Update for November 2017

Top news items

“Coastal communities from Maine to California have been put on notice from one of the top credit rating agencies: Start preparing for climate change or risk losing access to cheap credit.”

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-29/moody-s-warns-cities-to-address-climate-risks-or-face-downgrades

 

In spite of clean energy progress, global greenhouse gas emissions hit an all-time high last year (after 2 years of leveling off):

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/11/13/fossil-fuel-emissions-projected-to-reach-an-all-time-high-in-2017-dashing-hopes-of-progress

 

 

Climate records and trends

Record warm weather in the U.S., Australia, China, and the Arctic.  In the western U.S. some areas were 40 degrees above normal.

 

https://psmag.com/environment/why-is-winter-suddenly-so-warm

 

 

Impact on communities

The Lancet medical journal reported on current health impacts of climate change.  “… rising temperatures are hastening the spread of infectious diseases; crop yields are becoming uneven and unpredictable, worsening the hunger and malnourishment for some of the most vulnerable people on the planet; allergy seasons are getting longer; and at times it is simply too hot for farmers to work in the fields.”

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/31/climate-change-public-health-emergency-doctors-lancet-countdown

 

 

Public policy

Annual global climate talks were held in Bonn.  The U.S. is now the only country that is not participating in the Paris climate agreement.

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/climate-talks-close-trump-administration-one-track-world-another-n821536

 

A U.S. government report confirmed that humans are the dominant cause of climate change, and evidence does not support any other explanation.

 

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/humans-dominant-cause-of-climate-change-government-report-says/article/2639584

 

 

Clean energy progress

In some areas, building new clean energy costs less than keeping existing coal and nuclear facilities running.

 

https://www.lazard.com/media/450353/lazard-releases-annual-levelized-cost-of-energy-2017.pdf

 

California expects to have 50% clean energy by 2020 (ten years ahead of schedule).

 

http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/uploadedFiles/CPUC_Website/Content/Utilities_and_Industries/Energy/Reports_and_White_Papers/Nov%202017%20-%20RPS%20Annual%20Report.pdf

 

Tesla delivered a massive battery storage system to South Australia to stabilize the grid.

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-completes-100mw-powerpack-system-australia/

 

 

Examples of the kind of disruption caused by climate change

Extreme rainfall caused flooding in Albania, Cambodia, Columbia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.

 

www.floodlist.com