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Mapping the LA Neighborhoods Most at Risk From Global Warming

Mapping the LA Neighborhoods Most at Risk From Global Warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The UCLA Luskin Center and Environmental Defense Fund have just released a new report looking at Los Angeles's opportunities for using more solar power (which are still 98% untapped, they say) and it includes these fascinating maps of which areas of LA County are most vulnerable to global warming.

According to the report, it's the "first study to provide specific climate-change projections for the greater Los Angeles area [in the years 2041 to 2060], with unique projections down to the neighborhood level." By mid-century, SoCal can look forward to "slightly warmer winters and springs but much warmer summers and falls, with more frequent heat waves," but the burden won't be spread around evenly: "The study predicts a likely tripling in the number of extremely hot days in the downtown area and quadrupling the number in the valleys and at high elevations." But of course higher temps aren't the only threat.


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Adapting to Climate Change: Lessons from Mother Nature

Adapting to Climate Change: Lessons from Mother Nature | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"With the relevance of the word "prevention" long ago lost, the two salient words in climate change action are now "mitigation" and "adaptation."  The ideal, of course, is to design adaptations to the changing atmosphere that also mitigate the effects or lessen the causes.  It does not make sense, after all, to cool your building while warming the planet. This is where nature might have some suggestions."

 

Photo details: Icefields Parkway Near Crowfoot Glacier , Banff National Park, Alberta. Copyright © 2011, Alan D. Wilson. http://www.naturespicsonline.com


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By The Time Natural Gas Has A Net Climate Benefit You’ll Likely Be Dead And The Climate Ruined

By The Time Natural Gas Has A Net Climate Benefit You’ll Likely Be Dead And The Climate Ruined | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The umpteenth study confirms that natural gas simply has no net climate benefit whatsoever in any timescale that matters to humanity. In the real world, natural gas is not a "bridge" fuel to a carbon-free economy.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, February 24, 3:37 PM

Very informative reading for all those (including Shell, of course) who claim gas is better than coal for climate policy.

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Cooling Los Angeles, From the Roof Down

Cooling Los Angeles, From the Roof Down | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

What’s the coolest place in Los Angeles? It may be right over your head. Starting in 2014, thanks to an update of the Municipal Building Code, all new or refurbished buildings will be equipped with “cool roofs.”

A cool roof is built of reflective rather than absorptive material. Compared to traditional roofs, cool roofs can be as much as 50 degrees cooler on the roof surface, and can lower interior building temperatures by several degrees. Los Angeles is the first major American city to pass a cool-roof ordinance...


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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, January 5, 12:31 AM

We can even go this one better with green roof designs.  But light is preferable to dark when it comes to surfaces in our hot climate (this is why adobes were white washed).  Our most energy-intensive season is the the hottest period at end of summer/early fall months, with most of that energy going into air conditioning to cool heated buildings.

Norm Miller's curator insight, January 8, 1:48 PM

Great to see LA becoming a leader in requiring cool roofs that cost no more.

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Designing for Climate: From the (winning) European Teams at the Solar Decathlon

Designing for Climate: From the (winning) European Teams at the Solar Decathlon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How the Czech and Austrian teams designed their entries for the California climate.

The Solar Decathlon Europe is not until 2014, but two European teams are competing stateside this year representing the Czech Republic and Austria. 

Designed by students at the Czech Technical University, Air House targets a demographic familiar to the students, their parents—the 50+ empty nesters. The team cites data that states that senior housing represents 20% of Czech households and that number is growing. Conceptualized as weekend country house, it transitions to a permanent residence as the owners retire.

LISI from Team Austria surprisingly blurs the line between inside and outside. Large retractable sliding glass doors on the north and south sides disappear into the core areas leaving the living open to the elements, more like a covered courtyard than an interior. Lightweight curtains wrap the house for privacy and extra shade when low sun angles are at their most intense.


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Our Fossil-Fueled Future

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If the experts at the U.S. Department of Energy are right, the startling “new” fuels of 2040 will be oil, coal, and natural gas -- and we will find ourselves on a baking, painfully uncomfortable planet.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, September 10, 2013 1:47 PM

Would be better to call this 'our fossil-fueled non-future' :(

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Visualizing 100 Years Of Climate Data

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What does 100 years worth of climate data look like when rendered in an interactive, color-coded map? A continental tug-of-war between red (for heat) and blue (for cold), as seasons come and go and cold air replaces the warm.

