Climate talks progress on the thorny issue of loss and damage in the developing world

Latest Round of Climate Talk in Bonn Conclude with (Some) Progress on Loss and Damage

Climate talks concluded in Bonn, Germany last Friday “on track to produce the first comprehensive draft of the new, universal climate change agreement that governments are committed to reach in Paris, in December,” according to a press release from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. “At this session, countries have crystalized their positions and have requested the Co-Chairs to produce a…

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Drought, Climate Change Exacts Heavy Toll In Central America

From Panama on up, the greenhouse effect and the onset of El Niño is leading to more in the way of drought and extreme variability in weather patterns. Drought across El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua displaced some 2 million rural residents, mostly smallholder farmers and their families this year. In Panama, rainfall this spring has set a new record low and residents have been coping with a heat wave.

NOAA photos coastal infrastructure

Unlocking the Value in Natural and Hybrid Coastal Infrastructure

Threatened by rising sea levels and the incidence of extreme weather events, coastal communities, economies and ecosystems could benefit greatly by conserving natural coastal “infrastructure,” as well as implementing innovative hybrid approaches that combine habitat restoration and built structures, according to NOAA study authors.


Infographic: The High Cost of Hurricanes

The Cost of Hurricanes The past ten years has seen a spike in catastrophic hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, causing  more than $300 billion of  damage and displacing, over 2000 deaths and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. Cities along the eastern seaboard and Gulf states are becoming more vulnerable to future large hurricanes. According to Weather.com, cities such as…

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The cost of climate change induced flooding has already risen into trillions of dollars. Without rapid climate change mitigation and adaptation, the cost in lives and property will only soar.

The Costs of Climate Change Induced Flooding

The combination of thermal expansion, melting ice, and extreme precipitation are contributing to flooding, which significantly increases the costs of climate change. Recent flooding in Central Europe accrued unprecedented costs and the UK in particular experienced some of the worst flooding in the island nation’s history. We have seen record setting downpours in Japan and recurrent widespread flooding in Australia. Last summer, we…

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Latest IPCC Installment Highlights Climate Risks, Potential for Adaptation

The threats, risks and costs associated with a rapidly changing climate continue to mount, making the benefits and rewards to be gained by enacting global adaptation and mitigation policies and initiatives yet more valuable and urgent, according to the latest installment of the UN IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.


2013’s Weather: Yet More Good Reasons To Curtail Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The sixth warmest year on record, 2013’s weather was wild, woolly, and very costly for people, economies, and ecosystems around the world, providing additional evidence of the inter-linkages between anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, a warming world and the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.