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Re: Places becoming less livable
« Reply #450 on: February 27, 2018, 04:57:41 PM »
Places becoming “less livable” due to climate-change-induced economics....

“NEW REPORT: Thanks to climate change, in low snow years, local US mountain economies lost over $1 billion and 17,400 jobs. Read more @protectwinters....”
https://twitter.com/ClimateNexus/status/968279543051177984
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The winter sports economy is important for the vitality of U.S. mountain communities. This report shows the urgency for the US to deploy solutions to reduce emissions and presents a roadmap for the winter sports industry to take a leading role in advocating for solutions.
https://protectourwinters.org/2018-economic-report/
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« Reply #451 on: February 27, 2018, 06:08:43 PM »
U.S.

If people walked around in air-conditioned spacesuits when the temperature soared to 130 degrees or higher in Arizona, they would have no trouble. "But who wants to live that way? And who can afford it?"

Welcome to the Age of Climate Migration
Extreme weather due to climate change displaced more than a million people from their homes last year. It could soon reshape the nation
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/welcome-to-the-age-of-climate-migration-w516974

Not overly impressed with this article.  They claim that by 2080, 29 states will be winners in the "great climate migrate," while 12 states will be losers.  The rest will see little change.

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« Reply #452 on: February 28, 2018, 12:02:40 AM »
U.S.

If people walked around in air-conditioned spacesuits when the temperature soared to 130 degrees or higher in Arizona, they would have no trouble. "But who wants to live that way? And who can afford it?"

Welcome to the Age of Climate Migration
Extreme weather due to climate change displaced more than a million people from their homes last year. It could soon reshape the nation
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/welcome-to-the-age-of-climate-migration-w516974

Not overly impressed with this article.  They claim that by 2080, 29 states will be winners in the "great climate migrate," while 12 states will be losers.  The rest will see little change.

Sure, a quarter of the country suffers devastating economic impacts from climate change forcing millions of refugees to flee to other areas of the country.

Why worry?

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Re: Places becoming less livable
« Reply #453 on: February 28, 2018, 12:48:32 AM »
In the gun-happy U.S.of A., what could possibly go wrong?  :-X
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« Reply #454 on: March 01, 2018, 01:20:07 AM »
More extreme temperatures, more floodings, more extreme rainfall, more and longer droughts......

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004273964

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Re: Places becoming less livable
« Reply #457 on: March 02, 2018, 03:04:36 PM »
Nice article in the Guardian about impacts on an Inupiaq community:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/02/alaska-climate-change-indigenous-hunting

Including note of their recent ice break-up.

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Re: Places becoming less livable
« Reply #459 on: March 04, 2018, 09:05:37 PM »
The result of cheap mass tourism. Mountains of trash, all seaweed and coral died from sewage from the hotels.


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Re: Places becoming less livable
« Reply #460 on: March 18, 2018, 02:47:51 PM »
Half of New York City is now designated a hurricane evacuation zone.
https://twitter.com/cityatlas/status/974794493806424069

...The history of the city is partly to blame; much of the expansion was into former wetlands, or landfill dumped into the harbor & then built on. Perimeter of Lower Manhattan was thus made wider than the natural island.

... the stat is 147 square miles, which is approximately half of NYC's land area. Here's is the Office of Emergency Management map; the colored areas are the evac zones. http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/downloads/pdf/hurricane_map_english.pdf

https://twitter.com/cityatlas/status/974837481014267904
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Re: Places becoming less livable
« Reply #461 on: March 19, 2018, 02:36:39 PM »
"I had 90 metres between me and the sea when I first came here only two years ago, and now I've only got nine feet.”

Norfolk, U.K.
Hemsby cliff-top homes 'perilously close' to edge
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« Reply #462 on: March 19, 2018, 09:43:21 PM »
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"I had 90 metres between me and the sea when I first came here only two years ago, and now I've only got nine feet.”

What's a few millimeters anyway.
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« Reply #463 on: March 20, 2018, 10:12:33 AM »
“We know that humans have most flourished during time of warming trends. I think there are assumptions made that because the climate is warming, that that necessarily is a bad thing." Scott Pruitt February 2018

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/mar/20/phoenix-least-sustainable-city-survive-water

Plight of Phoenix: how long can the world’s 'least sustainable' city survive?

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Phoenix and its surrounding area is known as the Valley of the Sun, and downtown Phoenix – which in 2017 overtook Philadelphia as America’s fifth-largest city – is easily walkable, with restaurants, bars and an evening buzz. But it is a modern shrine to towering concrete, and gives way to endless sprawl that stretches up to 35 miles away to places like Anthem. The area is still growing – and is dangerously overstretched, experts warn.

“There are plans for substantial further growth and there just isn’t the water to support that,” says climate researcher Jonathan Overpeck, who co-authored a 2017 report that linked declining flows in the Colorado river to climate change. “The Phoenix metro area is on the cusp of being dangerously overextended. It’s the urban bullseye for global warming in North America.”

