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The flood frequency table is eye opening:

Baltimore, Md. 922% increase in floods over average
Atlantic City, N.J. 682%
Philadelphia, Pa. 650%
Sandy Hook, N.J. 626%

Expecting the Unexpected: Abrupt Climate Change" - several earth-systems scientists argue that gradual climate change inevitably leads to a higher likely hood of ‘abrupt’ catastrophe.

A very strange article in the NYTimes.

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My gut tells me these proposed measures are too little, too late.

Have you seen Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s take down of  Senator Jim Inhofe?

"On the Media" produces a serious, weekly program covering all things media. They’re among my top favorite sources of news-sobriety. Here’s an example from July 6:

“Climate Change” vs. “Global Warming”

[Obama’s new] proposal could bring renewed worldwide attention to climate change. Trouble is, we still haven’t sorted out how to talk about the issue. Is it “Climate Change” or “Global Warming”? Bob speaks to Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, and the principal investigator of the new study, “What’s In a Name? Global Warming Versus Climate Change.”

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Dept of Interior publishes a weekly video update. This week’s video covers vegetation shifts due to climate change, return of new bald eagles in San Clemente, and a new Botanic Garden in Pittsburgh, which is located near iron ore mines.

The DOI is quite a complicated US Government agency. It manages all federal land and national parks, Native American lands (in part), natural resources like forests and habitats, and, strangely, fossil fuel and natural resources extraction.

DeSmogBlog is quite biased, but the article is worth checking out. Obama is typically portrayed by lefty and enviro-media as an effective leader with respect to climate change actions. I have on a number of occasions posted on the administrations adaptation and resilience plans and actions.

But, what’s under the radar - what media is ignoring - is that Obama directed his administration to implement very aggressive oil and gas drilling plans formulated under Bush and the oil industry. For example, just last week, Obama opened up the Atlantic coast for offshore drilling.

The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. Via AP

Thus, environmental blogs are missing one half of the story. Check it out…

Canada. Now.

Pretty harsh article on Miami’s situation with sea level rise. Miami actually has a lot of control over its own population growth and zoning laws. Mayor Stoddard may be right about his state’s politicians, but he’s just as culpable by allowing rapid development.