Posts Tagged ‘ Climate Change ’

What to do if the ‘100-year flood’ comes every year?

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

Just as Tropical Storm Irene exposed vulnerabilities in Connecticut’s electric system last year, Hurricane Sandy is renewing questions about flood standards that have guided construction for decades on a wide range of coastal infrastructure. For more on this story, visit: What to do if the ‘100-year flood’ comes every year? | The Connecticut Mirror.

Bill McKibben on Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change: “If There Was Ever a Wake-up Call, This Is It”

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

Much of the East Coast is shut down today as residents prepare for Hurricane Sandy, a massive storm that could impact up to 50 million people from the Carolinas to Boston. The storm has already killed 66 people in the Caribbean, where it battered Haiti and Cuba. “This thing is stitched together from elements natural

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Considering Climate Change After Sandy

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

Last year’s one-two storm punch already had officials wondering if climate change was to blame for what has been described as a 100-year event. Now, as pictures of damage from Hurricane Sandy begin to pour in, the question of climate change is being raised again. It’s something to which the Department of Energy and Environmental

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The Science Behind Hurricane Sandy: Climate Change or Freak Storm?

Oct 29th, 2012 | By

As Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast, many are wondering about the science behind this ‘Frankenstorm’ and whether it has any clear connection to global climate change. In a piece titled ‘Frankenstorm: Has Climate Change Created a Monster?’, NPR’s Adam Frank notes that 2012 has been a banner year for weather anomalies: droughts, fires, floods, and

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New UN ‘atlas’ links climate change, health

Oct 29th, 2012 | By

The two U.N. agencies for health and weather services have created a new “atlas” of scientific data that they say offers fresh evidence of the links between climate change to outbreaks of meningitis, malaria and other diseases. The World Health Organization director-general says the manual, which includes maps, tables and graphs, provides a practical guide

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The New Green: Coping against climate change

Oct 28th, 2012 | By

The Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment (2007) discovered that New England has been warming by 0.5°F every decade since 1970, with winter temperatures increasing at an even faster rate of 1.3°F per decade. Potential effects of this steady rise in temperature include: less winter precipitation as snow and more as rain, more days above 90°F, reduced

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The Case for a Carbon Tax | Global Warming Blog by Henry Auer

Oct 12th, 2012 | By

Increased burning of fossil fuels, producing higher rates of emission of greenhouse gases, generates worsening patterns of extreme weather events that affect human well being. In response to this trend, policies are being proposed to abate emissions. This post summarizes two recent newspaper articles proposing use of a carbon tax, or a more limited gasoline tax, for lowering emissions. It is judged that a carbon tax is simpler and more effective than establishing a cap-and-trade regime for limiting emissions.

Carbon capture: 130 plants needed ‘to avoid dangerous climate change’

Oct 11th, 2012 | By

• Report by CCS group says huge investment needed by 2020 • Fears that UK will miss out on EU cash pot for CCS projects More than a hundred carbon capture and storage projects (CCS) must be built to avoid dangerous global warming, an international CCS group said this week, as fears were raised over

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On Our Radar: Visualizing Your City’s Emissions –

Oct 10th, 2012 | By

Relying on public data mining, traffic simulations and building-by-building energy consumption, researchers develop software capable of estimating greenhouse gas emissions across entire urban landscapes. [] For more on this story, visit: On Our Radar: Visualizing Your City’s Emissions –

UConn Law Center Discusses Climate Change Risks And Liability

Oct 7th, 2012 | By

The property-casualty industry has billions of dollars at stake each year when tornadoes, hurricanes, hailstorms and other disasters ravage homes and businesses. But what about when a remote Alaskan village sues the energy industry, claiming that climate change has flooded the town? Are the insurers that provide coverage to the energy companies liable? These are

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Severe weather’s effects on infrastructure worry public transit agencies

Oct 4th, 2012 | By

As public transit ridership hits all-time highs, agencies are worried about the effects of erratic weather patterns and the increasing number of extreme weather events on an aging transit infrastructure. The nasty system of storms that ripped through Connecticut two weeks ago is a perfect example. Metro-North trains on the New Haven Line began sliding

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Climate Victims Deserve a Hearing, Whether Here or in The Hague

Oct 4th, 2012 | By

Last year, several small island states called on the U.N. General Assembly to request an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice on the responsibilities of nations whose emissions of greenhouse gases within their jurisdictions contribute to serious harms in other countries. Sensing that endless political negotiations have resulted in little progress internationally, the

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FEMA Must Require States to Plan for Climate Change’s Water-Related Impacts

Oct 3rd, 2012 | By

The NRDC, together with the National Wildlife Federation, have filed a petition with the federal government that, if granted, will improve the way states plan for the water-related impacts of climate change – saving money, property, and lives in the process. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.

Low groundfish catches lead to Northeast commercial fishery disaster; First half of 2012 sees highest surface temperatures the Northeast Continental Shelf ever recorded | Charles Walsh, CT Post

Sep 23rd, 2012 | By

Even with all the above cheering us on, it was hard to ignore the tide of unhappy environmental news that came our way during the past couple of weeks. Click on this environmental headline for a short list from Charles Walsh of the Connecticut Post.

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China Moves Toward Reducing Its Energy Intensity

Aug 30th, 2012 | By

China announced it will invest US$372 billion in energy conservation projects by 2015, involving both terminating inefficient power plants and factories, and installing efficient new facilities. This is part of its program to lower the energy intensity of its economic production, and its carbon intensity as well. Even so, since China’s overall energy use is

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Group wants to improve emissions program

Aug 18th, 2012 | By

A group of environmentalists, business leaders and organizations from around the Northeast are urging Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his counterparts in other states to improve standards of a regional program designed to reduce emissions that cause air pollution. Officials with Environment Northeast, a regional organization with offices in Connecticut, say that extreme whether

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Extreme Weather Events and Global Warming

Aug 14th, 2012 | By

Summary. We are experiencing an increased perception of extreme weather events in recent years. Here we discuss two new research papers confirming, by rigorous statistical analysis, that recent heat waves are unprecedented in history. With a very high probability, these events are attributed to long-term global warming . Extreme events such as heat waves and

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Malloy: Climate change affecting Sound

Aug 9th, 2012 | By

Despite some triumphs reigning in nitrogen releases and other environmentally harmful substances entering Long Island Sound, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and others said maintaining that progress will rely on efforts to address complex consequences global warming will make on preservation efforts. Malloy took part in a panel discussion Thursday in New Haven hosted by U.S.

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Carbon Capture and Storage Investment Is Strongly Needed | Global Warming Blog by Henry Auer

Aug 2nd, 2012 | By

Summary. Increased burning of fossil fuels leads to greater global warming, resulting in disasters from extreme weather events. These carry heavy financial burdens. An important, but unproven technology for mitigating global warming is removal and burying waste carbon dioxide using carbon capture and storage. Worldwide research, development and demonstration, while active, is considered inadequate to

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Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math | Bill McKibben, Rolling Stone

Jul 27th, 2012 | By

By Bill McKibben If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven’t convinced you, or the size of your AC bill this summer, here are some hard numbers about climate change: June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States. That followed the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere –

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