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November 21, 2022
COPS27
COPS27

At COP27, the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ), WE ACT for Environmental Justice (WE ACT), and Texas Southern University's Bullard Center for Environmental and

November 19, 2022
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COPS27

The IPCC was established by the UN to provide scientific advice, but some nations desired to delete references to its most recent results from the final agreement.

November 20, 2022
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COPS27

COP27's final agreement wording included a clause to promote "low-emissions energy."

November 21, 2022
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COPS27

For over three decades, developing nations have sought financial aid for loss and damage - investment required to replace and restore the physical and social infrastructure...

November 21, 2022
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COPS27

The specifics of how the "loss and damage" fund will function remain to be worked out.

November 21, 2022
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COPS27

The IMF has $1 trillion in lending capacity to nations in financial straits, but only a tiny portion of this is dedicated to climate funding.

A pledge to reduce the usage of coal was made last year at COP26 in Glasgow, the first time in 30 years of climate change conferences that a resolution on fossil fuels had been..

November 21, 2022
COPS27
COPS27

According to Earthjustice, COP27 this year was marked by the expanding and maturing climate justice movement.

November 22, 2022

Countries decided last year at COP26 in Glasgow to concentrate on limiting global warming under 1.5 C (2.7 F), a threshold above which people would severely interfere with the....

As the grid struggles to adjust to the shift to electric vehicles and the increased frequency and severity of storms caused by climate change, blackouts are becoming more common.

October 27, 2022
Impact
Impact

As summers heat up and people turn up the air conditioning, low-income families will consume more energy and suffer an increased likelihood of having their power switched off in the fall due to late bill payments. According to a survey of low-income homes in California, many more might be disconnected from the grid by the end of the century.

October 27, 2022
Impact
Impact

Major climate initiatives on the ballot in New York and California, if passed, would raise billions of dollars for new climate action in two of the most populous states in the country, namely New York's Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022 and California Proposition 30, which aims to fund zero-emissions automobiles and wildfire mitigation. In Rhode Island, a modest $50 million environment and recreation bond initiative would finance local climate resilience.

To successfully adapt to climate change, local stakeholders need data, tools, and assistance. Such information may assist employers, cities, policymakers, civic leaders, and farmers in developing and implementing much-needed adaptation plans throughout the nation. These strategies will necessitate effective outreach, trainings, and the implementation of the recently released Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation (CMRA) portal, as well as an increase in climate research and resilience investment and enhanced workforce capacity building for climate-vulnerable communities.

October 27, 2022
Impact
Impact

By 2030, vulnerable nations might suffer $290-580 billion in annual climate "residual damages." Losses might reach $1-1.8 trillion by 2050. This year, Dartmouth College released the first assessment of countries' climate responsibilities. The biggest historical emitter, the US, generated $1.9 trillion in climate damages between 1990 and 2014. In the same period, China, Russia, India, and Brazil caused $4.1 trillion in global economic losses. Annually, 11% of global GDP is lost.

October 27, 2022
COPS27
COPS27

Egypt, the host country for COP27, has placed compensation for economic costs caused by climate disasters on the summit agenda, as vulnerable nations demand for this issue to be prioritized. In 2009, affluent nations promised to provide poor countries $100 billion per year in climate reparations by 2020 to assist them in reducing emissions and preparing for climate change. The deadline was missed and has been pushed back to 2023.

According to a recent estimate by the research and reporting organization Climate Central, human-caused climate change made daily temperatures higher for 7.6 billion people last year. They utilized the organization's newly revised "Climate Shift Index," which calculates how much climate change has shifted the probability of daily average temperatures at various areas across the globe. When overall population size was considered, human exposure to daily temperature changes caused by climate change was greatest in the metropolitan areas of Lagos, Nigeria, Mexico City, Mexico, and Singapore.

The three major greenhouse gases reached record high levels in the atmosphere last year, the U.N. weather office reported, an unnerving sign as conflict in Ukraine, increasing food and fuel prices, and other fears have crowded out global warming concerns in recent months. From 2020 to 2021, methane concentrations in the air rose the most year-over-year since routine observations started four decades ago.

