Category Archives: Sustainability

Extreme Weather Cost US Communities $53 Billion In 2016

The ECOrerport reposts analysis of the damages caused by climate change, extreme weather cost US Communities $53 billion in 2016

Originally Published on Center for American Progress

By Miranda Peterson and Cathleen Kelly

Extreme weather and climate disasters caused a staggering 297 deaths and $53.5 billion in economic damage in the United States in 2016. Of these disasters, 15 cost at least $1 billion and together triggered $49.1 billion in damage across 38 states. Center for American Progress analysis found that the economic toll of the 15 most destructive extreme weather events in 2016 was more than double the cost of similarly catastrophic events in 2015, which totaled $21.5 billion. Damage costs due to these severe weather, flood, wildfire, and drought events include insured and uninsured losses tied to damaged homes, businesses, buildings, cars, energy and transportation infrastructure, and agricultural assets. These damage costs, however, underestimate the total economic consequences of extreme weather: They do not take into account the destruction of natural assets—such as wetlands and parks—health care costs, and the economic impact tied to loss of life.

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Department Of Justice Says America On Costly, Insecure & Environmentally Dangerous Path

The ECOreport reposts Plaintiff’s summary of court findings, Department of Justice says America on costly, insecure & environmentally dangerous path 

Press Release from Our Children’s Trust

On January 13, the United States filed its Answer to youth plaintiffs’ complaint in Juliana v. United States. In their Answer, the federal defendants make several admissions to their long-standing knowledge of climate change danger and to today’s knowledge on the severity of those impacts.

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California’s Carbon Trading Legislation = Business As Usual

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED, California’s Carbon Trading Legislation = Business As Usual

Originally Posted on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

On January 12, California Assemblymembers Autumn R. Burke, Jim Cooper, Evan Low, and Blanca Rubio introduced legislation, AB 151, to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program beyond 2020.

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Humanity’s Collision Course

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed, David Suzuki says it’s time to heed warnings about humanity’s collision course

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

The longer we delay addressing environmental problems, the more difficult it will be to resolve them. Although we’ve known about climate change and its potential impacts for a long time, and we’re seeing those impacts worsen daily, our political representatives are still approving and promoting fossil fuel infrastructure as if we had all the time in the world to slow global warming.

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Meeting Climate Targets Could Net Six Million Tons More Fish

The ECOreport reposts a story about climate action benefits, Meeting Climate Targets Could Net Six Million Tons More Fish

Originally Published on UBC News

If countries abide by the Paris Agreement global warming target of 1.5 degrees Celsius, potential fish catches could increase by six million metric tons per year, according to a new study published in Science.

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California’s Sea Lion Pups Are Coming Back

The ECOreport reposts an update to past reports of massive strandings: California’s Sea Lion Pups Are Coming Back

Originally Published on National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

For the past 3 years, California sea lion pups appeared on Southern California beaches skinny and malnourished. A record-breaking 4,000 pups stranded in 2015, leaving skilled rescuers scrambling to care for them all. Experts believe sea lion prey, especially small fish such as sardines and anchovy, were not available in great enough numbers to nursing mothers, making it difficult for mother sea lions to find food and produce the milk necessary to feed growing pups that year.

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The Rich Are Getting Richer

The ECOreport reposts news from a study of wealth distribution is the United States since the 1980s: The Rich Are Getting Richer

Originally Published on the UC Berkeley News

Economic growth for those in the bottom half of the income distribution in the United States has stalled since the 1970s, but it’s going gangbusters for those on the upper rungs, according to new research.

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The Global Retreat of Mountain Glaciers

The ECOreport reposts a story showing the impact of rising temperatures: The Global Retreat of Mountain Glaciers

Originally Published on UW Today

By Hannah Hickey

Mountain glaciers have long been a favorite poster child of climate change. The near-global retreat of glaciers of the last century provides some of the most iconic imagery for communicating the reality of human-driven climate change.

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Working Hard To Ensure California’s Sea Otters Don’t Suffer

The ECOreport reposts a story about human-mammal relations: Working Hard To Ensure California’s Sea Otters Don’t Suffer

Originally Published By Defenders of Wildlife

This summer, Mr. Enchilada – a beloved sea otter that was frequently sighted by tourists — was fatally struck while crossing Moss Landing Road in Monterey, California. We chronicled this devastating loss and our efforts to ensure that other otters avoid this fate in our blog. We’ve been working hard to make sure sea otters don’t suffer more losses like Mr. Enchilada’s, and we wanted to share an update with you!
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Evidence Suggests Climate Change Responsible For 2015 Heat Waves

The ECOreport reposts a report of extreme weather events: Evidence Suggests Climate Change Responsible For 2015 Heat Waves

Originally Published on National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

Human-caused climate change very likely increased the severity of heat waves that plagued India, Pakistan, Europe, East Africa, East Asia, and Australia in 2015 and helped make it the warmest year on record, according to new research published today in a special edition of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

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