March 27 News: Melting Arctic Sea Ice Drives Extreme Weather, U.S Military Planning

Most of the Arctic sea ice that forms each year melts in the spring and summer, which affects global weather patterns and U.S. military planning. [NBC News]

“There are tremendous two-way and multiple interactions between the Arctic and the rest of the world,” retired Rear Adm. David Titley said during the teleconference organized by Climate Nexus, a group trying to raise awareness about climate change.

Experts tied the melting ice in the Arctic to the recent spate of stormy winter weather in parts of the U.S. and Europe. They also noted that the prospect of ice-free summers in the Arctic as soon as 2030 is already impacting international trade and U.S. Navy plans to protect Arctic resources.

The briefing was held the day after the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) announced that the Arctic sea ice reached its maximum reach for the year on March 15, covering 5.84 million square miles. This is the sixth lowest maximum sea ice coverage in the 35-year satellite record.

Melting season starts: Arctic sea ice hit its maximum for the year, and it’s the 6th lowest on record. [Climate Central]


Yesterday the Obama Administration announced a plan to help wildlife adapt to the threats posed by climate change. [LA Times]

Vice Admiral Lee Gunn (ret.) is in Texas to explain how national security is threatened by climate change, and how naval bases are already being rebuilt due to sea level rise. [NPR Texas]

The governors of Oregon and Washington are imploring the White House to consider climate change when it looks at environmental impacts of coal export terminals. [The Hill]

New York State may be the first to tell bondholders that climate change is a risk to their investments. [Bloomberg]

The city of Melbourne, Australia, is now carbon-neutral by virtue of emissions reductions and offsets. [Climate Group]

A new study finds that if you add lignin (a worthless byproduct of corn/ethanol) to concrete, the concrete gets 32% stronger — allowing you to use less carbon-intensive cement. [EarthTechling]

Coral reefs in southern Florida have declined by 50 percent over the last twenty years. [Climate Adaptation]

Community solar will allow electricity-hungry Orlando residents to buy solar power for 13 cents a kw/h, guaranteed for 25 years. And the solar installation is over a parking lot! [EarthTechling]


They call it the “oil & gas industry” for a reason: the next CEO of the American Natural Gas Alliance comes from the American Petroleum Institute. [The Hill]

An aluminum-air battery, used as an emergency one-time backup for an electric car, could carry you 1,000 miles at once. [CleanTechnica]

Climate change is rewriting the world’s wine list, causing vinyards to consider importing grapes from warmer latitudes, and messing with the finesse of Languedoc. [Discovery]