How can we have “global warming” and still have monster snow storms and frigid winters? Somehow that never made sense to me, until one day I stumbled upon the answer. How global warming causes extreme weather came to me in a revelation about five years ago from an insurance company, Swiss Re, that had written a report about how climate change effects insurance payouts. Swiss Re is a “reinsurance” company that insures other insurance companies. “Reality-based” organizations, like the U.S. military, or large insurance corporations that pay out millions of dollars of claims money, tend to focus on pesky details like evidence, cost versus benefit, and their Continue reading How can we have extreme winter AND global warming??
This article is taken from a previous, longer article about the health impacts of flooding. Here we focus mostly on flood preparation and recovery. A recent study titled Increasing Vulnerability to Health Effects before, during and after Floods, observed the following in people who had experienced a major flood… Males had a higher risk of dying due to risk taking behaviors Females had a higher risk for anxiety, depression and PTSD Young children, the elderly, and those with a chronic disease (e.g. heart disease, lung disease, etc) had a higher chance of getting sick or sicker Poor people have bad outcomes because Continue reading How to prepare for and survive a flood
Time for another What’s Hot in Climate Change, a summary of the most interesting and/or important climate change stories from the previous month or so. For those paying attention, horrific news with respect to the climate seems to be coming at an ever increasing pace. There’s also plenty of encouraging news. The adoption of alternative energy seems to steadily exceed all expectations. The race is on between the worst effects of climate change, and those measures we take to stop it from happening. Our fate quite literally hangs in the balance. Corrected sea level rise estimates or… it’s worse than you know Continue reading What’s Hot in Climate Change – Oct. 2016