Heat waves hitting U.S. and Europe ‘virtually impossible’ without climate change, researchers say
The heat waves simultaneously broiling the southwest United States and southern Europe would have been “virtually impossible” if not for climate change, according to a group of scientists who study the probability of extreme weather events.
How to calculate your carbon footprint -- and why you should care
Think about all the food you eat in a day. Some people track their calories, which measure the energy you’re getting from the things you consume. A lot of adults likely know a rough daily estimate of what they eat, in terms of calories. But what about your carbon footprint? Do you know what your number is?
This deadly disease thrives in warmer waters, creating an uncertain future for marine life
A deadly disease is thriving in warmer waters, creating an uncertain future for the Florida coast. Now, the government is putting aside differences to effect change. Volunteers are making a huge impact, as well.
Want to be a ‘street scientist?’ Volunteering might be easier than you think
Environmental groups in cities are often looking for volunteers, which also can be known as “street scientists,” to collect data that can help a city deal with urban heat islands, and such data is easier than you think to collect.
How environmentally friendly are you? Take these quick polls to help determine exactly that
When it comes to climate change and environmental issues, it might feel like a lot to wrap your head around: The problems are so widespread and complex -- so if you’ve ever thought to yourself, “What can one person even DO?”, you’re likely not alone.
Today is Arbor Day! (in Texas)
Sure enough, Texas spins its own way of doing things and while Arbor Day is, in most states, the last Friday in April, Texas, since 2013, has named the first Friday in November as our Arbor Day! Here’s a nice explanation from the Dallas Morning News, but, generally, planting trees in Texas in the fall brings a nice payoff in the summer. Trees from the Lamensky Farm and Ranch in Ft Bend CountyYou can thank Texas A&M for initiating the Arbor Day date change. In a press release, they state, “This Arbor Day, in a year like no other, we encourage all Texas communities to celebrate trees and to grow some new Texas traditions. Happy Arbor Day!
This Harris County Superfund site is ‘vulnerable’ to flooding
NBC News, the Texas Observer, and insideclimatenews.org have partnered for an extensive investigation into the role climate change is playing with Superfund sites across the U.S. He is convinced the EPA needs to revisit Superfund sites in areas prone to flooding, hurricanes and sea-level rise because these symptoms of climate change were never figured into Superfund site remediation plans. MAP: Superfund sites in Houston area (courtesy: NBC News)“All of that overflows and it comes all over the properties,” said John Barrett. AdPlan for major flooding eventsThe site has had a history of flooding; however, the site plans and selected remedy take those challenges into account. I’m not familiar with this particular superfund site, but I have requested a briefing on it by the EPA.”
New research predicts Houston will have longer, hotter summers, more intense hurricanes
HOUSTON – The Climate Impact Assessment for the City of Houston was released Monday, which includes its forecast for Houston’s long-term climate. The assessment focuses on temperature and precipitation in Greater Houston and was spearheaded by Texas Tech Climate Center’s Amy Stoner and Katharine Hayhoe for the city of Houston. (Houston's Climate Future report/Texas Tech Climate Center/City of Houston)“(Houstonians could see the) average high going from 99 degrees to 106 or 109 degrees,” Cottingham said. (Houston's Climate Future report/Texas Tech Climate Center/City of Houston)Cottingham said the forecast has important implications for future planning in regards to the city’s infrastructure, energy and water resources, public services and health and welfare. You can find more information on the city of Houston’s climate action website.
Half of the world’s beaches could disappear by the end of the century, study finds
Climate change poses an existential threat to the world's sandy beaches, and that as many as half of them could disappear by the end of the century, a new study has found. The study found that sea level rise is expected to outweigh these other variables, and that the more heat-trapping gases humans put into the atmosphere, the worse the impacts on the world's beaches are likely to be. It's hard to overstate just how important the world's beaches are. The new study found that as sea levels continue to rise, more and more beaches will face erosion problems. The researchers did find that humans have some control over what happens to the world's beaches.