Shifting rainfall patterns and the amount of water in the ground is raising flood risk in the Northern U.S., according to new research from the University of Iowa. These changes stem from warming global temperatures that trap more water vapor in the atmosphere. As a result, scientists found strong evidence that flooding events will increase […]
The emissions-reduction benefits of solar power more than compensate for greenhouse gasses released during production, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from photovoltaic systems installed between 1976 to 2014, and determined that the “break-even” point came in 2011 using realistic performance measures, but by 2018 using the most conservative estimates. Solar installations grew […]
Coastal cities suffering from rising seas will also suffer disproportionately higher damage costs, new research has found. Increasing water levels are well documented, but little research has investigated future economic impact from increased flooding and storm surges. Scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research addressed this question by developing a model that combines […]
Rising sea levels could put Tangier Island, Virginia underwater within 100 years according to the Army Corps of Engineers. Read the full Scientific American article here: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/virginia-islanders-could-be-u-s-first-climate-change-refugees/.
2015 was the hottest year on record, and lakes are warming up even more rapidly than the ocean or the atmosphere. A new study has found that normally frigid Lake Superior is one of the more rapidly warming lakes among 235 measured. The average temperature increase of 0.61 degrees per decade doesn’t sound threatening, but even […]
The results of a new survey reaffirm that the climate debate is mostly settled among scientists, with 92 percent of them believing that human-caused climate change is occurring. The survey, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, focused solely on scientists in an attempt to test whether climate change doubters actually come from the scientific […]
A new study out of Michigan State University found a correlation between a state’s “environmentalism” and lower greenhouse gas emissions between 1990 and the present. Emissions typically rise with population and economic strength, but the study found that greater environmentalism can neutralize those emissions without inhibiting growth. The research used Congressional voting data to determine […]
Last week the EPA proposed new rules to reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas sites by preventing leaks and capturing lost gas. Benefits to the environment and human health are estimated up to $550 million, which outweighs the projected cost to industry of $320 to $420 million by 2025. Methane is a greenhouse […]
An exhaustive EPA report issued on June 23, 2015, “Climate Change in the U.S. – Benefits of Global Action,” finds that reducing greenhouse gas emissions could prevent the deaths of thousands of Americans and save hundreds of billions of dollars.
There have been numerous clean energy developments in recent months, and we have compiled online resources related to different clean energy policies for your convenience. 1. State Plans To Achieve 100 Percent Renewable By 2050 Researchers from Stanford and U.C. Berkeley have created specific state-by-state plans outlining how to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by […]