climate change

StateImpact Oklahoma
9:13 am
Thu November 20, 2014

EPA In The Crosshairs As Oklahoma’s Inhofe Gains Sway Over Climate Policy

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) at an impromptu news conference during climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009.
Andrew Revkin Flickr

The Republican wave that put the party back in full control of Congress also put Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe back in charge of the Senate committee that oversees the country’s environmental policies.

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Environment
6:08 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Inhofe: China Faces No Consequences If It Breaks Climate Deal With U.S.

Senator Jim Inhofe Facebook

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) says "talk is cheap" when it comes to the agreement on greenhouse gas emissions between the United States and China.

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Business and Economy
3:51 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

How Can Businesses Climate-Proof Themselves?

Pictured is a wind test demonstration by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, that subjected two full-scale houses to thunderstorm and straight-line wind conditions common in the Midwest. The homes are essentially the same, except that the house on the right was built to the IBHS FORTIFIED for Safer Living® standard for Midwest construction. (Scott Iskowitz/Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety)

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 2:51 pm

According to the Insurance Information Institute, three of the top six years for catastrophic insurance losses — topping $142 billion — have taken place since 2005, and scientists agree that climate change has played a major role.

Hurricanes like Katrina and Sandy come to mind, as do myriads of fires, droughts and floods. The costs are huge and businesses are not waiting for Congress to take action — they’re doing everything they can to become climate resistant, if not climate-proof.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Study: Climate Change Challenges Oklahoma’s Temperature-Sensitive Economy

Future temperature changes pose serious risks to the climate-sensitive agricultural and energy industries in Oklahoma and other Great Plains states, a new study on the business and economic effects of climate change concludes.

Oklahoma's average summer temperature range is expected to increase from 81.7-83.58°F to 87.0-93.51°F from 2020 to 2099, the report predicts.

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Drought
5:29 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Oklahoma Drought Conditions Lessen

U.S. Drought Monitor - Oklahoma 6/10/2014
Credit U.S. Drought Monitor

A new report says drought conditions are improving in Oklahoma, though more than half of the state remains in extreme or exceptional drought.

New data from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 17 percent of Oklahoma is in exceptional drought — the most severe classification of drought. That's down from 21 percent a week ago.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:46 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Court Losses Won’t Deter Attorney General Scott Pruitt In His Fight With The EPA

c_nilsen Flickr Creative Commons

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week proposed new rules to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt — predictably — blasted the plan as another example of federal overreach in the Obama Administration’s war on fossil fuels.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:11 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Public Forum Questions Reveal Concern About Climate Change in Oklahoma

People waiting to ask questions at StateImpact's public forum on how climate change is affecting Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Last week, we hosted a public forum on how climate change affects Oklahoma. A panel of experts took audience questions on water and agriculture, and if the discussion is any guide, Oklahomans are curious, frustrated and concerned about climate change.

The Picasso Café in Oklahoma City was standing room only. One by one, audience members took the microphone and posed questions to our panelists: Clay Pope, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, and Dr. David Engle, Director of Oklahoma State University’s Water Resources Center.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:12 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Drier, Hotter, More Extreme Weather: How Climate Change Is Already Affecting Oklahoma

A supercell near Courtney, Okla., in April 2014.
Kelly DeLay Flickr Creative Commons

A new federal report bluntly warns that every region of the United States is already observing climate change-related affects to the environment and economy.

In Oklahoma and other Great Plains states, climate change from carbon emissions is changing crop growth cycles, increasing energy and water demand, altering rainfall patterns and leading to more frequent extreme weather and climate events, the report concludes.

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The Two-Way
9:41 am
Tue May 6, 2014

New Report Finds Climate Change Already Having Broad Impact

People survey the damage on Scenic Highway in Pensacola, Fla., after part of it collapsed following heavy rains and flash flooding on April 30.
Marianna Massey Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:22 am

A new U.S. government report released Tuesday finds that climate change is already having a broad impact on both weather and the economy.

NPR's Elizabeth Shogren tells our Newscast unit the third National Climate Assessment is the most comprehensive look at climate change that the government has ever produced. It was put together by more than 300 experts "guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee."

She filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:35 am
Thu April 24, 2014

What An Oklahoma Grazing Land Can Teach Us About Global Climate Change

University of Oklahoma Ph.D. student and research assistant Yuting Zhou installs a sensor in an experimental wheat field at the Grazinglands Research Lab in El Reno, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma is known for its wild weather. And now, the state’s variable climate is helping scientists understand how climate change could affect farms everywhere.

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