There’s been a lot of climate change news recently. Every item below deserves its own post, but I’m just going to summarize, and you can click on the links and read what’s there as your homework.
- The Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) Climate change, water, and risk concludes that one-third of all counties in the contiguous U.S. (lower 48) “will face higher risks of water shortages by mid-century as the result of global warming. More than 400 of these counties will face extremely high risks of water shortages.” More detailed report: Evaluating Sustainability of Projected Water Demands in 2050
- A new study from the National Academy of Sciences, Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations, and Impacts over Decades to Millennia, says, “Because carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is long lived, it can effectively lock the Earth and future generations into a range of impacts, some of which could become very severe. Emissions reductions decisions made today matter in determining impacts experienced not just over the next few decades, but in the coming centuries and millennia.” (Press release)
- Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) has a wealth of case studies, reports, directories, forums for anyone working in this area.
- Our Beaker Is Starting to Boil, concludes New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof after comparing photos of Himalayan glaciers from decades ago with ones taken recently.
- “Climategate” didn’t prove anything except that scientists are human. Numerous investigations have vindicated the science. News reports: Climategate bites the dust (Legal Planet), “Five investigations into the ‘Climategate’ scandal have now cleared a group of scientists accused of twisting data in an effort to prove the world is getting warmer” (San Francisco Chronicle).