climate change

IPCC finds taxes, regulations mix most effective for vehicle emissions reductions

By Chet Edelman According to the recent report released by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a mere 1.5 degree Celsius rise in mean global temperature will unleash climate devastation on a unprecedented scale. The report stresses that avoiding the worst effects of climate change

Anticipating the costly impacts of climate change in Hawaii

By Logan Dredske Many states are considering what climate change is going to mean for their infrastructure, and Hawaii says their estimated price tag is $15 billion. According to Ed Sniffen, Hawaii’s Department of Transportation (HDOT) deputy director for highways, the state is estimating it

Insurer files, withdraws warning suits on climate change and infrastructure

By Eric Sundquist Farmers Insurance Group filed class action suits against hundreds of Chicago-area governments in May, claiming that they knew of risks caused by climate change yet did not prepare well enough for 2013 flooding that resulted in customer damages and claims. “During the past 40

The next 100 years: New York State’s push to develop climate resilient transit

By Mary Ebeling “The clear evidence of a changing climate in our nation makes more major storms like Superstorm Sandy a real and present threat.” With these words, New York Governor Cuomo recently called on the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority to look strategically at developing a

Preparing for climate change in Massachusetts

By Chris Spahr On January 14, Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts announced $52 million in funding for a statewide plan to address the present and future impacts of climate change.  Citing weather events such as Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, which washed out Route 2 in North Adams and

Unique storm surge bonds for MTA prove popular

By Robbie Webber For the first time, Standard & Poor’s has rated a catastrophe bond, also known as a cat bond, based on the level of a storm surge. First Mutual Transportation Assurance Co., a subsidiary of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, is working with a reinsurer in

As the cost of extreme weather events continues to climb, resilience is key

By Bill Holloway According to the recently released National Climate Assessment draft by the multi-agency U.S. Global Change Research program, climate change is now increasing the frequency and intensity of severe storms, flooding, droughts, and heat waves, as well as increasing sea level. These

Climate Change and Transportation: Summary of Key Information (TRB, 2012)

This report is a summary of key findings covers a variety of studies on climate change and its ramifications for the transportation sector. It provides a concise summary of transportation’s contributions to climate change and mitigation policy levers. It also discusses various state DOTs’

Climate impacts on transportation a hot topic during a hot summer

By Eric Sundquist Amid this summer’s wildfires, drought and heat wave, many news articles and scholarly reports have focused on the changing climate’s effects on transportation. With temperatures lingering above 100 degrees F in the upper Midwest, reports of closed roads due to buckling

“Mr. Obama has the historic opportunity to begin solving three of the nation’s most vexing problems: global warming, the thirst for oil and high gas pump costs.”

How? Obama should adopt tough car mileage rules, according to a New York Times editorial by Daniel Becker and James Gerstenzang: “Under standards that Mr. Obama set last year, cars and S.U.V.’s and other light trucks must reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent a year,