Climate change takes toll from mental health

American Psychological Association | 31 March, 2017

Source: Internet

When people think about climate change, they probably think first about its effects on the environment, and possibly on their physical health. But climate change also takes a significant toll on mental health, finds Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance, a new report released by the American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica.

Climate change-induced severe weather and other natural disasters have the most immediate effects on mental health in the form of the trauma and shock due to personal injuries, loss of a loved one, damage to or loss of personal property or even the loss of livelihood, according to the report. Terror, anger, shock and other intense negative emotions that can dominate people’s initial response may eventually subside, only to be replaced by post-traumatic stress disorder.Read More »

China Fights Climate Change by Investing $361 Billion in Clean Energy

telesur | 06 January, 2017

In a bid to assert its leadership on climate change with an incoming U.S. administration that is hostile to climate science, China announced Thursday it will invest US$361 billion into renewable energy production by 2020.

The world’s most populous country, biggest polluter and largest energy market continues to shift away from dirty coal power toward cleaner fuels and is planning to invest by supporting industries such as wind and solar.

The investment will create over 13 million jobs in the sector, the country’s National Energy Administration said in a document that lays out its plan to develop the nation’s energy sector during the five-year 2016 to 2020 period.Read More »

‘Climate Change Is Here’: August Was Another Hottest Month for the Record Books

By Deirdre Fulton

Common Dreams | 12 September, 2016

“While there may be a tendency to be complacent about the recurring record temperatures, with each month come more climate-related consequences that cannot be ignored, and they make for big news stories,” writes Astrid Caldas of the Union of Concerned Scientists. (Photo: Francesco Bonito Oliva/flickr/cc)

Another month, another temperature record shattered.

NASA data released Monday shows not only that last month was the hottest August since record-keeping started in 1880, but that it tied with July for the warmest month in the last 136 years.Read More »

Hope Rekindled

Research shows CO2 can be turned into stone in Climate Change Breakthrough

A Journal of People Report

Researchers have discovered a new way to tackle climate change by pumping Carbon di Oxide (CO2) underground and turning into stone, international media reports.

Efforts have been made for quite sometimes for capturing and storing CO2, but there are potential threats of leakage and these projects demands a high cost. Whereas the newly discovered way is cheaper and less prone to risk.

The research was conducted in Iceland by The CarbFix Project and led by Professor Juerg Matter of the University of Southampton in the UK.Read More »

Greenland Ice Sheet Shatters Records with Early Melt

Common Dreams | 13 April, 2016

An iceberg melts away in 2012, the last year of record-setting heat in Greenland. Conditions in 2016 feel “eerily similar” to that year, one climate scientist says. (Photo: wilco737/flickr/cc)

Greenland’s ice sheet has started melting so early that scientists initially thought their models had broken when they saw the record-breaking measurements.

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NASA Drops Major Bomb in ‘March Toward Ever-Warmer Planet’

Common Dreams | 14 March, 2016

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February 2016 was not only the warmest seasonally adjusted month in recorded history, but it soared past all previous records. (Image: OpticShape/cc/flickr)

 

NASA this weekend released new data which shows that February 2016 was not only the hottest in recorded history, but it soared past all previous records, prompting scientists to describe the announcement as “an ominous milestone in our march toward an ever-warmer planet.”

The average global surface temperature for February was 1.35°C warmer than the global average for the month between 1951-1980—a margin that shattered the previous record of 1.14°C, which was set just one month earlier—and exceeded preliminary figures released earlier this month.Read More »

New Research Helps Attribute Specific Extreme Weather to Climate Change

Common Dreams | 11 March, 2016

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“It is now possible to estimate the influence of climate change on some types of extreme events, such as heat waves, drought, and heavy precipitation, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.” (Photo: NOAA/National Climactic Data Center via Wikimedia Commons)

Climate scientists have long been pressed to answer the question “did climate change cause this?” in the days following the most recent devastating weather event. A watershed report(pdf) released Thursday helps those scientists to more conclusively answer: “yes.”

The report, authored by the Washington, D.C.-based National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), outlines a system to determine which extreme weather events are caused by climate change and to what extent.Read More »

Climate Coalition Vows ‘Peaceful, Escalated’ Actions Until ‘We Break Free from Fossil Fuels’

by Nika Knight, staff writer

Common Dreams | 9 March, 2016

A global coalition of climate activists are joining together in a new civil disobedience campaign, Break Free from Fossil Fuels, seeking to to disrupt the power of the fossil fuel industry through “a series of peaceful, escalated actions…targeting the world’s most dangerous and unnecessary fossil fuel projects” in May, the environmental group 350.organnounced on Wednesday.Read More »

How the Toxic Trade Deal You’ve Never Heard Of Could Kill the Climate

Courtesy: Common Dreams | 03 December, 2015

 

As world leaders attempt to hammer out a global climate deal in Paris this week, trade officials are meeting in Geneva to continue negotiations on the mammoth Trade in Services Agreement (TISA)—and according to secret documents published Thursday, “the objectives of each could not be more diametrically opposed.”

The latest publication by WikiLeaks exposes new threats from TISA, the least well-known of the so-called Big Three “strategic neoliberal trade deals being advanced by the Obama administration.”

As with the other two—the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) and the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)—its contents bode poorly for environmental and climate safeguards, according to expert analyses published alongside the documents. Read More »

New Report Confirms: World’s Wealthy Fueling Carbon Pollution as Poor Suffer

Courtesy: Common Dreams | 02 December, 2015

 

As politicians, diplomats, and corporate representatives gather in Paris for the COP21 talks, a new report released Wednesday by Oxfam International confirms what civil society groups have long charged: while the richest people and countries are disproportionately driving climate change, the poor—particularly in the global south—bear the brunt of the droughts, mega-storms, and rising seas.

In fact, the report finds, the poorest 50 percent of the global population is responsible for only 10 percent of carbon emissions.

In contrast, the wealthy of the world are responsible for a disproportionate share of climate pollution, with the top 10 percent to blame for roughly half of global carbon emissions.Read More »