Climate Change

"Study Says Five Solomon Islands Have Disappeared Underwater"

"Five islands have disappeared in the Pacific's Solomon Islands due to rising sea levels and coastal erosion, according to an Australian study that scientists said Saturday could provide valuable insights for future research.

A further six reef islands have been severely eroded in the remote area of the Solomons, the study said, with one experiencing some 10 houses being swept into the sea between 2011 and 2014.

Source: France 24, 08/08/2016

"More Than 60% Of Maldives' Coral Reefs Hit By Bleaching"

"Scientific survey found all reefs had been affected by high sea surface temperatures, with up to 90% of coral colonies bleached in some areas".

"More than 60% of coral in reefs in the Maldives has been hit by “bleaching” as the world is gripped by record temperatures in 2016, a scientific survey suggests.

Bleaching happens when algae that lives in the coral is expelled due to stress caused by extreme and sustained changes in temperatures, turning the coral white and putting it at risk of dying if conditions do not return to normal.

Source: UK Press Association, 08/08/2016

"In Olympics Opening Ceremony, Brazil Goes Big On Climate Change"

"Amid the pomp and circumstance of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on Friday, in between the fireworks and musical acts,...came a more somber message. In primetime, with the world watching, Brazil showed a video focused on the problem of global warming and climate change."

Source: Wash Post, 08/08/2016
April 4, 2017 to April 7, 2017

IAIA17, Impact Assessment’s Contribution to the Global Efforts in Addressing Climate Change

Using our skills to adapt or mitigate the adverse effects of climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face. The 37th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment in Montréal will share information, best practices, success stories, innovations, and lessons learned with delegates from all over the world.

"Anthrax Outbreak Strikes Russian Arctic Amid Unusually Hot Summer"

"An anthrax outbreak in remote western Siberia has led to the hospitalization of at least 90 people in the Arctic town of Salekhard, with at least 20 confirmed cases of the illness. One person, a 12-year-old boy, has died from anthrax according to the TASS News Agency and other media reports."

Source: Mashable, 08/04/2016

House GOPers in Standoff with State AGs Over Exxon Climate Probe Docs

Transparency is at the core of an escalating confrontation between House Republicans and some state Attorney Generals over Exxon's support for climate change denial. The AGs in July defied a subpoena from the House Science Committee, chaired by Lamar Smith (R-TX, pictured).

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