One of those plans is Bill Gates’s new “smart city”. The Microsoft founder recently invested $80m (£57m) in a development firm that aims to construct 80,000 new homes on undeveloped land west of Phoenix, and a new freeway all the way to Las Vegas.
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Re: Places becoming less livable
« Reply #464 on: March 20, 2018, 01:57:37 PM »
Ah, the travails of building a metropolis in the desert.

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« Reply #465 on: March 20, 2018, 08:34:55 PM »

One of those plans is Bill Gates’s new “smart city”. The Microsoft founder recently invested $80m (£57m) in a development firm that aims to construct 80,000 new homes on undeveloped land west of Phoenix, and a new freeway all the way to Las Vegas.

I don't think smart means what Bill Gates thinks it means.

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« Reply #466 on: March 21, 2018, 02:08:49 AM »

One of those plans is Bill Gates’s new “smart city”. The Microsoft founder recently invested $80m (£57m) in a development firm that aims to construct 80,000 new homes on undeveloped land west of Phoenix, and a new freeway all the way to Las Vegas.

I don't think smart means what Bill Gates thinks it means.
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« Reply #467 on: March 26, 2018, 07:12:14 PM »
Australia

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DARWIN is going to get hotter and people will die as a result, a group of Australian climate scientists have warned.

Scientists from the Australia Institute yesterday delivered to the NT Government a report which showed the number of Darwin days with a maximum temperature of 35C or above will reach 132 by 2030 “without drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions”.  The number of 35C days has already increased fourfold from 5.6 days per year early last century to 22 days per year since 2012, according to their report.

Liz Hanna from the Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at Australian National University said lives would be lost should the CSIRO modelling prove accurate.  “It’s almost tantamount to suicide for a nation to keep making this situation worse by considering increasing the carbon dioxide we’re going to put in the atmosphere,” she said.  The effect on warm parts of the globe such as North Australia would be “devastating”, she said.  “This puts a real challenge on how people function. Can we work in a world as we know now in terms of going out shopping, working, picking up the children without putting lives at serious risk?”

TAI principal adviser Mark Ogge warned the Territory Government against opening up the NT for fracking.  “It’s a crazy idea to be opening up a massive amount of new carbon in shale gas in the NT,” he said.  “We think it would be really irresponsible to do that when the NT itself and the rest of the world is facing these incredible challenges with global warming.”  Mr Ogge said industries including tourism, construction, and agriculture would likely suffer in a warmer NT.

Former CSIRO atmospheric research chief Graeme Pearman said while Australia might be a small contributor to emissions globally, we should still play our part to reduce emissions. Prof Pearman said global warming would “absolutely” lead to more cyclones in the Top End, due to increased moisture in the atmosphere.  Storms would become more intense, he said.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner said Australia and the NT needed to “do our bit”.

The NT Government is expected to make a decision as to whether to lift its fracking moratorium early next month.
https://twitter.com/climatecouncil/status/978179898413125632
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« Reply #468 on: April 01, 2018, 06:30:24 PM »
In Alaska, a town threatened by climate change gets federal funding to relocate
The village of Newtok has been trying relocate to safer ground for decades.
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Mar 23, 2018, 2:45 pm

The small coastal village of Newtok, Alaska has secured more than $15 million in funding to begin relocating households to safer ground inland. The funding is part of the $1.3 trillion spending bill signed Friday.

This amount, however, is still just a fraction of what’s required to relocate the whole village.

Located along the banks of the Ninglick River, the land on which the community of roughly 350 people lives has been eroding away since the late 1950s. They have been trying to relocate since 1994 but securing funding has remained elusive and the effects of climate change — sea level rise, stronger storms, and melting permafrost — have made the situation increasingly urgent. ...
https://thinkprogress.org/newtok-alaska-gets-relocation-funding-35b4434242a6/
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Re: Places becoming less livable
« Reply #469 on: April 09, 2018, 01:54:03 PM »
Senagal

With damage now unavoidable, Senegal's government and the World Bank are mobilising to resettle nearly 10,000 people from the city's riskiest zone.

Senegal city races to move families as sea swallows homes
http://news.trust.org/item/20180403060036-3gh8d/
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« Reply #470 on: April 16, 2018, 05:07:28 PM »
I’ll just put this here, for contemplative purposes....

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Asteroid 2018 GE3 flew past us today, half the distance to the Moon. Around 50-100 m in diameter, it was several times the 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor, around the size of the 1908 Tunguska event ~ easily enough to destroy a city. We had less than a day's warning. (Michael Jäger)
https://twitter.com/marsrader/status/985711894060134406

Video at the link.
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« Reply #471 on: April 16, 2018, 08:20:02 PM »
We had less than a day's warning. (Michael Jäger)

Well, why didn't ya tell us earlier, Mr Jäger!
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« Reply #472 on: April 17, 2018, 02:27:30 AM »
We had less than a day's warning. (Michael Jäger)

Well, why didn't ya tell us earlier, Mr Jäger!

