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As the Costs of Extreme Weather Rise, Americans Cannot Afford Denial

As costly climate extremes exact a mounting toll on the U.S. economy and further strain the Federal budget, the path forward is clear: acknowledge and better understand the growing threat posed by climate variability and change, do what we can to slow climate change by sharply reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improve our weather forecasts and climate projections, and prepare ourselves for future impacts. Yet ideologues are pushing an opposite agenda: deny climate change and systematically eviscerate the Federal government’s efforts to address it. They are leaving Americans dangerously unprepared, saddled with the rapidly mounting costs of increasingly extreme weather. 

Number of Walruses Hauled Out near Point Lay, Alaska, Swells to over 20,000

Just weeks before Arctic sea ice extent reaches a record or near-record annual low, observers estimate that over 20,000 walruses have hauled-out near Point Lay, Alaska.  The aerial observers also have spotted dead walruses on their flights over the Chukchi Sea.

Climate Change is Causing Species to Shift Faster Towards Poles, Says New Study

A new study published in Science magazine, shows that species are moving toward the poles three times faster and climbing higher twice as fast as previously reported in 2003. The study looks at how over 1,500 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, plants and insects have responded to a warming climate over the past 40 years.

8,000 Walruses Congregate along Alaska Shoreline, Unable to Find Sea Ice Near Feeding Areas (Photo)

We reported on 12 August 2011 that walruses, driven ashore by the lack of Arctic sea ice over shallow waters, were starting to "haul out" along the Alaskan shores of the Chukchi Sea.  Airborne observers now report that by 17 August, "[a]pproximately 8,000 walruses were observed hauled out on land slightly north of Point Lay [Alaska]."  A panoramic photo shows the two immense haul-outs spotted during the survey flight.

Earth Hour 2012 Global Official Video

Earth Hour 2011 embraced 5,251 cities and towns in 135 countries and territories and reached an estimated 1.8 billion people worldwide. Our new video, backed by acclaimed Icelandic rock band Sigur Rós, showcases the passion of this year's Earth Hour participants from all corners of the globe, celebrating the planet and taking action beyond the hour.  Mark your calendar for Earth Hour 2012: 31 March 2012, 8:30 pm!

House drying up funding for weather preparedness (Repost)

This is a repost of an op-ed piece published in the San Francisco Chronicle (11 Aug. 2011). As the price tag for extreme weather increases, the U.S. House of Representatives ignores the problem and is attempting to make it worse by trying to cut important funding for climate change and preparedness.

Dangerously Unprepared: Congressional Budget Cuts are Leaving Americans Vulnerable to Climate Extremes

In 2011, the U.S. has been hammered by climate extremes, with economic damages by mid-June approaching a record $32 billion. Yet determined Congressional opponents of Federal climate change efforts are doggedly impeding Federal activities to inform and engage the public around climate impacts, vulnerability and risks; and to prepare for those impacts. Such tactics have successfully stymied progress on climate policy for over a decade, but at a high cost that is becoming increasingly evident: they have left Americans dangerously unprepared for an era of climate disruption.

Melting Sea Ice is Forcing Polar Bears to Swim Longer, Increasing Cub Mortality

Sea ice loss from climate change is causing polar bears to swim longer distances to find stable ice or reach land, resulting in greater risk to their cubs, according to new study.

Governor Christie Stops New Jersey from Addressing Climate Change, Ignoring the Perils to his State

New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, is pulling his state out of the only system currently operating in America that makes polluters pay for their carbon pollution that causes climate change. Bob Litterman, a New Jersey resident, economic and risk expert and WWF board member, discusses the governor’s irresponsible actions and the consequences New Jersey faces if carbon emissions and climate change are not adequately addressed. 

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