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Posts Tagged ‘Climate Change’

Responsible for what? Carbon producer CO2 contributions and the energy transition

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
CO2 contributions - Sherco Generating Station - Photo by Tony Webster from Minneapolis, Minnesota

The article this accompanies is the third in an important series. The foundational analysis of the contributions of major carbon producers to atmospheric CO2 emissions and methane emissions was the first to appear (Heede 2014), followed by a rich and concrete analysis of the moral responsibilities of the major carbon producers in light of those contributions (Frumhoff et al. 2015). This third analysis not only refines the calculations of the contributions of major carbon producers to atmospheric CO2 and methane emissions but also expands the calculations to include the contributions of those same producers to global mean surface temperature and global sea level (Ekwurzel et al. 2017).

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Adapting To Climate Change in Coastal Parks

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
2 Figure 1. Location of all 40 NPS units analyzed as part of the WCU/NPS sea-level rise study.

Over the next century, warming global temperatures will present many challenges for the National Park Service (NPS) and public land managers. Rising sea level will be one of the most obvious and most challenging impacts of this warming. Even a minor increase in sea level will have significant effects on coastal hazards, natural resources and assets within national parks. To begin addressing these issues, the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) at Western Carolina University (WCU) has partnered with NPS to begin an assessment of the level of exposure that park owned assets will face during a period of rising sea level.

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After Hurricane Sandy: Strategies for Long-Term Resilience

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Hurricane Sandy was the worst natural disaster ever to hit the New York−New Jersey region. When it landed on October 29, 2012, the region was unprepared for its impact despite years of reports and warnings that an event like Sandy was a probability in the near future. Climate experts are now saying that although many aspects of Sandy were unique, the region will likely experience events of its magnitude with increasing frequency in the decades ahead…In short, climate change is here to stay, though how severe it may become depends on our ability as humans to mitigate its causes and to create resilient communities that can absorb its impact and continue to thrive and grow. Most urban regions around the world are especially vulnerable to these changes. That vulnerability makes the need for evaluating and implementing longer-term strategies for resilience and preparedness in those regions critical today. This need is all the more true given their growing economic, social, and environmental value as the world becomes more urbanized.

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What Obama Will Propose for Transportation, in New Climate Change Approach

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
What Obama Will Propose for Transportation, in New Climate Change Approach

Transportation Issues Daily Today President Obama is proposing a couple of transportation-related executive actions to reduce emissions and global warming. It’s part of a larger package of actions on climate change for which the President can sidestep Congressional approval. The Washington Post has a good, long analysis of the new White House approach and proposal: […]

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Michigan: Low Lake Levels Raise Concerns

Monday, January 14th, 2013

What happens if the water in Lake Michigan keeps disappearing? Great Lake humbled by record low water levels. Without a turnaround, shipping, fishing, and whole towns are at risk.

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Adapting Transportation to the Impacts of Climate Change

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Report Dated June 2011
Regardless of what climate change mitigation strategies are adopted, the shorter-term effects of climate change mean that transportation policy makers, planners, and operators—across all modes—need to make changes to adapt to these effects. This E-Circular on adaptation, developed under the auspices of the TRB Special Task Force on Climate Change and Energy, is a companion to the TR News Special Edition issue of May–June 2010 on climate change mitigation.

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Hurricane Sandy: What Now?

Monday, November 5th, 2012
Pump Train Siphoning out Tube

With relief efforts underway, experts weigh in on Sandy’s effect on the future of American infrastructure:

“Hurricane Sandy is an urgent reminder that strengthening our infrastructure is a critical need that should not be subjected to politics of any kind…”
-Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

“We have to find ways to build [New York City] back stronger and better than ever before to make sure that if there is still another situation like this, another weather pattern like this, we’re more prepared and more protected than we have been thus far.”
-NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

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Ready or Not: An Evaluation of State Climate and Water Preparedness Planning

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Every region of the United States is potentially vulnerable to adverse water- related impacts from climate change. Some states are taking action by reducing the greenhouse gas pollution that contributes to climate change and by planning for projected climate change-related impacts. However, many states are not. Nonetheless, the effects of climate change on the nation’s water resources already are being observed. According to the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), warmer temperatures are causing changes to the water cycle that include:

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A Systems Approach to Water Resources

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

“Climate change, underfunded infrastructure, outdated management approaches, and the pressures of urbanization are creating a looming crisis for America’s water…”

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