Research suggests that climate change may have caused a third of heat-related fatalities in recent decades, not to mention the affects of heat-related illness, flooded houses, and kids confined indoors on hot days. 46% of Americans have experienced climate change's effects. Poor neighborhoods—especially black and brown ones—are hurt worst, according to studies. The federal Justice40 Initiative may focus additional money to neighborhood-level adaptation. Hyperlocal climate-adaptation efforts include growing trees for shade, downtown businesses adding shade awnings so those without automobiles can run errands comfortably, expanding the use of cooling centers, and legal assistance to help individuals behind on their power bills to avoid shutoffs.

In a report published in Geoscientific Model Development, an MIT team unveils their Tool for Air Pollution Scenarios (TAPS), which can evaluate the air-quality and health impacts of a broad variety of climate and air-quality policies at the regional, sectoral, and fuel-based level. The tool informs decision-makers on climate and air-quality policy. Policy scenarios may be applied to particular locations, industries, or fuels to test policy combinations or target short-term interventions with high-impact advantages.

September 30, 2022
Impact
Impact

Climate change is one of the most important ethical issues of our time. Urban scholars and policymakers now recognize the need to address justice concerns associated with cities’ responses to climate change. However, little empirical research has examined whether and how cities have integrated justice into climate mitigation planning.

October 3, 2022
Impact
Impact

From 1980 through July 2022, the United States experienced 332 disasters that each caused at least $1 billion in damages – and their frequency is escalating. Ian will certainly be added to the list after barreling across Florida, causing tens of billions of dollars in estimated damage and the deaths of at least 44 people.

Droughts in Europe, North America, and China this summer have been at least 20 times more likely to occur as a result of human-caused global warming than they would have been more than a century ago. The primary cause of this year's droughts was scorching heat throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere, and such extreme average temperatures across such a vast region would have been "virtually impossible" without the effect of greenhouse gas emissions.

October 6, 2022
Impact
Impact

World leaders at last year’s international climate change conference COP26 pledged $1.7 billion to support Indigenous people’s efforts to protect their rights and land.

A group of the most-vulnerable nations to global warming plan to step up demands for compensation at the international climate summit scheduled for November.

October 6, 2022
Impact
Impact

Two Louisiana parishes devastated by repeated hurricanes and two rural Nebraska counties had among the highest rates of households with missing information about themselves during the 2020 census that required the U.S. Census Bureau to use a last-resort statistical technique to fill in data gaps, according to figures released Thursday by the statistical agency.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced 20 Climate Adaptation Implementation Plans created by its national program offices and all ten regional offices. These Implementation Plans reflect the EPA's strong commitments in the 2021 Climate Adaptation Action Plan to address the catastrophic effects of climate change on communities throughout the country while promoting environmental and climate justice. These proposals are being presented as the EPA works to execute President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, the company's most significant investment in climate change mitigation. Over 400 proposals are included in the plans to promote clean air, water, land, and chemical safety.

The White House is releasing a series of reports that document agencies' progress in preparing federal government infrastructure, programs, and operations for climate change; the reports come a year after more than 20 agencies released climate resiliency plans, including initiatives to increase federal firefighters' pay, electrify vehicle fleets, and identify which military bases are most vulnerable to climate hazards. These newly released progress reports include updates on fortifying federal facilities, increasing climate education and training among agency employees, hiring climate-focused personnel, expanding climate data access, strengthening supply chains in preparation for climate disasters, and incorporating environmental justice into federal adaptation and mitigation efforts.

Houston is one of the world's most significant industrial hubs, accounting for around 10% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and 3% of worldwide emissions. It also hosts 40% of all publicly listed oil and gas businesses and is the only major city in the United States without land-use zoning restrictions. The city's climate action plan, on the other hand, aims to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The city is currently demanding new construction to be higher than the floodplain level, encouraging green stormwater infrastructure, weatherizing houses, and planting 4.6 million trees by 2030.

October 5, 2022
Impact
Impact

The transition to electric vehicles is largely driven by a need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and reduce emissions associated with burning fossil fuels. In 2021, 40% of the electricity produced by the electric power sector was derived from non-fossil fuel sources.

September 23, 2022
Health
Health

Dioxin, a highly toxic substance, has been found in 42 soil samples around the Union Pacific rail yard in Houston’s Fifth Ward. Experts are concerned about the potential ongoing risk for nearby residents. According to the EPA, dioxin can harm the human immune, endocrine, and reproductive systems and cause cancer. According to the city, 27% of the samples surpassed federal risk screening standards for what is considered safe for children. Union Pacific, on the other hand, stated that the results were within what state regulators consider acceptable.