The infographic is the work of data visualization studio Halftone, whose principals originally pursued the idea of making a map to visualize data about coffee production against key environmental factors, like temperature and precipitation.

 

"Our goal with this project was not to facilitate precise analysis, but to expose how every single month produces a unique and beautiful artwork through our Voronoi tessellated approximation of a heat map," write the creators. "The underlying map of satellite imagery and major geographic features adds a second layer for exploration."


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Stanford climate scientist addresses misconceptions about climate change

Stanford climate scientist addresses misconceptions about climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The notion that we'll avoid serious damage to the world's climate if we limit the warming of the atmosphere to a 2-degree-Celsius rise in temperature is untrue, says Stanford climate scientist Chris Field.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, July 12, 2013 3:26 AM

Another warning that the 'political' target of 2 degrees warming has little to do with the scientific reality of climate change. The only real solution is precaution.

Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, July 12, 2013 6:43 AM

"Politically, 2C might be a useful target to rally the global community around," said Chris Field, the director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology at Stanford. "But the concept of a safe threshold is a myth and tends to distract attention from evidence that we are already seeing widespread and consequential impacts of climate change."

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Pentagon bracing for public dissent over climate and energy shocks

Pentagon bracing for public dissent over climate and energy shocks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: NSA Prism is motivated in part by fears that environmentally-linked disasters could spur anti-government activism

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, June 15, 2013 3:33 AM

Brilliant must-read analysis in the Guardian by security and sustainability expert Nafeez Ahmed on the links between PRISM and the world's climate and energy emergency.

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It is time for the judiciary to step in and avert climate catastrophe

It is time for the judiciary to step in and avert climate catastrophe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"A fast-paced energy revolution is citizens' by right and judicial intervention will help to restore the democratic order, depoliticising the climate issue and making the influence of special interests and short-term gain in the political process less effective."


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Open Seas - The Arctic is the Mediterranean of the 21st century.

Open Seas - The Arctic is the Mediterranean of the 21st century. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If climate scientists' prophesies of an ice-free Arctic Ocean pan out, the world will witness the most sweeping transformation of geopolitics since the Panama Canal opened. Seafaring nations and industries will react assertively -- as they did when merchantmen and ships of war sailing from Atlantic seaports no longer had to circumnavigate South America to reach the Pacific Ocean.


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The World in 2050

This talk draws on the latest global modeling research to construct a sweeping thought experiment on what our world will be like in 2050. The World in 2050 combines the lessons of geography and history with state-of-the-art model projections and analytical data-everything from climate dynamics and resource stocks to age distributions and economic growth projections.


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King Natural Gas

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Will cheap natural gas give us an opportunity to reduce ­emissions while inventing new technologies? Or will we simply become addicted to another fossil fuel?

 

This MIT Technology Review article on the American natural gas revolution might be a bit too optimistic about the future of gas and a bit too negative on the future of renewables, but it has some very valid arguments.


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What is a Climate and Energy Indicator? | Infographic

What is a Climate and Energy Indicator? | Infographic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This infographic is from the 2014 Environmental Performance Index. The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks how well countries perform on high-priority environmental issues in two broad policy areas: protection of human health from environmental harm and protection of ecosystems. Within these two policy objectives the EPI scores country performance in nine issue areas comprised of 20 indicators. Indicators in the EPI measure how close countries are to meeting internationally established targets or, in the absence of agreed-upon targets, how they compare to the range of observed countries.


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What We Know: American scientists' warning on climate chaos

What We Know: American scientists' warning on climate chaos | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What We Know helps us understand the science behind the realities, risks and response to the climate challenge.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 18, 1:58 PM

The scientific community is getting more vocal and outspoken(about time), but the more policy makers will understand what they will need to do (questioning the Western way of life), the more they will hide themselves in ideology and denial.

Eli Levine's curator insight, March 18, 4:33 PM

The whole thing is about to break down, unless there is a significant coup against the existing private interests and their hold on policy makers' decisions.

 

One has to wonder how mentally healthy these people are who think that wealth is more valuable than health, regardless of the reasoning or justification for that wealth.

 

Think about it.

