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Energy at risk: the impact of climate change on supply and costs

(CMCC Foundation – Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change) The energy sector is not only cause, but also victim of climate change. As global temperatures rise, cooling demand is increasing. But in the face of an increased energy demand in the hot season, energy reliability may be jeopardized, due to climate change impacts on the energy system, especially in South Asia and Latin America. A review paper on Nature Energy shows how extreme climate-related events are affecting the efficiency of energy infrastructures and threatening renewable technologies.

US corn crop’s growing sensitivity to drought revealed

New management approaches and technology have allowed the US. Corn Belt to increase yields despite some changes in climate. However, soil sensitivity to drought has increased significantly, according to a new study that could help identify ways to reverse the trend.

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ADAPTATION: Sand shortages expose beaches to rising seas

Coastal counties across the southeastern U.S. face “critical sand shortages” for projects that replenish beaches as climate change intensifies storms and raises sea levels, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

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SEA-LEVEL RISE: Booming disaster costs expected for U.S. territories

Rising seas could cause billions of dollars in damage to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Army Corps of Engineers researchers said yesterday, describing threats to U.S. territories that are already being battered by massive storms and flooding.

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INVESTING: 140 finance firms have fled coal. Oil, gas are next — report

Dozens of major financial firms have begun to limit their investments in the oil and gas sector — a signal that the world has started to retreat from businesses that drive climate change, according to one advocacy group.