Climate Change

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

25 May 2018. The EPA’s increasing hostility toward the press, explained

Why are EPA guards shoving reporters?

25 May 2018. While coal-fired power stalls here, U.S. firms help plants expand in Southeast Asia

Instead of cleaner air, the U.S. officials and executives were seeing dollar signs.

25 May 2018. Congressman Gianforte won’t meet with Montanans because of “security risks”

The irony is just too rich on this one. A few days short of the anniversary of his assault on a reporter for having had the temerity to ask a question, Congressman Greg Gianforte is telling Montana…

25 May 2018. When the press is kicked out, it's the people who suffer

Worrisome news broke out of New York on Tuesday as word came of a reporter from The Associated Press who was allegedly grabbed by the shoulders and shoved out of an Environmental Protection Agency building by a security guard while trying to cover a meeting on water contaminants.

25 May 2018. Taking stock of climate change impacts: how many Puerto Rican lives did Hurricane Maria take?

The 2018 hurricane season is now upon us, even while millions of people residing in hurricane alley – the large swath of ocean stretching from Africa to North America – are still recovering from the hyperactive, catastrophic 2017 hurricane season

25 May 2018. In a warming West, the Rio Grande is drying up

Even in a good year, much of the Rio Grande is diverted for irrigation. But it’s only May, and the river is already turning to sand.

25 May 2018. Can a city really sue an oil company for climate change?

In a federal court in San Francisco, a judge heard a motion to dismiss from five fossil fuel companies, the defendants in the suit brought by San Francisco and Oakland.

25 May 2018. Unmapped roads raise risk to Southeast Asian rainforests: study

Forests in parts of Southeast Asia face greater threats than previously thought because researchers often rely on data that ignores new roads, which are precursors to deforestation and development, a study shows.

25 May 2018. Scientists track major freshwater change

"What we are witnessing is major hydrologic change,' they said. Over 14 years, Earth's wet land areas got wetter. Dry areas got drier."

25 May 2018. ‘This noise that never stops’: Wind farms come to Brazil’s Atlantic coast

In Brazil, the world’s eighth-largest producer of wind power, the wind industry brings both benefits and disappointment.

25 May 2018. SCIENCE: GOP lawmakers, industry had EPA's ear on advisory panels

EPA leaned heavily on input from Republican politicians and advocacy groups in devising membership standards last year for its sprawling network of advisory committees, according to records released late yesterday.

25 May 2018. New industry opposition group hammers PA governor's fracking-health record

A coalition of anti-fracking groups says Gov. Tom Wolf should pay more attention to the health impacts of fracking.

25 May 2018. Trump administration defends Keystone pipeline

The Latest on a legal challenge to the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S.

25 May 2018. Squamish Nation loses a legal challenge against Kinder Morgan pipeline approval

Texas energy company Kinder Morgan scored a legal victory on Thursday as the B.C. Supreme Court confirmed the provincial government's approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project was valid.

25 May 2018. Northumberland puffin numbers 'may be down'

Numbers of puffins on the UK's remote Farne Islands may be down 12% in the last five years, the National Trust has warned as it takes its latest census of the seabirds.

25 May 2018. Tanzania′s biggest wildlife reserve under threat

Despite major backlash from conservationists, the Tanzanian government plans to start building a hydropower dam inside a UNESCO-protected wildlife reserve this July. More than 2.6 million trees face the chop.

25 May 2018. Rebooting food

Welcome to the brave new world of food, where scientists are battling a global time-bomb of climate change, water scarcity, population growth and soaring obesity rates to find new ways to feed the future.

25 May 2018. Costa Rica's "Little Jamaica" coast struggles to ride out climate storm

As rising seas threaten parts of Costa Rica's tropical eastern coast, dubbed "Little Jamaica", many worry that the visitors who generate numerous jobs in the area could go elsewhere.

25 May 2018. Landslide renews protests by communities at Colombia's biggest dam

Up to 800 families have been evicted from their homes to make way for the dam since 2010.

25 May 2018. Car dealer tactics stall electric car sales

"Dismissive" dealers are a major barrier to boosting sales of electric cars says a new study.

25 May 2018. Researchers propose Payments for Ecosystem Services program framework that better delivers socioeconomic benefits

The authors of a study published in the journal Science Advances developed a framework for examining the ways Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) programs affect socioeconomic outcomes, and how such programs could improve.

25 May 2018. Illegal loggers ‘cook the books’ to harvest Amazon’s most valuable tree

Brazilian loggers have faked forest inventories and issued phony timber credits to harvest Ipê trees exported to U.S. and Europe. Importers often turn a blind eye, says a new report.

25 May 2018. That dinosaur-killing asteroid? It triggered global warming, too

100,000 years of scorching temperatures may have followed the famous asteroid impact.

25 May 2018. What the worst winter in 60 years did to ski resorts

2018 was one of the driest seasons on record. How many resorts can survive another like it?

24 May 2018. Scott Pruitt twice introduced anti-abortion bills giving men ‘property rights’ over fetuses

Before he was Trump's embattled EPA chief, Pruitt was a state politician who backed draconian abortion restrictions.

24 May 2018. What glass figurines are teaching us about the ocean

This conservationist is using art to track change in the ocean.

24 May 2018. 'We can't see a future': group takes EU to court over climate change

Litigants from eight countries claim EU institutions are not protecting fundamental rights.

24 May 2018. Scotland draft climate change bill sets 90%-by-2050 emission reduction target

Holyrood says 'net-zero' carbon emissions are ultimate aim but climate campaigners say target is disappointing.

24 May 2018. What a simple psychological test reveals about climate change

If everyone's success depended on it, would you share - or be selfish?

24 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."