Ebene News – US – We can’t escape climate change, but we can manage it

From more violent storms to a warming arctic to fires in California, rising atmospheric carbon levels mean it’s impossible to escape the fallout of global warming Now we are immersed in a new world of consequence management

Why this is important: Some regions will need power grids that are better prepared for extreme heat and cold But the needs go far beyond electrical systems to meet building codes, workplace regulations and the design and placement of infrastructure

Rutgers University climatologist Robert Kopp tells Axios that the Texas pandemic and disaster have shown us that the competence of public institutions is a predictor of the “severity” of transcendent disasters

Scientists Still Analyzing Link Between Polar Vortices and Climate Change But Princeton energy expert Jesse Jenkins wrote in a New York Times op-ed: “[W] e know climate change is increasing the frequency of extreme heat waves, droughts, forest fires, rain and coastal flooding”

Michael Wehner, an extreme weather expert at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, said in an email exchange with Axios that large swathes of the country will need to adapt: ​​

And next: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday announced that he would ask the legislature to require the Texas power system to be winterized – a fundamental step it did not take before this week’s disaster

In summary: As important as adaptation strategies are, climate experts say they do not replace the need to cut emissions

The crisis in Texas’ power grid is very different from the fierce emergencies in California in recent years, but there’s a connective tissue there: Power grids and infrastructure need to be better equipped for a changing climate or they can have fatal consequences

In the news: Texas is in shock after a blast of arctic air and increased demand that led to widespread blackouts, leading to the loss of electricity for millions of customers who this morning , is only partially restored

The Texas power outages are the latest in a series of disasters that will be harder to fix – or prevent from happening again – because Americans are retreating into partisan and cultural corners instead of trying to solve problems

The Big Picture: From COVID to election fallout to the total collapse of Texas’ power grid, America is no longer showing the rest of the world how to tackle its biggest challenges Instead, there are still another uncivil war to wage – even when democracy, global health and now climate change are at stake

A February 16 above satellite image of power outages in the Houston area (shown in red and explained here) reaches the immense scale of the Texas-wide crisis

Why this is important: it is a human tragedy which quickly reaches the discussions and the energy responses of Beltway and which shakes up the oil markets

Climate change, Texas, management, extreme weather

Ebene News – United States – We can’t escape climate change, but we can manage it

Source: https://www.axios.com/managing-climate-change-ea817eb6-d489-4db2-b2f7-d6b52e098dec.html