bailey's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Diane Bailey, Senior Scientist, San Francisco: This past semester I had the good fortune of working with a group of students through a “Service Learning Project” in a class on Environmental Justice at the University of California Berkeley.  The work focused on Community Air Monitoring, exploring...

Flood, Rebuild, Repeat: Are We Ready for a Superstorm Sandy Every Other Year? : Climate Desk

Why we pretend the next storm won’t happen—and flush billions in disaster relief down the drain. Two months after Hurricane Sandy pummeled New York City, Battery Park is again humming with tourists and hustlers, guys selling foam Statue of Liberty crowns, and commuters shuffling off the Staten Island

President Obama acknowledges Keystone XL not a job creator and that tar sands pipeline decision rests on climate impacts | Elizabeth Shope's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Elizabeth Shope, Advocate, Washington, D.C.: This blog was jointly written with Danielle Droitsch, Senior Attorney and Canada Project Director at NRDC. In an interview last week with the New York Times, President Obama outlined in remarkable detail how the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would...

Harsh Drought Is Drying Up New Mexico Largest Reservoir : Climate Desk

El Paso get half its water from the Elephant Butte Reservoir. And it disappearing. Right now, El Paso drier than an cow bone baking in the Chihuahuan Desert, and an important source of water for drinking and farming has shrunk into the sandy puddle you see below. The vast desolation of the Elepha

As Public Opinion Shifts, Candidates Explicitly Run On Doing Something About Climate Change | ThinkProgress

Recent polling has shown that the public — and younger voters in particular — are increasingly turned off by candidates who deny climate science and plan to make it a voting issue. Environmentalist candidates have proactively used the issue in ads in 2013 MA, NJ, and VA statewide races. The post As

Greenland And Antarctica 'May Be Vulnerable To Rapid Ice Loss Through Catastrophic Disintegration' | ThinkProgress

Humanity faces 70 feet of sea level rise, possibly coming much sooner than has been expected if we continue with unrestricted carbon pollution. The post Greenland And Antarctica ‘May Be Vulnerable To Rapid Ice Loss Through Catastrophic Disintegration’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

A Nation On Fire: Climate Change And The Burning Of America | ThinkProgress

Wildfires have been bad in the United States, and worsening. With a changing climate, the outlook looks even more bleak. The post A Nation On Fire: Climate Change And The Burning Of America appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Fire extinguished at Louisiana natural gas rig explosion

The natural gas drilling rig off the Louisiana coast that blew up on Tuesday appears stable now, thanks to the fire snuffing itself out. While the fire is out, the owner of the rig is still eyeing whether a...
The Hercules 265 drilling rig

Young voters overwhelmingly support climate change action, vote against deniers

Climate change, and climate change denial, stands to become a huge political issue according to poll results released on Friday by the League of Conservation Voters. The organization polled a bipartisan sample of voters under age 35, and found...
Young voters support Obama's climate change policies

8 Reasons New Jersey Needs More Electric Cars

Many Species Will Have To Evolve 10,000 Times Faster To Adapt To Climate Change, Study Finds | ThinkProgress

Climate change is moving too quickly for many vertebrate species to adapt, a new study has found. The study, published in the journal Ecology Letters, found species would have to evolve 10,000 times faster than they have in the past in order to keep up with the earth rapidly changing climate, a rat

Thursday, July 25, 2013

UPS Reports Reduction of Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions | Business Wire

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UPS (NYSE:UPS) today released its annual Sustainability Report announcing that while the total number of packages shipped in 2012 increased, the company reduced its total Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. Environmental achievements included ground and air fuel savings, increas

So, This Happened: the North Pole Has Melted

That navigation buoy is the North pole. The actual North pole. Instead of being encased in ice, however, it's floating in the water. The North pole is now open water. We are a different planet - a planet without polar ice caps. The post The North Pole Has Melted … and I Kinda Want to Vomit appeared

Why Johnny and Joanie still can't walk to school | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC:     In rapidly suburbanizing Loudoun County, Virginia, west of Washington, DC, parents are up in arms about a substantial cutback in school bus service.  According to an article written by Michael Alison Chandler and published in yeste

Climate Poll: Three-Quarters Of Young, Independent Voters Describe Deniers As 'Ignorant, Out Of Touch Or Crazy' | ThinkProgress

A new poll has found climate science denialism in Congress is quickly losing favor among young voters, both Republican and Democrat. The poll, conducted by Democratic and Republican firms for the League of Conservation Voters, found 73 percent of respondents associate climate change deniers with word

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

BBC News - Arctic methane 'time bomb' could have huge economic costs

Scientists are warning that rising emissions of methane in the Arctic waters could cost the world trillions of dollars.

A Song Of Ice And Fire: Wildfires Force 'Unprecedented' Changes In Warming Subarctic Forests | ThinkProgress

How wildfires are threatening one of the largest carbon stores on earth.

In Hot Water: Ocean Heat Content Continues To Soar | ThinkProgress

Some 90% of total global warming goes into heating the oceans. NOAA has several charts showing that the oceans are rapidly heating, just as climate scientists predicted. Here one: As the saying goes, what goes down must come up. Ocean heat is going to come back up. That is precisely why climatologi

Pollinator and grassland declines: a vicious cycle? | Andrew Wetzler's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Andrew Wetzler, Director, Land & Wildlife Program, Chicago: Two different very different studies were released this week.  But if you look at them together, they paint a potentially alarming picture for both pollinators, like bees and butterflies, and the native grasslands and prairies they depend on

Climate Scientists Fight Back: Google's Support For Inhofe 'Increases Risk To All Society' | ThinkProgress

As grassroots climate activists greet Google employees in Mountain View, CA, to protest Google support of climate deniers today, several of the world top climate scientists are also speaking out. Despite Inhofe long record of attacking climate science on behalf of carbon polluters, the professe

On Climate Change Action, the Differences Between Maryland and Virginia Couldn't Be Greater | Ben Chou's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Ben Chou, Water Policy Analyst, Washington, D.C.: Having lived in the DC metro region for a few years now, I’ve noticed there is a bit of a rivalry between those who live in Maryland and those who live in Virginia (don’t get me started on those who...

CIA Backs $630,000 Scientific Study on Controlling Global Climate : Climate Desk

Conspiracy theorists, rejoice! The Central Intelligence Agency is funding a scientific study that will investigate whether humans could use geoengineering to alter Earth environment and stop climate change. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) will run the 21-month project, which is the first NAS

Climate Change Slowdown is Due to Warming of Deep Oceans, Say Scientists : Climate Desk

Climate sceptics have seized on a pause in warming over the past five years, but the long-term trend is still upwards. A recent slowdown in the upward march of global temperatures is likely to be the result of the slow warming of the deep oceans, British scientists said on Monday. Oceans are some of