Crop yields are declining. Tropical diseases like dengue fever are showing up in unfamiliar places, including in the United States. Tens of millions of people are exposed to extreme heat. These are the stark findings of a wide-ranging scientific report that lays out the growing risks of climate change for human health and predicts that cascading hazards could soon face millions more people in rich and poor countries around the world. The report, published Wednesday in the public health journal the Lancet, incorporates the work of 24 academic institutions and United Nations agencies and follows a major climate assessment issued last week by the United States government. The two studies represent the most serious warnings to date that climate change is posing a series of interconnected health risks for the global population. “We don’t see these health impacts individually,” said Kristi Ebi, a professor of global health at the University of Washington and one of the … [Read more...] about Study warns of cascading health risks from climate change
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(CNN)Climate change is here and affecting our health, with extreme heat in particular also having effects on productivity, food supply and disease transmission, a new global report finds. More people than ever are vulnerable to heat exposure globally, and numbers are rising, according to The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change report by an international group of researchers, published Wednesday. It comes just days after climate reports from the US government and the United Nations said that greater action on climate change is needed, with the UN report showing that in 2017, the highest levels of carbon were emitted globally. Older people in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean are most vulnerable because of larger aging and urban populations there. The latest report estimates that 42% of over-65s in Europe and 43% in the the Eastern Mediterranean are already vulnerable to heat exposure; 38% of this group is vulnerable in Africa and 34% in Asia. Read More The report … [Read more...] about Climate change is already here, and heat waves are having the biggest effect
London (CNN)It's a stark prognosis: To save the world from the worst effects of climate change, it's likely not enough to cut carbon dioxide emissions; we need to start scrubbing carbon pollution from the atmosphere, too. And not just a little bit of carbon. Vast amounts of it. The problem is, the jury is still out on whether that's even possible. Planet has only until 2030 to stem catastrophic climate change, experts warn Last month, a report from the global authority on climate science, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), warned of the catastrophic consequences likely to result if humans cause global temperatures to rise more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The group also said that if we want to stay below the 1.5 degree limit, we'll need to use technologies that remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air. But the report noted that carbon removal at the scale that's likely required is "unproven and reliance on such technology is a major … [Read more...] about Could a technology you haven’t heard of save us from climate change?
By Lisa M. Krieger | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: September 12, 2018 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: September 12, 2018 at 11:10 am On the eve of the Global Climate Action Summit, thousands of people are converging in San Francisco to save melting icebergs, endangered wildlife and drowning cities. But imagine, if you can, a life with less cioppino. Created in the late 1800s by Italian immigrants in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, the famed fish stew is one of many beloved foods – ranging from wine to sourdough bread — that’s likely to feel the stresses of climate change, researchers say. While the fate of one dish is far from a threat to humankind, it illustrates the far-reaching impact of something much bigger. “Climate change will have profound effects on our global food systems on all levels,” said Alex Halliday, director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute. “It threatens our ability … [Read more...] about Arrivederci, cioppino? Climate change takes aim at our signature dish
By Erin Allday Published 6:22 pm PDT, Friday, August 24, 2018 The Golden Gate Bridge is consumed in fog and smoke. Bay Area air quality is affected by the fires up and down the coast. The Golden Gate Bridge is consumed in fog and smoke. Bay Area air quality is affected by the fires up and down the coast. Photo: Liz Moughon / The Chronicle Buy photo A firefighter walks through smoke while fighting to save Olof Cellars winery in Lakeport at the end of July when a pair of wildfires prompted mass evacuations and soon exploded into the histor ically large Mendocino Complex. less A firefighter walks through smoke while fighting to save Olof Cellars winery in Lakeport at the end of July when a pair of wildfires prompted mass evacuations and soon exploded into the histor ically large ... more Photo: Noah Berger / Associated Press window._taboola = … [Read more...] about Wildfires, climate change ensure more bad air days are coming to Bay Area