Tag Archives: heavy precipitation

Explainer: Dealing with the ‘loss and damage’ caused by climate change

scenes of kosrae in micronesia
Scenes of Kosrae in Micronesia Credit: DanLinPhotography / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Scaling down our emissions and building resilience against climate change can only take us so far. Some negative impacts and damages are now unavoidable. The inevitable consequences of human-caused climate change have collectively come to be known as “loss and damage”

May 9, 2017 — First emerging decades ago as a relatively obscure plea by small island states, loss and damage has now gained recognition as the third pillar of international climate policy, after Continue reading Explainer: Dealing with the ‘loss and damage’ caused by climate change

Climate change laws exceed 1,200 worldwide, finds LSE study

patricia espinosa
Patricia Espinosa, the UN’s climate change chief, said that laws were one yardstick for tracking action on climate change. Photograph: Becker & Bredel/Getty Images

Legislation is ‘cause for optimism’ as big body of laws is hard to reverse

May 9, 2017 — Nations around the world have adopted more than 1,200 laws to curb climate change, up from about 60 two decades ago, a sign of widening efforts to limit rising temperatures, according to a new study. Continue reading Climate change laws exceed 1,200 worldwide, finds LSE study

Medical scientists report on the impact climate change is having on health

air pollution
A Russian woman wears a face mask to protect herself from acrid smoke while walking in central Moscow on August 9, 2010. Air pollution from a heatwave-fueled forest fire smog caused hundreds of extra deaths each day compared to a normal period. Photograph: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images

A new report breaks down climate impacts on health by US region

May 5, 2017 — As a climate scientist, I spend time and energy studying how fast the Earth is warming and what is causing the warming. This knowledge helps us predict what the future will look like. But, what most people are interested in is, “how will it affect me?” Continue reading Medical scientists report on the impact climate change is having on health