Some of the biggest storms in recent years were fueled by climate change, which increased the amount of their drenching rainfall. Future storms could be even windier, wetter — and potentially more destructive — according to a new study. Researchers evaluated 15 tropical cyclones (which are called hurricanes when they form in the Atlantic) from the past decade and then simulated how the storms would have performed during preindustrial times, prior to the advent of recent climate change. They also peered into possible future scenarios, modeling what the storms might look like if they took shape during the late 21st century, should Earth's climate continue to warm. Some hurricanes dumped up to 10 percent more rainfall as a result of climate change, and similar storms in the coming decades could deliver 30 percent more rainfall, the simulations revealed. [In Photos: Hurricane Maria Seen from Space] The scientists' findings, published online today (Nov. 14) in … [Read more...] about Climate Change Made Recent Hurricanes Wetter. And They May Get Worse.
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One former NASA scientist is claiming that the agency’s employees are crippled by the “fear and anxiety” brought on by the Trump administration and its adamant denial of climate change.“Nasa’s talking point is that it’s business as usual, but that’s not true,” former NASA science communicator, Laura Tenenbaum, told The Guardian. People inside the agency are concerned Trump will cut climate science funding. There is a fear and anxiety there and the outcome has been chaos.”The climate change data and research meant for general public knowledge has come to a near halt under President Trump’s administration, Tenenbaum claimed, noting she received a warning to stay away from phrases like “global warming” when posting on social media or speaking with the press. She said drafts of blog posts on coal plants becoming solar plants and other “reasons to be positive about NASA” were thrown out by other officials … [Read more...] about Former NASA scientist says Trump’s climate change policy fills agency with ‘fear and anxiety’
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Neil Swidey May 22, 2018 GINA MCCARTHY STRIDES INTO the ocean-view ballroom at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, plops down her green backpack, and glances out the window. The waves are angrily advancing on this last night in April, which feels as dreary as mid-January. “The water seems way closer than it was the last time I was here,” she says. Maybe that’s because of climate change, the threat that McCarthy led the charge to confront as head of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama administration. Or maybe it’s just high tide.She is surrounded by a couple of hundred researchers and advocates from the Union of Concerned Scientists, a national nonprofit based in Cambridge. It’s a gathering of serious specialists whose usual concern appears to have morphed into clinical depression. After all, they’ve spent the last year … [Read more...] about The climate change message is all wrong, says former EPA head Gina McCarthy
It isn’t obvious, standing by the stainless steel tanks where wines are supposed to ferment, that Tom Eddy’s winery was at the epicenter of the Tubbs Fire, which last year burned about 20 miles from north of Calistoga in Napa Valley to Santa Rosa. In fact, on October 8th last year, the winery was at the heart of the conflagration. But even though the charred meadow below has recovered, and the tanks appear unharmed, there was a casualty: the wine. The juice the tanks held had been tainted by smoke. Eddy lost 80 percent of his 2017 wine, representing what he says was a $2.5 million loss. “The only reason I can still function is that I don’t have that much work to do,” the 66-year-old winemaker wryly tells me. Now, left without a harvest, Eddy walks me into his cave, in which oak barrels sit, each holding the previous three vintages. He pulls his 2015 cabernet sauvignon, which was trapped in barrels during the fire and bottled five months later. The wine, … [Read more...] about How West Coast winemakers are adapting to climate change
Illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites are on the rise in the United States, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report found that during the 13-year study period, the number of reported illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites more than tripled, going from about 27,300 cases in 2004 to 96,000 cases in 2016. Overall, more than 640,000 cases of these so-called vector-borne diseases were reported during the study period. What's more, nine germs spread by these insects — including Zika virus and chikungunya virus, which spread by mosquitoes, and babesiosis, which spreads by ticks — were discovered or introduced to the U.S. during the study period, according to the report. [5 Weird Effects of Bug Bites] "Illnesses from mosquito, ticks and flea bites continue to impact our nation," and the threat of disease is increasing, Dr. Robert Redfield, the CDC director, said in a news conference today (May 1). "It will take … [Read more...] about Tickborne Diseases Are On the Rise. Is Climate Change to Blame?