UN releases warning about ‘catastrophic’ lack of action on climate change

Despite pledges to work to mitigate and deal with climate change, current plans still lead to a 3-degree Celsius rise in temperatures by the end of the decade, a major new report warns. If that happens, it will not only break through the 2-degrees target set in the Paris agreement, but also lead to deadly changes in the climate across the world.

Source: UN releases warning about ‘catastrophic’ lack of action on climate change | The Independent

Funding the Cooperative City

Funding the Cooperative City explores experiments in community-led urban development in European cities. Situated in the post-welfare transition of European societies within the context defined by austerity measures, unemployment, the financialisation of real estate stocks and the gradual withdrawal of public administrations from social services, this book aims at highlighting the importance of self-organised, locally rooted, inclusive and resilient community networks and civic spaces.

Source: Funding the Cooperative City: Community Finance and the Economy of Civic Spaces | Cooperative City

Virtual coasts improve understanding of possible coastal planning outcomes | EurekAlert! Science News

A new immersive visualization allows people to make informed decisions on coastal plans by experiencing changes to an area through a first-person perspective. Published in Frontiers in Marine Science, the tool is the first of its kind to include both audio and visual animations, as well as simulate both above and below the water. The visualization helped people understand trade-offs between aesthetics and functionality, and increased their appreciation for marine environment protection efforts.

Source: Virtual coasts improve understanding of possible coastal planning outcomes | EurekAlert! Science News

Sea level rise threatens deltas around the world, study finds | NOLA.com

More than 500 million people on earth live on a river delta, according to a news release about the new study. The tipping point between delta resilience and collapse will likely occur within the next 50 years, according to the study. “It could be sooner than that,” Turner said. “The history of making these predictions is that scientists tend to be conservative.”

Source: Sea level rise threatens deltas around the world, study finds | NOLA.com

U.S. Cities Most Vulnerable to Coastal Flooding and Sea Level Rise

Each analysis examined coastal cities with overall populations greater than 20,000. For the first one, we tabulated “at risk” population by overlaying 2010 Census block population counts against FEMA’s 100-year coastal floodplains (Crowell et al 2013) using methods adapted from Strauss et al (2012). FEMA 100-year coastal floodplains factor in storm surge, tides, and waves, and include all areas determined to have an at least one percent annual chance of flooding. Based on locations meeting these criteria and population density, New York City ranked first, with over 245,000 people at risk, followed by Miami and then Pembroke Pines, also in South Florida.

Source: These U.S. Cities Are Most Vulnerable to Major Coastal Flooding and Sea Level Rise | Climate Central

Cities’ Best Bet For Fighting Climate Change Is Encouraging Sharing

“If cities can provide the social and technological infrastructure that facilitate [sharing], then it is possible that dense cities can help people leverage the benefits of sharing in the 21st century in much the same way that large households have done so in the past,” the paper, published in Ecological Economics, says.
Source: Cities’ Best Bet For Fighting Climate Change Is Encoura | Fast Company

Climate Change and the Human Mind

“In all struggle, in all movements, there’s never a kumbaya moment. There’s never a moment of satori, where everything is realized. Rather, there’s a continuous struggle with ups and downs. And with the election of Trump and all that he represents, and the extremity of his dangerous behavior in relation to climate, with all that, of course there has been a reaction and a response of, call it massive depression in relation to appropriate climate action.”

Source: Climate Change and the Human Mind: A Noted Psychiatrist Weighs In – Yale E360

Three Important Climate Change Stories Broke This Week – But You Probably Didn’t Hear About Them

The report was released by the bipartisan Government Accountability Office and recommends that the U.S federal government develop a plan to manage climate change risks. The report estimates that costs from climate change could balloon to $35 billion dollars per year within the next 30 to 40 years. This is not hard to believe

Source: Three Important Climate Change Stories Broke This Week – But You Probably Didn’t Hear About Them

The only answer to rising seas is to retreat 

There is no conceivable way to get around the fact that we eventually will have to retreat. There are several ways to retreat, including buying out homes in low-lying, flood-prone areas and returning those areas to a more natural state; demolishing or moving buildings; and not rebuilding storm-damaged buildings. Simply fleeing from the beach by moving buildings one by one away from immediate danger won’t be enough. Planning should include keeping a community as intact as possible. Individual responses won’t maintain the recreational value of the beach and the all-important tourist industry.

Source: The only answer to rising seas is to retreat | News & Observer