U.S. Climate Has Already Changed, Study Finds, Citing Heat and Floods

“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,” the scientists declared in a major new report assessing the situation in the United States. [NY Times]


Nine maps that show how climate change is already affecting the US

The report is particularly useful in detailing how specific regions and sectors will be affected — and outlining some possible ways we could adapt. [Vox]


For Obama, a renewed focus on climate

After years of putting other policy priorities first — and dismaying many liberal allies in the process — Obama is now getting into the weeds on climate change and considers it one of the key components of his legacy, according to aides and advisers.  [Washington Post]


The U.S. Faces Longer Summers of Worsening Ozone Pollution

Using a fancy, new IBM supercomputer, scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder simulated atmospheric conditions over dozens of coming summers right down to the hour, and what they found was worrisome. [The Atlantic Cities]


5 exciting new ways New York can deal with storm surges and rising seas

New York City’s current seawall is barely six feet tall. After Sandy hit, there was talk of building a new one, but not much has happened yet. But with climate change happening now, big cities like New York better find a way to adapt their aging infrastructure and update their flood management plans, stat. [Grist]


Excessive nitrogen harming LI storm-buffering salt marshes, says DEC

Nitrogen from wastewater enriches the marshes to the point where they develop shallow roots and become unstable, keeping them from performing their natural function of reducing the strength of waves as they reach the shore, according to the report. [Newsday]


The most radioactive place in New York is now a superfund site

For decades, Wolff-Alport processed rare-earth metals and dumped the waste product, radioactive thorium, down the sewer. Later, they sold their thorium to the Atomic Energy Commission, which stockpiled the material for use in nuclear weapons and reactors. [The New Yorker]