Climate Change

EPA Releases “Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Climate Ready Estuaries program has published Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans as a resource for environmental managers and planners.

July 29, 2015--White House opens Business Act on climate pledge (Environmental News Service)

Thirteen of America’s largest companies Monday pledged to invest a total of more than $140 billion to slash their greenhouse gas emissions, increase their use of renewable energy and shrink their carbon footprints.


July 28, 2015--Nation's capital sinking into the sea, study says (Burlington Free Press)

To some, the results of a study that concludes the District of Columbia is sinking is a physical manifestation of the political environment in the nation's capital. But new research from the U.S.


July 20, 2015--Natural disasters forced 20 million from their homes in 2014: Report (Reuters)

Nearly 20 million people were forced to flee their homes due to floods, storms and earthquakes last year, a problem likely to worsen due to climate change, but which could be eased by better construction, a report said on Monday. Asia is particularly prone to natural disasters, accounting for almost 90 percent of the 19.3 million displaced in 2014, led by typhoons in China and th


July 15, 2015--Is water on the way to becoming 'clear gold' in California? (Los Angeles Times)

Water may soon become more valuable than oil. That's the punch line of today's cartoon, which responds to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's proposal to raise revenue, to fix its crumbling infrastructure and encourage conservation during the ongoing California drought.


July 5, 2015--California drought sends U.S. water agency back to drawing board (New York Times)

Drew Lessard stood on top of Folsom Dam and gazed at the Sierra Nevada, which in late spring usually gushes enough melting snow into the reservoir to provide water for a million people. But the mountains were bare, and the snowpack to date remains the lowest on measured record. “If there’s no snowpack, there’s no water,” said Mr.


July 2, 2015--Beyond the perfect drought: California’s real water crisis (Environment 360)

The current drought afflicting California is indeed historic, but not because of the low precipitation totals. In fact, in terms of overall precipitation and spring snowpack, the past three years are not record-breakers, according to weather data for the past century.


Hydropower Uncertainty

As investments in wind and solar power climb, backing major hydropower projects may be seen as a risky bet in a warming world. Studies indicate that climate change could make rain and snowfall less certain in some regions. An indicator of where renewables investors are focusing their attention, large hydropower was left out of a recent and major United Nations and Bloomberg report showing that global investments in renewables spiked 17 percent in 2014.


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