Catastrophe Chronicle – Updated Regularly

Catastrophe Chronicle – Updated Regularly
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“We are on the deathbed. Humanity cannot survive – the way it has been behaving with nature – for more than fifty years, sixty years, or, at the most, one hundred years, which is nothing. If the Third World War does not happen, then we will be committing a slow suicide. Within a hundred years, we will be gone. Not even a trace will be left.”1 Osho

See also: Osho, “Religion: The Crimes Against Nature and the Environment”

And: Priests & Politicians: The Mafia of the Soul

It is becoming increasingly clear that humanity just doesn’t have the consciousness to prevent the inexorable destruction of the only home it has.

Perhaps more fundamentally, this humanity – which is trashing out the land, the oceans, the atmosphere, and the space beyond the atmosphere – is simply being really trashy. We endlessly look outwards for solutions and almost no one is making it clear that unless we fix our trashiness, nothing can fundamentally change. Without this fundamental change in our trashy approach to the world around us, every “solution” we come up with will be deeply compromised by our trashiness!

While waiting for this obvious point to sink in, followed by a clear understanding of how to undo our trashiness, the OSHO Times can only chronicle the inevitable resultant degeneration of Planet Earth, “and all who sail in her!”

Carbon Dioxide Levels in the Atmosphere

Levels of the greenhouse gas have not been as high as today for 3-5m years, when the global temperature was 2-3C warmer and the sea level was 10-20 metres higher: The Guardian

The C02 clock is ticking here: Bloomberg Green Carbon Clock

Human Population

The population clock is ticking here: Worldometre

The Emissions Gap Report 2020

“The world is still heading for a catastrophic temperature rise in excess of 3°C this century – far beyond the Paris Agreement goals of limiting global warming to well below 2°C and pursuing 1.5°C.” – UN Environment

The Unfolding Story – 2022 – Updated Regularly: 

Read 2021 Edition HERE

May 20, 2022
Could Google’s Carbon Emissions Have Effectively Doubled Overnight?
“A new report suggests that the money Big Tech companies keep in the banking system can do more climate damage than the products they sell.”  – The New Yorker

May 19, 2022
Suicides indicate wave of ‘doomerism’ over escalating climate crisis
“While alarm over wildfires, droughts, flooding and societal unrest is on the rise, not many of us talk about climate angst.”  – The Guardian

May 19, 2022
The banks collapsed in 2008 – and our food system is about to do the sameThe Guardian

May 19, 2022
Capturing the Climate crisis: the Evidence Project – in picturesThe Guardian

May 19, 2022
The destruction of Gran Chaco, forgotten sister of the Amazon rainforestpodcast

May 18, 2022
Critical climate indicators broke records in 2021, says UN
“Prof James Hansen, who warned the world about the climate crisis in testimony to the US Senate in 1988, said this week there was “a spectacular, continuing failure of governments to adopt effective long-term energy and climate policies.” – The Guardian

May 18, 2022
‘World is at boiling point’: humanity must redefine relationship with nature, says reportThe Guardian

May 18, 2022
Climate change swells odds of record India, Pakistan heatwaves
“Climate change makes record-breaking heatwaves in northwest India and Pakistan 100 times more likely, a Met Office study finds.” – BBC

May 18, 2022
Rainforest trees may have been dying faster since the 1980s because of climate change
“This research has found the death rates of tropical trees have doubled in the last 35 years, as global warming increases the drying power of the atmosphere.” – ScienceDaily

May 17, 2022
Pollution caused 1 in 6 deaths globally for five years, study says
“Deaths from fossil fuel burning and lead poisoning have risen by 66 percent in the past two decades.” – The Washington Post

May 16, 2022
Policymakers underestimate methane’s climate and air quality impacts
“Methane emissions have been increasing rapidly in recent years, contributing significantly to global warming. Despite this, methane is not adequately treated within existing national and international governance frameworks. Researchers now highlight the urgent need for action in a new study.” – ScienceDaily

May 13, 2022
‘On a vegan planet, Britain could feed 200 million people’The Guardian

May 13, 2022
Largest oil and gas producers made close to $100bn in first quarter of 2022
“The tumult of war and climate breakdown has proved lucrative for the world’s leading oil and gas companies, with financial records showing 28 of the largest producers made close to $100bn in combined profits in just the first three months of 2022.” – The Guardian

May 12, 2022
Want to prevent pandemics? Stop spillovers
“Spillover events, in which a pathogen that originates in animals jumps into people, have probably triggered every viral pandemic that’s occurred since the start of the twentieth century1. What’s more, an August 2021 analysis of disease outbreaks over the past four centuries indicates that the yearly probability of pandemics could increase several-fold in the coming decades, largely because of human-induced environmental changes2.” – Nature

