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Weather Disasters Cost US $306 Bln in 2017 -NOAA

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

Weather and climate-related disasters cost the United States a record $306 billion in 2017, the third-warmest year on record, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Monday. The report from the federal agency underscores the economic risks of climate change, even as President Donald Trump's administration casts doubts on the causes of it and has started withdrawing the U.S. from a global pact to combat it. NOAA said western wildfires and hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma contributed to making 2017 the costliest year on record.

Oceanographer of the Navy on Climate Change

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

The oceanographer of the Navy and director of the U.S. Navy's Task Force Climate Change discussed the national security implications of the changing global climate at the United Nations climate change summit in Copenhagen Dec. 16. Formally known as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties 15 (COP-15), the summit, according to a statement on the convention's website, brings together negotiators, ministers, and world leaders as part of a unified international effort to combat climate change. "The U.S.

Antarctic Treaty Meeting Urged to Step Up Climate Change Role

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As the 2015 Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) opens today in the Bulgarian capital, the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) urged the ATCM to take action to promote the crucial importance of climate-related Antarctic research and its role in the Earth’s interconnected climate systems to the climate change community, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in the run up this year’s COP21 climate summit in Paris. ASOC is also calling on the ATCM…

Paris Climate Summit - A Missed Opportunity

As the annual Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) closed today in the Bulgarian capital, the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) called the meeting’s adoption of a resolution on climate change a “missed opportunity” to have a meaningful impact in the run up to COP21 climate summit in Paris. The ATCM, the governing organization for the world’s seventh continent, agreed to a resolution encouraging national Antarctic scientific programmes to work with the international scientific community on the best ways to promote Antarctic climate change research in support COP21 objectives and to support national Antarctic programmes to carry out ambitious science to improve understanding of climate change impacts on the Antarctic environment and ecosystems.

IMO Joins UN Climate Change Learning Partnership

Photo: IMO

The International maritime Oranization (IMO) reports it has joined the United Nations One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn).   IMO now enters a partnership of more than 30 UN organizations that have an interest in climate change learning.   The CC:Learn e-Learning platform aims to provide free e-learning resources on climate change, each course building upon the expertise of relevant UN partners.  

Ban Welcomes Leonardo DiCaprio as UN Messenger of Peace

Pictured left to right United Nations Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN PhotoMark Garten

Mr. Ban announced the appointment of the renowned actor and dedicated environmentalist last week, telling reporters that Mr. DiCaprio's main focus as the Organization's newest Messenger of Peace would be climate change issues. “His global stardom is the perfect match for this global challenge,” said the UN chief. His is expected to join the Secretary-General tomorrow at the Peoples' Climate March through the streets of Manhattan, where reportedly more than 100,000 people are expected to come together to demand leaders take action in advance of Mr.

Transport Ministers Summit Kicks off in Germany

Key topics of this year’s summit will be centered on transport and climate change as a milestone to the COP 21 climate change conference in December 2015. The Annual Summit of transport ministers from around the world will take place in Leipzig, Germany from May 27-29, 2015, under the Presidency of New Zealand. The theme of the 2015 Summit is Transport, Trade and Tourism. Transport ministers from all over the globe will gather in Leipzig for the two-and-a- half day Annual Summit  to discuss the role of transport in a world of growing global trade and rapidly expanding tourism. They will be joined by more than 1,000 participants from around 80 countries during the Summit.

Gates to Launch Mega Clean Tech Initiative

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will launch a multi-billion-dollar clean energy research and development initiative on Monday, the opening day of the U.N. climate change summit in Paris, GreenWire reported Friday. Gates and a group of developing and developed countries will agree to double their research and development budgets to boost clean energy deployment and work collaboratively, according to GreenWire, an energy and climate trade publication, citing government and business officials familiar with the agreement.

Global Climate Change Threatens Papahānaumokuākea Marine

Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA

Despite its remote location in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument faces a looming threat of global climate change that will affect its land and marine ecosystems, as well as its cultural resources, according to a new NOAA report. The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Conservation Series report, Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, finds that sea-level rise, ocean acidification, ocean warming, and other climate-related changes are expected to significantly affect the monument.

Obama to Visit Arctic

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President Barack Obama is traveling to Alaska in late August to visit the front lines of climate change, which he called "one of the greatest challenges we face this century". He'll speak to a global Arctic leadership summit in Anchorage and also travel north to the Arctic. The White House says it's the first visit by a sitting president to the Alaskan Arctic, says the Associated Press. Obama says in a video posted to social media that he's going because Alaskans are on the front lines of climate change.

Scania Commended for Climate Change Disclosure

Engine manufacturer Scania is featured in CDP’s “Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index for a second time. This index, a key component of CDP’s annual Nordic 260 Report, highlights the constituent companies within the Nordic stock exchanges which have displayed the most professional approach to corporate governance in respect of climate change disclosure practices. Companies are scored on their climate change disclosure and high scores indicate good internal data management and understanding of climate change related issues affecting the company. The index, compiled by FirstCarbon Solutions on behalf of CDP provides an evaluation tool for institutional investors.

Gas Natural Fenosa, Baleària Sign LNG Bunkering Deal

Photo: Baleària

Spanish liquefied natural gas (LNG) operator Gas Natural Fenosa signed an exclusive 10-year LNG supply deal with Spanish ferry operator Baleària. According to the company release, the supply contract will initially apply to the ports of Barcelona, Valencia and Algeciras, then extended to all the peninsular ports operated by the shipping company together with the entire new fleet powered by this fuel committed to using LNG as an ecological fuel. The president of Baleària, Adolfo Utor…

Alberta Panel to Review Climate-change Policy

Environment Minister Shannon Phillips

The Canadian province of Alberta, the biggest source of U.S. oil imports, announced the members of its climate change policy review panel on Friday, part of its pledge to implement new rules on greenhouse gas reductions. Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said the panel would offer recommendations to the government by early November, ahead of a key United Nations climate change conference in Paris in December, but did not say when new GHG targets are likely to come into effect.

