INDCs Lower Projected Warming to 2.7 ̊C: Significant Progress But Still Above 2 ̊C

Climate Action Tracker [The Guardian] Plans submitted by 140 nations to limit their greenhouse gases would go some way towards tackling climate change, but not enough to prevent the planet from warming by well over 2C compared to pre-industrial times, experts say. The plans by countries from Albania to Zimbabwe, led by top emitters China … Continue reading

Averting Disaster: Action Now for the Salton Sea

Little Hoover Commission [] California state watchdog says the state government should move immediately to prevent an economic and environmental disaster caused by the decline of the Salton Sea. The Little Hoover Commission, in a report titled “Averting Disaster: Action Now for the Salton Sea,” called on the state to fund restoration projects from the … Continue reading

Ice Thickness in the Northwest Passage

Geophysical Research Letters (September 25, 2015; DOI: 10.1002/2015GL065704) / by Christian Haas and Stephen E. L. Howell Recently, the feasibility of commercial shipping in the ice-prone Northwest Passage (NWP) has attracted a lot of attention. However, very little ice thickness information actually exists. We present results of the first ever airborne electromagnetic ice thickness … Continue reading

Many Atolls May be Uninhabitable Within Decades Due to Climate Change

Scientific Reports (2015, v5, Article number: 14546; doi:10.1038/srep14546) / by Curt D. Storlazzi, et al. Observations show global sea level is rising due to climate change, with the highest rates in the tropical Pacific Ocean where many of the world’s low-lying atolls are located. Sea-level rise is particularly critical for low-lying carbonate reef-lined atoll islands; these … Continue reading

US DOE Carbon Storage Atlas — 5th Edition

US DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory [From Press Release] The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) today released the fifth edition of theCarbon Storage Atlas (Atlas V), which shows prospective carbon dioxide (CO2) storage resources of at least 2,600 billion metric tons – an increase over the findings of the 2012 Atlas. … Continue reading

The Farms of Change: African Smallholders Responding to an Uncertain Climate Future

The Montpellier Panel [BBC] Food shortages, malnutrition and migration will undo decades of development unless more funding is made available, the authors added… The findings were compiled by the Montpellier Panel, a group of experts from Europe and Africa. The report – The Farms of Change: African Smallholders Responding to an Uncertain Climate Future – … Continue reading

Reducing Deforestation to Fight Climate Change: Insights From a CFR Workshop

Council on Foreign Relations [CFR Energy, Security, and Climate blog] Why has Brazil slashed deforestation over the last decade while Indonesian deforestation has accelerated?… Figuring out why Brazil has succeeded while Indonesia has lagged can provide insight into how both countries can do more. Earlier this year I gathered a multidisciplinary group to explore the … Continue reading

Challenges Facing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Complex, Chaotic or Simply Cantankerous?

California Natural Resources Agency | U.S. Interior Department / by Samuel N. Luoma, et al. [Courthouse News Service] … A study released Tuesday by an independent panel of scientists called the smorgasbord of problems in the delta “wicked” and “complex.” The report, “Challenges Facing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta” detailed the potential for levee failures that could … Continue reading

Los Angeles Energy Atlas

University of California, Los Angeles’ California Center for Sustainable Communities [Los Angeles Times]  althier neighborhoods use far more energy per capita than their low-income counterparts, but the biggest energy users overall in Los Angeles County are commercial and industrial businesses. Those are among the findings of a new analysis of energy consumption that provides … Continue reading