Climate Change

Bloomberg: Cities key to confront climate change

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in his new U.N. job, said Tuesday that cities hold the key to confronting climate change because they account for 75 percent of the heat-trapping gases and their mayors have executive powers to reduce emissions.

The three-term mayor and billionaire businessman was a keynote speaker at the opening of a three-day U.N. meeting on making urban areas — where about 70 percent of the world's population is expected to live by 2050 — more livable, sustainable, economically successful and environmentally friendly.

World passes greenhouse gas warning mark, says agency

The Hill

Northern hemisphere carbon dioxide levels were above 400 parts per million in April, according to the World Meteorological Organization, which considers the mark a warning about the growing climate change dangers, The Hill reports.

Climate change hurts food harvest: Study

Los Angeles Times

A study released by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs finds that climate change has hurt U.S. crops, with higher carbon dioxide levels lowering the protein in wheat, among other impacts, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Big food firms ‘silent accomplices’ to accelerating climate change: Oxfam


The world’s ten biggest food companies, including Kellogg’s, General Mills, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, are responsible for nearly 264 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent gases per year, according to the humanitarian group Oxfam, which noted that the cereal makers in particular were also vulnerable to rising prices for grain as a result of climate change, E&E reports.

Brown: California at 'epicenter' of climate change

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown says California is at "the epicenter" of the effects of a warming planet as the state experiences longer fire seasons and more destructive wildland blazes.

The Democratic governor spoke Monday at a conference about climate change. His address comes as scientists warn that a hotter climate will lead to more frequent and intense wildfires throughout the West and after scientists confirmed that the huge West Antarctic ice sheet is beginning to collapse.

Impact of climate change on business increasing: CDP


A Carbon Disclosure Project study of the world’s top companies finds that they expect to be dealing with substantially more climate-change related risks than they did three years ago, Bloomberg reports.

Military researchers find climate change a security threat

The New York Times

Climate change can trigger conflict around the world and poses a security risk, researchers at the Center for Naval Analyses Military Advisory Board said in a report published Tuesday, according to The New York Times.

Fla. Republicans quiet on climate change

The New York Times

Florida Republicans say little about climate change issues for political reasons, even though the area around Miami is extremely vulnerable to sea level rise that is already taking place, The New York Times reports.

Federal report: Warming disrupts Americans' lives

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is rapidly turning America into a stormy and dangerous place, with rising seas and disasters upending lives from flood-stricken Florida to the wildfire-ravaged West, according to a new U.S. federal scientific report.

Climate change's assorted harms "are expected to become increasingly disruptive across the nation throughout this century and beyond," the National Climate Assessment concluded Tuesday. The report emphasizes that warming and all-too-wild weather are changing daily lives, using the phrase "climate disruption" as another way of saying global warming.

Fed climate report called 'tremendous undertaking'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal report is the most exhaustive and perhaps even easiest-to-read look at what global warming will to do the United States, say experts who strongly support it.

The report, required by federal law, is "the most comprehensive assessment ever done on how climate is affecting the United States," said University of Illinois climate scientist Donald Wuebbles, a study author. White House counselor John Podesta called it authoritative and "a tremendous undertaking."


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