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As a resident of the San Diego Coastal Community, I have a vested interest in the research being done on how climate change will impact the communities like mine. So I took a particular interest in the June 13th publication on the Take Part website that summarized the detailed report conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on populations that have potential for being exposed to coastal flooding and other disastrous events. The top 15 vulnerable cities are reviewed on the Take Part website but the OECD report provides more information on 135 cities that are in exposed areas over the next 70 years, San Diego is currently listed as 109th in the ranking.

The top 15 include:

1.  Mumbai, India:
Population at risk in 2005: 2.8 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 11.4 million

2.  Guangzhou, China:
Population at risk in 2005: 2.7 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 10.3 million

3.  Shanghai, China:
Population at risk in 2005: 2.4 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 5.5 million

4.  Miami, FL:
Population at risk in 2005: 2.0 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 4.8 million

5.  Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam:
Population at risk in 2005: 1.9 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 9.2 million

6.  Kolkata (Calcutta), India:
Population at risk in 2005: 1.9 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 14 million

7.  New York City, Newark:
Population at risk in 2005: 1.5 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 2.9 million

8.  Osala-Kobe, Japan:
Population at risk in 2005: 1.4 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 2.0 million

9.  Alexandria, Egypt:
Population at risk in 2005: 1.3 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 4.4 million

10. New Orleans, LA:
Population at risk in 2005: 1.1 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 1.4 million

11. Tokyo, Japan:
Population at risk in 2005: 1.1 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 2.5 million

12. Tianjin, China:
Population at risk in 2005: 956,000
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 3.8 million

13. Bangkok, Thailand:
Population at risk in 2005: 907,000
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 5.1 million

14. Dhaka, Bangladesh:
Population at risk in 2005: 844,000
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 11.1 million

15. Amsterdam, Netherlands:      Population at risk in 2005: 839,000
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 1.4 million

The ARPA-E (Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy) program is funding some very exciting high-risk clean tech projects. The projects include from biofuels made from non-food crops, a freezer system that powers from soundwaves, and wind turbines made out of fabric.

5 super-cool energy projects being backed by the U.S. government | MNN – Mother Nature Network.

The government will reduce carbon emissions and energy use per unit of gross domestic product by at least 3.7 percent in 2013 and carry out carbon-trading trials, the National Development and Reform Commission said in a report today.

China Boosts Energy and Emissions Goals After Record Smog – Bloomberg.

This is a very interesting resource that illustrates how the major energy sources are used in the US. It can be used to determine the impact that specific energy policies will have on the environment and the economy.

EIA’s Energy in Brief: What are the major sources and users of energy in the United States?.

The President outlined some very exciting improvements to current environmental policies in the State of the Union address last night. What a great platform to demand change. And if the parties can’t come to common ground to implement the necessary policies then the White House has promised to act on it’s own accord. How exciting!

“If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will,” Obama said. “I will direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.”

Obama gives Congress climate ultimatum: back me, or I go it alone | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

Nowadays, it’s hard to image an office that doesn’t already have an established recycling program but there may be room for improvement. My current establishment offers very little in the way of resources for recycling but this guide may be the path to inspire change. I’m looking forward to using the guide to get the necessary buy-in from the management team to implement an all inclusive office recycling program. There is a really great opportunity here to make a difference at the corporate level. Check it out! I’d love to hear success stories or tips on how to get our colleagues on board.

How to Start an Office Recycling Program – Earth911.com.

Urban air pollution from fuel emissions has reached levels that are hazardous to physical health and mental development in Beijing. This is a global problem that requires a global solution to energy production. My goal is to get off the grid by producing renewable energy at home – I’m starting with a solar project! What are positive contribution do you plan to make?

Eye-Stinging Beijing Air Risks Lifelong Harm to Babies – Bloomberg.

Let’s not “frack this up”, Planet!

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-05/greenhouse-gas-emissions-fall-in-u-s-power-plants-on-coal-cuts.html

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Cheap panels and lower construction costs have been aided by policy support that “has been a little more consistent and long-term,” Gregory Wolf, president of Duke Energy Renewables said.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-05/u-s-solar-will-eclipse-wind-in-2013-says-duke-energy.html

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A senior counsel at the National Wildlife Federation pointed out that the Keystone XL “locks us into quite a few years of increased development of tar sands, which scientists have pretty roundly said the world can’t afford. This is really a good opportunity early on in [Obama’s second term] to send a strong signal that he’s very serious about addressing climate.”

Obama’s Climate Vow Elevates EPA Role in Keystone XL Review – Bloomberg.