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EU study predicts clean energy, climate failure by 2050

EU study predicts clean energy, climate failure by 2050 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The EU's decarbonisation of its energy sector will only cut emissions by half the amount needed to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius in 2050, according to a business-as-usual scenario quietly released by the European Commission over...

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, January 8, 2:23 PM

No surprise in this 'surprising' report which the Commission tries to hush up. Only bringing political and economic leaders to court over failure to protect its citizens will put something in motion. But then it will already be too late anyway.

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Climate Change — The state of the science

Produced by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and Globaia and funded by the UN Foundation for the launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report.
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The data visualization summarises several of the most significant statements in the IPCC’s latest summary for policymakers published September 2013. This summary covers the physical science basis of climate change. In 2014, IPCC will publish summaries concerning societal impacts, mitigation and adaptation.


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We’ll Blow by U.N. Climate-Change Panel’s Trillion-Tons Limit

We’ll Blow by U.N. Climate-Change Panel’s Trillion-Tons Limit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The IPCC says we can emit a trillion tons of carbon and still avoid major warming. We’ll emit much more.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, October 2, 2013 1:51 PM

Great article in the MIT technology review. In order to emit no more than 1 trillion tonnes of carbon, world needs to reduce annually by 2.5%. With all the trillions still in the ground and fossil fuel giants still in power, who really believes this is feasible?

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'Baseless economics': Lord Stern on David Cameron’s claims that a UK fracking boom can bring down price of gas

'Baseless economics': Lord Stern on David Cameron’s claims that a UK fracking boom can bring down price of gas | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lord Stern, author of the hugely influential Stern review on the financial implications of climate change, has dismissed David Cameron’s claims that a fracking boom in the UK can bring down the price of gas in the UK as “baseless”.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, September 9, 2013 4:22 PM

With European policymakers increasingly seduced by the siren songs of the fossil fuel barrons, it is good some policy advisors are keeping a cool head.

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Natural Gas Must Peak Between 2020 and 2030 To Meet Climate Goals

A new report on climate change and natural gas usage finds natural gas must peak sooner than many policymakers currently realize is necessary—if the United States is to meet its climate goals and avoid the worst impacts of global warming.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, July 28, 2013 2:37 PM

Luckily there are some rational voices on natural gas in the US; not all believe in the fairy tales of the shale gas lobbyists.

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World Population May Reach 11 Billion By 2100

World Population May Reach 11 Billion By 2100 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"The model predicts that the population will likely reach between 9 billion and 13 billion by 2100."


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, June 18, 2013 2:09 PM

And still, this issue remains the biggest taboo for policymakers and media.

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New Lens Scenarios - Shell Global

New Lens Scenarios - Shell Global | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"With the world’s population headed toward 9 billion at mid-century and millions of people climbing out of poverty, global energy demand could increase by as much as 80% by 2050. That’s according to Shell’s latest scenarios, which look at trends in the economy, politics and energy in considering developments over the next half a century."


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 9, 2013 3:35 AM

In its latest New Lens scenarios, Shell recognises the existence of "ecological limits" to growth and confirms 2 degrees warming target is unreachable.

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Rapid and deep emissions reductions may not be easy, but 4°C to 6°C will be much worse”

Rapid and deep emissions reductions may not be easy, but 4°C to 6°C will be much worse” | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"So we have no historical precedents for anything greater than 1% per annum reduction in emissions. We’re saying we need nearer 10% per annum, and this is something we need to be doing today. And therefore, we can draw a very clear conclusion from this, that in the short to medium term, the way for the Annex 1, the wealthy parts of the world to meet their obligations to 2°C, is to cut back very significantly on consumption. And that would therefore mean in the short to medium term a reduction in our economic activity i.e. we could not have economic growth."

 


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Work less to pollute less? What contribution can or must working time reduction play in reducing carbon emissions?

Work less to pollute less? What contribution can or must working time reduction play in reducing carbon emissions? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

New report from the European Trade Union Institute makes the case for radical working time reduction to achieve Europe's ambitious 2050 greenhouse gas targets.


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Romney's energy plan follows the money

Energy analyst Chris Nelder reviews Mitt Romney's energy plan and finds nothing but an oil and gas industry wish list.

 

How the fossil fuel industry won the energy narrative war and is now buying the next US President.. Get ready for more resource wars and climate collapse.


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