Campaign-finance reports filed by energy companies show that in 2012 they spent $455,000 on corporate political contributions in Colorado, mostly in a diffuse manner. From 2013 through 2016, they have poured an average of more than $20 million annually into financing Colorado political campaigns for politicians and ballot issues as well as a new, unprecedented public relations effort aimed at molding public opinion — a total in excess of $80 million.
Last month the U.S. Geological Survey estimated that without concerted intervention, as much as 67 percent of Southern California’s beaches could be lost to rising seas by the end of the century ... More than 42,000 homes in California will be under water—not merely flooded, but with seawater over roofs.
The main drivers of rising seas to date have been melting glaciers and the expansion of water that naturally occurs as temperatures warm. However, thawing ice sheets will soon become the primary contributor ... Greenland has enough ice to raise global sea level by 24 feet while Antarctica has enough to lift oceans 187 feet ... While these continent-size masses of ice are not expected to completely melt, even a small amount of liquefaction could have big effects, particularly for California.
six other islands had large swaths of land washed into the sea and on two of those, entire villages were destroyed and people forced to relocate, the researchers found ... The study is the first that scientifically “confirms the numerous anecdotal accounts from across the Pacific of the dramatic impacts of climate change on coastlines and people,” the researchers wrote in a separate commentary on an academic website.
Across the decades that energy investments stretch, the global move is clearly towards low-carbon and around the world coal is in freefall. A Trump blip is highly unlikely to see companies make billion-dollar bets on coal. Furthermore, with the costs of solar and wind power plummeting by 85% and 66% respectively since 2009, many US states and cities see clean energy as the future, whatever the current federal administration thinks.
The rising ocean, fed by melting glaciers and the expansion of warming water, is piling up water along America’s entire eastern seaboard. To compound the problem much of the mid-Atlantic coast is sinking, a hangover from the last ice age, meaning life and property is being swamped like never before... And yet with no overarching national sea level rise plan and patchy commitment from states, many coastal communities are left to deal with the encroaching seas themselves.
known as mires or bogs, peatlands only cover about 3 percent of the planet’s total land surface, but they contain up to a third of all of the carbon locked in Earth's soils. They're formed by an accumulation of partially decayed vegetation or organic matter in a wetland environment ... carbon has been accumulating in the Congo Basin's peat for nearly 11,000 years ... Peatlands are only a resource in the fight against climate change when left intact
What was once a statewide drought this week became a Southern California drought. A week of powerful storms has significantly eased the state’s water shortage, pulling nearly all of Northern California out of drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor ... Only about 2% of the state remains in “exceptional drought,” compared with 18% last week, the drought monitor reported. A much smaller sliver of Los Angeles County, for example, is classified as such.
in the future, in many countries, the coldest growing seasons are going to be hotter than anything those crops have seen in the past ... [in South Africa] By 2030, if the maize or corn varieties...are still in the field...we'll have a 30 percent decrease in production of maize because of the climate change... 30 percent decrease of production in the context of increasing population, that's a food crisis ... We have to get climate-ready crops in the field, and we have to do that rather quickly.
Within the United States, California is No. 1 (by far) in solar power and No. 3 in wind power. It boasts the third-lowest carbon dioxide emissions per capita behind New York and Vermont ... The state is already on track to nudge its greenhouse-gas emissions back down to 1990 levels by the year 2020. Then last week, after much fierce debate, the California Assembly and Senate passed a new bill, known as SB 32, that would go much further, mandating an additional 40 percent cut in emissions by 2030