Why is future sea level rise still so uncertain?

Real Climate

Three new papers in the last couple of weeks have each made separate claims about whether sea level rise from the loss of ice in West Antarctica is more or less than you might have thought last month and with more or less certainty. Arctic and Antarctic Climate Science Sea level rise

Louisiana Policymakers: To Solve the Dead Zone, Climate Change, and COVID-19, Embrace Equitable, Science-Based Policies Now

Union of Concerned Scientists

People in Louisiana face a series of interconnected challenges: climate change causing sea level rise and extreme weather; the Gulf Coast dead zone affecting the fishing industry; and high rates of COVID-19 transmission.

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Three Reasons the House Reconciliation Bill Is Good News for Flood Resilience and Communities

Union of Concerned Scientists

Climate Resilience Analyst Shana Udvardy examines part of the budget reconciliation bill that would help bolster our flood resilience in the United States. Climate Change budget reconciliation Climate change; global warming; sea level rise; flooding; FEMA Flood Insurance Flood Response NFIP

Extreme sea levels to become much more common worldwide as Earth warms

Environmental News Bits

A new study predicts that extreme sea levels — exceptionally high seas due to the combination of tide, waves and storm surge — along coastlines the world over will become 100 times more frequent by the end of the century in about half of the… Read more → Climate change Floods Publications Sustainable communitiesRead the full story from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Delayed harm and the politics of climate change, reconsidered

Legal Planet

Does the climate keep warming, stay the same, or even cool? There is another important aspect to what is sometimes called “committed warming,” “climate inertia,” or “zero emissions commitment,” an aspect I wrote about over a decade ago. Climate Change Politics sea level rise

Climate Change and Me

Academy of Natural Sciences

The first climate change presentation I saw was back in the 1970s when I was working for the National Weather Service. Murray Mitchell, was the top climate scientist for NWS. The ’80s took the subject of global warming to the next level.

Earth911 Podcast: Coastal Flooding in 2050 With Climate Scientist James Renwick

Earth 911

Listen to “Earth911 Interview: Coastal Flooding In 2050 With Climate Scientist James Renwick” on Spreaker. The post Earth911 Podcast: Coastal Flooding in 2050 With Climate Scientist James Renwick appeared first on Earth911.

Climate Change Is Widespread, Rapid, and Intensifying — And Terrifying

Law and Environment

The IPCC has released its Sixth Assessment Report on the physical science basis of climate change. Widespread and rapid changes in the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and biosphere have occurred. Adaptation Air Climate Change GHG Sustainability Climate Response IPCC

Hot off the Press: The New IPCC Report

Legal Planet

The IPCC issued the massive first volume of its new report on climate change on Monday. This volume focuses on climate science: how much will the world warm, and what will the impacts be? Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels.

Climate change is making ocean waves more powerful, threatening to erode many coastlines

Environmental News Bits

by Thomas Mortlock (Macquarie University), Itxaso Odériz (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)), Nobuhito Mori (Kyoto University), and Rodolfo Silva (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)) Sea level rise isn’t the only way climate change will devastate the coast.

Mangrove restoration scales up in Indonesia

A Greener Life

Restoration push could help Indonesia meet its climate commitments, but protecting existing mangroves is crucial. Both Nirarta and the World Bank hope that, if successful, mangrove restoration can play a key role in both Indonesia ’s climate commitments and resilience efforts.

AR6 of the best

Real Climate

As climate scientists we tend to look at the IPCC reports a little differently than the general public might. Extremes : Back in 2012, the literature assessed by AR5 connecting changes in extremes to climate change was scant.

Maldives Builds First-Of-Its Kind Floating Island City To Mitigate Climate Change

Environmental Leader

To mitigate the effects of climate change and rising sea levels, the atoll nation of Maldives is building the first-of-its kind floating island city.

