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.
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.
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.
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."
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general on Sunday urged world policymakers to do more to address the threat of climate change as negotiators attempt to forge a new global warming pact next year.
Speaking to hundreds of international delegates at the start of a climate gathering in Abu Dhabi, Ban Ki-moon warned that time is running out to reduce harmful emissions and that political leaders need to offer bold commitments to drive meaningful change.
"If we do not take urgent action, all our plans for increased global prosperity and security will be undone," he warned.
SHORELINE, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed an executive order that directs a task force to recommend a market-based program that would limit the amount of carbon pollution in the state.
The governor, who has made tackling climate change a key issue, also directed state agencies to work with utilities to transition away from coal-powered electricity and consider a plan to require the use of cleaner transportation fuels.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The cities of Albany and Kingston are among the first six municipalities to achieve certification under the state's Climate Smart program, which is designed to support efforts to meet the challenges posed by climate change.
The other winners announced Tuesday were Orange County, the city of Watervliet in Albany County, and Cortlandt and Dobbs Ferry in Westchester County.
Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said the Climate Smart program helps communities increase energy efficiency, promote recycling, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and become more resilient against storms and flooding.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — South Florida officials testified Tuesday before a U.S. Senate subcommittee that they're already shouldering the burdens of rising sea levels and they need state and federal partners to do more to help adapt their coastline to the effects of climate change.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., was the only member of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation's subcommittee on science and space to make the trip to Miami Beach City Hall.
A draft agreement on tax extenders being negotiated by lawmakers –- which would, among other things, phase out the Production Tax Credit for wind energy -– also would face a veto from President Obama, according to an email from a White House spokeswoman, Bloomberg reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency will have to wait on moves to restrict development of Pebble Mine, as Judge H. Russel Holland has issued a preliminary injunction against them, Alaska Public Radio reports.
As representatives from Saudi Arabia, Russia, Venezuela and Mexico failed to agree on production cuts ahead of the OPEC meeting later this week, oil prices resumed their slide Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate Crude for January delivery plunged 2.2 percent, or $1.69, to $74.09 on the Nymex, while in London Brent tumbled $1.35 to $78.33, Bloomberg reports.
At a national average of $2.81 a gallon, Thanksgiving gasoline prices haven’t been this low since 2009, according to the AAA, which says that could trigger more than a 4 percent increase in people driving over the holiday, FuelFix reports.
On a 3-2 vote, the Florida Public Service Commission has fallen in line with proposals from Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric and Florida Power & Light, agreeing to wrap up solar rebate programs by the end of next year and reduce efficiency goals by more than 90 percent, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted approval for Clean Line Energy Partners’ Rock Island Clean Line, intended to transmit power 500 miles from wind farms in the Plains states, Crain’s Chicago Business reports.
Departing Gov. Martin O’Malley, D-Md., says he’ll draw up rules to govern fracking in the western part of the state which will limit pollution risks, even though his pro-drilling Republican successor would have the power to loosen restrictions once he takes office in January, The Washington Post reports.
Friends of the Earth and the Western Organization of Resource Councils, backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Bureau of Land Management over the agency’s coal-leasing program, The Hill reports.
At least four small earthquakes have shaken the Dallas area since the weekend, and SMU seismologist Brian Stump told NBCDFW it’s possible they could be linked to fluid accumulating in wastewater injector wells in the region over the past decades.
People’s views about the scientific basis of climate change don’t change even when they’re confronted with extreme weather events, according to a study published online Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, the Los Angeles Times reports.