Posts Tagged ‘ global warming ’

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 – NYTimes.com

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. [Phys.org] For more on this story, visit: On Our Radar: Visualizing Your City’s Emissions – NYTimes.com.



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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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.

Read more: http://www.ctpost.com/sports/article/Charles-Walsh-If-everyone-cares-a-little-we-can-3884794.php#ixzz27JToOgG5



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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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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Connecticut farmers adapt to climate change

Jul 24th, 2012 | By

By Mercy Quaye, Special to the Register April showers usually bring May flowers, but this year, the flowers came early. Strange weather across the state and country has many farmers adapting to a severely changing climate. In Madison, a family of farmers pulls out a vegetable stand to the side of the road daily. Though

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State of the Climate: June 2012 | National Climatic Data Center

Jul 19th, 2012 | By

Based on the Palmer Drought Index, severe to extreme drought affected about 33 percent of the contiguous United States as of the end of June 2012, an increase of about 10 percent from last month. About 4 percent of the contiguous U.S. fell in the severely to extremely wet categories.

The June 2012 Palmer value of 55 percent is the largest percentage since December 1956 when 58 percent of the contiguous U.S. was in moderate to extreme drought.



Draft CT Climate Preparedness Plan open for Comment

Jul 18th, 2012 | By

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection provides this draft plan for initial public review and comment.  View draft plan.  The public may submit comments on the draft electronically to DEEP.ClimatePreparedness@ct.gov.  The Department will continue to seek public comment through Fall of 2012. via CT Climate Change | Draft CT Climate Preparedness Plan.



Heat, lack of rain affecting local farming

Jul 16th, 2012 | By

This summer’s heat thus far has local farmers struggling to keep their crop’s quality up to par, which could cause food prices to increase. They say the heat combined with the lack of rain is an awful combination for their business. via  Heat, lack of rain affecting local farming | The New Britain Herald.



UConn physicist speaks on global warming in Kansas

Jul 11th, 2012 | By

University of Connecticut Physics Professor Emeritus Howard Hayden says Earth is getting warmer, but the population in no danger. He explained why at the Lyon County Extension Office at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Throughout history, Earth has constantly experienced climate changes and the current warming is just part of an interglacial phase, Hayden said. “The question

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Sound wisdom: Darien seas rising faster than global average

Jul 7th, 2012 | By

Brian Thompson, director of the office of Long Island Sound Programs for the DEEP, says shoreline communities and marshland ecosystems are most affected by rising sea levels.

“As sea level rises, there in a natural setting, there would be opportunity for wetlands to migrate inland and establish new areas,” Thompson said.

David DesRoches of the Darien Times reports.



Induced Earthquakes A Potential Hazard for Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide

Jun 29th, 2012 | By

The world is burning fossil fuels at an ever-increasing rate, resulting in increased release of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This results in an increase in the long-term globally averaged temperature. Consequently there is great interest in developing carbon capture and storage in geological repositories to help abate the increase in atmospheric

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