May 22 News: Climate-Fueled Disasters Displaced More Than 31 Million People Last Year

An infographic from the International Displacement Monitoring Centre and Norwegian Refugee Council of populations displaced by climate change and extreme weather disasters. [The Guardian]

More than 32 million people fled their homes last year because of disasters such as floods, storms and earthquakes – 98% of displacement related to climate change. Asia and west and central Africa bore the brunt. Some 1.3 million people were displaced in rich countries, with the US particularly affected. Floods in India and Nigeria accounted for 41% of displacement, according to the International Displacement Monitoring Centre and Norwegian Refugee Council.

The House plans to vote today on a bill forcing the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, while the Obama Administration issued a firm statement “strongly opposing” the bill. [Washington Post]

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) is refusing to approve new disaster aid for the tornadoes that just hit his state without offsetting cuts elsewhere. [HuffPo]

China has reportedly committed to a hard cap on its carbon emissions by 2016, which could spur the U.S. and other nations to a serious accord in 2015. [Independent, Renew Economy]

New Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz committed to energy efficiency legislation and improved standards, saying, “I have never seen a credible solution to the climate risk mitigation challenge, to reach the kinds of goals we need to reach, without the demand side playing a very, very important part in that.” [The Hill]

Moniz will also delay approval of 20 liquefied natural gas export facilities while he studies the effect exports will have on the domestic market. [Washington Post]

The Energy Information Agency expects an extension of renewable energy production tax credits to significantly expand clean energy capacity and generation. [Today in Energy]

Most Americans think the U.S. should do something about climate change and develop clean energy, according to a new Yale/GMU poll. [LA Times]

The Great Barrier Reef has already lost half its coral, and Australia’s contributions to coal consumption — along with other forms of pollution — are threatening to destroy what’s left. [Spiegel]

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk says he will likely pay back the loan it received from the Department of Energy not in 2022, but… today. [Bloomberg]

The Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge has voluntarily encouraged more than a billion dollars in efficiency investments to cut waste and save millions per year for dozens of companies and more than a hundred partners. [USA Today]

The airplane Solar Impulse is in the air again, looking to break another distance record from Arizona to Texas. [CleanTechnica]

12 Responses to May 22 News: Climate-Fueled Disasters Displaced More Than 31 Million People Last Year

  1. Colorado Bob says:

    Century-old science helps confirm global warming

    Ocean measurements taken more than 135 years ago during the scientific expedition of HMS Challenger have provided further confirmation of human-produced global warming over the past century.

  2. Raul M. says:
    The article is confusing to me as it concludes with statements that indicate schiphrinic logic or possibly totally incomplete look at co2 results on environment.

  3. Paul Klinkman says:

    The EF5, 1.3 mile wide Moore tornado has dropped out of the climate news already!

    This is not your daddy’s climate change. Things got bigger and badder with the 2013 Moore tornado, as differentiated from the 1999 Moore tornado, the one that set a record wind speed on planet eaarth.

    Climate science needs to catch up to an observed acceleration in overall tornado destructiveness. Total destructiveness seems to be accelerating geometrically as a function of time. I call it Moore’s Law. Oh wait, that moniker is taken.

    I also combine the Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes, five or ten miles or so south of Oklahoma City’s windflow-inhibiting downtown buildings, with the monster that ripped across Joplin, Missouri south of their downtown. Is this effect related to the tornadoes that regularly pick on Stockbridge, Massachusetts in the Berkshires, but not on neighboring towns? At the slight risk of labeling these tornado neighborhoods a Klinkman cluster, I wonder if insurance companies shouldn’t redline all neighborhoods southeast of downtown areas in Tornado Alley. Is there something inherently dangerous about downtown buildings as wind inhibition zones or heat islands that sets super-tornadoes off?

  4. James says:

    Climate change “loads the dice” and makes extreme weather more likely to happen.

  5. Merrelyn Emery says:

    And they have deliberately infested Oz where they are hindering the development of wind power by creating hysteria with fictional ‘data’, ME

  6. Baloo789 says:

    Climate change makes the water cycle more extreme. Higher evaporation rates can make heavy rainstorms heavier, and droughts deeper and longer.

  7. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Call it ‘Moopes Law’ in honour of the Bubble boy, of fond memory.

  8. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Led by Murdoch’s primary disinformation sewer- ‘The Australian’.

  9. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Actually, News Corpse has been enthusiastically joined by ‘John Howard’s ABC’ in peddling the latest lie-the ‘carnage’ of birds caused by wind turbines. And this is before Abbott purges the ABC yet again. God only knows what it will be like then.

  10. Merrelyn Emery says:

    Just thank the Great Godess, and Aunty, that he is gradually being caught out (interview in Devenport), ME