Climate Change News

China Faces Severe Threats From Climate Change: Beijing-Based Meteorologist

Chinese officials don’t usually go into detail on the challenges that climate change poses for the world’s most populous and largest carbon-emitting country. But in a speech on March 23, a top meteorologist warned of the severe risks facing China, …

Arctic Melt Creates Weakest Gulf Stream in 1,000 Years, Weather Shifts Expected

Gulf Stream water currents in the Atlantic Ocean have slowed to the weakest in as long as 1,000 years, threatening shifts in U.S. and European weather, as well as coastal sea levels including in New York and Boston. The currents …

Industry Expertise, Data, Capital Can Help Reduce Global Disaster Risks: Interview

Margareta Wahlström, the UN Secretary General’s special representative for disaster risk reduction, and Rowan Douglas, Willis CEO for capital, science and policy practice, have been hard at work preparing for a series of conferences and meetings dedicated to integrating the …

Stable Emissions Show Growth & Mitigation Possible: World Bank Envoy

A report showing that global emissions were unchanged last year shows economic growth is possible amid the fight against climate change, a World Bank official said. Carbon-dioxide emissions were stable at 32.3 billion metric tons, even as the global economy …

U.S. Dominates Climate Change Litigation

It’s almost counterintuitive if you think about it. There is far more litigation related to climate change in the U.S. compared with Europe, which is usually considered more progressive on the issue. For an example of how climate change can …

Group Requests Investigation Into Whether Florida Banned Climate-Change Terms

Did Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s administration ban state environmental scientists from using the terms “climate change” and “global warming” in their work? Scott says no, but some former employees say supervisors forbade them from using the terms – a striking …

Report: Florida Officials Banned From Saying ‘Climate Change’, ‘Global Warming’

Florida’s government may have figured out a way to beat climate change: ignore it. A report by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR) published Sunday details the claims by employees of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, who say that they …

India Tops List of Countries at Risk From River Flooding, Analysis Shows

Gross domestic product at risk of flooding in India, the world’s second-most populous nation, may surge 10-fold by 2030 as cities expand and climate challenges worsen, according to the World Resources Institute. A new online global flood-analyzing tool developed by …

Climate Change Modeling on Cusp of Paradigm Shift

In the face of growing interest in climate change impacts, several big catastrophe modelers said they’ve heard from more clients interested in receiving climate-related data and they believe the field is on the cusp of a change in the way …

Climate Change Measure Advanced in Oregon Senate

The Oregon Senate this week passed a climate change bill that was one of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s top legislative priorities. The approval in a 17-13 vote sent the measure to the state House. The bill would extend Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standard, …