Posts tagged climate change
Mozambique: 160,000 At Risk After 2nd Cyclone in Six Weeks

(Time) - Erratic weather has not allowed Mozambique residents to recover as they continue to flee from Cyclones and tropical storms. This marks a first for the nation being hit by two cyclones in one season. The relentless storms have lead to flooding disasters, leaving over 160,000 people in dangerous and inaccessible areas.

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Study Links Air Pollution to Early Death

(Market Place) The leading threat to human life is air pollution, most of it caused by burning fossil fuels. Studies show that the average person will have their life shortened by two years. The Clean Air Act saw an uptick in air quality and an increase of 1.5 year life expectancy, but certain urban areas still trail behind due to environmental racism.

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We have to Save the Planet. So I am Donating $1 Billion

(New York Times) Mr. Wyss has seen local communities push for safeguarding their land and water conservation resulting in sustainability and economic growth. Some scientists agree that to save the whole planet, we need to protect about half of it. The best part about all of this is that it is totally possible. Mr. Wyss hopes to see 1/3 of our planet protected by 2030 through funding of scientific studies, raising public awareness and climate action.

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Climate Change Continues to Intensify Fires in California

(Pacific Standard) - 44 deaths have been reported thus far and over 200 individuals are missing. California has two fire seasons; summer, when vegetation dries and provides fuel for fires to spread quickly, and fall when the hot Santa Ana Winds intensify. These are both being exacerbated by climate change, and experts are warning 2018’s deadly fires won’t be the last.

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Washington Could be the First State to Charge for Carbon Emissions that Cause Climate Change

(Washington Post) Washington is introducing Initiative 1631 on the ballots. While supporters are still deciding on whether to call it a fee or tax, the conclusion is that the collected funds be used towards combating climate change caused by carbon emissions.

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Staying Safe from Climate Risks Makes Financial Sense, says New Commission

(Thomson Reuters Foundation News) Adjusting to a warmer world will require strong political leadership, new sources of funding and a push to expand what works - but it will end up saving cash, top officials said as they launched a Global Commission on Adaptation in The Hague. 

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There’s Grim News on Climate Change. Will it Lead to Mass Migration and Conflict?

(Washington Post) Studies show people will typically adapt to changing climate such as droughts over a period of time. However if the changes are rapid, people are left with no choice but to move on. The type of environmental event people experience can give researchers insight into migrants’ perceptions and likelihood of experiencing conflict.

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Why Hurricane Michael’s Power Caught Forecasters Off Guard

(The New York Times) The National Hurricane Center forecast the storm’s path with great accuracy, but its sudden intensification as it approached land was harder to predict. Barometric pressure and unusually warmer waters are the science behind the strength of a storm. Even without these measurements, the link between a stronger storm and global warming is intuitive.

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White House Proposes Massive Expansion of Offshore Drilling

(Courthouse News) The White House lays out proposals for leasing 47 new drilling sites along US coastlines. California Governor Jerry Brown has responded saying California, Oregon and Washington will do “whatever it takes” to stop the “reckless, short-sighted action.”

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Millennial Evangelicals Want to Shift How Christians Think About Climate Change

(The Weather Channel) Meet Y.E.C.A: Young Evangelicals for Climate Change Action. For Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, National Spokesperson and Organizer for Y.E.C.A, taking action is a faith-based decision. Guided by scripture, Kyle is reach out to older generations to show that faith and concern for climate change go hand in hand.

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