Climate Change News

Industry Awakens to Threat of Climate Change

By Coral Davenport – New York Times – January 23, 2014

Coca-Cola has always been more focused on its economic bottom line than on global warming, but when the company lost a lucrative operating license in India because of a serious water shortage there in 2004, things began to change. Today, after a decade of increasing damage to Coke’s balance sheet as global droughts dried up the water needed to produce its soda, the company has embraced the idea of climate change as an economically disruptive force. For full story, click here.

FEMA: Caught Between Climate Change and Congress

By Katherine Bagley – Inside Climate News – January 27, 2014

Thanks to climate change, extreme weather disasters have hammered the United States with increasing frequency in recent years—from drought and wildfires to coastal storms and flooding. It is perhaps surprising, then, that the U.S. agency in charge of preparing for and responding to these disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), doesn't account for climate change in most of its budget planning and resource allocation or in the National Flood Insurance Program it administers. For full story, click here.

NASA: Cracked sea ice stirs up Arctic mercury concern

By Carol Rasmussen – NASA Global Climate Change – January 15, 2014

Vigorous mixing in the air above large cracks in Arctic sea ice that expose seawater to cold polar air pumps atmospheric mercury down to the surface, finds a NASA field campaign. This process can lead to more of the toxic pollutant entering the food chain, where it can negatively affect the health of fish and animals who eat them, including humans. For full story, click here.

Native Alaskans Grapple With Global Warming

By Lauren Gardner – Roll Call – January 14, 2014

A group of Native Alaskans traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to plead for congressional action on climate change as they grapple with its dramatic impacts. Residents of the village of Shishmaref, located on a barrier island off Alaska’s northwest coast, described their community’s drastically changing landscape and the effects of the warming climate on their culture to the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change on Tuesday. For full story, click here.

How Climate Change Benefits Florida Forests

Conservation Magazine – December 31, 2013

Mangroves are on the move. In Florida, these valuable coastal forests have expanded to the north — thanks to a drop in the number of cold snaps. Mangroves are important ecosystems that support fish, birds, and other coastal critters. They also store carbon and provide a buffer against damaging storms. Researchers estimate that these “services” are worth about $1.6 trillion per year. For full article, click here.

Iceland's vanishing ice

By Cheryl Katz – The Daily Climate – December 18, 2013

A fierce wind shrieks down the glacier slope, flinging ice and grit like a weather-witch from an old Icelandic saga. The glacier, Solheimajokull, a tongue of ice reaching toward Iceland's southeast coast, has become an apologue of climate change in recent years: Retreating an average of one Olympic pool-length every year for the past two decades due to climbing temperatures, warming ocean currents and disrupted seasons. For full story, click here.

What Are Future Climate Projections for Precipitation And Temperature For Your County

Water Online – December 10, 2013

For the first time, maps and summaries of historical and projected temperature and precipitation changes for the 21stcentury for the continental U.S. are accessible at a county-by-county level on a website developed by the U.S. Geological Survey in collaboration with the College of Earth, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. The maps and summaries are based on NASA downscaling of the 33 climate models used in the 5th Climate Model Intercomparison Project and the current Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report. The resulting NASA dataset is on an 800-meter grid with national coverage. For full story, click here.

Climate Change May Affect Butterfly Flight Season

By Allison Winter – Environmental News Network – November 22, 2013

Most butterflies will become active or wake from hibernation during the first warm days of spring. However, emerging too early and facing unpredictable elements could be detrimental to the survival of the butterfly as they could encounter frost and harsher weather during consequent days of their short adult lives. According to new research from the University of British Columbia, the Université de Sherbrooke and the University of Ottawa, increasing temperatures caused by global climate change will ultimately affect the flight season timing of these winged beauties. For full story, click here.