Hurricane Florence and Climate Change: What We Know

Coastal residents have watched through the last week with worry as Hurricane Florence has traversed the Atlantic, getting closer and closer to the East Coast. It is still unknown whether or not it will make landfall in the U.S., but as residents stand by to prepare for the storm, we should also talk about preparing longer term for hurricanes in a warmer world. First, it needs to be said that hurricanes are not caused by climate change. However, it’s also important to understand that the impacts of hurricanes are very much influenced by global warming. Let’s take a look at what the links are between hurricanes and climate change.

Hurricanes and Climate Change – What We Know for 2018 Season

Hurricane season officially begins today and runs through November. This is the six month period when hurricanes typically occur in the Atlantic. The beginning of the season is a good time to make sure you are prepared for hurricane impacts, should one threaten your area. But in addition to making sure our households are prepared for the short-term forecast of hurricanes this season, we must also make sure our communities are prepared for the impacts of hurricanes in the long term, by seeking to understand how hurricane risk may change in the years to come and how we can avoid the worst outcomes.

2016 Declared World’s Hottest Year on Record

Scientists reported earlier this week that 2016 was the world’s hottest year since formal record keeping began, topping the records set in 2015 and 2014, each year successively hotter than the one before it.┬áReported by NASA and NOAA, the news tells us that 16 hottest years in modern global history have occurred in the past […]

Researching natural gas leaks is important to regulation

Once again, Environmental Defense Fund’s Methane Research project is in the news – with concerns about whether EDF is transforming a highly polluting industry, or whether that industry is using EDF to enable pollution to be continued. SACE is deeply concerned about methane emissions, which occur throughout the process of drilling, transporting and using natural […]

Duke Energy CEO and NASA climate scientist featured on “60 Minutes”

In a preview of this Sunday’s episode of “60 Minutes,” which will feature Duke Energy’s CEO and Jim Hansen (NASA’s top climate scientist), Sue Sturgis over at the Institute for Southern Studies reminds us that energy companies that cling to dirty energy are under increasing pressure. Watch a preview of the 60 Minutes segment here. […]