Welcome back to What’s Hot in Climate Change! We start out with concerning new research that shows the planet may cross the 1.5C threshold of warming within 15 years. The 1.5C threshold is what the Paris Climate Talks identified as an important goal to hold global warming under. One result of global warming is sea level rise. A recent study of US population displacement shows us that sea level rise is not just a coastal problem, but a problem for those places where the people displaced from the coasts will end up. If all this concerns you, there are plenty of Continue reading What’s Hot in Climate Change, June 2017
It’s been a while since “What’s Hot” was posted, and a lot has happened. Trump is now President of the US, for better or worse. What the impact will be is not entirely known, although he has installed possibly the worst cabinet imaginable with respect to the environment. Scott Pruitt, former Oklahoma Attorney General and industry shill, caps the list of robber barons as the newly nominated head of the EPA . Although in typical Trump fashion he is sending mixed signals. He recently cancelled the Transpacific Partnership, which may actually be a good move for the environment, because the TPP would Continue reading What’s Hot in Climate Change, Jan 2017
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??