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The global challenge of climate change poses a perfect moral storm — by failing to take action to rein in carbon emissions, the current generation is spreading the costs of its behavior far into the future. Professor and author Stephen Gardinier in his e360 article, 'The Ethical Dimension of Tackling Climate Change'
Infographic: The Potential Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Washington State Under Business-as-Usual
(Source: State of Washington Department of Ecology)

Infographic: The Potential Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Washington State Under Business-as-Usual

(Source: State of Washington Department of Ecology)

3D map shows the huge solar potential of New York City rooftops

From Sustainable CUNY:

The NYC Solar Map is an interactive online tool that allows users to estimate the solar energy potential for every building in New York City’s five boroughs by inputting an address. The map also highlights existing solar installations, displays real-time solar energy production citywide, and allows users to estimate the costs, incentives, and payback period for investing in solar.

Check out the solar map here.

(Video credit: Reuters

The Arctic is the planet’s air conditioner and it’s starting to break down.

~ Eban Goodstein, resource economist at New York state’s Bard College and co-author of the report, ‘Arctic Treasure, Global Assets Melting Away.’

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A recent Reuters article looking at the report points out that:

"Arctic ice melting could cost global agriculture, real estate and insurance anywhere from $2.4 trillion to $24 trillion by 2050 in damage from rising sea levels, floods and heat waves."

(Photo credit: the amazing Yann Arthus Bertrand

As we stand now, we’re only a few meters away from saying goodbye to the 2-degree target. The later we move, the more difficult it will be, especially in the United States. There is a lot of infrastructure being built, lots of power plants. The later we move, the more expensive it will be. Fatih Birol, chief economist of the International Energy Agency, was recently quoted in the New York Times explaining that “unless the United States, Europe, China, India and the other emerging economies get on a crash course to slash greenhouse gases… world leaders can simply forget about one of their oft-talked-about goals: stabilizing the average global temperature rise at 2 degrees Celsius.”