Firefighter Jose Martinez from Puerto Rico uses a drip torch to burn out underbrush and remove fuel for the fire while battling the Rough Ridge wildfire in the Cohutta Wilderness of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, near Chatsworth, Ga. The wildfire, which was started by lightning in mid-October, has burned in mostly wilderness areas. Firefighter Jose Martinez from Puerto Rico uses a... Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press. The most authoritative and complete report on climate change and its impact on the U.S. has dire warnings for the Southeast: destructive wildfires like those seen in 2016 are likely to be more commonplace as the world's changing climate create more fire-prone conditions. The National Climate Assessment, released the day after Thanksgiving, projects a fourfold increase over the next 30 years in both the area burned by wildfire and suppression cost as forests dry out during longer and more prevalent … [Read more...] about Devastating wildfires expected to be more common in Southeast due to climate change
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John Simpson: There's no backstop when it comes to climate change BelfastTelegraph.co.uk In Paris in 2015, more than 100 countries, including all the main western European nations, signed up to a commitment to take action to reduce global warming, mainly by reducing harmful emissions into the atmosphere. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/analysis/john-simpson-theres-no-backstop-when-it-comes-to-climate-change-37582540.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37591902.ece/f8545/AUTOCROP/h342/8_Grand_Central_Hot.jpg Email In Paris in 2015, more than 100 countries, including all the main western European nations, signed up to a commitment to take action to reduce global warming, mainly by reducing harmful emissions into the atmosphere. At that time, before Donald Trump had been elected to the White House, even the US signed the deal. Now, in 2018, the commitment of the US has been put in doubt, with Trump one of the few national leaders sceptical about … [Read more...] about John Simpson: There’s no backstop when it comes to climate change
Kevin Loria, provided by Published 8:00 am PDT, Thursday, October 4, 2018 Using wind power to generate the electricity the US needs could cause a surprising amount of local warming, according to a new study. But wind power would still help the world stop pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which would fight climate change and global warming. There's concern that fossil fuel interests might misuse this idea to argue that renewables aren't as essential as scientists who study climate say they are. But it's important to fully understand the strengths and weaknesses of renewables to make the transition away from fossil fuels go as smoothly as possible. If the world is going to avoid catastrophic climate change, we need to stop consuming fossil fuels and start getting power from renewable energy sources — including geothermal energy, biofuels, hydropower, solar farms, and wind — as soon as possible. Wind is particularly appealing, as it's one of … [Read more...] about A new study on the side effects of wind energy is almost begging to be misused by climate change deniers
London (Antara/Xinhua-OANA) - Peatlands will store more carbon in the coming years as global warming heightens, but the effect will eventually weaken if warming continues its upward trajectory, according to a study released on Monday by the University of Exeter. Peatlands are a vital "carbon sink", currently storing more carbon than all the world`s vegetation. An international team, led by researchers at the University of Exeter, analyzed how this "carbon sink" effect changes in the face of global temperature increase. The study showed they will store even more carbon in the future than was previously believed, but this initial increase in carbon storage -- estimated to be about 5 percent -- will be offset by reduced storage in tropical peatlands in places like Borneo and the Amazon region. Decomposition in peatlands will speed up as the climate warms, which means more carbon and methane released, but the overall effect in these high-latitude regions will increase storage of carbon, … [Read more...] about Global warming to see peatlands absorb more carbon in near future: study
John Gallagher Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Sep 7, 2018 There seems to be an attitude in some parts around here that Detroit will emerge as one of the few winners from global warming and climate change. As this thinking goes, Detroit today has a temperate climate with an often tough winter, and that will simply moderate somewhat as the climate warms. For example, a recent New York Times analysis predicted that Detroit, which experienced about nine days of 90 degrees or warmer in 1960, may see 19 such hot days by 2040. That's not so bad compared to Phoenix in the desert southwest that may swelter through 177 days of 90 or above. Then, too, Detroit is situated at about 600 feet above sea level, so we don’t need to worry about the oceans flooding in as do folks in Miami or Galveston. And touched by four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan enjoys easy access to the world’s greatest supply of fresh water. "It’s the Saudi Arabia of fresh water!" wrote … [Read more...] about Global warming in Michigan: What should state expect?