Fair Warning

By Dave Yarin | The warnings ignored, and the lessons for our personal and professional lives

Scientists just found a surprising possible consequence from a very small amount of global warming

Even if we meet our most ambitious climate goal — keeping global temperatures within a strict 1.5 degrees Celsius (or 2.7 degree Fahrenheit) of their preindustrial levels — there will still be consequences, scientists say. And they’ll last for years after we stop emitting carbon dioxide into the …

Climate Change

We may have even less time to stop global warming than we thought

At least since 2013, one of the biggest concerns in the climate change debate has been the so-called carbon budget — a fixed limit to the volume of carbon dioxide emissions that we can put into the atmosphere before irrevocably committing to a considerably hotter planet.<p>As of 2011, that budget was …

Climate Change

The first half of 2017 was the planet’s second-warmest on record

El Niño ended more than a year ago, but the Earth’s temperature remains abnormally high, loaded up with record levels of greenhouse gases.<p>NOAA announced that the first half of 2017 was the planet’s second -warmest on record, trailing only 2016. Planetary temperature records date back to 1880.<p>The …

Global Warming

Superstorm Sandy Recovery Shows U.S. Still Unprepared for Major Disasters

Holly Leicht, official who oversaw federal funding behind NYC’s Sandy recovery efforts, is speaking for the first time about what went wrong<p>The former Obama administration official who helped oversee the funding behind New York City’s superstorm Sandy recovery program says the U.S. in many ways …

21st Century

The country’s flood insurance program is sinking. Rescuing it won’t be easy.

PEQUANNOCK, N.J. — Time after time, as the river has risen and the water has crept up Roosevelt Street, Leni-anne Shuchter has fled the white clapboard home she bought more than four decades ago.<p>There was the night in 1984 when rescuers plucked her from a neighbor’s roof as floodwaters engulfed her …

Health Care

Natural Gas Building Boom Fuels Climate Worries, Enrages Landowners

They landed, one after another, in 2015: plans for nearly a dozen interstate pipelines to move natural gas beneath rivers, mountains and people's yards. Like spokes on a wheel, they'd spread from Appalachia to markets in every direction.<p>Together these new and expanded pipelines — comprising 2,500 …

Climate

Higher seas to flood dozens of US cities, study says; is yours one of them?

<b>(CNN) —</b> For the past several years, scientists have been trying to get people to wake up to the dangers that lie ahead in rising seas due to climate change. A comprehensive list now names hundreds of US cities, large and small, that may not make it through the next 20, 50 or 80 years due to sea …

Climate Change

Era of ‘Biological Annihilation’ Is Underway, Scientists Warn

From the common barn swallow to the exotic giraffe, thousands of animal species are in precipitous decline, a sign that an irreversible era of mass extinction is underway, new research finds.<p>The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, calls the current …

A toddler fell at a trampoline park and is now in a body cast. His mother wants to warn you.

A pair of Florida parents is warning others about the apparent dangers of trampolines after they said their 3-year-old son’s playtime left him in a cast from the waist down.<p>Kaitlin Hill, 29, shared an emotional photo last week of her son, Colton, who she said “fell and broke his femur, the …

Massive iceberg breaks away from Antarctica

<b>(CNN) —</b> A massive iceberg weighing more than one trillion tons has broken away from western Antarctica, according to a UK-based research team.<p>Scientists from Project MIDAS had been monitoring a break in the Larsen C ice shelf -- the fourth-largest in Antarctica -- following the collapse of the …

Climate Change

Hackers are Targeting Nuclear Facilities, Homeland Security Dept. and F.B.I. Say

Since May, hackers have been penetrating the computer networks of companies that operate nuclear power stations and other energy facilities, as well as manufacturing plants in the United States and other countries.<p>Among the companies targeted was the Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, which …

Cybersecurity

Premonitions of a Florida Ravaged by Climate Change | The New Yorker

The Brooklyn-based photographer Bryan Thomas has spent much of the past two years in his native Florida, circumambulating the coast and taking pictures of the sea and the sky and the people. He conceived the project in 2014, after scientists reported that a large section of the West Antarctic Ice …

Climate Change

For Whom the Bell Tolls, Sell

Is this a bull market or a mania? You never know for sure, except in retrospect.<p>You think this market’s crazy? One day in early 1987, with Wall Street humming, a meeting after trading closed involved several cases of champagne. The Dow Jones Industrial Average had breached 2000 that day, a cause …

Finance

Opioid addiction rates continue to skyrocket

<b>(CNN) —</b> A new study finds that the number of Americans being diagnosed with opioid addiction continues to skyrocket, but still very few receive any treatment. This is in line with the rising trend documented in previous reports.<p>An analysis from Blue Cross Blue Shield of its members found that from …

Harvard Medical School

A woman called the police about her stalker 125 times. Then he stabbed her.

