Monthly Archives: August 2009

Pay now, or pay more later… global climate adaptation price tag climbs, says new report

The financial costs of supporting the global population in a climate-disrupted world were significantly underestimated in a series of 2007 background papers for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other key reports, according to an independent … Continue reading

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Obama on 4th anniversary of Katrina: We must be more prepared for future disasters and challenges

“On this anniversary, we are focused on the threat from hurricanes. But we must also be prepared for a broad range of dangers,” President Obama said in his August 29 weekly address, on Lessons and Renewal Out of the Gulf … Continue reading

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Assessing the costs of adaptation to climate change: A critique of the UNFCCC underestimates

Scientists led by a former co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warn in a new report that the UN negotiations aimed at tackling climate change are based on substantial underestimates of what it will cost to adapt to … Continue reading

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Warming in the Heartland: Is the nation’s “breadbasket” toast?—Another preparedness challenge

Yields of three of the most important crops produced in the United States – corn, soybeans, and cotton – are predicted to “fall off a cliff” if temperatures rise due to climate change, according to a paper published online this … Continue reading

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New Orleans pumps unsafe on Katrina anniversary, report concludes: Army Corps preparedness cover-up?

The mainstream media, including the New York Times and the New Orleans Times-Picayune, have not covered an independent evaluation recently released by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) that there are serious safety and reliability issues with hydraulic pumps … Continue reading

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A new user-friendly computer tool for visualizing climate change

The Nature Conservancy has announced a new interactive program, ClimateWizard, that allows anyone to click on any state in the US or any region of the world to see how temperature and precipitation have changed in 50 years and how … Continue reading

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Senate should pass a climate bill with a comprehensive adaptation policy

Senators Baucus (D-MT) and Whitehouse (D-RI) submitted proposed climate legislation earlier this month that mirrors the Natural Resources Adaptation section in the House-passed Waxman-Markey climate and clean energy bill (H.R. 2454).  The broad coalition of environmental NGOs behind these provisions … Continue reading

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Ocean Warming, Ocean Warning: Global ocean surface temperature in July warmest on record

Earth’s average ocean surface temperature in July was the warmest since recordkeeping began in 1880, breaking the previous high mark established in 1998, according to an analysis by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. An El Niño natural climate variability pattern … Continue reading

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Mercury contamination, mainly from coal plant emissions, pervasive in fish nationwide, USGS finds

Contamination by mercury, a neurotoxin, was detected in EVERY FISH sampled in 291 streams across the country in a study released today by the U.S. Geological Survey. A quarter of the fish were found to contain mercury above EPA’s safe … Continue reading

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Oil lobby and its allies manufacture ‘astroturf’ rallies against climate legislation

The American Petroleum Institute, with an “eyes only” tactical memo, urged member companies to recruit their employees, retirees, vendors, and contractors to attend ‘Energy Citizen’ events across the country during the August congressional recess to show opposition to climate legislation. … Continue reading

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