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Financial losses from climate change for businesses

Among the myriad of factors that businesses need to consider when performing future financial modeling is the impact of changing climate, especially hurricane-related financial loss. A new method to calculate this has been put forward.

Scientist — A sixth mass extinction of marine species is possible

If humans go on burning fossil fuels, a sixth mass marine extinction will be the inevitable result. By the year 2100, we will have added so much carbon to the world's oceans that the critical threshold will be reached.

The real cost of climate change in the U.S. in 2017 is staggering

Calculating the real costs of extreme weather events is a daunting task because most of us don't realize the type of data that is included in making an accurate assessment of total costs. But no one can deny the U.S. has been through a rough time in 2017.

The answer to rebuilding Puerto Rico's power grid? — Renewables

San Juan - Not only is Puerto Rico in the midst of a humanitarian disaster, but with the Island's electrical grid basically destroyed by Hurricane Maria, now is the time to rebuild a new grid using renewable energy sources.

UK's £11bn 'smart meter' rollout needs 'rethink,' say researchers

The UK's ambitious rollout of "smart" energy meters is a long way off achieving its targets, according to researchers studying the program. The aim to get a connected meter into every house has been held back by consumer resistance and device problems.

Businesses need to assess and disclose climate change risks

Extreme weather events not only disrupt the economy but have a major impact on the operating and financial performance of businesses worldwide. However, risk management and disclosure of climate risks can only take place when the risks are defined.

Los Angeles painting streets white to combat urban warming

Los Angeles - Labor Day weekend brought record-breaking heat to Los Angeles, California as firefighters battled the largest wildfire the city had seen in decades. The extreme heat bears all the marks of climate change and city officials are tackling the heat head on.

Op-Ed: Houston has a golden opportunity to come back as a 'smart city'

Houston - Before Hurricane Harvey hit the southeast coast of Texas, the U.S. had already been through nine weather and climate disaster events that saw losses exceeding $1 billion each, according to NOAA. The big question — Will Houston be smart when it rebuilds?

Op-Ed: Trump revoked flood regulations two weeks before Harvey hit

Houston - Just two days before Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast, President Donald Trump signed an executive order revoking a set of Obama-era regulations that would have made federally funded infrastructure less vulnerable to flooding.

Only 15 percent of homeowners in Houston have flood insurance

Tens of thousands of people in the Houston area of Texas have been displaced, with the long-term damages from Hurricane Harvey expected to be as much as $100 billion, yet only 15 percent of homes in the area are covered by flood insurance.

Cool pavements for 'smart cities' — Do they really work?

Urban planners considering ways of reducing urban heat are looking at "cool pavements" to replace asphalt because it's black and absorbs heat. While this may be true, a new study suggests these pavements require more energy and carbon to manufacture.

How climate change is fueling 'gentrification' in many cities

Many cities along our coastlines particularly Miami Beach or Virginia Beach, have wealthier neighborhoods closest to the water while neighborhoods farthest from the beach, at higher elevations, are more affordable.

Unexpected discovery leads to new strategy for carbon fixation

Scientists in Japan and China announced last week they had discovered an "unexpected" approach to the capture and storage of carbon dioxide away from the atmosphere while working toward the elusive lithium-air battery.

Tech solutions to monitoring harmful algae blooms in US waters

Harmful algae blooms (HABs) that pose risks to human and environmental health are expected to increase because of climate change, according to researchers at Tuft's University. Science and Technology are now being used to mitigate the effects of HABs.

Chicago tackles urban flooding with the 'Array of Things'

Chicago - Because of the wide range of environmental factors impacting our lives, from air quality and traffic to urban flooding and noise, the use of sensors and cloud computing have become increasingly valuable tools for managing and planning urban environments.

Op-Ed: Government department bans the use of the term 'climate change'

Washington - The staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work. The terms "greenhouse gasses" and "carbon sequestration" have also been blacklisted.

Op-Ed: Nuclear power is losing ground but it still needs our support

Nearly a decade ago, planning began for two new nuclear power plants in eastern Georgia. But as of this week, the two plants have yet to be built, and another pair of utilities in South Carolina canceled construction on two nuclear reactors.

Deadly heatwave grips 10 European countries

In what appears to be a taste of the future, a relentless heat wave has gripped parts of Europe this week, sending temperatures soaring to record highs and causing two deaths.

Wildfires in U.S. are a growing national emergency

The U.S. wildfire season has gotten off to an early and intense start, scorching more than 5.2 million acres since the beginning of the year. There are 47 very large fires burning across nine states and they should be considered a national emergency.

