March 7 News: ‘Snowquester’ Spares DC, Threatens Northeastern Coast

Snowquester left D.C. relatively untouched save for the reputations of weather forecasters. But it dumped close to 2 feet of snow in areas of Virginia and Maryland, and still threatens floods and high winds along the coast. [Climate Central]

The storm some have called “Snowquester” and others “Saturn” won’t leave a snowy legacy in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore after all, but could long be remembered for doing lasting damage to the Delaware, New Jersey, and southern New England coastlines. The storm is moving slowly, which means that in Massachusetts, as many as six high tide cycles could yield severe beach erosion and coastal flooding, due to a prolonged stretch of gale-force onshore winds and high seas on the order of 25 to 30 feet.

The damage from a Feb. 9 blizzard, combined with the extended timeframe of this event is heightening coastal flooding and beach erosion concerns. In Cape May, N.J., forecast storm tide levels are projected to be slightly higher than they were during Hurricane Sandy, which set all-time records in much of the state.

This computer model forecast shows a peak storm tide of about 9 feet above Mean Lower Low Water, which would be a record for that location and 1.2 inches higher than during Sandy, according to the National Weather Service.

Sally Jewel — an accomplished mountain climber, expert skier, longtime bicycle commuter, and the president of Recreational Equipment Inc. — is President Obama’s pick to head the Department of the Interior. Her confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate is today. [Bloomberg]

The State Department’s Keystone XL report was written by a private consultancy that’s contracted with the pipeline’s owner as well as with the government. [Grist]

Investing in climate change used to mean putting money into efforts to stop global warming. But now some investors are taking the opposite approach, and investing in businesses that will profit as the planet gets hotter, under the assumption that climate change is inevitable. [Businessweek]

Despite mounting weather-related claims, only 23 insurance companies of 184 surveyed had comprehensive strategies to cope with climate change, according to report by Ceres, a Boston-based non-profit that promotes eco-minded business practices. [USA Today]

The percentage of Americans who are “alarmed” about climate change and motivated to do something about it increased to 16 percent between 2010 and 2012, according to a new poll by researchers at Yaleand George Mason universities. [Climate Central]

Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service will decide whether to place hundreds of species under the protection of the Endangered Species Act by 2018. [NYTimes]

The House of Representatives voted 267-151 on Wednesday to exempt the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s geostationary weather satellites from 2012’s reduced spending levels. [Climate Central]

A proposal by the United States to ban cross-border trade in polar bears and their parts was defeated Thursday at an international meeting of conservationists. [WaPo]

The European Union’s plans to reform its emissions trading scheme are insufficient to deliver the desired increase in carbon prices, according to a new report. [BusinessGreen]

11 Responses to March 7 News: ‘Snowquester’ Spares DC, Threatens Northeastern Coast

  1. prokaryotes says:

    Here in Germany the last couple of days sunny with 10 C, i started running again but “ooops” next days the winter will be back in the upcoming days.

  2. prokaryotes says:

    Today i canceled the domains (and the project) and Im atm not in the position (timely and financial wise) to longer support it and since i did not received a single dime on any of my adventures i had to came to this conclusion. Will focus now more on

    If anybody like to have the domain (Posters from Joe’s blog) im willing to transfer the domain ownership to you for free (with or without content).

  3. prokaryotes says:

    An insight scope into Germany’s energy transition and hickups, posted today by the SPIEGEL

    use Google translate since it is written in German language.

  4. prokaryotes says:

    Another interesting news bit from today on the topic of financial tax breaks for energy incentive company’s in Germany, which might be cut entirely.

    Though there were a lot of discussions and critique on the politics and energy policies by the current Government in the past year in Germany. Since this years autumn has new elections, it might be seen if these “new” approaches for a real change to more clean technologies is for real or only greenwash/policies without effect or new loopholes for dirty energy.

  5. JM says:

    Only 16 percent of Americans are motivated to do something about climate change? That tells you all you need to know right there. Remarkable ignorance.

  6. prokaryotes says:

    Climate change is simple: David Roberts at TEDxTheEvergreenStateCollege

  7. Pete Dunkelberg says:

    “The State Department’s Keystone XL report was written by a private consultancy that’s contracted with the pipeline’s owner as well as with the government.”

    Remedy: file a charge of corruption. Hold back the pipeline while the case is open.

  8. prokaryotes says:

    Climate change poses a far greater threat to Scotland’s future oil revenues
    Scotland’s fate as a rich independent nation is again being fought over with a battle raging over the risks of relying on North Sea oil. But in future, climate change will pose a far more serious challenge

  9. prokaryotes says:

    It is probably the most influential paper on climate science today. But few outside scientific circles even know it exists.

    Though just six pages long, its dense, technical writing makes it largely incomprehensible to non-experts. And yet this paper is transforming the climate change debate—prompting the financial world to rethink the value of the world’s fossil fuel reserves and giving environmental activists a moral argument for action.

    That’s because behind its complicated terminology is a simple question that affects every aspect of society and business: How much time do we have before the burning of fossil fuels pushes the climate system past tipping points? In a worst-case scenario, about 11 years at current rates of fossil fuel use, according to the paper.

  10. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    With a known history of mega-tsunamis hitting eastern Scotland, probably after submarine landslips caused by collapsing methane hydrates near Norway, I’d not be living on the sea-front, that’s for certain.

  11. Solar Jim says:

    “The percentage of Americans who are “alarmed” about climate change and motivated to do something about it increased to 16 percent between 2010 and 2012, according to a new poll by researchers at Yale and George Mason universities.”

    Some are also alarmed by Yale Corporation’s interlocking directorship with TransCanada, and George Mason’s apparent financial involvement with Koch Brothers.