Derry City and Strabane District Council has teamed up with nursing students from Ulster University to increase awareness of the role healthcare professionals have in helping communities prepare for the impact of storms, heatwaves and flooding due to climate change. Council, which is leading on a cutting-edge local climate adaptation plan, informed the final year nursing students of climate projections over the next few years and how they can help local people in these emergency situations.Climate Programme Manager, Cathy Burns said: “Climate change is happening at a much faster rate than was anticipated with the latest projections showing global warming at +1.5 degrees celsius above pre- industrial levels from the next five years onwards. The repercussions of this locally will mean hotter, wetter weather, a greater risk of flooding, storms and heatwaves. In such situations, healthcare providers play a vital role in terms of emergency response and treating people injured by such … [Read more...] about Teaming up to prepare for climate change
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Elizabeth Weise and Ledyard King USA TODAY Published 8:31 AM EST Feb 7, 2019 The Earth is facing a climate change deadline, with a looming tipping point into a dramatically changed, less hospitable planet – and Democratic lawmakers are beginning what's likely to be a long discussion over how best to deal with it. These first attempts have coalesced under the umbrella phrase "Green New Deal," championed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. A "Dear Colleague" letter from her office circulating in Congress this week includes calls for the United States within 10 years to shift to energy systems that are "net-zero" when it comes to greenhouses gases. It also insists the transition be "fair and just to all communities and workers." Ocasio-Cortez first outlined her environmental plan in December and now she and Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., who led House efforts on climate change a decade ago, are working … [Read more...] about Green New Deal: What is it, what does it mean for climate change?
Americans are growing more convinced than ever that climate change is having an impact on our world, and the issue is becoming a more important part of their lives. That is the conclusion of a new report by the Yale Program on Climate Communication and George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, based on a survey of Americans nationwide. About 72 percent of Americans now say that climate change is important to them, an increase of 9 percentage points since last March, and a 16-point increase since March 2015.In addition, the number of Americans convinced that climate change is mostly caused by humans has spiked to 62 percent, a jump of 8 points in just one year. "My bet is that we've entered a new era of public concern about climate change" says Dr. Ed Maibach, director of the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. An October 2018 CBS News poll found a similar result, with 61 percent of Americans saying global warming is … [Read more...] about “We’ve entered a new era” of public concern about climate change, survey finds
Trevor Hughes USA TODAY Published 6:29 AM EST Jan 3, 2019 BOSTON – On a sunny summer's day at historic Christopher Columbus Park on Boston's waterfront, it's hard to picture the dormant fury of the Atlantic Ocean as it laps softly at the creaking docks. But one day, a massive storm driven by unusually high winds and high tides will pour water over the park's grassy rise and inundate the arbors where grape vines trail and newlyweds pose for photos. The waters will rush across the brick pavers onto Atlantic Avenue and flow toward historic Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, where generations of tourists have learned about the Boston Tea Party. The floodwaters will threaten nearby Old North Church, where Paul Revere's ride kicked off, and lap at the edges of Bunker Hill. High tides and strong storms already regularly inundate the area, but this storm would be different. It's a vision that keeps Boston Mayor Marty Walsh up at night. That's why Walsh is … [Read more...] about Ignored by Trump, local officials are preparing for climate change
When Michael Bloomberg took the stage at the climate summit in San Francisco in September, wearing a pin badge of the American flag and an appropriately green tie, the audience greeted him almost as if he was a head of state.Many of the people attending the summit probably wished that he were. In the two years since Donald Trump was elected president, Mr Bloomberg has become a sort of climate ambassador for the US.After President Trump said he would pull the US out of the Paris climate accord, Mr Bloomberg helped lead a new coalition of cities, states and businesses, called We Are Still In, that pledged to cut emissions anyway.Since leaving office in 2013, Mr Bloomberg, who was mayor of New York City for three terms, has devoted an increasing amount of his time and fortune to climate-related causes, including fighting the use of coal. Mr Bloomberg says he has been galvanised in part by Mr Trump’s support for coal. “I’m dismayed by what goes on in Washington every … [Read more...] about Bloomberg flies US flag for climate change action