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A feed of recent articles relating to Behavioral Economics from The Daily Climate.


23 May 2018. NASA head Jim Bridenstine, once doubtful, confirms he believes humans are the leading cause of climate change

"I have no reason to doubt the science," Bridenstine said in Senate testimony.

23 May 2018. Stung by pipeline dispute, Alberta refuses to sign statement at western premiers meeting

As western premiers met in Yellowknife Wednesday to discuss pharmacare, infrastructure, justice and community safety, the dispute over Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline still loomed large.

23 May 2018. Warning that worst-ever algae bloom in Hamilton Harbour could happen annually

A bus full of environmental experts stopped at the Hamilton's waterfront for a tour and roundtable discussion about fighting back against algae blooms.

23 May 2018. We know what the Kochs want. What about major foundations?

Where’s the love for nuclear power, carbon capture, and geoengineering?

23 May 2018. Honeybees may be dying in larger numbers due to climate change

Beekeepers in the U.S. reported an increase in honeybee deaths over the last year, possibly the result of erratic weather patterns brought on by a changing climate, according to the scientist leading an annual survey.

23 May 2018. Seals helped climate scientists study the Circumpolar Deep Water off the coast of west Antarctica

Who says researchers have to be human?

23 May 2018. Superman coral in Red Sea can take climate change but not sewage too, scientists warn

Hardy Red Sea coral was voted most likely to survive global warming, but even it can't overcome explosive algal growth fed by effluence and the rise in floodwaters.

23 May 2018. Global warming made Hurricane Harvey more destructive

A study shows that storms can become more violent in a warming world.

23 May 2018. Hamburg becomes first German city to ban older diesel cars

The ban will stop 214,000 vehicles from using two key roads as part of pollution crackdown.

23 May 2018. Famous Thai bay to close for four months

Thailand's Maya Bay, made famous by the film "The Beach", will close for four months from June to allow its coral reefs to recover from rising temperatures and the environmental impact of thousands of visitors each day.

23 May 2018. European cities embrace electric buses

Poor air quality and congestion have prompted several European cities to invest in cleaner public transport.

23 May 2018. Protests threaten to halt controversial Canadian oil pipeline

Protests and opposition from the provincial government of British Columbia have shut down construction of a pipeline planned to carry oil from Alberta to BC - but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to fight back.

23 May 2018. Hit by wild weather, Kenya's herders fire up a hot new crop: chilli peppers

A farmer with at least two acres of land can earn as much as three times more with chilli than with cattle.

23 May 2018. Change policy to scale up climate-smart farming in Africa - experts

Diversified farming is an example of "climate-smart agriculture" - farming techniques that help growers and herders continue to make a living, even as climate change brings harsher and more unpredictable conditions.

23 May 2018. Cities drive creatures to body size extremes

How the heat of cities drives animal size may offer clues about how ecosystems will respond to global warming.

23 May 2018. Risk of water shortages for England, warns Environment Agency

Enough water to meet the needs of 20 million people is lost through leakage every day, the report says. Population growth and the impact of climate change are expected to add to supply pressures.

23 May 2018. North Carolina wind power hangs in the balance amid national security debate

The Department of Defense already has authority to decide whether wind farms mess with radar stations or training flights. But that’s not enough for some lawmakers.

23 May 2018. Trio of studies challenges Indian government claim of increasing forest cover

­Natural forests across India are slowly disappearing, a set of new studies shows, contradicting recent government claims about increasing forest cover.

23 May 2018. In an internal memo, the White House considered whether to simply ‘ignore’ federal climate research

White House officials last year weighed whether to simply “ignore” the climate findings emerging from federal agencies under President Trump or instead develop “a coherent, fact-based message about climate science,” according to a memo obtained by The Washington Post.

23 May 2018. Hitting toughest climate target will save world $30tn in damages, analysis shows

Almost all nations would benefit economically from keeping global warming to 1.5C, a new study indicates.

23 May 2018. Electric cars fighting for fuel in Michigan

Michigan is moving to better accommodate electric cars with upcoming pilot programs by DTE Energy and Consumers Energy.

23 May 2018. How more carbon dioxide can make food less nutritious

Carbon dioxide helps plants grow. But a new study shows that rice grown in higher levels of carbon dioxide has lower amounts of several important nutrients.

23 May 2018. Pruitt’s anti-climate agenda is facing new challenge from science advisers

Members of the Science Advisory Board, including some Pruitt appointees, are raising concerns about EPA’s regulatory rollback for lacking adequate scientific basis.

23 May 2018. Exxon to cut methane emissions in bid to tackle climate change

Exxon Mobil Corp said on Wednesday it was targeting a 15 percent cut in methane emissions by 2020, the latest effort by an oil major to reduce its carbon footprint and address climate change concerns.

23 May 2018. Climate change 'will make rice less nutritious'

When scientists exposed the crop to higher levels of carbon dioxide vitamin levels fell significantly.

23 May 2018. Nurses play essential roles in reducing health problems due to climate change

In a statement, the American Academy of Nursing warns against the rollback of climate protective standards and calls for community-based initiatives that support populations most vulnerable to the health consequences of climate change.


It's important, as noted climate scientist and science communicator Ed Maibach of George Mason University said in a tweet: Nurses are stepping up to fight climate change and protect health.

The American Academy of Nursing has 2,500 members, or fellows, and seeks to advance health policy, practice and science through better nursing practice. The statement was authored by two nurses who also hold Ph.Ds: Patricia Butterfield, professor and associate dean of research at Washington State University's Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, and University of Massachusetts professor emeritus Jeanne Leffers.

Butterfield and Leffers focus attention on two policy streams: Upstream, where efforts center on mitigating the problem of climate change, and downstream, related to disaster response. From the report:

Nurses play essential roles in both reducing and responding to the health consequences of climate change. Not only are they critical to every facet of health promotion and patient care, nurses are also trusted messengers of health information and serve as essential personnel during all phases of disaster response.

One key upstream recommendation:

"Educate the public so that they understand the connections between their health and climate health," they write. "An informed citizenry is needed if health protective policies are to be enacted and supported."

23 May 2018. Top china wind power producer shines as fewer turbines idled

The Chinese government’s moves to ramp up renewable energy consumption have sparked optimism over the future of China Longyuan Power Group Corp., the country’s biggest wind power producer.

23 May 2018. Rural Georgians look to the sun to ease energy poverty

In the Georgian countryside, many are reliant on firewood for heating. Can local energy cooperatives help fight the resulting air pollution and deforestation, and help families save cash, with a solar-powered fix?

23 May 2018. Kilauea's lava is now spilling into the ocean--here's why that's dangerous

A pair of scientists discuss the hazards that Kilauea might pose before it finishes erupting.

23 May 2018. Pittsburgh City Council approves '3.0' version of climate action plan

One-hundred percent renewable energy use by 2030 is a part of the City of Pittsburgh's latest climate action plan approved by city council Tuesday.