Damn those asteroid deniers!  They won’t take any action until they are 100% sure it will hit, and be bad.

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« Reply #473 on: April 17, 2018, 08:41:35 PM »
I always found the disaster movies where we send up rockets to blow up approaching asteroids laughable. We could shoot a more accurate movie but it would be pretty boring.

Scene 1: Announce to the world we're going to all be killed by an asteroid in less than 24 hours.
Scene 2: Everyone running around hysterically.
Scene 3: We all die.

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« Reply #474 on: April 17, 2018, 09:36:57 PM »
I always found the disaster movies where we send up rockets to blow up approaching asteroids laughable. We could shoot a more accurate movie but it would be pretty boring.

Scene 1: Announce to the world we're going to all be killed by an asteroid in less than 24 hours.
Scene 2: Everyone running around hysterically.
Scene 3: We all die.

Oh, come on, we've still got Bruce Willis and his team for those things, haven't we.

https://www.space.com/17153-asteroid-impact-bruce-willis-armageddon.html

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« Reply #475 on: April 17, 2018, 09:53:09 PM »
I always found the disaster movies where we send up rockets to blow up approaching asteroids laughable. We could shoot a more accurate movie but it would be pretty boring.

Scene 1: Announce to the world we're going to all be killed by an asteroid in less than 24 hours.
Scene 2: Everyone running around hysterically.
Scene 3: We all die.
They made that movie. Don't recall the name but it took place in Toronto and starred Sandra Oh.
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« Reply #476 on: April 17, 2018, 11:01:33 PM »
The thread is called "places becoming less livable". It is interesting that we all interpret that as less livable for us, i.e. humanity.

Of course we are making a vast proportion of the biosphere less liveable for - life  - in all its forms. I can live quite comfortably in my little bit of Middle England. It seems that for most insects, increasingly birds, and all sorts of other wildlife my little bit of Middle England is getting very much unliveable.
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« Reply #477 on: April 17, 2018, 11:12:19 PM »
The thread is called "places becoming less livable". It is interesting that we all interpret that as less livable for us, i.e. humanity.

Of course we are making a vast proportion of the biosphere less liveable for - life  - in all its forms. I can live quite comfortably in my little bit of Middle England. It seems that for most insects, increasingly birds, and all sorts of other wildlife my little bit of Middle England is getting very much unliveable.

Science has allowed for humans to essentially separate ourselves and our ability to thrive from the environment in which we inhabit. A simple example would be the use of air conditioning, allowing us to live in areas where temps would make it difficult or impossible. A more complex one and far more pervasive is the harnessing of fossil fuels to raise dramatically the carrying capacity of the biosphere. We are able to access deep aquifers through mechanized pumping and increase crop yields through the application of fossil fuel based fertilizers, pesticides and mechanization. We than use more fossil fuels to transport these surplus agricultural products across the planet to feed people in areas where local crop production would not support the local population. As we are doing this, we are making that same environment more hostile for other living things. This is not sustainable.

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« Reply #478 on: April 18, 2018, 03:19:41 AM »
I always found the disaster movies where we send up rockets to blow up approaching asteroids laughable. We could shoot a more accurate movie but it would be pretty boring.

Scene 1: Announce to the world we're going to all be killed by an asteroid in less than 24 hours.
Scene 2: Everyone running around hysterically.
Scene 3: We all die.

Don't think that would be a boring movie at all. Would provide some fresh air to the genre.

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« Reply #479 on: April 18, 2018, 03:21:02 AM »
We had less than a day's warning. (Michael Jäger)

Well, why didn't ya tell us earlier, Mr Jäger!

Damn those asteroid deniers!  They won’t take any action until they are 100% sure it will hit, and be bad.

;)

LOL  ;D

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"Our professional opinion is that the outcome is uncertain, and it is in your hands," he said, to audible gasps from the audience.

Miami Beach's future is 'uncertain,' experts say, but sea rise pumps are a good start
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Miami Beach's $500 million attempt to elevate and pump itself out of sea level rise's path has drawn criticism, but an expert panel concluded Thursday that the city's doing what it needs to survive.

The question of Miami Beach's future, whether the community stands a chance in the face of rising seas, was an unspoken theme in every interview the panel held this week, said Mark Osler, a national practice leader in Coastal Science and Engineering with Michael Baker International.

"Our professional opinion is that the outcome is uncertain, and it is in your hands," he said, to audible gasps from the audience. Osler said the panel believes the city has a future if the public and the government work together on solutions and don't let up on the push to enact them. ...
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article209328849.html
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