Water and Climate Change

WATER and Climate Change

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Experts Highlight State of Oceans - "Shocking Report" - mass extinction warning

23 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) sponsored a press conference on the launch of a report by the International Programme on State of the Oceans (IPSO) on the protection of marine species, during which marine experts panelists highlighted that changes in the oceans are being driven at an extraordinary pace. “The findings are shocking," Dr. Alex Rogers, IPSO's scientific director, said in a statement released by the group...According to the report, three major factors have been present in the handful of mass extinctions that have occurred in the past: an increase of both hypoxia (low oxygen) and anoxia (lack of oxygen that creates "dead zones") in the oceans, warming and acidification. The panel warns that the combination of these factors will inevitably cause a mass marine extinction if swift action isn't taken to improve conditions...The IPSO report calls for such changes, recommending actions in key areas: immediate reduction of CO2 emissions, coordinated efforts to restore marine ecosystems, and universal implementation of the precautionary principle so "activities proceed only if they are shown not to harm the ocean singly or in combination with other activities." Read more; also see HERE. Here is the alarming report:

Ocean Report IPSO 2011

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 IWA Water, Energy, and Climate Conference 2014

Solving the interlinked challenges of urban water, energy and climate is critical for cities of the future to prosper. The IWA Water, Energy and Climate Conference 2014: Solutions for Future Water Security (IWA WEC) is an opportunity to bring together knowledge from across the globe to share experiences and information, enable collaboration and build new partnerships. The event, to be carried out May 21th to 23th in Mexico City, combines multiple technical sessions with workshops, panel debates, discussion groups, technical tours, Young Water Professional sessions and industry interaction. The event will bring together expertise from across the water cycle from research to practical application to policy and regulation.

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Water in IPCC 2014 Climate Impacts GWII Report

The IPCC 2014 Climate Impacts report stresses climate risk management. The Final Draft Report, dated 28 October 2013, of the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Climate Change 2014:Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability ... consists of the full scientific and technical assessment undertaken by Working Group II. Free downloads:

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Blue Carbon Policy Options Assessment

Mangroves, salt marshes, and sea grasses store significant amounts of carbon and have great greenhouse gas mitigation potential. To date these ecosystems – known as “blue carbon” - have largely fallen outside of international and national climate change mitigation policies.  This report was commissioned by the Linden Trust for Conservation to assess options for protecting and/or restoring blue carbon ecosystems under climate change policy and financing mechanisms. 

The report analyses and prioritizes actions in the IPCC reporting guidelines, UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol, regional and national emissions trading systems, the voluntary market amongst others. By advising on the most likely policy options to advance blue carbon, this report enables stakeholders to make informed decisions on where to focus efforts that will support the global reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from these important ecosystems.

HERE is the report.

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UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

The twelfth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (Consultative Process or ICP-12) took place from 20-24 June 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York. Here is the High Seas Alliance presentation

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Oceans Imperiled But Still Teeming 

An inspired and important decade-long effort to use satellite tags to track ocean-roaming species has paid off by revealing the still bountiful heart of a Serengeti-style ecosystem spanning great swathes of the Pacific.

Watch this VIDEO.

 

By ANDREW C. REVKIN, NYT June 22, 2011

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UUSC: Water and Climate Change

Examining the Water Crisis and Climate Change

UUSC understands that there is a global water crisis, which is the product of shifting and competing political and economic interests, depletion from environmental contamination, climate change, over-extraction, and increasing human population. As a human-rights organization, UUSC recognizes the urgent need to respond. Climate justice is a central theme of UUSC's Environmental Justice work. UUSC is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

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 Great video on human impacts on the water cycle including climate change

 

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The Contrarian B. Lomborg's view on water is "All Wet"

B. Lomborg is firmly in the contrarian / denier / faux-skeptic mode of climate risk denial. HERE is a 2002 book report by the scientist Peter Gleick criticizing fallacious comments in Lomborg's controversial book "The Skeptical Environmentalist", especially on water. Gleick says: "He misinterprets the scientific literature, simplifies and generalizes about environmental problems, misunderstands environmental science, misuses data, misrepresents the work of others, and draws conclusions based on hidden value judgments or his view of the world rather than on evidence and facts. These are fatal flaws. Examples of each of these flaws can be found in the way Lomborg writes about water resources—my own field...Unfortunately, Lomborg’s book muddles public understanding and perceptions of the problems that we face and is a disservice to those trying to move toward that vision." Gleick was not the only critic of Lomborg and his book.

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WATER and CLIMATE - more resources on the Climate Portal

OXFORD, England (Reuters) Tue Sep 29, 2009 - A rise of at least two meters in the world's sea levels is now almost unstoppable, experts told a ...
 
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Water Shortages and other Climate Impacts

Glaciers and snow packs that now provide water to many millions of people are melting, foreshadowing severe regional water shortages in the future. HERE are the slides of a review by Dr Peter Gleick "The Vulnerability of U.S. Water Resources to Climate Change: From the Mississippi River floods to growing shortages in the West" presented to the US House of Representatives in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

 
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 ... change is upon us, and is causing devastating effects already, with more to come. One area it is
affecting is our water resources
 

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Photographer James Balog shares new image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey, a network of
time-lapse cameras recording glaciers ...
 
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The National Resources Defense Council reports that a large part of the US will have
severe water shortages due to global warming. Here is a ...
 

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The effects of more prolonged droughts resulting from climate change come at a time when the world's
groundwater supplies are also under ...
 
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Fracking and Water

...U.S. Congress' Appropriation Conference Committee's 2010 mandate that EPA study the relationship between
hydraulic fracturing practices and drinking water resources.
 
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...During this interval of global warming, the decay of ice sheets caused global mean
sea level to rise by approximately 80 m; terrestrial and marine ecosystems  ...
 

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Rising salinity in seawater resulting from the climate change-induced sea level rise will restrict freshwater in coastal areas. Climate change is ...
 
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Dangers from rising sea levels are not limited to small island nations. In India alone, a rise of one meter would displace more than 40 million ...

 

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The CLEAN WATER ACT (EPA) (Pollution)

The Clean Water Act (CWA) is the primary federal law in the United States governing water pollution. Passed in 1972, the act established the goals of eliminating releases of high amounts of toxic substances into water, eliminating additional water pollution by 1985, and ensuring that surface waters would meet standards necessary for human sports and recreation by 1983. (Wikipedia)

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