I’m going to do all this reading and research anyway… might as well share what I learn!
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VIEWS
October 15 2019

impact of climate change on the oceans, powerful hurricanes spinning, electric vehicles a major California export, reconnecting the Sacramento River to its floodplain, U.S. taxpayers buying risky mortgages

The New York Times reports on a recent U.N. study that documents the extraordinary impacts of climate change on the oceans. Altered chemistry, plummeting fish populations and warmer ocean water exacerbate the stress on marine ecosystems already created by over-fishing, plastic waste and other insults. The report describes how changes to the ocean will have significant implications for human civilization, and includes yet another call for an ambitious transition to an economy free of carbon emissions. The Guardian reports on a study conducted in Australia that documents the importance of mangroves, sea grasses and other coastal wetlands for storing carbon.

With all the news about impeachment, Hurricane Lorenzo did not received much attention, but it should have. While it lost much power before striking Ireland and the U.K., Lorenzo was the most powerful storm ever in a part of the Atlantic Ocean that does not normally see such meteorological events, creating dangerous waves at sea and along the coast. The Washington Post reports that this fits the climate change projections for stronger hurricanes, driven by the warming waters of the Atlantic. The New York Times reports on Typhoon Hagibis, the strongest storm to hit Japan in decades, which generated record rainfall and flooding and caused 3.9 million people to evacuate their homes…

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September 30 2019

global media focus on climate; climate change an important Iowa campaign issue; a true hot spot: Jacobabad, Pakistan; U.C. divests from fossil fuels to avoid financial risk; a political moment of inflection for climate change

This week I’m officially overwhelmed with the volume of climate news! An international collaboration of media organizations called Covering Climate Now is emphasizing climate stories from September 15-23, including the global school strike for climate and the U.N. meetings. Entire editions of magazines such as Time and The Economist are devoted to climate change, and I can only give you a small sampling of what’s out there. I encourage you to explore beyond this edition of In Brief Climate News. One unusual story I found is a transcript of the first conversation between Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

I hope you supported the young people in your community during the September 20th School Strike for Climate. The PBS NewsHour has a great video summary of events from around the world, and there is an overall summary with great photography in the New York Times. Please spend five minutes watching Greta Thunberg’s speech at the U.N. The fury in her voice will spread to everybody in her generation, and we should be preparing for this reality, just as we are preparing for the inevitable impacts of climate change. Vox has a great review of the Sunrise Movement, and why it is effective. As an op-ed in the Guardian notes, this is what leadership looks like…

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IN BRIEF: PAST
CLIMATE NEWS

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NEWS
+
VIEWS
I’m going to do all this reading and research anyway… might as well share what I learn!
October 15 2019

impact of climate change on the oceans, powerful hurricanes spinning, electric vehicles a major California export, reconnecting the Sacramento River to its floodplain, U.S. taxpayers buying risky mortgages

The New York Times reports on a recent U.N. study that documents the extraordinary impacts of climate change on the oceans. Altered chemistry, plummeting fish populations and warmer ocean water exacerbate the stress on marine ecosystems already created by over-fishing, plastic waste and other insults. The report describes how changes to the ocean will have significant implications for human civilization, and includes yet another call for an ambitious transition to an economy free of carbon emissions. The Guardian reports on a study conducted in Australia that documents the importance of mangroves, sea grasses and other coastal wetlands for storing carbon.

With all the news about impeachment, Hurricane Lorenzo did not received much attention, but it should have. While it lost much power before striking Ireland and the U.K., Lorenzo was the most powerful storm ever in a part of the Atlantic Ocean that does not normally see such meteorological events, creating dangerous waves at sea and along the coast. The Washington Post reports that this fits the climate change projections for stronger hurricanes, driven by the warming waters of the Atlantic. The New York Times reports on Typhoon Hagibis, the strongest storm to hit Japan in decades, which generated record rainfall and flooding and caused 3.9 million people to evacuate their homes…

read more
September 30 2019

global media focus on climate; climate change an important Iowa campaign issue; a true hot spot: Jacobabad, Pakistan; U.C. divests from fossil fuels to avoid financial risk; a political moment of inflection for climate change

This week I’m officially overwhelmed with the volume of climate news! An international collaboration of media organizations called Covering Climate Now is emphasizing climate stories from September 15-23, including the global school strike for climate and the U.N. meetings. Entire editions of magazines such as Time and The Economist are devoted to climate change, and I can only give you a small sampling of what’s out there. I encourage you to explore beyond this edition of In Brief Climate News. One unusual story I found is a transcript of the first conversation between Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

I hope you supported the young people in your community during the September 20th School Strike for Climate. The PBS NewsHour has a great video summary of events from around the world, and there is an overall summary with great photography in the New York Times. Please spend five minutes watching Greta Thunberg’s speech at the U.N. The fury in her voice will spread to everybody in her generation, and we should be preparing for this reality, just as we are preparing for the inevitable impacts of climate change. Vox has a great review of the Sunrise Movement, and why it is effective. As an op-ed in the Guardian notes, this is what leadership looks like…

read more

IN BRIEF: PAST
CLIMATE NEWS

MORE MY TAKES