California Climate-Safe Infrastructure Bill Passes Legislature, Awaits Governor’s Signature | Union of Concerned Scientists

‘OAKLAND, Calif. (August 25, 2016)—The California Legislature today passed Assembly Bill 2800 (Quirk, D-Hayward), a bill requiring the creation of a climate-safe infrastructure working group. If signed into law by Gov. Brown, it would help address a dangerous disconnect between engineering and climate science that threatens the safety and benefits of costly public infrastructure projects. The Senate approved the bill on August 22 in a 32-6 bipartisan vote, and the Assembly gave final approval today.’

Source: California Climate-Safe Infrastructure Bill Passes Legislature, Awaits Governor’s Signature | Union of Concerned Scientists

As Earth warms, Americans more polarized than ever on climate – CSMonitor.com

‘…Surveys by Leiserowitz and his colleagues show that the number of Americans who view climate change as an alarming threat and want action now at 17 percent. Another 28 percent report being concerned, but view it as a more distant threat. On the other end of the spectrum, there’s the 10 percent who reject the idea of global warming and the data behind it. ‘

Source: As Earth warms, Americans more polarized than ever on climate – CSMonitor.com

Climate Risk Is Poorly Represented in Company Financial Filings – Scientific American

‘When issuing marketing materials and press releases, U.S. companies frequently warn that rising global temperatures could cost them money. They tout specific green projects, like solar roofs and increased efficiency. But when it comes time to report to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the same companies stick to broad terminology and sanded-down statements.’

Source: Climate Risk Is Poorly Represented in Company Financial Filings – Scientific American

Where Was Climate Change at the Party Conventions? – The New Yorker

‘If you watched the political conventions during the past two weeks, you heard a lot about isis and national security and police and race and jobs. You didn’t hear much, though, about climate change, despite the fact that it’s arguably the most consequential long-term problem the U.S. faces, and one that requires government action.’

Source: Where Was Climate Change at the Party Conventions? – The New Yorker

Tim Kaine’s Climate Record Is All over the Map – Scientific American

‘…Kaine supports offshore oil drilling and fast-tracking natural gas export terminals, but he was also considered instrumental in the battle against the Keystone XL oil pipeline. When he was governor of Virginia, his administration backed one of the last coal plants built in the country. At the same time, he supported renewable energy and instituted the first-ever climate change commission in Virginia to bring together environmentalists and power companies to chart a way forward on cutting greenhouse gas levels.’

Source: Tim Kaine’s Climate Record Is All over the Map – Scientific American

Climate change: Greenland loses a trillion tonnes of ice in four years as melting rate triples | Environment | The Independent

‘It’s no news that Greenland is in serious trouble — but now, new research has helped quantify just how bad its problems are. A satellite study, published last week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, suggests that the Greenland ice sheet lost a whopping 1 trillion tonnes of ice between the years 2011 and 2014 alone.’

Source: Climate change: Greenland loses a trillion tonnes of ice in four years as melting rate triples | Environment | The Independent

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