Tag Archives: extreme weather events

Extreme Weather and Existential Reflections on Life in the Anthropocene

Extreme weather is a harbinger of life in a climate-changed world

The recent spate of deadly tornadoes in the U.S. and the carnage of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines are poignant opportunities for us to reflect on the future of civilization. These events are tangible reminders of the sometimes intangible reality of human existence in the anthropocene. Extreme weather affords an opportunity to come to terms with the evidence that shows how human activities are …

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EarthTalk: Global Warming, Droughts and Wildfire

By throwing the planet’s climate out of whack, global warming is likely to cause more extreme weather events -- and not just rain, snow and flooding but more droughts and wildfires, too, sometimes within the same regions that at other times experience extreme wet weather.

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How are droughts and wildfires cause by global warming? I thought warming mostly brought on wet and flooded conditions.   –David Mossman, Albuquerque, NM By throwing the planet’s climate regulation systems out of whack, global warming is likely to cause more extreme weather events of …

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Enviro News Wrap: Growth in US Solar; Changing Perceptions of Global Warming; US Plays Catch-Up in Enviro Policy, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Growth in the solar industry in the US is strong and likely to become the second largest of new energy production in 2013. Chinese solar manufacturing took a hit this month though because Suntech is falling into bankruptcy. It looks like the Chinese government will let Suntech fall, …

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US Insurance Industry Ill-Prepared to Deal with Climate Change Risk, Impacts

Eleven extreme weather events took place in the US in 2012. Each left at least $1 billion in damages in their wake. Besides the cost in human life, Superstorm Sandy left behind some $50 billion in economic losses, along with insured losses by property & casulty (P&C) insurers in the tens of billions of dollars. US insurance companies are well aware of the rising …

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Meeting the Climate Challenge: Cities Plan for Worst and Hope for the Best

Cities are where the most progress can be made to adapt to climate change and create a sustainable future

At the national and international level climate action is stalled under the unyielding weight of factionalism and meeting the diverse agenda of a global community. At the personal level the issues of climate change and building a sustainable future for our children seems overwhelming; whatever efforts we can lend to the cause feels too small and inadequate. In many ways meeting the challenge of climate change …

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