Newsdesk – October 27

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“Without power and living in tents: Florida Panhandle struggles after Michael” It’s been two weeks since category four Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle, killing at least 39 and devastating most of the region with a major storm surge from the ocean and battering 150mph winds. Despite the best efforts of recovery workers, life is still extremely precarious for the remaining residents of the hardest hit coastal towns, chiefly Panama City, Mexico Beach and Port St Joe. The hurricane had made the Panhandle look like a bomb had hit. Many who have returned since this storm are living in campers, tents or bunking with neighbors, and relying on portable toilets and boxed ready-to-eat meals provided by Fema, the Red Cross or other volunteers. When Mexico Beach residents Gayle Blackmon and her husband returned home after the hurricane, their home itself, in a small condo unit, wasn’t just damaged, or even destroyed. It was gone – The Guardian

  • Eighteen US volcanoes considered ‘very high threat’, government says – The Guardian
  • Climate change: Five cheap ways to remove CO2 from the atmosphere – BBC
  • Some of the countries leading on climate change might surprise you – The Guardian
  • An Entire Hawaiian Island Has Just Vanished Off The Face of Earth – Science Alert
  • Paris Gets to Keep Its Car Ban – CITY LAB 
  • Puerto Rico moves to make island run on completely green energy by 2050 – The Hill
  • 1.2 Million Coastal Homes in England at Risk from Sea Level Rise by 2080 – Eco Watch

5 Major Crops In The Crosshairs Of Climate Change.  Climate change is coming like a freight train, or a rising tide. And our food, so dependent on rain and suitable temperatures, sits right in its path. The plants that nourish us won’t disappear entirely. But they may have to move to higher and cooler latitudes, or farther up a mountainside. Some places may find it harder to grow anything at all, because there’s not enough water. Here are five foods, and food-growing places, that will see the impact – wheat, peaches, coffee, almonds, and corn (Photo: Heather Kim) – NPR

New York state Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood filed a lawsuit this week accusing Exxon Mobil of failing to reveal the true costs to the company to respond to climate change. Hans Pennink / AP file

With Congress and Trump on sidelines, climate change battle moves to courts
“As climate change impacts get worse and worse and there is still no action, we could see a lot more of this,” a law professor said.  Like an earlier lawsuit against the U.S. government on behalf of 21 young U.S. citizens, the New York case will have to break legal ground to force increased transparency and action to rein in climate-warming greenhouse gases, experts said. Cities, counties and states are using another set of lawsuits in their own attempts to hold fossil fuel companies financially liable for global warming, but earlier such attempts failed — sending the governments searching for a new path to victory. “As people who care about climate change become more frustrated at the failure of the administration and Congress to act, they increasingly turn to the courts for relief,” said Michael Gerrard, director of Columbia University’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. “And as climate change impacts get worse and worse and there is still no action, we could see a lot more of this” – NEWS

We’re altering the climate so severely that we’ll soon face apocalyptic repercussions. Sucking carbon dioxide out of the air could save us. The study, written by scientists from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS), suggests a plan for developing so-called “negative-emissions technologies” (a term for ways to remove CO2 from the  atmosphere) and highlights options that have essentially unlimited capacity for reducing carbon levels in the atmosphere, but aren’t yet ready for prime time. Researching and developing those technologies requires substantial investment from the US government — and the report’s authors say that money needs to start flowing soon, or we could soon cross dangerous climate tipping points (Photo: Reuters Hazir Reka) – Business Insider