Just Another Day in the Crisis

October 10, 2012

More dispatches…

Climate Change Behind Rise in Weather Disasters (Sci Tech Today): “Climate change is driving an increase in hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, searing heat and drought, and more natural disasters are ahead, says a new report…The number of natural disasters per year has been rising dramatically on all continents since 1980, but most notably in North America where countries have been battered by hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, searing heat and drought”

Rising food prices are climate change’s first tangible bite into UK lives (Guardian): “There are two lessons to be learned. First, the UK is not going to gradually warm into a pleasant Mediterranean climate, with sunny resorts on the coast supplied by burgeoning English vineyards. The heating of the climate system leads to greater extremes in weather and greater damage. Second, with much of our food imported from around the world, the totals we tot up at the tills is at the mercy of global warming’s impact on the whole globe.”

‘Soviet-style’ wind farm subsidies to face the axe (Telegraph): Oh Lawd, “Owen Paterson, who took on the role last month, said wind developers should “stand on their own two feet” instead of asking for money from the state…He said green technologies such as wind farms might actually have a worse impact than climate change, because they are causing “public insurrection”.

New Technology Maps Greenhouse Gas Emissions at the Street and Neighborhood Level (Smithsonian Magazine): “In the Hestia Project, presented in a paper published yesterday in Environmental Science and Technology, researchers from Arizona State University created a technology that maps emissions at the street and neighborhood level, painting a rich picture of a city’s greenhouse gas metabolism. With their maps and videos—currently available for the city of Indianapolis—you can look at specific airports, roads and buildings and see how much carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases each entity emits.”

Poor UK summers may arise from global warming and Arctic ice loss (University of Sheffield): “Following a study of the last six summers’ worth of climate data, researchers from the USA and Dr Edward Hanna of the University of Sheffield’s Department of Geography, have linked a change in summer Arctic wind patterns to global warming and an increase in the unpredictable weather…Multiple processes, known as Arctic Amplification, including record low summer sea ice extent and thickness, and loss of Greenland ice arising from increased temperatures, have been related to shifts in wind patterns contributing to out-of-season weather in Western Europe, Greenland and North America.”

Teen Climate Lawsuit Goes to Oregon Court of Appeals (KLCC): “The Oregon Court of Appeals has agreed to hear a climate change lawsuit brought by two teens from Eugene…16-year old Kelsey Juliana…and another Eugene teen, 12-year old Olivia Chernaik, are suing the state of Oregon. Portland attorney Tanya Sanerib is representing the two teens. The suit alleges the state is violating the public trust doctrine. Sanerib says it obligates government to protect natural resources. If the 3-judge panel finds in favor of the plaintiffs, she says, Oregon will need to develop a climate recovery plan.”

More recycling not the solution to reducing aluminum’s carbon footprint (Ars Technica)

Scholar exposes environmental efforts of big brands as ‘token’ efforts (Phys Org)

Australia’s largest solar farm opens (Guardian): “The Greenough River Solar project, just outside the small town of Walkaway in the state of Western Australia, is a joint-venture between Western Australian state-owned Verve Energy and US conglomerate General Electric. It is expected to have a capacity of 10 megawatts, enough to power 3,000 homes.”

Amazon Natives Shut Down Brazil’s ‘Pandora Dam’ (Forbes): “Some 120 indigenous demonstrators from six river dwelling tribes joined with a group of local Para state fishermen in a long occupation of the Belo Monte dam’s main work camp on the Xingu River in protest of building company’s imminent plans to dam the River…The renewed occupation of the project’s earthen cofferdams paralyzed construction works, while indigenous protestors seized the keys of trucks and tractors forcing workers to leave the work sites on foot.”

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