Climate Change

A feed of recent articles relating to Climate Change from environmentalhealthnews.org.

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20 August 2014. Monsoon rains, floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area. – Heavy monsoon season rains that swept across Arizona on Tuesday led to dramatic rescues, road closures and flight delays as a series of fast-moving storms pummeled the state.

20 August 2014. Ticks, mosquitoes on the rise in Iowa. – Ballooning amounts of ticks, mosquitoes and poison ivy are invading Iowa because of climate change, and the increase will bring higher rates for disease, according to a report by the Iowa Wildlife Federation.

20 August 2014. China's 'war on pollution' sees coal drop for first time in century. – China's coal consumption has declined for the first time in about 100 years in the first half of 2014, as the world's second largest economy is striving to achieve cleaner growth by declaring a "war on pollution".

20 August 2014. Small variations in ice sheets may have triggered major change in previous Ice Age. – Small fluctuation in the size of ice sheets during the last ice age may have caused extreme climate changes.

20 August 2014. The butterfly affect: climate change ‘forced species to adapt.’ – A British butterfly species has made climate-change history by becoming the first known animal of any kind to lose the ability to do something after global warming forced it to move to a new environment and adapt its behaviour.

20 August 2014. Greens warn climate change could ruin 'outdoor' experience. – Climate change is making ticks, mosquitoes and poison ivy more prevalent, jeopardizing the outdoor experience, according to a new report.

20 August 2014. Cities' air problems only get worse with climate change. – The threats from climate change are many but a lesser-known issue may hit especially close to home for city dwellers. In the world’s already smoggy metropolises, pollution is likely to grow worse, a phenomenon scientists have taken to calling the climate penalty.

20 August 2014. New York would consider climate change for building projects under legislation. – A proposed law will require state agencies to consider the effects of climate change and extreme weather — like Hurricane Sandy — on construction projects before they issue permits or dole out money.

20 August 2014. Scientists seek high bar for climate engineering experiments. – The first ever international public conference on geoengineering, the deliberate tinkering with Earth's atmosphere, is under way in Berlin. Researchers there are considering a call for stringent controls on future field experiments aimed at finding ways to curb climate change.

20 August 2014. Fish restored to superstorm-battered N.J. lakes. – Brilliant as blue marbles, bluegill sunfish flippered out of the dip nets, along with other freshwater species in a special delivery to five Monmouth County coastal lakes. “Superstorm Sandy had a big impact on all the coastal lakes. The salt levels were really high,” said Ron Jacobsen, a fisheries technician.

20 August 2014. Scientists hunt for the next big biofuels crop. – Scientists searching for the next big energy-producing biofuel, something such as switchgrass that power plants could burn to make electricity and reduce their carbon emissions, have a very fussy wish list.

20 August 2014. Earth's resources in "ecological deficit" for rest of 2014. – According to the Global Footprint Network, today is the day we have used up nature's budget -- the planet's natural resources available for an entire year. From August 19 on, the world will be operating on a deficit.

20 August 2014. 'Clean coal' advertisement banned by UK regulators. – The world’s largest private-sector coal company has been banned from using an advert that implied its technology was not polluting.

20 August 2014. Accept climate agreements to save South Asia. – A new study by the Asian Development Bank predicts that without acceptance of international agreements on fossil fuels, climate change will decrease economic activity in South Asia to the tune of 9 percent annually by 2100.

20 August 2014. Scientists meet with Florida Gov. Scott to try and convince him climate change is real. – Five scientists who met with Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday are convinced that climate change is real, but what they are less sure about is whether the governor believes them.

20 August 2014. Climate change adds to labour migration. – It's already common for Pacific Islanders to leave their homes to work overseas, but that practice is expected to increase as the effects of climate change make the need for regular remittances more urgent.

20 August 2014. Climate change to cut South Asia's growth 9 per cent by 2100, Asian Development Bank warns. – Climate change will cut South Asia's growth almost 9 per cent by the end of the century unless world governments try harder to counter global warming, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) warns.

20 August 2014. New University of Waterloo Antarctic images track climate change effects. – The University of Waterloo has published a unique mosaic of satellite images showing how climate change is affecting Antarctic sea ice.

20 August 2014. Cheap natural gas begins to transform U.S. highway traffic. – Cheap natural gas is starting to revolutionise traffic on U.S. roads, cutting bills for some of the country's heaviest fuel users while reducing carbon emissions and other pollution.

20 August 2014. Tahoe summit meets amid concern over lake level. – One year after California and Nevada resolved a long-standing feud over development around Lake Tahoe, John Laird, secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, arrived at a summit near the water’s edge Tuesday and said “peace is at hand.”

20 August 2014. How bad weather around the world is threatening Nutella. – There's bad news for fans of Nutella, the chocolaty hazelnut spread. Poor weather in Turkey, the world's largest producer of hazelnuts, is causing a major shortage of the nuts.

20 August 2014. Climate change taking a huge toll on world's forests. – The European Forest Institute says that climate change is already altering the environment and long-lived ecosystems such as forests are particularly vulnerable to rapid changes in the climate system.

20 August 2014. $100-million climate resilience fund launched by USAID and Rockefeller Foundation. – The fund aims to make people in disaster-prone regions of Asia and Africa better able to cope with natural disasters and crises, so that they can get their lives and economies back on track.

20 August 2014. Report: Toxic algae just one way climate shifts are changing the American outdoors. – The National Wildlife Federation’s report “Ticked Off: America’s outdoor experience and climate change” cites this summer’s toxic algal blooms in Western Lake Erie as a prime example of how climate change is already affecting how Americans experience the outdoors.

20 August 2014. Water in the West: Will growth trump river health in Colorado? – The West faces an unprecedented 14-year drought, resulting in low water levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell, supply-demand gaps, power losses and threats to conservation. (Part 4 of 4)

20 August 2014. Climate change altering outdoor lifestyles. – From a surge in disease-carrying ticks and Tiger mosquitoes to increases in toxic algae blooms, the symptoms of climate change are rapidly affecting America's relationship with the great outdoors, the National Wildlife Federation warned Tuesday.

20 August 2014. 10 dead, 22 missing in Hiroshima landslide. – Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris early Wednesday in the outskirts of Hiroshima, killing at least 10 people and leaving 22 missing, the government said.

20 August 2014. Climate change to slash south Asian GDP, development bank warns. – South Asian economies will be badly squeezed by climate change within a few decades if no action is taken to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming, according to a report published on Tuesday by the Asian Development Bank.

20 August 2014. Corps: Climate change, rise in farming, manufacturing, spur need for stronger infrastructure. – Higher-capacity ports, expanded locks and dams and other infrastructure improvements are needed in the Mississippi River Watershed to allow its waterways to handle shipping demands caused by higher agriculture, oil and natural gas production and manage climate change effects.

20 August 2014. Climate change may cut off 9.9 per cent from economy. – Climate change may shave off as much as 2.2 per cent from Nepal’s gross domestic product (GDP) per year by 2050, with chances of losses widening to a whopping 9.9 per cent by 2100, if concrete mitigation and adaptation measures are not taken, a latest Asian Development Bank report says.

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