Climate Change Is Widespread, Rapid, and Intensifying — And Terrifying

Acoel

The IPCC has released its Sixth Assessment Report on the physical science basis of climate change. Widespread and rapid changes in the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and biosphere have occurred. Posted on August 10, 2021 by Seth Jaffe.

Degradation of coastal regions in the Pacific Islands

Our Environment

Rising sea levels and increased intensity of storm surges are playing a considerable role in the degradation of coastal regions in the Pacific Islands. Illustrating the variation in sea levels from 1993 – 2018. Coastal change in the Pacific Islands.

Gideon Mendel: Drowning World Opens May 1

Academy of Natural Sciences

A unique photographic exploration of the impact of flooding on communities around the world due to climate events opens Saturday, May 1 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Climate change is an urgent global crisis that we must address.

Maldives Builds First-Of-Its Kind Floating Island City To Mitigate Climate Change

Environmental Leader

To mitigate the effects of climate change and rising sea levels, the atoll nation of Maldives is building the first-of-its kind floating island city.

What could we do with $120 billion to protect the ocean and fight climate change?

Ocean Conservancy

And, the recent report from the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is no exception. The IPCC tells us that this is the decade when we must take action on climate change to avoid the worst- case scenarios.

New Research Explores the Costs of Climate Tipping Points, and How They Could Compound One Another

Inside Climate News

The findings could help policy makers determine a price for carbon that better reflects future economic impacts like sea level rise. Science Climate Change Tipping Points

GHub: The new place to be for ice sheet scientists

Environmental News Bits

With NSF funding, ice sheet and computer scientists have created a new online platform that aims to reduce bottlenecks in research on ice sheets and sea level rise Read more → Climate change Geology Information toolsRead the full story from the University of Buffalo.

New research explores the costs of climate tipping points and how they could compound one another

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Inside Climate News. The findings could help policy makers determine a price for carbon that better reflects future economic impacts like sea level rise. Read more → Climate change Publications Sustainable communities

As storms become more frequent and volatile, some ports plan for the risk — but most do not

Environmental News Bits

The interconnectedness of ports leave assets such as warehouses, trucking networks and railroads vulnerable to disruptions from climate change and rising sea levels. Read more → Climate change Supply chain TransportationRead the full story at Supply Chain Dive.

An Unexpected Source of Mercury: Greenland’s Glaciers

IEAM Blog

Ice—the Greenland Ice Sheet—is everywhere but is rapidly becoming a major contributor to sea level rise as it […]. By Roberta Attanasio, IEAM Blog Editor Greenland. Credit: Rene Schwietzke (CC BY 2.0).

The climate crisis will create two classes: those who can flee, and those who cannot

Environmental News Bits

Nearly 700 million people worldwide live in low coastal zones vulnerable to sea-level rise and coastal storms. That number could reach a billion by 2050 Read more → Climate changeRead the full story in The Guardian.

High-tide flood risk is accelerating, putting coastal economies at risk

Environmental News Bits

by Renee Collini (Mississippi State University) As sea level rises, it can be easy to miss the subtlety of higher water. coasts has doubled since 2000, and it’s expected… Read more → Climate change Floods Sustainable communities

As more climate migrants cross borders seeking refuge, laws will need to adapt

Environmental News Bits

Gilligan, (Vanderbilt University) Climate change is upending people’s lives around the world, but when droughts, floods or sea level rise force them to leave their countries, people often find closed borders and little assistance. by Katharine M.

No more excuses: ‘Unimaginable, unforgiving world’ without drastic emission cuts, IPCC warns

Environmental News Bits

Human activity is “unequivocally” producing a world of heat waves, wildfires, floods, sea level rise, and needless death and suffering, “it is more likely than not” that average global warming will exceed 1.5°C C by 2040, and faster, deeper emission reductions will be needed to bring temperatures back… Read more → Climate change PublicationsRead the full story at The Energy Mix.

Film review: An inconvenient sequel

Edouard Stenger

Let me start by first stating that this movie has great images and videos, The Climate Reality Project powerpoint is amazing and I wish I were part of this program to have more tools to convince people, businesses and communities to act on climate change.

