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Most Think Climate Change Will Cause More Natural Disasters, Poll Finds - The Weather Channel

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eco-business.com Most Think Climate Change Will Cause More Natural Disasters, Poll Finds The Weather Channel More than 80 percent of people around the world think climate change will lead to more natural disasters in the future, while nearly the...
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More heatwaves by 2020 'almost certain' | Climate News Network

More heatwaves by 2020 'almost certain' | Climate News Network | Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure for Energy | Scoop.it

Stand by for extreme weather. Prepare for heat waves on a scale that was once unprecedented. For once, there are no “ifs” in the forecast, no caveats about modelling business-as-usual-scenarios rather than dramatic reductions of emissions for near-term warming

 

Even if governments abandon fossil fuels everywhere, immediately, and invest only in green energy, there will be new record temperatures. The greenhouse gas emissions of the last few decades now mean that regions of the planet subjected to extreme heat will double by 2020 and quadruple by 2040.

 

Dim Coumou of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany and a colleague from Madrid in Spain make this prediction in Environmental Research Letters. In essence, they are only pointing out that the unprecedented heat waves that have already been recorded this century in Australia, the US, Russia, Greece and so on will increase in frequency and extent and in degrees Celsius.

 

They have followed the mathematical logic of climate models and simple thermodynamics. Extra greenhouse gas already in the atmosphere has pushed up global average temperatures. But an average is only the sum of all the extremes divided by the days in the year.

 

And as average temperatures rise in response to carbon dioxide levels, so will the extremes. And their forecast says the second half of the century will be even worse – unless global greenhouse emissions are reduced substantially.

 

“In many regions, the coldest summer months by the end of the century will be hotter than the hottest experienced today -  that’s what our calculations show for a scenario of unabated climate change. We would enter a new climatic regime”, said Dr Coumou.

 

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White House, DOE report gauges electric grid resilience to weather outages

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The White House Council of Economic Advisers and the U.S. Department of Energy have released a new report that assesses how to best protect the nation’s electric grid from power outages that occur during natural disasters. This week marks the tenth anniversary of one of the worst power outages in the United States, during which tens of millions of Americans were affected across parts of Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey.


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How 'smart grids' help blackout-proof the power game - Technology & Science - CBC News

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Ten years ago today, the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. and Canada went black in a colossal power outage that affected 50 million people. In the decade since, utilities have explored scores of creative ways to transform the way we consume electricity.
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Connecticut invests $18MM in statewide microgrid using gas-fired power - PennEnergy (press release)

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Connecticut invests $18MM in statewide microgrid using gas-fired power
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This is another innovative step taken by Governor Malloy to make Connecticut a leader in energy policy.
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Legislation spotlights building-scale energy storage - GreenBiz.com (blog)

Legislation spotlights building-scale energy storage - GreenBiz.com (blog) | Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure for Energy | Scoop.it
GreenBiz.com (blog) Legislation spotlights building-scale energy storage GreenBiz.com (blog) This year, heat waves have already been fatal in the Southwest and residents in Northern California have been asked to reduce energy consumption to avoid...
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6 Apps to Prepare for Natural Disasters in Asia

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Asia has experienced its share of devastating natural disasters: earthquakes, tsunamis, storms and floods. Although some might say weather and calamities are unpredictable, it d...
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Asia's rapid economic growth is creating a larger infrastructure footprint each year.  This, in turn, is creating new vulnerabilities by putting more assets in harms way, including a lot more energy investments (power lines, pipelines, power plants, compression stations, refineries, etc.).  Harnessing digital technologies are one way to ensure that energy systems are built to be as resilient as possible.

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China Gets Serious About Scaling Distributed Energy - Forbes

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China could overtake the United States as the world's largest consumer market by 2018, according to a new analysis by Standard & Poor's.
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The Planet’s Strongest Storm So Far This Year Just Tore Through The Philippines, And Isn’t Done Yet

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Super Typhoon Utor just ripped across the Philippines, heading into the South China Sea on Monday afternoon.

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3 Cities That Used Disaster to Revitalize Their Future | Emergency Management

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Mayor Walt Maddox knew he had become a member of a select club no city leader wants to join. Minutes earlier a mile-wide tornado had ripped a nearly 6-mile-long path through the center of the city, leveling a main commercial artery, hitting a major medical center and flattening vital city buildings.

 

In the following weeks, Maddox would get the final totals for the destruction: 5,362 homes impaired or demolished, 53 dead, and 1,200 injured. Twelve and a half percent of the city was destroyed. Seven thousand people were left homeless and thousands of jobs were lost. “And all this happened,” Maddox says, “in six minutes.”

 

Maddox’s fellow disaster-club members know what he’s talking about. Tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and snowstorms can land with a harsh and terrible swiftness, killing people, wiping out roads and leveling businesses, hospitals and homes. It’s likely to get worse. Scientists who study meteorology warn that climate change will only increase the severity of some extreme weather events in the future, namely flooding, snowstorms and hurricanes.

 

While cities mourn their losses, they face the huge task of rebuilding and the frustrating wait for federal and state money to help with the effort. But some cities -- Tuscaloosa among them -- take on an additional challenge: They make a post-disaster leap from replacing to revitalizing.

 

Obviously, there’s little comfort in the devastation of a natural disaster, but essential to the idea is that in disaster there can be opportunity. Millions in federal, state and local disaster dollars can be leveraged into billions in additional investment from the private sector. That approach, however, takes more time, a lot of patience and a dose of creativity. Tuscaloosa; Greensburg, Kan.; and San Francisco all learned how to turn local tragedy into a new and vibrant vision. Their lessons on leveraging funds, dealing with local sentiment -- the longing to replace rather than remake -- are a playbook for local officials dealing with today’s disasters.

 

Whether it’s localities in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that were pummeled last year by Hurricane Sandy and its wind-driven flooding, or tornado-alley cities like Moore, Okla., still reeling from the wreckage of this year’s storm season, these lessons hold suggestions for disasters of today and tomorrow, and for the next officials to join the disaster club.

 

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For those cities who have had the unfourtunate experience in dealing with a disaster, they well know that it takes much longer to rebuild their territory as opposed to having it destroyed.  City planners and emergency management teams are likely to rebuild and plan in such a way to avoid building structures that could cause loss of life during another disaster, as well as take further preventative measures to allow for prompt notification of a potentially occuring disaster.

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Infosecurity - Cyber Threats Eclipse Natural Disasters as Top Business Risk

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Despite what seems like a growing number of Super Storm Sandy-like natural disasters, ongoing conflict in the Middle East and other business-impacting worries around the globe, companies now rank cybersecurity as the top risk to their operations.
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Infrastructure investors unprepared for natural disasters - Financial News

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Financial News Infrastructure investors unprepared for natural disasters Financial News Marsh's Warman added that in countries that are already experiencing climate change, investors have started to push the issue of natural disaster related risk...
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The Smart Grid and Natural Disasters | The Energy Collective

The Smart Grid and Natural Disasters | The Energy Collective | Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure for Energy | Scoop.it
Image Each new large-scale natural disaster delivers its own unique cocktail of heartache and damage, but the need to modernize the electrical grid is a common denominator—growing only more glaring with each new ...
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Technology innovation will be key to creating resilient as well as sustainable energy infrastruture in the future.  

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