January 2019

Top story

The transition to 100% renewables can be achieved at about a quarter of the cost of current subsidies for fossil fuels.

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-state-of-the-art-climate-crisis.html

 

Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson: 100% renewable energy will reduce total energy cost by 50% and social costs by 88%.

http://web.stanford.edu/group/efmh/jacobson/Articles/I/CombiningRenew/WorldGridIntegration.pdf

 

An example showing 89% savings from using solar to power electric cars.

http://evworld.com/blogs.cfm?blogID=1123

 

 

Ice Loss Accelerating

Antarctic ice loss is accelerating.

http://news.trust.org/item/20190114195300-asggw

 

Greenland ice loss is accelerating

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/21/greenland-ice-melting-faster-than-scientists-previously-thought-study

 

North American Glacier ice loss is accelerating

https://earther.gizmodo.com/north-america-s-glaciers-are-melting-four-times-faster-1831881934

 

Fast-melting Antarctic Thwaite glacier shows new signs of destabilization.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/huge-hole-discovered-beneath-fast-melting-antarctic-glacier/

 

 

Impacts on communities

In Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands face an impossible choice between battered coastlines and urban slums.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/01/climate-change-drives-migration-crisis-in-bangladesh-from-dhaka-sundabans/

 

Australia baked in 120 degree weather.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jan/19/australia-swelters-as-relentless-hot-weather-smashes-records

 

 

Public opinion

72% of polled Americans now say global warming is personally important to them.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/22/climate-change-concern-americans-poll

 

How the fossil fuel industry got the media to think climate change is debatable

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/01/10/how-fossil-fuel-industry-got-media-think-climate-change-was-debatable

 

 

Public policy

Leading economists support carbon fee and dividend.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-17/from-greenspan-to-yellen-economic-brain-trust-backs-carbon-tax

 

We can de-carbonize the economy faster with wind and solar than with nuclear.

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/01/24/why-excluding-nuclear-fossils-with-carbon-capture-biofuels-from-the-green-new-deal-makes-financial-climate-sense-realitycheck/

 

Pentagon says climate change threatens a majority of mission-critical military bases.

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2019/01/18/dod-majority-of-mission-critical-bases-face-climate-change-threats/

 

Tackling the twin challenges of climate change and inequality.

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/tackling-twin-challenges-climate-change-inequality-190117124357686.html

 

U.S. top court rejects Exxon in climate change document dispute

http://news.trust.org/item/20190107143238-u421z/

 

Climate and Cyber Risks Top Concerns Facing the World in 2019

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-16/climate-and-cyber-risks-top-concerns-facing-the-world-in-2019

 

Vancouver city council voted to declare climate emergency

https://globalnews.ca/news/4856517/vancouver-city-council-votes-to-declare-climate-emergency/

 

 

Climate records and trends

The past four years have been the hottest four years on record.  See first table at:

http://berkeleyearth.org/2018-temperatures

 

Heat waves are getting hotter and also larger.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/jan/11/weatherwatch-heat-waves-are-getting-bigger-as-well-as-hotter

 

Brace for impact: oceans are heating up faster than previously thought

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/01/11/oceans-are-warming-faster-than-we-thought-scientists-suggest-we-brace-impact

 

 

Scientific research

Chill spill: how the brutally cold Arctic blast that hit the U.S. might be linked to the warming trend in the Arctic.

https://www.carbonbrief.org/qa-how-is-arctic-warming-linked-to-polar-vortext-other-extreme-weather

 

A new, better understanding about how the Atlantic Ocean Circulation works may improve climate forecasts.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/01/31/surprising-new-picture-ocean-circulation-could-have-major-consequences-climate-science

 

 

Business perspective

Climate Change Is forcing the insurance industry to recalculate

https://www.wsj.com/graphics/climate-change-forcing-insurance-industry-recalculate

 

New York-based Amalgamated Bank won't lend to fossil fuel projects

https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/01/amalgamated-bank-wont-lend-to-fossil-fuel-projects/

 

 

Clean Energy Progress

Global investment in clean energy was about $300 billion last year (comparable to previous years).

https://www.power-technology.com/news/global-renewable-energy-investment-300-billion/

 

 

Fundamentals and Fun Facts

Climate solutions ranked by Drawdown team (click on the search field to view the list)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/01/10/how-fossil-fuel-industry-got-media-think-climate-change-was-debatable

 

One solar panel produces as much electricity as 10,000 pounds of coal.

 

 

Disruption caused by extreme rainfall last month

Extreme rainfall is on the increase; below are some examples from January:

 

Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay – 4 Killed After Record Rainfall

Australia – Queensland Rivers at Record Levels After 24 inches of Rain

Bolivia – 10,000 people have been affected

Brazil – Hundreds Missing After Tailings Dam Collapse in Minas Gerais

Burundi – Floods in Bujumbura Leave 10 Dead

Chile – Evacuations After Rivers Overflow in Arica

Indonesia – 15 Dead, 20 Missing After Landslide in West Java

Indonesia – Deadly Floods Hit South Sulawesi with 12 inches rain

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in Bali

Madagascar – Several killed as building collapse during floods

Niger – Rising Rivers Cause Flooding in Tillaberi and Diffa Regions

Peru – Dozens of Homes Destroyed by Floods

Philippines – 20,000 Evacuate Floods in Davao Region

Saudi Arabia – Dozens Rescued After Floods in North and West

South East Africa – 20 killed in Deadly Storms and Floods

Spain – 4 dead in Floods in Asturias

Sri Lanka – Over 100,000 Affected by Floods After Days of Heavy Rain

 

Reference: http://floodlist.com/