From Pew Trusts: Climate Change Could Make Borrowing Costlier for States and Cities.
Someday soon, analysts will determine that a city or county, or maybe a school district or utility, is so vulnerable to sea level rise, flooding, drought or wildfire that it is an investment risk.
To be sure, no community has yet seen its credit rating downgraded because of climate forecasting. And no one has heard of a government struggling to access capital because of its precarious geographical position.
But as ratings firms begin to focus on climate change, and investors increasingly talk about the issue, those involved in the market say now is the time for communities to make serious investments in climate resilience — or risk
From The Guardian: How climate change is pushing Central American migrants to the US. The northern triangle of Central America, the largest source of asylum seekers crossing the US border, is deeply affected by environmental degradation
From Politico: The New Language of Climate Change, Scientists and meteorologists on the front lines of the climate wars are testing a new strategy to get through to the skeptics and outright deniers.
From Aon, this 88 page report: Weather, Climate & Catastrophe Insight: 2018 Annual Report.
Article about the report: Four Climate-Influenced Disasters Cost the U.S. $53 Billion in 2018. Two wildfires and two hurricanes were among the costliest disasters worldwide
After Back-to-Back Hurricanes, North Carolina Reconsiders Climate Change. In a state where lawmakers once rejected sea level rise warnings, polls show a growing concern among residents and a desire for better policies.
From the HuffPost: This Year’s Natural Disasters Show Climate Change’s Dire Consequences Are Already Here. In 2018, record-breaking wildfires and historic levels of rain have hit the U.S.
From the NYTimes: The Story of 2018 Was Climate Change. Future generations may ask why we were distracted by lesser matters. The historic hurricane chart in this article is especially interesting.
From the WashPost: Climate change was behind 15 weather disasters in 2017.
This year’s report features 17 peer-reviewed analyses of 16 disasters by 120 researchers looking at weather across six continents and two oceans. Each study uses historical records and model simulations to determine how much climate change may have influenced a particular event.
Additional details about the new report issued by the AMA.