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Who Will Pay for the Huge Costs of Holding Back Rising Seas?

By Jim Morrison. Originally published by Yale Environment 360 and cross posted from Grist’s Climate Desk collaboration For cities in the United States, the price of infrastructure projects to combat rising seas and intensifying storms is coming into focus — and so is the sticker shock. In Boston, where many neighborhoods have been built and recently expanded in low-lying areas, an estimated $2.4 billion will be needed over the next several decades to protect the city from flooding, one study...

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How New York City Has Worked to Protect People from the Deadliest Disaster: Heat

Yves here. This article suggests that New York City may illustrate a famed William Gibson observation: “The future is already here. It’s just not very evenly distributed.” For what it’s worth, my former apartment there had a ton of thermal inertia. It would take a day for it to register an influx of hot weather. But the windows leaked; a stiff breeze at the right angle could suck the heat out of the unit, even with the radiators usually keeping it too warm. My impression is that most...

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Example of ‘Unknown Unknowns,’ Study Detailing ‘Almost Instant Mortality of Corals’ Suggests Crisis Worse Than Previously Understood

Jerri-Lynn here. Not much I can add to this grim and depressing report other than a link to the full study, Rapid Coral Decay Is Associated with Marine Heatwave Mortality Events on Reefs, for readers who might like to take a deeper dive into details. By Jessica Corbett, staff writer at Common Dreams. Originally published at Common Dreams As the human-caused climate crisis drives up ocean temperatures at a rate that has scientists worried, a study published Thursday in the journal Current...

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New IPCC Report Warns of Vicious Cycle Between Soil Degradation and Climate Change

This Real News Network interview with Greenpeace’s Diana Ruiz discusses the new IPCC Climate report, “Climate Change and Land,” which issues a dire warning about how climate change and destructive land use reinforce each other, leading to serious threats for soil quality and hence human survival. MARC STEINER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Marc Steiner. Good to have you all with. The IPCC, which is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released a new...

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Tightening Nickel Supply Threatens Electric Vehicle Boom

Yves here. Some environmentalists have warned that electronic vehicles aren’t as green as they have been touted to be, since they require materials where supplies may not be able to keep up with demand and/or the inputs are environmentally nasty. There’s been a lot of hand-wringing about lithium, and now it appears that at least near term, nickel will be in short supply. Of course, it would be better if more people could be weaned off cars altogether, and quickly too, but we aren’t on that...

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Low on Water, California Farmers Turn to Solar Farming

Yves here. We pointed out years ago that potable water would be the first major natural resource to become scarce on a widespread basis. Consider this story today in the Guardian (hat tip resilc): A handful of US states – including New Mexico and California – are facing significant strains on their water supplies that will only intensify with global heating, according to new rankings. New Mexico tops the list and is the only state with “extremely high” pressures on its water availability. The...

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Michael Hudson: Global Warming and U.S. National Security Diplomacy

By Michael Hudson, a research professor of Economics at University of Missouri, Kansas City, and a research associate at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College. His latest book is “and forgive them their debts”: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption from Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year. Global Warming and U.S. National Security Diplomacy Control of oil has long been a key aim of U.S. foreign policy. The Paris climate agreements and any other Green programs to reduce the pace of...

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Why We Need Publicly Owned Energy for a Green New Deal

Yves here. Even though this piece is written for a UK audience, the principles have broad application. Seattle is one of the few US cities that operates its electrical utility. Can natives tell me how well that’s working, and what if any shortcomings need to be addressed, particularly from a clean energy perspective? By Cat Hobbs, director of We Own It. Originally published at openDemocracy Whether it’s 11 years or 18 months, we haven’t got long to make the big, bold changes needed to prevent...

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Why Consumers Aren’t Buying Electric Cars

Yves here. Even though this article didn’t unpack it, the reservations about range and recharging time for electric cars are not trivial. What happens when you run out of juice? You are looking at being towed, as opposed to getting a friendly driver, a cop, or AAA to give you a gallon of gas so you can limp to the nearest gas station. On top of that, in winter, because electric vehicles don’t generate heat (at least the way combustion engines do), running the heater cuts into the range....

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Climate Equity: What Is It?

Yves here. Readers were wary of the idea of AOC teaming up with Kamala Harris, and this climate equity scheme proves those concerns to be well-founded. By Peter Dorman, Professor of Economics at The Evergreen State College. Originally published at Econospeak While action against climate change languishes, the rhetoric keeps getting more intense.  For several years now it hasn’t been enough to demand climate policy; we need climate justice.  We will not only eliminate fossil fuels in a decade...

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