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]