Solomon Islands Capital Needs to relocate to Combat Tsunami

Solomon Island

BMT WBM (BMT), a subsidiary of the BMT Group, a leading international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has partnered with Buckley Vann town planners and the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland to develop a comprehensive climate change adaptation plan for the provincial capital of Choiseul in the Solomon Islands. The capital is located on Taro Island, a small coral atoll within Choiseul Bay, mostly less than two metres above mean sea level.

Oceans Gasping for Breath, Oxygen Running Low!

Deoxgenation due to climate change is already detectable in some parts of the ocean. New research from NCAR finds that it will likely become widespread between 2030 and 2040. Other parts of the ocean, shown in gray, will not have detectable loss of oxygen due to climate change even by 2100. Image Credit: NCAR

Rising levels of CO2 are making it hard for fish to breathe in addition to exacerbating global warming and ocean acidification. Climate change has caused a drop in the amount of oxygen dissolved in the oceans in some parts of the world, and those effects should become evident across large parts of the ocean between 2030 and 2040, according to a new study led by researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. The oceans receive their oxygen supply from the surface via the atmosphere or from phytoplankton…

IMO Only Place for Global Debate on Shipping CO2

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

As world leaders prepare for key negotiations on climate change in Bonn and Paris later this year, IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu has issued a strong call for any discussion on shipping’s contribution to global CO2 emissions to be held at IMO. IMO is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for regulating the safety and environmental performance of international shipping. In a statement issued during a conference in Singapore, Sekimizu reiterated his view that IMO is the only place where the debate over shipping and climate change should be taken forward…

G20 Communique to Include Climate Change, Anti-corruption Plan

G20 Meeting in progress

The G20 communique will include a significant passage on climate change and an endorsement of an anti-corruption plan, European Union officials said on Sunday. "The most difficult discussion was on climate change," an EU official said on condition of anonymity. "This was really trench warfare, this was really step by step by step. The Australian government, which is hosting the G20 summit, had sought to keep climate change off the main agenda of the meeting to focus on strictly economic issues, against a push led by the United States and Europe.

Climate Change Impacts on Ports and Trade

Ports are likely to be affected directly and indirectly by climate changes, such as rising sea levels, extreme weather events and rising temperatures. Climate change and its impact on ports will be the theme of the upcoming United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Expert Meeting that will take place from the 29th to the 30th of September. Over 80 per cent of world trade volume is carried by sea. International shipping and ports provide crucial linkages in global supply-chains and are essential for the ability of all countries, including those that are landlocked, to access global markets. Given ports’ strategic role as part of the international trading system…

Scientists Link Climate Change and Gray Snapper

Models Project Northward Distribution Shifts Using Temperature, Estuarine Habitats as Key Factors. NOAA scientists continue to develop and improve the approaches used to understand the effect of climate change on marine fisheries along the U.S. east coast. Their latest study projects that one common coastal species found in the southeast U.S., gray snapper, will shift northwards in response to warming coastal waters. In a study published online December 20 in the journal PLOS ONE…

World Refugee Crisis to Worsen with Climate Change

David Miliband Photo by International Rescue Committee

A historic 52 million people are fleeing conflict worldwide, a trend that will intensify over the next two decades because of climate change, International Rescue Committee chief David Miliband said on Friday. "One of the drivers of displacement and potential conflict over the next 10 to 20 years will be climate (change) - resource scarcity," said Miliband, a former United Kingdom foreign minister. Miliband said there were 16 million refugees and 36 million people displaced in their own countries, typically by civil war.

Climate Change: a Challenge for IMO Too

September 24 2009 marks the 32nd celebration of World Maritime Day, the annual occasion when the International Maritime Organization (IMO) leads the world in highlighting a key issue for the Organization and the shipping industry. This year, the theme for World Maritime Day is Climate Change: a challenge for IMO too! In his World Maritime Day message to the international maritime community, IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos said that now was the time to make tough decisions to address climate change, and to act with total and undivided commitment. "At IMO, we are heavily and consistently engaged in the fight to protect and preserve our environment - both marine and atmospheric.

Climate Change Link to Extreme Weather Easier to Gauge - U.S. report

global warming Courtesy Live Science

Scientists are better able to measure how climate change may cause extreme weather such as droughts, heat waves and heavy rain, but research does not clearly tie wildfires, tornadoes and hurricanes to global warming, the top U.S. scientific organization said on Friday. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said in a 144-page report that a host of factors could be behind weather events, including normal variations and atmospheric circulation. Extreme events are harder to explain…

UN Climate Talks Head for Watered-down Deal

United Nations climate talks, which ran on into a an extra day on Saturday, are heading for a watered-down deal on limiting global warming, leaving many of the toughest issues for next year's Paris summit. Peruvian Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, hosting the talks, told delegates that a new text on Saturday morning to try to break impasses was not perfect, but reflected common ground. Rich and poor nations were at odds after two weeks of talks in Peru over how to share the burden of curbing rising world emissions and how to raise a promised $100 billion a year by 2020 to help the poor cope with a warmer world. Lima is meant to establish the building blocks of a new global deal to limit climate change to be agreed at a U.N.

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