The members of the League of Women Voters, Cape Cod Area believe that the development of utility scale wind energy resources, such as the project proposed by Cape Wind is critical in: meeting the energy needs of our area; helping to provide clean air; providing health benefits for our citizens and addressing the issue of climate change.
-- League of Women Voters, Cape Cod Area
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Climate change hits Cape and Islands
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
...Rising sea levels and the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme storms are three acknowledged effects of higher ocean temperatures because of human-caused global warming.
Despite a relatively calm hurricane season thus far, scientists said the overall trend is that an uptick in the frequency of tropical hurricanes mirrors the rise in seawater temperatures. That is particularly worrisome to those who live on a sand peninsula and islands with some of the most dynamic coastlines in the world.
“We are vulnerable,” warned Scott Goetz, deputy director of the Woods Hole Research Center, which put together the conference that included coastal scientists, planners, state regulators and a state alternative energy advocate. The Horizon Foundation, The Island Foundation and the Association to Preserve Cape Cod also contributed to the conference, which was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.
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Two new important studies on climate change
Monday, January 14, 2013
Reuters is reporting on two significant new reports on climate change -- in 'Impact of climate change hitting home, U.S. report finds'
, Reuters reports how climate change is already significantly impacting every region of the United States according to a draft 1,146 page report
of the U.S. National Climate Assessment, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Reuters' article 'Emissions limits could cut climate damage by two-thirds - study'
reports on a new study
published in the journal Nature Climate Change that is the first comprehensive assessment of the benefits of cutting greenhouse gas emissions, finding up to two thirds of the damange this century from climate change can be prevented if major steps are taken now to reduce emissions.
U.S. East Coast a "hot spot" for sea level rise: study
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
(Reuters) - Sea levels from Cape Hatteras to Cape Cod are rising at a faster pace than anywhere on Earth, making coastal cities and wetlands in this densely-populated U.S. corridor possibly more vulnerable to flooding and damage, researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
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Report sees sharper sea rise from Arctic melt
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
The ice of Greenland and the rest of the Arctic is melting faster than expected and could help raise global sea levels by as much as 5 feet this century, dramatically higher than earlier projections, an authoritative international assessment says.
The findings "emphasize the need for greater urgency" in combating global warming, says the report of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP), the scientific arm of the eight-nation Arctic Council.
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Scientists Explore Impact Of Sea Level Rise On Falmouth’s Coast
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Falmouth Enterprise article, run in its entirety, with permission.
Climate Change Seen as Threat to U.S. Security
Sunday, August 09, 2009
The changing global climate will pose profound strategic challenges to the United States in coming decades, raising the prospect of military intervention to deal with the effects of violent storms, drought, mass migration and pandemics, military and intelligence analysts say.
...If the United States does not lead the world in reducing fossil-fuel consumption and thus emissions of global warming gases, proponents of this view say, a series of global environmental, social, political and possibly military crises loom that the nation will urgently have to address.
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Global Warming May Exceed Infections as Health Threat
Thursday, May 14, 2009
May 14 (Bloomberg) -- Global warming is the biggest public health threat of the 21st century, eclipsing infectious diseases, water shortages and poverty, a team of medical and climate-change researchers concluded.
The phenomenon will be felt first in the developing world, further burdening a population already in crisis from food shortages, said the report from University College London that was published today in The Lancet journal. The changing climate will also cause real and lasting damage to the Western world, affecting generations to come, said Anthony Costello, a pediatrician at University College London.
“Climate change is a health issue affecting billions of people, not just an environmental issue about polar bears and deforestation,” Costello said during a news conference. “We are setting up a world for our children and grandchildren that may be extremely frightening and turbulent.”
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The seven eco-wonders of the world
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The Seven Wonders of the World. The phrase, first used by ancient Greek historians like Herodotus, recalls a simpler time, when the human influence over nature was an awesome mystery. From the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to the Great Pyramid of Giza, the magnitude and mastery displayed by the ancient wonders were staggering to our ancestors. ...The editors decided we need a new list of wonders—one with an eco-enlightened perspective. So we searched the globe. We visited today’s most progressive, iconic structures. And we studied blueprints for projects now under construction that represent a better form of development for tomorrow. We insisted that these eco wonders connect our built and natural realms, cultivating hope for a brighter, greener, more innovative century. And lo and behold, Plenty’s Seven Eco Wonders of the World was born: present and future marvels (in no particular order) that prove our civilization can leave an eco-friendly imprint.
... 3. Nysted Havmøllepark, Denmark
The Eco Wonder: The Dutch are known for windmills, but it’s the Danish who now claim the world’s second-largest offshore wind farm, located in shallow but navigable waters 6 miles off the shore of the bucolic southern coastal town of Nysted. Gently rotating blades reach out more than 130 feet from their colossal 225-foot posts. Seen from the sky, the 72 sleek, marine-gray towers rise from the ocean in neat rows, marking out a parallelogram.
...Eco-touring Tips: Visitors can sail in the unrestricted waters around the Nysted wind farm using sailing directions found on the farm’s website. Frequent tours leave from Nysted, where sport fishing is another popular local pastime. On shore, the Rødsand area is well-liked for its dunes, seaside campsites, game reserves, and a European Union bird sanctuary—and don’t miss the Egholm Ulvecenter, a wolf park and museum.
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Warming trend seen depleting fishing stocks
Monday, September 22, 2008
Global warming may be hitting you right where it really hurts: the dinner plate.
New research done by a team of scientists at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center shows that rising temperatures in coastal waters along the East Coast could be lowering overall productivity in the North Atlantic food chain, slowing the growth of fish and shellfish. That means fewer fish in the ocean now than scientists anticipated, and lowered expectations for the size of fish populations once New England's severely depleted stocks are rebuilt to healthy levels in the future.
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Ocean Dead Zones Growing; May Be Linked to Warming
Friday, May 02, 2008