NextGov: House Bill Would Create NOAA-Led National Database to Help Coastal Communities Confront Rising Seas

NextGov: House Bill Would Create NOAA-Led National Database to Help Coastal Communities Confront Rising Seas. “Legislation recently introduced in the House calls for the creation of a sea level-tracking database—deemed the National Coastal Data Information System—to inform people in frontline coastal communities how climate change is uniquely impacting their areas, and ultimately advance their preparedness for future natural disasters.”

Association of Bay Area Governments: Bay Area Energy Atlas Now Online!

Association of Bay Area Governments: Bay Area Energy Atlas Now Online!. “ABAG’s BayREN program has launched the Bay Area Energy Atlas. The tool, developed by the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA, in partnership with BayREN, is a large database of PG&E account-level electricity and natural gas consumption linked spatially to building characteristics and sociodemographic data. The Energy Atlas was developed to assist local governments with climate action planning and to delve into how energy is being used in their jurisdictions. “

Climate change: Covid pandemic has little impact on rise in CO2 (BBC)

BBC: Climate change: Covid pandemic has little impact on rise in CO2. “The global response to the Covid-19 crisis has had little impact on the continued rise in atmospheric concentrations of CO2, says the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Carbon emissions fell dramatically in 2020 due to lockdowns that saw transport and industry grind to a halt. But this has only marginally slowed down the overall rise in concentrations, the scientists say.”

Climate Law Blog: Sabin Center Launches Climate Attribution Database

Climate Law Blog: Sabin Center Launches Climate Attribution Database . “Climate change attribution science provides the evidentiary basis for establishing that anthropogenic climate change is real, that it is already here, and that predicted future changes must be taken seriously. Faced with this growing body of research, courts, policy-makers, and private actors are addressing critical and urgent legal questions, such as whether governments are doing enough to reduce emissions and adapt to climate risks, and whether corporations can be held liable for their contributions to the problem. Today the Sabin Center and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory are launching the Climate Attribution Database, a thematically organized repository of state-of-the-art climate change attribution science.”

University of East Anglia: New App Allows Users To Explore How Global Warming Changes Their Cities’ Climate

University of East Anglia: New App Allows Users To Explore How Global Warming Changes Their Cities’ Climate . “A new mobile app allows people to explore how global warming will affect the future climate of their towns and cities. Developed by EarthSystemData Ltd with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia (UEA), the free to download ‘ESD Research’ app enables anyone anywhere to access the latest temperature and rainfall projections from the world’s top six most scientifically respected climate models.”

The Star: Museum of Dufferin launches new online climate exhibit

The Star: Museum of Dufferin launches new online climate exhibit. “Bringing climate change to a local relevancy, the Museum of Dufferin partnered with Climate Action in Dufferin to launch a new digital exhibition called ‘Before Your Eyes’. The digital exhibit looks to take the latest science on climate change in pollution and carbon dioxide, connecting the impacts to the local community while educating on solutions to reduce emissions.”

Earth Institute: A New Global Archive Helps Researchers Chart Changes in Arctic Animals’ Behavior

Earth Institute, Columbia University: A New Global Archive Helps Researchers Chart Changes in Arctic Animals’ Behavior. “Researchers from more than 100 universities, government agencies and conservation groups across 17 countries are involved in the archive, which is hosted by the Max Planck Institute. It currently contains over 200 projects with the movement data of more than 8,000 marine and terrestrial animals from 1991 to the present. ‘Our goal is to use the archive to build a global community across institutions and political boundaries,’ said Martin Wikelski, director at the Max Planck Institute.”

Smithsonian Magazine: Bison Mummies Help Scientists Ruminate on Ancient Climate

Smithsonian Magazine: Bison Mummies Help Scientists Ruminate on Ancient Climate. “Over 28,000 years ago, a steppe bison, Bison priscus, died in present-day Alaska. Its body was preserved by permafrost until scientists discovered it in 1951. The bison now rests in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, able to be seen by a virtual tour or in the ‘David H. Koch Hall of Fossils – Deep Time’ when the museum reopens.”

Arizona State University: Location, extent of coral reefs mapped worldwide using advanced AI

Arizona State University: Location, extent of coral reefs mapped worldwide using advanced AI. “…researchers from the Arizona State University Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science have generated a global coral reef extent map using a single methodology capable of predicting the location of shallow coral reefs with nearly 90% accuracy. The study was published in the journal, Coral Reefs.”

The Press of Atlantic City: NJ Coastal Coalition creates photo archive of coastal flooding hot spots

The Press of Atlantic City: NJ Coastal Coalition creates photo archive of coastal flooding hot spots. “There was no coastal flooding that day, making the hardest part walking along the side of the Black Horse Pike, cars whizzing by, keeping composure for a few seconds as Dan Skeldon and Palma Accardi, of the New Jersey Coastal Coalition, smiled and waved for the camera. The goal? To inform homeowners and visitors that, for more than 90% of the year, the shore is an easygoing, great place to be. The rest can present challenges in the form of coastal flooding.”

BBC: Norway funds satellite map of world’s tropical forests

BBC: Norway funds satellite map of world’s tropical forests. “A unique satellite dataset on the world’s tropical forests is now available for all to see and use. It’s a high-resolution image map covering 64 countries that will be updated monthly. Anyone who wants to understand how trees are being managed will be able to download the necessary information for analysis – for free.”

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Student and Youth Environmental Activism Web Archive

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Student and Youth Environmental Activism Web Archive. “The Student and Youth Environmental Activism Web Archive… documents youth and student engagement in climate change and environmental issues from around the globe beginning in 2019. It contains websites and online documents created by individuals, groups, organizations, and coalitions of student and youth-led environmental activism.”

Winnipeg Free Press: U of M building database for Arctic researchers

Winnipeg Free Press: U of M building database for Arctic researchers. “Dr. Carson Leung, a [University of Manitoba] computer science professor who runs the database and data mining lab, said this is the beginning of a long-term project that will see the university and college build a searchable database and also help researchers and those living in the arctic to deal with the changing climate in the north.”

Columbia University: Columbia University Launches the World’s First ‘Carbon Dioxide Removal Law’ Database

Columbia University: Columbia University Launches the World’s First ‘Carbon Dioxide Removal Law’ Database. “The site has 530 resources on legal issues related to carbon dioxide removal, including such techniques as: direct air capture; enhanced weathering; afforestation/reforestation; bioenergy with carbon capture and storage; biochar; ocean and coastal carbon dioxide removal; ocean iron fertilization; and soil carbon sequestration. The database also includes 239 legal resources on carbon capture and storage, utilization, and transportation. New resources are constantly being added.”

Environmental Defense Fund: EDF launches new tool to highlight corporate action on climate policy

Environmental Defense Fund: EDF launches new tool to highlight corporate action on climate policy. “The Climate Authenticity Meter is the first-ever tool that ranks corporate policy actions in real-time, based on whether they support or obstruct progress on climate policy. The Meter complements the in-depth research conducted by groups such as InfluenceMap and the Center for Political Accountability. It assesses corporate political actions using the AAA Framework for Climate Policy Leadership, which is endorsed by 10 leading environmental and sustainable business organizations that work with companies.”