MIT climatologist (and one-time Republican) Kerry Emanuel has a new study out showing that with unchecked greenhouse gas emissions, the world faces not just more intense hurricanes, but up to 20 more per year by the end of the century. [Climate Central]
A new study by Kerry Emanuel, a prominent hurricane researcher at MIT, found that contrary to previous findings, tropical cyclones are likely to become both stronger and more frequent in the years to come, especially in the western North Pacific, where storms can devastate the heavily populated coastlines of Asian nations. Emanuel’s research showed the same holds true for the North Atlantic, where about 12 percent of the world’s tropical cyclones spin each year.
Emanuel’s study casts doubt on what had been the consensus view of most climate scientists — that in most ocean basins, tropical cyclones are likely to become less frequent as the world warms, but that the storms that do occur are likely to contain stronger winds and heavier rains. That view was expressed most recently in a 2012 report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Emanuel’s study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, uses the latest generation of global climate models to power a series of high-resolution, regional simulations of tropical cyclones around the world.
The death count reached 13 in an explosion in Lac-Megantic caused by a derailed 73-car train of oil tankers. [CBS News]
Toronto was pummeled with a “month’s worth of rain” yesterday, causing floods that stranded 1,500 on a commuter train and downed power in much of the city. [NBC News]
The life expectancy of 500 million people may have dropped 5 years due to the promotion of coal use in Northern China. [Washington Post]
The American Petroleum Institute is kicking off a major advertising campaign that pushes Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. [Fuel Fix]
Communities of color are more at risk of living in a heat island than white communities, and the correlation is more strongly linked to race rather than class, a new study has found. [Grist]
As the climate warms and depletes freshwater supplies, the water used by power plants will become strained, warns new research in Austria. [Sydney Morning Herald]
Climate change could bring small mammal invasions that threaten local wildlife, say scientists in New Zealand. [Scientific American]
Four utilities in Japan have applied to restart 10 of their idle nuclear reactors, two and a half years after the Fukushima disaster.. [Guardian]
A new breed of energy company is combining political activism with buying and selling renewable energy. [Greentech Media]
President Obama has nominated current American Council on Renewable Energy President, and retired Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn to be the Navy’s assistant secretary for energy, installations, and environment. [The Hill]
The Department of Energy is releasing new energy standards today that will toughen efficiency requirements for new federal buildings and save $1.74 billion in energy costs over the next 30 years. [The Hill]
Google has invested $1 billion in renewable energy, making the company a major player in the energy sector. [Fuel Fix]
Australia’s power use since the adoption of the carbon tax has dropped 2.2 percent nationwide, preventing 12.2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. [The Age]
Washington, D.C. is considering waiving parking space requirements for new buildings, echoing shifts other cities have made in response to shrinking car ownership. [Wall Street Journal]