Climate change is not just about building seawalls, managing forests, and putting houses on posts. It’s also about loss of life and property on a World War scale. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates climate change will cause an additional quarter of a million deaths per year between 2030 and 2050.Continue Reading Is there criminal liability for climate change denial?
The negative implication of the title is sure to delight climate change deniers: America’s Power Grid Isn’t Ready for Electric Cars (Click image for article). The article makes the point that when the majority of cars are electric cars, it will place additional demands on electric generation and grids; and that different states will require different levels of upgrades. Continue Reading As the U.S. converts to electric cars, the energy grid needs some changes too
A new federal report by 13 federal agencies spells out the cold hard truth about the arrival of climate change impacts. The impacts are summarized in this Atlantic Magazine article: The Three Most Chilling Conclusions From the Climate Report. For example, heat waves are 3 times as frequent and lengthy, wildfires are twice as frequent as would be the case without climate change, sea level rise will cause mass migration.Continue Reading Climageddon has begun concludes Federal Report. Who’s gonna pay?
Trump’s ignorance of (or dishonesty about) climate change science was on full display in a Thanksgiving tweet. He implied the record cold temperatures in the eastern half of the country were some sort of counter-evidence of climate change. He tweeted: “Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS – Whatever happened to Global Warming?” Were this an isolated comment, it may have been subject to a different interpretation. However, he has been a consistent climate change denier, has appointed deniers to to key positions, and pulled the U.S. out of Paris Climate Accord. Continue Reading How global warming is causing record cold temperatures in the Eastern U.S.
Urban fire or ‘wild’fire?
The previous segment highlighted how the tension between attribution and contribution to the effects of climate change – while an important discussion – shouldn’t hamstring being proactive in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.
So, why the quotes around ‘wild’ in wildfire?Continue Reading Lessons from the California Fires: Climate Change Impacts and Proactive Planning (part 2)
This multi-part series will use the recent fires in California as a lens to explore the limitations of attributing the effects climate change to specific catastrophic events, the distinctions between wildfire and urban fire, and the role of national and international codes in addressing these events, which are occurring with increasing intensity and frequency.
Attribution and contribution
With ‘wild’fires still raging across southern California, Gov. Jerry Brown warns that megafires may be the new normal.
A cursory glance at media coverage over the past few years shows a trend of (thankfully) moving past “does climate change exist?” toward “is climate change to blame for this disaster?” Recent examples include VOX’s ‘Climate change did not “cause” Harvey or Irma, but it’s a huge part of the story.’ The media reports and Gov. Brown’s recent warnings are classic examples of the tensions between attribution and contribution.Continue Reading Lessons from the California Fires: Climate Change Impacts and Proactive Planning (part 1)
Over the last few weeks, a vocal swath of San Diego has been quite polarized about large and small investors perhaps changing the nature of local communities thru the ongoing rental of homes principally in our coastal neighborhoods for profit. News reports have shown ‘for’ and ‘against’ waging this debate on the overall feel and makeup of Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and elsewhere. This certainly is a debate worth having.Continue Reading Pace of Sea Level Rising Quickly – Disaster Looms for Coastal San Diego