In 2009, Joseph Wills asked Helen Pearson on a date.<p>She declined.<p>Then the stalking began. Wills called Pearson over and over again. He sent her threatening letters (sample text: “I want to play a game … I want to see how you would cope if you were attacked … Would you fight back? Scream? Let the …

Crime

Satellite temperature data, leaned on by climate change doubters, revised sharply upward

The world is getting warmer at a steady clip, it has not stopped in recent years, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re measuring the temperature from the surface of the Earth or space.<p>This conclusion is strongly supported by a new study that applied corrections to obtain a more accurate and, …

Climate Change

These experts say we have three years to get climate change under control. And they’re the optimists.

A group of prominent scientists, policymakers, and corporate leaders released a statement Wednesday warning that if the world doesn’t set greenhouse gas emissions on a downward path by 2020, it could become impossible to contain climate change within safe limits.<p>The group, led by Christiana …

Climate

Greenland Is Melting

A Song of Ice<p>What happens when a country starts to melt?<p>I<p>Not long ago, I attended a memorial service on top of the Greenland ice sheet for a man I did not know. The service was an intimate affair, with only four people present. I worried that I might be regarded as an interloper and thought about …

Sea level rise isn’t just happening, it’s getting faster

<i>This story has been updated.</i><p>In at least the third such study published in the past year, scientists have confirmed seas are rising, and the rate of sea level rise is increasing as time passes — a sobering punchline for coastal communities that are only now beginning to prepare for a troubling …

Climate Change

60 UK high-rise buildings fail fire safety tests after Grenfell disaster

<b>London (CNN) —</b> At least 60 high-rise buildings across the UK have failed safety tests in the wake of the catastrophic fire that swept through Grenfell Tower in West London on June 14.<p>The tower blocks are among 600 buildings across the country being tested for potentially dangerous cladding, or …

West London

How climate change helped Lyme disease invade America

Cases of the tick-borne illness have exploded since the 1990s.<p>When President Donald Trump announced in early June that he was pulling the US out of the Paris climate accord, Yale epidemiology researcher Katharine Walter felt gutted. “[Global warming] is already happening,” she said, “and the …

Disease

Climate change could lower the quality of your coffee

<b>(CNN) —</b> What will it take for people to care about climate change? For some, the thought ofa crummier cup of coffee in the morning just might do it.<p>A new study finds that Ethiopia, the world's fifth-largest coffee producer, could lose up to 60% of its suitable farming land by the end of this …

Climate Change

California Reservoir on Shaky Ground Highlights Aging U.S. Dams’ Risks

Project to replace decades-old structure near San Francisco Bay has seen delays and unexpected construction issues<p>FREMONT, Calif.—The coastal mountains that frame this working-class city next to San Francisco Bay harbor a hidden menace: a reservoir 10 miles away that sits next to an active …

San Francisco Bay

600 high-rises with cladding being tested for fire risk in England

<b>London (CNN) —</b> The British government is carrying out tests on 600 high-rise buildings across England that are covered in cladding, in response to the fire at Grenfell Tower, the 24-story apartment block that was gutted by a huge fire last week.<p>As of Thursday evening, combustible cladding has been …

West London

100 experts tell Congress how to improve election security

More than 100 cybersecurity and voting experts are urging the government to make the U.S. voting system more secure.<p>The experts -- which come from various industries, from business and academia to technology non-profits -- signed a letter addressed to Congress on Wednesday suggesting how three …

Cybersecurity

Too Hot to Fly? Climate Change May Take a Toll on Air Travel

In recent days, American Airlines has been forced to cancel more than 40 flights in Phoenix. The reason: With daytime highs hovering around 120 degrees, it was simply too hot for some smaller jets to take off. Hotter air is thinner air, which makes it more difficult — and sometimes impossible — for …

Flying

Deadly heat waves becoming more common due to climate change

<b>(CNN) —</b> Deadly heat waves are going to be a much bigger problem in the coming decades, becoming more frequent and occurring over a much greater portion of the planet because of climate change, according to a study published Monday in Nature Climate Change.<p>Extreme heat waves, such as the one …

Climate Change

A huge part of Antarctica is melting and scientists say that's bad news

<b>(CNN) —</b> Antarctica is experiencing weird weather, and the changes have some scientists worried about the future.<p>There's an area on the west side of the icy continent called the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and last January, scientists found a 300,000-square-mile portion of its perimeter was melting. …

Climate Change

Four ministers were warned about tower block fire risks

<b>Four separate government ministers were warned that fire regulations were not keeping people safe, in letters that have subsequently been seen by the BBC.</b><p>In the leaked letters, experts warn that those living in tower blocks like Grenfell Tower were "at risk".<p>At least 79 people are dead or missing …

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