Climate Change

Military researchers find climate change a security threat

Source: 
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

Source: 
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."

UN chief calls for greater action on climate

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.

Inslee signs order to tackle carbon pollution

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.

Climate change links to extreme US weather: Study

Source: 
The Associated Press

A study to be published shortly finds real-time links between climate change and extreme weather conditions, like the polar vortex and the California drought, The Associated Press reports.

6 NY communities certified 'Climate Smart'

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.

American Security Project forum on weather and national security

Washington, April 23, 2014, 12:30 pm

American Security Project forum, "Weather, Climate & National Security." Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret). of ASP, Weather Channel's Bryan Norcross to speak.

South Fla. officials want more fed help to adapt coast to climate change

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.

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