'An Inconvenient Sequel' casts an inconvenient light on humanity

The sequel to the 2006 blockbuster Al Gore documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," is coming to theaters this weekend. Called "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," it updates us on developments in the climate crisis while showing us change is possible.

Sentinel-5P pollution monitoring satellite ready for launch

A new Earth-observing satellite is ready for launch later this year that will give scientists data on air quality, ozone, and climate change. The satellite is an integral part of the Copernicus global monitoring program.

Canada's Mackenzie River Basin releasing methane gas

Frozen Arctic permafrost has acted like a tight-fitting stopper, keeping huge quantities of heat-trapping methane gas stored in layers of gas and oil buried deep beneath this barrier for millennia. Global warming has changed all that.

Investment firm Schroders unveils new Climate Change Dashboard

Asset management giant, Schroders is warning that the global economy is facing catastrophic risks unless immediate action is taken to mitigate the impacts of global warming.

Archaeologists — Life once flourished in Jordan's Black Desert

Hundreds of stone tombs dot the landscape in the Jebel Qurma desert region of Jordan. It's hard to imagine that anything or anyone could have survived in this arid and desolate place that an early explorer described as a land of "dead fire."

Climate change will force airlines to rethink long-range plans

Just last month, airlines in Phoenix, Arizona were forced to cancel some flights because it was too hot for planes to take off. Now, a new study suggests this is going to occur more often as the planet continues to warm.

Microsoft 'AI for Earth' initiative uses tech to help the planet

Microsoft has announced a new program that will see the company use the power of artificial intelligence to tackle environmental issues facing the planet. Microsoft is focusing on four of the biggest problems that are experienced across the world.

Understanding how big data can help solve global problems

Big data impacts everything around us today, and it is being used to help us understand and solve world problems. Today, climate change has moved to the top of the list of global risks, affecting every nation and disrupting economies.

British Columbia declares state of emergency as wildfires rage

Vancouver - Over 240 wildfires raging in Canada's western province of British Columbia have prompted the evacuation of over 3,000 people and the province's first state of emergency in over 14 years.

France takes bold step — banning all gas and diesel cars by 2040

Paris - France is being pulled head-on into a future where the country will hopefully become "carbon neutral." French Ecology Minister, Nicolas Hulot announced today that France is set to ban the sale of any car that uses petrol or diesel fuel by 2040.

Methane blasts holes in Siberian tundra, prompting warnings

Smoke, flames and a tremendous blast marked the most recent formation of a new crater in the thawing tundra of the Yamal Peninsula in Russia recently.
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Wheat harvest on the Palouse, Idaho, USA.
USDA
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The Crystal Serenity with 1,070 intrepid adventurers is on a remarkable voyage across the Northwest Passage.
Crystal Cruise Line
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Emerging threat from climate change: ocean oxygen levels are starting to drop.
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Suomi-NPP is a civilian weather forecasting replacement for the NOAA Polar Operational Environmental Satellites (POES) series, and ensured continuity of climate measurements begun by NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS).
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Tufted Puffins Fratercula cirrhata, Tangik Island, Alaska Maritime Refuge.
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This was thought to be the exit of Yok Balum Cave in the Toledo district of Southern Belize.
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Doha Climate Change Conference - 2012
United Nations
Every one of us has a great responsibility to protect the environment – and climate change is a gl...
Every one of us has a great responsibility to protect the environment – and climate change is a global issue that is going to require a global solution. This globe illustrated some of the ways our climate could change in the future. July 19, 2010.
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World Wildlife Fund (WWF) activists light candles representing the earth as they demonstrate UN Climate Change policies, which fell short of an all-encompassing deal to help slow floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels
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Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Martyn Smith from London, England
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Two climate change activists disrupted highly publicized event as they sneaked up behind Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a question and answer session at the Vancouver Board of Trade
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Defend Our Climate - Defend Our Communities mock wedding between the fossil fuel industry and government, May 10, 2014.
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The doomed lake, which has no name and sits in the northern corner of the territory near the community of Fort McPherson, is a victim of the region’s geology and changing climate.
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Cordyceps: mushrooms that are actually mummified bodies of caterpillars
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This is what the White House website looks like now.
White House website
Tacloban City in central Philippines was one of the areas badly hit by Typhoon Haiyan.
Tacloban City in central Philippines was one of the areas badly hit by Typhoon Haiyan.
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Tuning a guitar.
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People's Climate March, Edmonton.
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NASA satellite data reveals how the minimum sea ice extent, reached on Sept. 9 [2011] as depicted here, declined to a level far smaller than the 30-year average (in yellow) and opened up Northwest Passage shipping lanes (in red)
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