Category Archives: Climate Change/ Actions

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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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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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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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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Unprecedented Arctic Warming Triggers Massive Ice Melt

The ECOreport reposts the story of escalating climate events, Unprecedented Arctic Warming Triggers Massive Ice Melt

Originally Posted on National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

December 13, 2016 A new NOAA-sponsored report shows that unprecedented warming air temperature in 2016 over the Arctic contributed to a record-breaking delay in the fall sea ice freeze-up, leading to extensive melting of Greenland ice sheet and land-based snow cover.

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British MPs Demand Centrica Stop Funding Climate Change Denial

The ECOreport tells another story from the information wars, British MPs Demand Centrica Stop Funding Climate Change Denial

Originally Published on Greenpeace Energydesk

By Lawrence Carter

Britain’s biggest energy company has come under fire from leading MPs over its donations to a climate change denying think tank in the US, revealed by Energydesk last week.

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Climate Warming Is Widening Indian Ocean’s Agulhas Current

The ECOreport reposts news that Climate Warming Is Widening Indian Ocean’s Agulhas Current

Originally published on U Miami News

A new study by University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science researchers found that the Indian Ocean’s Agulhas Current is getting wider rather than strengthening. The findings, which have important implications for global climate change, suggest that intensifying winds in the region may be increasing the turbulence of the current, rather than increasing its flow rate.

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Canada’s First Truly National Climate Plan

The ECOreport reposts another perspective on Canada’s first truly national climate plan

Originally Published on the Pembina Institute

By Erin Flanagan

When Prime Minister Trudeau announced that he would host Canada’s premiers in Ottawa for their second climate meeting this year, not many thought he’d pull it off without a hitch. After all, this was the moment when the federal government’s lofty talk on climate would collide head-on with the provinces’ own views on what interventions (if any) were appropriate for Canada’s economy and environment.

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How Human Technology Is Taking Over The Planet

The ECOreport publishes a critique of  how human technology is taking over the planet

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

How much stuff will you give and receive this holiday season? Add it to the growing pile — the 30-trillion-tonne pile. That’s how much technology and goods humans have produced, according to a study by an international team led by England’s University of Leicester. It adds up to more than all living matter on the planet, estimated at around four trillion tonnes.

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