5 Steps to Make Your Business More Climate Resistant

By Elizabeth Sturcken No business is immune to the devastating effects of climate change anymore, as we saw from the onslaught of extreme weather events in 2017. Disasters brought more than $300 billion in damages this year, a 60-percent increase over 2016, Swiss Re reported last week. As every business leader has long known, storms, flooding , wildfires

3 Extreme Weather Events in 2016 ‘Could Not Have Happened’ Without Climate Change, Scientists Say

Three of 2016’s extreme weather events would have been impossible without human-caused climate change , according to new research. The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society published a collection of papers Wednesday focused on examining the effect of climate change on 27 extreme weather events last year. The research found that climate change was a “significant driver” in 21 of these weather disasters, and that three events—the temperatures making 2016 the hottest year on record, the heat wave over Asia in the spring, and a “blob” of extremely warm water in the Pacific—”could not have happened” without climate change. Scientists say the certainty

Dr. Michael Mann on Extreme Weather: ‘We Predicted This Long Ago’

You can’t go far in the climate movement without hearing the name of Dr. Michael E. Mann , distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University and author of The Hockey Stick and The Climate Wars and, more recently, The Madhouse Effect . Dr. Mann came to public attention back in 1998 when he and two colleagues published the landmark MBH98 paper documenting average global temperatures across the centuries with a line graph whose steep uptick in recent years earned it the name “the hockey stick.” The paper—with its inconvenient truth about the consequences of fossil fuels—made him a target for climate deniers , but Dr. Mann refused to be silenced and has become one of America’s leading public voices for

Longer Flowering Seasons: Bad for Bees?

By Dan Nosowitz Scientists from North Carolina State University stumbled into a weird paradox while analyzing certain high-altitude bees in the Rocky Mountains. The team studied three species of bees in the subalpine regions of the Mountain West along with 43 years of local flower bloom data in order to understand how climate change might affect the pollinators. The first part of their findings is very predictable: over the past four decades, warmer temperatures and less snowfall has led to longer growing seasons, with flowers blooming earlier and

Puerto Ricans Face Uneasy Future After Hurricane Maria

By Wendy Becktold As Hurricane Maria approached Puerto Rico on Tuesday, Sept. 19, Adriana Gonzalez prepared as well as she could. She readied her campstove, a supply of canned food and two seven-gallon jugs of water. By late afternoon, she and two friends hunkered down in her apartment in San Juan. They had a restless

Rush Limbaugh Downplayed Irma Threat to Millions. Now He’s Evacuating

On Tuesday, right-wing radio provocateur Rush Limbaugh claimed the media was intentionally exaggerating threats about Hurricane Irma to advance a “climate change agenda” and enable local businesses to make money off of emergency preparation efforts. On Thursday, Limbaugh indicated he will evacuate South Florida ahead of the storm. “May as well go ahead and announce this,” he said during his Thursday show . “I’m not going to get into details because of the security nature of things, but it turns out that we will not be able to do the program here tomorrow … We’ll be on the air next week, folks,

‘Unprecedented,’ Historic Storm Dumps Trillions of Tons of Water on Texas

Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast this weekend, growing from a regenerated tropical depression into a Category 4 hurricane in less than 60 hours. The now-tropical storm has stalled inland over Texas, and the entire Houston metropolitan region is now flooding . With interstates under feet of water, and most of the streams and rivers near the city in flood stage, local authorities have asked boat owners to join rescue efforts. At least five people have died, and the

Iranian City Hits Record 129 Degrees

By Joe McCarthy There’s a heat wave , and then there’s 129 degree weather—one is uncomfortable, the other is deadly. As countries around the world face rising temperatures from climate change , parts of Iran are getting scorched. On Thursday, the southern Iranian city of Ahvaz hit a staggering 128.7 or 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit, according to two separate meteorological readings , and the “real heat” index reached 142 degrees because of humidity. That’s tied with the highest temperature ever recorded in the country. It was so hot that the weather didn’t fit on the heat index that scientists use to determine

Extreme Heat Grounds Flights in Arizona as Death Valley to Reach Whopping 127 Degrees

Warnings of excessive heat in the American Southwest have forced airlines to cancel dozens of of flights this week. American Airlines flies certain routes with the Canadian-built Bombardier CRJ aircraft, which is not permitted to fly in temperatures above 117 degrees Fahrenheit. In Phoenix, Arizona, where temperatures are around a scorching 119, American Airlines had no choice but to preemptively cancel seven flights on Monday and 43 for Tuesday. “Our smaller regional operations—those that

Meet the Man Who Said: Clean Energy Policies Are a Greater Threat Than Terrorism

By Dave Anderson Travis Fisher, a Trump political appointee in the Department of Energy, wrote a 2015 report for the Institute for Energy Research that called clean energy policies “the single greatest emerging threat” to the nation’s electric power grid, and a greater threat to electric reliability than cyber attacks, terrorism or extreme weather. Fisher is now leading up a controversial grid study ordered by Sec. of Energy Rick Perry under the pretense of ensuring the long-term reliability of the nation’s electricity supply. If Fisher’s past writings on the topic are any indication, the forthcoming DOE study is sure to be a thinly veiled attack on renewable energy aimed

Shocking Photo Shows Massive Chunk of Ice Towering Over Town

A massive iceberg is towering over a Newfoundland town, as climate change continues to cause dramatic and spectacular events. The giant iceberg near Ferryland, Canada has created quite a stir and even caused traffic jams as locals stop to take pictures. Icebergs commonly appear off the coast of Ferryland—in fact, this area called “Iceberg Alley” is famous for iceberg tours that start in May. However, this particular iceberg is unusual for its mammoth size and early appearance. The Canadian Ice Service classified the iceberg as “large,” their second largest category that includes heights of 151-240 feet and

Governor Declares State of Emergency to Save Louisiana Coast

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Wednesday for coastal Louisiana to highlight the state’s need for more federal funding to address extreme weather events. “We are in a race against time to save our coast, and it is time we make bold decisions,” Edwards said. “The Louisiana coast is in a state of crisis that demands

19 Dead Amid Winter Tornado Outbreak

By Bob Henson After the least-deadly year for U.S. tornadoes in three decades, 2017 is off to a troublesome start. At least 19 people died over the weekend in two consecutive nights of tornadoes across the Deep South, compared to the total of 17 fatalities recorded for the entire year of 2016 . Although midwinter outbreaks don’t happen every year in the U.S., they’re most likely to be across

Hurricane Matthew Pummels Haiti, Heads Toward Florida, Carolinas

By Jeff Masters Powerful Hurricane Matthew made landfall on the southwestern tip of Haiti near 7 a.m. EDT Tuesday as a Category 4 storm with 145 mph winds. Matthew’s extreme rains , large storm surge and Category 4 winds are likely to be catastrophic for Haiti. Figure 1. Infrared satellite image of Hurricane Matthew as it made landfall over the southwestern tip of Haiti at 7:19 am EDT Oct. 4, 2016. wunderground.com The hurricane is the third strongest one ever recorded in the impoverished nation, and their strongest hurricane in 52 years. The only Haitian hurricanes stronger than Matthew were two Category 4 storms with 150 mph winds: Hurricane Cleo of 1964 and Hurricane Flora of 1963 . The last major hurricane to make a direct hit in

Resilience is key in new climate reality

No one is exempt from the effects of climate change, so energy planners must anticipate climate impacts as to plan wisely.