Empirical evidence of declining global vulnerability to climate-related hazards

By Giuseppe Formetta and Luc Feyen Highlights We quantified the dynamics of socio-economic vulnerability to climate-related hazards. A decreasing trend in both human and economic vulnerability is evident. Global average mortality and loss rates have dropped by 6.5 and nearly 5 times, respectively, from 1980 to 1989 to 2007–2016. Results also show a clear negative 

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Earth’s Interior Is Swallowing Up More Carbon Than Thought – Locking It Away at Depth

Scientists from Cambridge University and NTU Singapore have found that slow-motion collisions of tectonic plates drag more carbon into Earth’s interior than previously thought. They found that the carbon drawn into Earth’s interior at subduction zones — where tectonic plates collide and dive into Earth’s interior — tends to stay locked away at depth, rather 

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Effects of Elevated Atmospheric CO2 Concentration and Water Regime on Rice Yield, Water Use Efficiency, and Arsenic and Cadmium Accumulation in Grain

By Andrisa Balbinot et al. Abstract: (1) Background: Elevated atmospheric CO2 concentration affects the growth and development of the rice crop. In Southern Brazil, rice is traditionally produced with continuous irrigation, implying a significant amount of water used. Besides, continuous flooding favors the uptake of toxic elements such as arsenic (As) and cadmium (Cd). In 

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Keeping Things In Balance

By Willis Eschenbach Let me start with the standard explanation of why the earth warms when greenhouse gases (“GHGs”, e.g. water vapor, CO2, methane, etc.) increase. This is from NASA: When averaged over the course of a year, the amount of incoming solar radiation received from the sun has balanced the amount of outgoing energy 

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Will Biden’s EPA regulate power plant CO2? It won’t say

By Benjamin Storrow EPA’s plan for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants remains unclear more than halfway into President Biden’s first year in office. And environmentalists are increasingly pushing the administration to act. The uncertainty over EPA’s approach partially reflects Biden’s push to find a legislative solution to power plant emissions in the form 

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Can we predict long-term solar variability?

By Andy May This post is a result of an online conversation with Dr. Leif Svalgaard, a research physicist at Stanford University. Leif knows a great deal about the Sun and solar variability and can explain it clearly. Our disagreement is over whether long-term solar variations could be large enough to affect Earth’s climate more 

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Pennsylvania’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Relies on Faulty Data

Why RGGI is a “solution in search of a problem” Background The CO2 Coalition is a national organization made up of nearly 70 top scientists bringing honesty to climate science. This report is based principally on the work of Gregory Wrightstone, geologist, CO2 Coalition Executive Director and Expert Reviewer for the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate 

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