Category: Climate change

MacArthur Foundation dumping fossil fuel investments

Read the full story in Crain’s Chicago Business.

The Chicago-based nonprofit joins Harvard University and the Rockefeller Foundation in shunning oil and gas investments and doubling down on a commitment to fight climate change.

20 meat and dairy firms emit more greenhouse gas than Germany, Britain or France

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Twenty livestock companies are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than either Germany, Britain or France – and are receiving billions of dollars in financial backing to do so, according to a new report by environmental campaigners.

UN: Weather disasters soar in numbers, cost, but deaths fall

Read the full story from the Associated Press.

Weather disasters are striking the world four to five times more often and causing seven times more damage than in the 1970s, the United Nations weather agency reports. But these disasters are killing far fewer people. In the 1970s and 1980s, they killed an average of about 170 people a day worldwide. In the 2010s, that dropped to about 40 per day, the World Meteorological Organization said in a report Wednesday that looks at more than 11,000 weather disasters in the past half-century.

The report comes during a disaster-filled summer globally, including deadly floods in Germany and a heat wave in the Mediterranean, and with the United States simultaneously struck by powerful Hurricane Ida and an onslaught of drought-worsened wildfires.

Avocados and vanilla among dozens of wild crop relatives facing extinction

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Study finds agriculture and pesticide use threaten relatives of world’s most important crops, considered crucial to food security.

UN ESCAP launches risk and resilience database for Asia Pacific

Read the full story from MSN.

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) has announced the launch of an online portal to track various hazard hotspots as well as climate adaptation efforts across the Asia Pacific region, featuring up-to-date information from over 50 countries including the Philippines.

This powerful Democrat linked to fossil fuels will craft the U.S. climate plan

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Senator Joe Manchin is already a crucial swing vote in the Democrats’ sweeping budget bill. But he will also write the details of its climate change program.

Ida strengthened quickly into a monster. Here’s how.

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Hurricane Ida, which struck the Louisiana coast on Sunday with winds of 150 miles an hour, gained power faster more than most storms. Because of climate change, such rapid strengthening is happening more often as hurricanes pick up more energy from ocean water that is warmer than before.

But in a summer of extreme weather, Ida’s intensification was extreme.

Flooding patterns expected to change with future warming

Read the full story from the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Climate change will significantly alter future patterns of flooding, according to a new study led in part by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Although future increases in moderate storms won’t necessarily lead to more runoff in many regions, extreme storms will generate more devastating and frequent flooding.

In a first, global climate models will be made available via the cloud

Read the full story at Morning Consult.

A collaboration between Amazon, SilverLining and the National Center for Atmospheric Research aims to democratize access to climate simulations.

Biden confronts extreme heat, a silent climate killer

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

President Biden launched a governmentwide strategy Monday to combat extreme heat, including the development of new federal labor standards aimed at protecting workers from the impact of rising temperatures linked to climate change…

The push could lead to new federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards for employers, as well as more funding for cooling centers and other efforts to reduce heat-related illness and death.

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