This is just a collection of stories that I haven’t seen make the news.
Under threat from rising sea levels and tsunamis, the authorities of a provincial capital in the Solomon Islands have decided to relocate from a small island in the first such case in the Pacific islands.
Among other cataclysmic upheavals, climate change is expected to produce waves of refugees seeking asylum from their flooded, baked, or otherwise uninhabitable countries of origin. It’s already happening, but for the first time New Zealand officials have accepted a refugee application by a family from Tuvalu that cites global warming as the reason they can’t return to their sinking Pacific island nation.
The Church of England just sold a chunk of forest-covered land on the Fijian island Vanau Levu for $8.8 million to the government of the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. For the moment, Kiribati plans to use its 20-square-kilometer (7.7-square-mile) plot for agriculture and fish farming. But the investment is really a fallback for its 103,000 residents—a place to live if they must leave their home island.
Sort of a theme that I’ve written about before.
The Asian tiger mosquito is an invasive species that has been carrying disease to the US. CDC
A virus called chikungunya, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, has been an epidemic in the Caribbean in recent months. And this week, officials reported the first cases of people getting it on US soil.
This frame grab made Wednesday, July 16 shows the 200-foot wide crater discovered in the Yamal Peninsula.
CREDIT: ASSOCIATED PRESS TELEVISION
While staring down into the abyss of these craters is a scary thought, the release of large quantities of greenhouse gases from melting permafrost is existentially daunting. A studyfrom earlier this year found that melting permafrost soil, which typically remains frozen all year, is thawing and decomposing at an accelerating rate. This is releasing more methane into the atmosphere, causing the greenhouse effect to increase global temperatures and creating a positive feedback loop in which more permafrost melts.
Bottled-water drinkers, we have a problem: There’s a good chance that your water comes from California, a state experiencing the third driest year on record.
The bank said it was the world’s first sign to show real-time measurement of the gases blamed for global warming and hoped it would spark more public debate on how to reduce emissions.
The giant carbon counter developed by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology hangs outside Madison Square Garden.
The sign said the current quantity of carbon dioxide in the planet’s atmosphere is 3.64 trillion tonnes, the highest level in 800,000 years, and is increasing by 800 tonnes a second.
CREDIT: REUTERS/ERIC THAYER