Coping With Change | The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media
...sea levels could rise meters more by this century’s end as warmer ocean waters expand and the meltdown of vast ice sheets in Greenland continues. That would be the end of the Carterets — and many other small islands.
Weather desks like the one at Evolution Markets in White Plains, N.Y., help companies buy and sell the weather — specifically, heating degree days in winter and cooling degree days in summer. “Degree days” measure the deviation from a temperature that would require no heating in winter or cooling in summer. The idea is to buffer, say, a brewery against the loss in beer sales occasioned by an unusually cool and damp summer — or, more commonly, an electric utility against the loss in revenue that stems from an unusually cool summer that requires fewer people to use electricity in running air conditioners.
...The Windy City averages 38 inches of snow a winter — and just received more than 50 inches for the fourth straight year.
...The average temperature of the planet for the next several thousand years will be determined this century by those of us living today.
David Biello is an associate editor at Scientific American focusing on environment and energy.