Climate Change

Scientists examining whether climate change accelerates health problems


Scientists and public health officials are looking at whether increasingly extreme weather patterns that could be linked to climate change may bring more medical problems, including malaria, lyme disease and cholera, E&E reports.

John Kerry mocks those who deny climate change

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called climate change perhaps the world's "most fearsome" destructive weapon and mocked those who deny its existence or question its causes, comparing them to people who insist the Earth is flat.

In a speech to Indonesian students, civic leaders and government officials, Kerry tore into climate change skeptics. He accused them of using shoddy science and scientists to delay steps needed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases at the risk of imperiling the planet.

A day earlier, the U.S. and China announced an agreement to cooperate more closely on combating climate change. American officials hope that will help encourage others, including developing countries like Indonesia and India, to follow suit.

Sutley exits, confident EPA will meet carbon rules deadline

The departing chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality on Friday said she was confident the administration will meet President Barack Obama's aggressive timetable for limiting carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Nancy Sutley, speaking on her last day on the job, called the push by the Environmental Protection Agency to write the rules a "big undertaking", but one the agency will finalize by 2015 as mandated by Obama in his Climate Action Plan.

Associated Press

Obama proposes $1 billion fund to help states cope with climate change

President Barack Obama plans to urge Congress on Friday to fund a new $1 billion program to help communities in water-starved California and other states cope with climate change impacts.

The new Climate Resilience Fund will be part of his fiscal 2015 budget blueprint to lawmakers next month, officials said, and will mark the first time Obama puts a price tag on the community assistance, adaptation research and infrastructure development he included in the Climate Action Plan unveiled last summer.

Stroke risk tied to cold, humidity, weather swings

There may be a link between weather and the risk of suffering a stroke, say researchers who analyzed climate trends and hospital records on millions of Americans.

Cold weather, high humidity and big daily temperature swings seem to land more people in the hospital with strokes. As it got warmer, risk fell — 3 percent for every 5 degrees, the study found.

"Maybe some of these meteorological factors serve as a trigger," said Judith Lichtman, a Yale University stroke researcher who led the study. With global climate change and extreme weather like this week's freak storm in the South, "this could be increasingly important," she said.

Athlete group use Olympics to push for climate action

The Hill

A group of 105 Winter Olympics athletes competing in Sochi, Russia have signed a letter urging the international community to take decisive action on climate change, The Hill reports.

Senate Homeland Security hearing on exteme weather costs

Washington, February 12, 2014, 10:00 am

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, "Extreme Weather Events: The Costs of Not Being Prepared." Homeland Security Department Asst. Secretary for Policy David F. Heyman, Asst. Secretary for Infrastructure Protection Caitlin A. Durkovich to testify.



Climate expert: New England ski resorts vulnerable

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) — Ski resorts in the New England states of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode island are not well poised to survive at the end of the century as the region is expected to see warmer winters, a National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist said Thursday.

Vermont is less vulnerable because many of resorts are at higher elevations and have invested in new snowmaking technology, Elizabeth Burakowski said at a Vermont Law School symposium on the impact of climate change on the winter sports industry.

To be profitable, resorts need to be open 100 days a season and during holidays and have snowmaking technology, she said.

Banks under pressure to disclose lending to GHG emitters

The Wall Street Journal

Large banks, including Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, face increased pressure from climate-minded investors to disclose their lending to fossil fuel companies and to develop climate-risk strategies, The Wall Street Journal reports.

USDA chief: Climate change already hurting farmers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate change is already hurting American farmers and rural residents, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday, warning that the U.S. would regret any failure to adapt and prepare for shifting weather realities.

Unveiling a new effort to coordinate the government's response, Vilsack said extreme weather events have already taken the U.S. by surprise, putting ranchers and others out of business. He pointed to the intensity and frequency of recent storms, long droughts, snowstorms and subzero weather as evidence that climate change is no longer hypothetical or in the future.

"The combination of all those factors convinces me that the climate is changing, and it's going to have its impact, and will have its impact, and is having its impact on agriculture and forestry," Vilsack said.


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