Sea Level Rise

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New Study: Waterworld Is Definitely Going to Happen

New Study: Waterworld Is Definitely Going to Happen

A new study has found that if humans burn all of the known reserves of coal, oil, and natural gas, virtually all the ice on the planet will melt, inundating the land with up to 200 feet of sea level rise. The good news is we’ll all be long dead by the time this happens. […]

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Valuing Ecosystem Goods and Services in the Columbia River Basin

VALUING ECOSYSTEM GOODS AND SERVICES IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER BASIN

When decision makers undervalue the benefits we derive from nature, they underestimate the full costs to society of converting natural resources to uses that destroy or degrade natural capital. Recognition of the benefits of ecosystem goods and services (EGS) by policy makers is therefore an important step in formulating effective natural resources policy that is […]

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Sea level rise could be faster, worse than expected: studies

Sea level rise could be faster, worse than expected: studies

More evidence is emerging indicating that climate change may raise sea levels faster and higher than originally thought. What this means for coastal cities worldwide has been well documented. More than two-dozen large U.S. cities will likely be hit with a flooding crisis by 2050. Climate Central estimates at least 150 million people globally live […]

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Climate change has the Earth in hot water

Climate change has the Earth in hot water

Water is the biggest thermal sink on Earth, and we better be able to stand the heat. In this article, environmental scientist James Conca points out that water holds 90% of the heat from global warming. This means that rising water temperatures are even more important for the future of our planet than rising air […]

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Climate change having affect on coastal infrastructure

Climate change can have especially detrimental affects for coastal communities such as coastal erosion, saltwater inundation, and flooding affecting coastal infrastructure. This is especially a problem for wastewater treatment, as some communities found out after Hurricane Sandy: “The danger is that stormwater could inundate the [treatment] plants, damage electrical systems and other vital controls and […]

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Today is Earth Overshoot Day - In less than 8 Months, Humanity has exhausted Earth's budget for the year

Today is Earth Overshoot Day – In less than 8 Months, Humanity has exhausted Earth’s budget for the year

In less than 8 Months, Humanity exhausts Earth’s budget for the year. Earth Overshoot Day 2015 is today, August 13. Please see the new website for Earth Overshoot Day at www.overshootday.org. Below is information from Earth Overshoot Day 2014: August 19 is Earth Overshoot Day 2014, marking the date when humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for […]

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Deadly floods leave trail of destruction across southern Asia

Deadly floods leave trail of destruction across southern Asia

Heavy monsoon rains have continued to lash much of southern Asia, threatening further casualties and more destruction after a week of lethal floods and landslides. More than 100 people have died and up to 1 million fled their homes as land from Pakistan to Burma was deluged. Read the full article here. __ In Canada, we face similar […]

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Climate Change 'Triple Threat' Increases Risk for Coastal Cities

Climate Change ‘Triple Threat’ Increases Risk for Coastal Cities

Many US cities are at increased risk of climate change due to being located along the coast. New research published in the journal Nature Climate Change lays out why coastal places are at increased risk. The combination of sea level rise, increased precipitation, and storm surge will cause larger and more detrimental effects for cities like […]

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