December 06, 2018 04:44 PM A few weeks ago, Ioane Teitiota, a resident of the island nation of Kiribati, climbed into a fishing boat with six other men for a trip to visit relatives in London, Paris and Poland. The passage took eight days, and when they arrived, London, Paris and Poland were virtually empty. The three settlements on Kiribati's eastern atoll Kiritimati were once given those names by the British explorer James Cook. And now, London, Paris and Poland are halfway submerged. The strip of land has become so narrow that waves rolling in from one side crash into the sea on the other. The dikes, the mangrove breakwaters and the cement walls weren't enough, leading the residents to abandon their homes to the ocean. London, Paris and Poland have gone under. The country that Teitiota calls home has a population of around 110,000 people who are spread across 32 atolls and an island, small dots in the vast blue ocean that are distributed across an area as large as India. … [Read more...] about Addressing the Inevitable: Preparations Begin for the Climate Change Deluge
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Wales By Steffan Messenger BBC Wales Environment Correspondent 4 December 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-46426447 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel New legally-binding carbon emissions targets for Wales have been announced.They set … [Read more...] about Wales sets new climate change targets
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has moved steadily to dismantle Obama administration efforts to rein in coal, oil and gas emissions, even as warnings grow — from his own administration and others — about the devastating impact of climate change on the U.S. economy as well as the Earth. Trump has dismissed his administration's warnings about the impact of climate change, including a forecast released Friday that it could lead to economic losses of hundreds of billions of dollars a year by the end of the century. "As to whether or not it's man-made and whether or not the effects that you're talking about are there, I don't see it," he said in an interview Tuesday with The Washington Post. Trump's position has been that efforts to combat the emissions that cause climate change have hurt the U.S. economy. Announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris global climate accord in June 2017, he said, "The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington … [Read more...] about Trump dismantling U.S. climate efforts as warnings grow dire
Marina Pitofsky USA TODAY Published 6:59 PM EDT Oct 31, 2018 At least 11 people have died in Italy this week due to historic flooding throughout the country, officials said Tuesday. In Venice, more than 70 percent of the city was inundated as water levels rose over five feet above normal. In addition to heavy rain, sea water was also pushed into the city by a powerful storm and exacerbated by high tides. In fact, Venice saw its fourth-largest tides since at least 1936, according to the city's website. The famous tile floor in Saint Mark's Cathedral was damaged as the basilica flooded for just the fifth time in nine centuries, Italian media reported. How did such disaster reach Venice, a UNESCO World Heritage Site? A low-pressure system from northern Africa brought the wind and rain, according to AccuWeather forecaster Maura Kelly. "That low brings warm air into Italy, and since we’re getting … [Read more...] about Italy flooding, spurred by climate change, reaches historic levels
Doyle Rice USA TODAY Published 11:03 p.m. UTC Jul 31, 2018 The fierce July that saw monstrous wildfires, record heat and unprecedented flooding across the globe was fueled by man-made climate change, scientists said – and these extremes are likely to become a fact of life. "Overall, globally, what we’ve been seeing is exactly what has been predicted for decades," said Noah Diffenbaugh, a geoscientist at Stanford University. Climate change is "upping the odds that when these heat waves happen that they’re hotter and more severe." Record-breaking heat waves and extreme rainfall are likely to become more common because the buildup of greenhouse gases – such as carbon dioxide from the burning of coal, oil and gas – is altering the atmosphere, according to the British journal Nature. Warmer air contains more water vapor and stores more energy; the increasing temperatures can also change large-scale atmospheric … [Read more...] about Global heat, fires and floods: How much has climate change fueled this hellish July?