The US is in the midst of a polar-vortex event. About 84 million Americans are experiencing subzero temperatures. The polar vortex is an area of circulating cold air that rings the planet’s North Pole. Sometimes that vortex destabilizes, sending surges of Arctic air south. Climate change – specifically melting Arctic ice – may impact how often countries in the Northern Hemisphere experience polar-vortex events and other extreme winter weather. Some research suggests these cold snaps might get more common. The 2019 polar-vortex event continues to sweep the country. Between the US Midwest and East Coast, 84 million Americans are contending with subzero temperatures, CNN reports. Wind chill advisories have impacted 140 million people. Parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin saw windchill temperatures are as cold as minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday – that’s life-threatening. At those temperatures, frostbite can set in within five minutes, according to … [Read more...] about The US is suffering through a polar vortex. Paradoxically, we may have global warming to thank for that.
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The spectacular collapse of PG&E, which filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, just become the biggest corporate victim of a rapidly changing climate. Reinsurance firm Munich Re called the fire the world’s most expensive natural disaster of last year, Reuters reported, and the company estimates total losses from it at $US16.5 billion. PG&E’s huge liabilities for California wildfires demonstrate the increasing dangers of climate change to businesses which don’t adapt to a rapidly heating planet. The spectacular collapse of PG&E, which filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, just become the biggest corporate victim of a rapidly changing climate. The series of fires that has claimed thousands of acres of California land and caused hundreds of deaths has now all but destroyed the San Francisco-based utility, buckling under about $US52 billion in debt. PG&E has seen about 75% of its market capitalisation wiped out, its CEO step down, its … [Read more...] about Climate change just claimed its first bankruptcy — PG&E succumbs to fallout from the world’s most expensive natural disaster
After years of being dismissed and denigrated, climate change is back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill. Weeks before the new Democratic majority even is sworn into office in the U.S. House of Representatives, climate change has soared to the top of the party’s agenda — a place it has not always been — thanks largely to incoming lawmakers who made sweeping action on climate a centerpiece of their campaigns. Advocates are now hopeful that focus and energy will translate into a new dynamic in Congress — one in which climate change is a top issue. Democrats are poised to use their new authority to not only debate and vote on climate legislation, but also to hold hearings and even create a new special committee on ways to counter climate change. What’s more, the climate rhetoric coming from the new Democrats is as radical as Congress has ever heard: The “Green New Deal” platform, a wide-reaching set of proposals on climate, energy, and economic … [Read more...] about With a new House membership comes a Green New Deal — and new attention to climate change on Capitol Hill
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
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