Tag Archives: Extreme weather

Michigan Passed Laws Requiring 15% Renewables By 2021

The ECOreport looks behind the news that Michigan passed laws requiring 15% renewables by 2021

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Governor Rick Snyder wanted to overhaul the state’s energy bills in 2015, but encountered fierce opposition.  Opponents of Senate Bill 438 (SB 438) believed it puts corporate interests above the needs of residents.  Proponents describe it as a small step towards lowering electricity costs, creating jobs and improving public health. Thanks to the Governor’s direct intervention, the legislators found a compromise. Thursday Michigan passed laws requiring 15% renewables by 2021.

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Catherine McKenna On Transitioning To Cleaner Forms Of Energy

The ECOreport reposts the full text of the Canadian Minister’s Nov 25, 2016 speech at the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Catherine McKenna on transitioning to cleaner forms of energy

Originally Published at Environment & Climate Change Canada

I would like to begin by acknowledging that the land we are on is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee (HO-Dehn-Oh-show-knee), the Métis, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.

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Jet Stream + Climate Change = Cold Winters (Sometimes)

The ECOreport reposts news that the Jet Stream + Climate Change = Cold Winters (Sometimes)

Originally Published on the University of Sheffield News

Scientists have agreed for the first time that recent severe cold winter weather in the UK and US may have been influenced by climate change in the Arctic, according to a new study.

  • Scientists agree for first time that climate change may be intensifying the effects of the jet stream, causing extreme cold weather in the UK and US
  • Study could improve long-term forecasting of winter weather in most populous parts of the world
  • More accurate forecasting could help communities, businesses and economies prepare for severe weather and make life and cost-saving decisions

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US Agencies Considering Climate Change Impacts

The ECOreport reposts final the he White House Council on Environmental Quality guidance for US agencies considering climate change impacts

Press Release from the White House

Building on President Obama’s unprecedented steps to address climate change, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is today releasing final guidance for Federal agencies on how to consider the impacts of their actions on climate change in their National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews. Following years of engagement and after receiving public comments and other feedback from members of Congress, State agencies, tribes, corporations, trade associations, and other stakeholders, the final guidance is another big step in the Administration’s effort to consider how all types of federal actions will impact climate change and identify opportunities to build climate resilience.
Today’s guidance, which will be  announced in the Federal Register in the coming days, is intended to help agencies make informed and transparent decisions about  the impacts of climate change associated with their actions.

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A Different Vision For Canada’s Economy

Originally Published on the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

The federal leaders’ debate on the economy focused on important issues — jobs, deficits, infrastructure spending, pipelines, climate change — but no one talked about a different vision for Canada’s economy. What if we challenged our leaders to answer the dilemma posed by American journalist Charles Bowden: Imagine the problem is that we cannot imagine a future where we possess less but are more? Not being able to even imagine an economy without continual growth is a profound failure.

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Study: Dangerous storms peaking further north, south than in past

New analysis of cyclones shows migration away from tropics and toward the poles in recent decades.

From MIT News Office 

By Peter Dizikes, MIT News

Powerful, destructive tropical cyclones are now reaching their peak intensity farther from the equator and closer to the poles, according to a new study co-authored by an MIT scientist.
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A Future of More Weather and Climate Extremes

From the Pembina Institute 

By Dr John Stone,

The Alberta floods of this past summer were the number-one Canadian weather story of 2013. More recently, California governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency as a result of an extended drought that is threatening crucial North American food production. And this winter, the United Kingdom has been experiencing extreme flooding and devastating storms of a scale not seen for centuries.
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Going to Extremes: The $188 Billion Price Tag from Climate-Related Extreme Weather

Originally Published by the Center for American Progress

By Daniel J. Weiss &  Jackie Weidman

The United States was subjected to many severe climate-related extreme weather over the past two years. In 2011 there were 14 extreme weather events—floods, drought, storms, and wildfires—that each caused at least $1 billion in damage. There were another 11 such disasters in 2012. These extreme weather events reflect part of the unpaid bill from climate change—a tab that will only grow over time.
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The Federal Advisory Committee “Minces no Words”

By Roy L Hales

Justin Gillis, of the New York Times Green Blog, titles his introduction to the recently released Federal Advisory Committee Draft Climate Assessment Report” as “An Alarm in the offing on Climate Change.” Personally, I find it reminiscent of a modern day Book of Revelation – only many of the predicted calamities are aimed directly at me and mine. The message is not new. Some scientists have been warning us about Climate change for decades. What is new, is that this is a Government report which, Gilllis writes, “minces no words”. He adds a note of caution, that “it is a draft, so we don’t know what final language will make it into the report.”
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