reeves report: New ‘Tipping Point’ Model Could Help Predict Species Extinction

Species may be more adaptive to environmental changes than we thought, but small shifts can still be enough to cause extinctions. Snowshoe hares are facing increasing challenges as snow patterns shift dramatically as a result of climate change. ENVIRONMENTAL “TIPPING POINTS” can provide researchers with valuable clues to detect when species are facing population collapse or ...

The Disaffected Lib: Hey, Think You’re Resilient?

“Resilience.”  It’s the new climate change buzz word.  It applies to individuals, communities, institutions, and infrastructure. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from repeated climate change impacts. It’s the ability to withstand repeated floods, for example.  That might require making your home resilient by having it mounted on stilts well above ground level.  It ...

The Disaffected Lib: We Need To Do What These Guys Are Doing

“These guys” are the Brits.  What they’re doing is taking an inventory of their transportation infrastructure to assess its vulnerability to severe storm events caused by ‘early onset’ climate change.  The good news is that the Brits get it. They know climate change is real and that they’re going to have to adapt or else. ...

The Disaffected Lib: Hurricane Sandy Task Force or The Three Little Pigs

Little pig, little pig Let me come in Not by the hair on my chinny, chin, chin Then I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in. Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force has released a report urging Americans to be like the little pig who built his house of bricks, not the ...

The Disaffected Lib: Americans Want Climate Change Protection, Just Not the Bill

Stanford researchers have found Americans believe in climate change and acknowledge the risks but just don’t want to pay for the measures that would be needed to deal with them. The survey, commissioned by two departments at Stanford University, the Woods Institute for the Environment and the Center for Ocean Solutions, was the first to ...

The Disaffected Lib: We’ll All Be Singing This Tune Before Long

It goes like this: “If we had had more ambition [on emissions cuts from rich countries], we would not have to ask for so much [money] for adaptation. If there had been more money for adaptation [to climate change], we would not be looking for money for loss and damage. What’s next? Loss of our ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Narrow Scope of Climate Change Adaptation

The rearguard argument of the fossil fuelers is that “we’ll adapt.”   Don’t make a big deal out of this, we’ll find ways to cope. It’s the same argument that we, the major emitters, are making to the poorest and most vulnerable nations – learn to adapt.   We’re even supposed to be (but aren’t) putting up ...

The Disaffected Lib: If It Looks Like a Duck and Quacks Like a Duck, It’s Probably Global Warming

You may have heard about the waves of wildfires sweeping across Colorado for the past several weeks that continue to rage with no end in sight.   Welcome to the new era, the era of Global Warming. “‘What we’re seeing is a window into what global warming really looks like,” said Princeton University’s Michael Oppenheimer,  a ...

openalex: Canadian Cities Lead on Planning for Climate Impacts

[I was suprised to see Canadian cities come out in the lead on adaptation.  But also a bit disturbed to see just how nascent these efforts are, not just here, but globally.  We’ve got a long way to go… @ sustainable cities canada] Canadian cities are world leaders in preparing for the impacts of climate ...

openalex: Canadian Cities Lead on Planning for Climate Impacts

[I was suprised to see Canadian cities come out in the lead on adaptation.  But also a bit disturbed to see just how nascent these efforts are, not just here, but globally.  We’ve got a long way to go… @ sustainable cities canada] Canadian cities are world leaders in preparing for the impacts of climate ...

openalex: Canadian Cities Lead on Planning for Climate Impacts

[I was suprised to see Canadian cities come out in the lead on adaptation.  But also a bit disturbed to see just how nascent these efforts are, not just here, but globally.  We’ve got a long way to go… @ sustainable cities canada] Canadian cities are world leaders in preparing for the impacts of climate ...

DeSmogBlog: NRDC Report Predicts 150,000 Heat-Related Deaths Due To Climate Change

Melting Ice People WWF Rosa Merk.jpg Chances are, if you're already concerned about being off'ed by climate change, it's probably because you imagine being swept away by a super-charged hurricane, drowned by rising sea levels, starved because of drought-induced crop failure, or set aflame by roaring wildfires. But as it turns out, your risk of ...

openalex: Republicans and Democrats Together on Climate Change…in Florida

It’s easy to forget that climate change hasn’t always been  such a partisan issue. This is Mitt Romney, current Republican front-runner, in 2003: “I think the global warming debate is now pretty much over and people recognize the need associated with providing sources [of energy] which do not generate the heat that is currently provided ...