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Seven essential books on energy and climate change

Edouard Stenger

The author was an engineering professor at Cambridge and the Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change and was knighted by the Queen for his work. Verdict: Sustainable Energy does show its age a bit, as some things have changed in the last ten years.…

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Climate change horror stories from around the world

Edouard Stenger

While it is undeniable that we are ramping up our actions against climate change, it is hard to deny that global warming is getting scarier every week. It is worth noting that if all ice melt in Antarctica, sea level would rise by 60 meters (around 200 feet).

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Biden-Harris’s Bank Shot: Financial Institutions, Climate Change and the Coming Regulatory Revolution (Part 1)

Arnold Porter

One such matter that already has received significant regulatory attention is company disclosure of climate-related and other ESG-related risks. Climate Finance Working Group's Financing a U.S. N: Addressing Climate as a Systemic Risk: A call to action for U.S.

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Conflict & Climate Change: The Real Triple C

Vermont Law

You read this title and say to yourself, “There is no war in climate change!” Often the discussions on climate change center around the environmental effects. Experts do not attribute climate change as a direct cause of war, but it is a catalyst for conflict. The connection between conflict and climate change is not a game of six degrees of separation. Climate change causes sea-level rise, natural resource scarcity, and natural disasters.

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IPCC: The planet is on red alert

A Greener Life

Just months be fore the crucial UN climate summit, COP26 kicks off in Glasgow, UK in November the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued one of its starkest reports stating that governments have taken too long to take action and we are now paying the price.

The Origins of Climate Awareness in the Legal Academy

Legal Planet

Today, climate change is the central, though by no means the only, concern in environmental law. I found only one relevant reference using the term “climate change” before 1985. There were a few more mentions of climate change in 1983.

COP 26 and Indigenous People

Acoel

Indigenous peoples are experiencing rising sea levels, relocating villages, declining salmon runs and failing wild rice fields. Tribal nations are on the front lines of climate change and are disproportionately experiencing its impacts, from loss of subsistence hunting and fishing ecosystems to changing weather patterns that harm traditional plants and medicines to forced relocation of tribal communities. Climate Change Environmental Justice Tribal Rights

Building a More Resilient, Just City

Academy of Natural Sciences

As extreme storms become more ubiquitous, Philadelphia is among numerous cities grappling with flooding issues against the backdrop of aging infrastructure, rising sea levels and more extreme precipitation events.

New Working Paper Examines Role of Climate Attribution Science in Endangered Species Management

Law Columbia

By Jessica Wentz, The IPBES Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (2019) estimated that approximately one million species are currently at risk of extinction, with climate change being a major driver of accelerating extinction risk. Global average temperatures have risen by more than 1°C above pre-industrial levels and we are on track to exceed 2°C of warming in this century. Natural Resources climate attribution climate change law endangered species act

From Civil Rights to Nuisance: Novel Approaches to Battling Climate Change

Vermont Law

In the absence of federal leadership in the United States to combat climate change, a number of individuals and states have recently pursued new approaches to force action through litigation. No matter your opinion, these recent climate litigation efforts are a testament to creative lawyering. This article seeks to explore some of those recent cutting-edge approaches to climate litigation. Cities’ pursuits of climate justice by the states seemed futile.

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Another Historic Climate Court Ruling in the Netherlands

Legal Planet

In recent years, The Netherlands has become the leading site of climate change litigation. Most climate-change harms will be in the future and in often-distant low-latitude countries. C warming of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The 4° City

Green Law

Just as rising global temperatures will accelerate change in ecological systems, a 4° Celsius world will catalyze social changes in the United States. In some parts of the country, these changes will include greater need for rapid emergency responses, heavier reliance on healthcare systems, and obsolescence and emergence of industries. Some of the questions that this level of warming will raise are: What must a city give up in a world of four degrees warming?