Catastrophic weather shakes up the reinsurance market

January 23, 2018 by  
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Events in Australia, Mexico, the Caribbean and the U.S., including three hurricanes, caused catastrophe losses over $100 billion for the third year on record.

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The hire-wire act of balancing a modern grid with regulated assets

January 23, 2018 by  
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Utilities need a better safety net for investing in innovative new technologies.

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Prepared for the energy and sustainability future? Really?

January 23, 2018 by  
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Sponsored: Research shows that companies may be missing opportunities for continuous improvement and long-term security.

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Global temperatures hit record high for the third year in a row

January 19, 2017 by  
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On Wednesday, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists marked a disturbing new milestone in Earth’s history: 2016 has been officially declared the warmest year on record . The previous record was set in 2015 , which beat record highs in 2014 . That means that for three years in a row, global temperatures have continued to soar to unprecedented highs unlike anything we’ve seen in the modern era. Part of the record-busting temperatures in 2015 and 2016 could be attributed to an unusually warm El Niño , however, without the ongoing release of greenhouse gasses into the air, even the recent weather phenomenon couldn’t have made such a strong impact. Deke Arndt, chief of global climate monitoring for NOAA, told the New York Times , “A single warm year is something of a curiosity. It’s really the trend, and the fact that we’re punching at the ceiling every year now, that is the real indicator that we’re undergoing big changes.” Related: Record-breaking CO2 levels mark a “new era” in the world’s climate Some of the most extreme temperatures were seen in the Arctic, with ocean temperatures rising 20 to 30 degrees above normal. In fact, the climate was so unusual that enough Arctic ice melted to let a luxury cruise ship cross the Northwest Passage for the first time ever. Nature photographers captured horrifying images of polar bears stranded on dry earth with no snow or ice in sight. Devastating drought also hit Africa and India, with the town of Phalodi experiencing the hottest day in recorded Indian history at 123.8 degrees. With El Niño over, scientists are expecting 2017 to be a cooler year than those that have come recently. However, that doesn’t mean climate change is not still a concern. In fact, some worry that climate change could accelerate quickly in the coming years. The temperature burst between 2013 and 2016 – about half a degree globally in total – was the largest change in a three year period measured on the planet’s surface since 1880. Via The New York Times Images via Swen George and Mehmet Canli

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How to keep hope alive under Donald Trump? Biomimicry

January 19, 2017 by  
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What a year! Such exultant highs and crushing lows. Here we stand, on the brink of a sixth wave of extinction , staring down the barrel of a 10 billion-human population explosion, as the summers get hotter and the winters weirder . Someone ought to do something! we think––but it seems that systems protecting and supporting us are breaking down, right when we can least afford it. How do we keep hope alive? How do we find the strength to keep working for a better future? For me, hope isn’t hard to find. It stems from the fact that every creature encountered on the trail is a survivor, whose ancestors passed down the strategies that serve them today. Living things have always faced shifting climates , dwindling resources, deceptive predators, parasites and competitors. After nearly four billion years of life, natural selection has sculpted tens of millions of winning solutions. Learning from these solutions, or applying biomimicry to our daily life, seeds hope for the future.

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Record high Arctic temperatures are becoming the new normal

February 22, 2016 by  
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2015 was officially the hottest year on record , and 2016 is already shaping up to be quite the contender. New data reveals that last month saw the most pronounced disparity between historical averages and actual temperatures, particularly in the Arctic. Not only that, but the sea ice on the top of the world has reached record low numbers. Read the rest of Record high Arctic temperatures are becoming the new normal

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How hot is too hot for humans? Because we just broke another record.

July 22, 2015 by  
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I know, I know, you’ve heard it all before, but the latest data shows this year is on its way to being the hottest year on record , and we are only halfway through 2015. So far, June was the hottest June in all the 136 years that we have been keeping track, and the rest of the year is likely to follow suit. Read the rest of How hot is too hot for humans? Because we just broke another record.

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Rising Ocean Temperatures Burst Through NOAA’s Charts

January 26, 2015 by  
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Last year was not only the hottest year on record, but the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration has just released a terrifying chart showing a sharp increase in the temperature of the world’s oceans. The graph outlines ocean temperatures since 1960, illustrating that the effects of global warming go beyond air temperature. In fact, the waters have warmed so quickly over the past 30 years, NOAA scientists have had to consistently retool their ocean heat charts to convey temperature increases. Read the rest of Rising Ocean Temperatures Burst Through NOAA’s Charts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , global warming , green design , National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration , NOAA , NOAA climate change , NOAA global temperatures , NOAA global warming , NOAA oceans temperatures , ocean temperatures , rising ocean temperatures , sustainable design

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United Nations: 2014 will be the hottest year ever

December 8, 2014 by  
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According to new temperature data analyzed by the United Nations ‘ World Meteorological Organization , 2014 is currently tied with 2010 for the hottest year on record—suggesting that there has been no slowdown in global warming . By the end of the year, 2014 may well claim the top spot. The UN’s data shows that the global average temperature was 1.03º F (0.57º C) above average between January and October. Meanwhile, ocean temperatures hit a new high, and land temperatures were in the top five highest-ever since the 19th century, when record-keeping began. Read the rest of United Nations: 2014 will be the hottest year ever Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , global warming , UN , UN report , United Nations , world meteorological organization

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