Kerry Is Humble and Pledges Ambition In First International Appearance

Kerry Is Humble and Pledges Ambition In First International Appearance

"We intend to make good on our Climate Finance Pledge. There is simply no adapting to a 4 degree warmer world except for the most privileged. We are coming back with humility and will work with multilateral institutions."– John Kerry @ClimateEnvoy #AdaptationSummit pic.twitter.com/BqT0LDo13H — CASsummit2021 (@CASsummit2021) January 25, 2021 Appearing virtually at the United Nations […]

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Saltwater Intrusion Threatens the US and the World’s Coasts

Saltwater Intrusion Threatens the US and the World’s Coasts

ABC News reports that there is a creeping underground invasion of our coasts, and it is moving inland much faster than had been previously thought, according to new research funded by the National Science Foundation.  The stealth invader?  Saltwater, which is infiltrating our coastal communities and creating unseen risks well in advance of the surface floods that drown our homes and businesses. 

Why this Matters:  This problem will become more and more common as climate change continues, causing widespread displacement across the world.

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Climate Change Impacts Roads, May Make Traffic Worse Unless We Adapt Them

Climate Change Impacts Roads, May Make Traffic Worse Unless We Adapt Them

Climate change will impact roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure in ways you may not have realized, writes Matt Alderton in The Washington Post over the weekend.  Infrastructure is built to withstand certain weather conditions and extremes: “the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has guidelines that say asphalt should be engineered to withstand the hottest week on record during a certain historical period — say, 1970 and 2000.”

Why This Matters:  We need to adapt our roads to withstand future conditions, otherwise drivers will experience much worse road conditions and traffic, not to mention the huge expense for taxpayers for repairs due to ineffective design.

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Eminent Domain in the Age of Climate Change

Eminent Domain in the Age of Climate Change

As Christopher Flavelle wrote for the New York Times yesterday, “eminent domain — the government’s authority to take private property, with compensation, for public use — has long been viewed as too blunt a tool for getting people out of disaster-prone areas. Even when the purpose of eminent domain is seen as legitimate, elected officials […]

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The Iowa Results Are In: On the Issues, Climate Change Is Second Only To Healthcare

The Iowa Results Are In: On the Issues, Climate Change Is Second Only To Healthcare

The Washington Post and Edison Media Research, among others, conducted a preliminary entrance poll and, as we reported in advance of the caucuses, the positions of the candidates on climate change mattered most to more than one in five caucus-goers when choosing who to support, coming in above foreign policy and income inequality.  Similarly, the Associated Press surveyed likely caucus voters in advance of Monday with similar results–3 in 10 Iowa voters thought climate change was the most important issue and of those voters, support for Senators Sanders and Warren was higher than for other candidates, and an ABC entrance poll had similar results.

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Russia Announces Comprehensive Climate Adaptation Plan

Russia Announces Comprehensive Climate Adaptation Plan

The Russian government last week made public its plan to adapt its economy to both mitigate against the damages caused by climate change, but also “use the advantages” of warming, according to The Guardian.

Why This Matters: Russia is not ignoring the impacts of climate change — it is one of the most impacted nations — Russia is warming 2.5 times faster than the planet as a whole, on average

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