May 12, 2022
US oil refineries spewing cancer-causing benzene into communities, report finds
“Among the 12 refineries that emitted above the maximum level for benzene, five were in Texas, four in Louisiana, and one each in Pennsylvania, Indiana and the US Virgin Islands, a new analysis by the Environmental Integrity Project revealed on Thursday. Benzene is a known carcinogen that is highly toxic and volatile when exposed to air. Much of the excess emissions come through leaks from valves, tanks, pumps and other means that are hard to detect.” – The Guardian

May 12, 2022
Baby fox in Minneapolis tests positive for BIRD FLU – first case of devastating avian flu detected in wild mammal in the USDaily Mail

May 12, 2022
Environment tipping points fast approaching in UK, says watchdogThe Guardian

May 11, 2022
The Biggest Potential Water Disaster in the United States
“In California, millions of residents and thousands of farmers depend on the Bay-Delta for fresh water—but they can’t agree on how to protect it.” – The New Yorker

May 11, 2022
Revealed: the ‘carbon bombs’ set to trigger catastrophic climate breakdown
“Oil and gas majors are planning scores of vast projects that threaten to shatter the 1.5C climate goal. If governments do not act, these firms will continue to cash in as the world burns.” – The Guardian

May 11, 2022
US fracking boom could tip world to edge of climate disaster
“140bn metric tons of planet-heating gases could be unleashed if fossil fuel extraction plans get green light, analysis shows.” – The Guardian

May 11, 2022
91% Of Surveyed Corals Bleached Along Great Barrier Reef, Australia Says
“It’s the first time that a mass bleaching has happened during a La Niña year, when the ocean is supposed to be cooler than usual.” – HuffPost

May 10, 2022
Oil Giants Sell Dirty Wells to Buyers With Looser Climate Goals, Study Finds
“The transactions can help major oil and gas companies clean up their own production by transferring polluting assets to a different firm, the analysis said.” – The New York Times

May 9, 2022
Future super cyclones would expose many in most vulnerable locations to extreme flooding
“A new study has revealed super cyclones, the most intense form of tropical storm, are likely to have a much more devastating impact on people in South Asia in future years.” – ScienceDaily

May 9, 2022
More difficult than expected for glaciers to recover from climate warming
“Ice shelves are floating extensions of glaciers. If Greenland’s second largest ice shelf breaks up, it may not recover unless Earth’s future climate cools considerably.” – ScienceDaily

May 9, 2022
Climate limit of 1.5C close to being broken, scientists warn
“The probability of one of the next five years surpassing the limit is now 50%, up from 20% in 2020.” – The Guardian

May 9, 2022
Bank of America, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo Vote to Keep Financing Fossil Fuels
“The three banks have rejected shareholder resolutions to make their lending practices consistent with climate targets…. Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, and Morgan Stanley even requested (unsuccessfully) that the Securities and Exchange Commission toss out the nonbinding resolution, arguing it would “impose inflexible and far-reaching restrictions” on the bank’s day-to-day business.” – The New Republic

May 9, 2022
India tries to adapt to extreme heat but is paying a heavy price
“Summer hasn’t arrived yet, but early heat waves have brought the country to a standstill.” – The Washington Post

May 8, 2022
‘Forever chemicals’ may have polluted 20m acres of US cropland, study says
“Known as “forever chemicals” because they don’t naturally break down, they have been linked to cancer, thyroid disruption, liver problems, birth defects, immunosuppression and more.” – The Guardian

May 7, 2022
‘Record after record’: Brazil’s Amazon deforestation hits April high, nearly double previous peak
“Climate analysts are astounded by such a high reading during the rainy season, and is the third monthly record this year.” – The Guardian

May 5, 2022
Water scarcity predicted to worsen in more than 80% of croplands globally this century
“In the last 100 years, the demand for water worldwide has grown twice as fast as the human population. Water scarcity is already an issue on every continent with agriculture, presenting a major threat to food security. Despite this, most water scarcity models have failed to take a comprehensive look at both blue and green water.” – ScienceDaily

May 5, 2022
Land-building marsh plants are champions of carbon capture
“Human activities such as marsh draining for agriculture are increasingly eating away at saltwater and freshwater wetlands that cover only 1% of Earth’s surface but store more than 20% of all carbon dioxide absorbed by ecosystems worldwide.” – ScienceDaily 

May 5, 2022
Flying insect numbers have plunged by 60% since 2004, GB survey finds
“Insects are critical in maintaining a healthy environment, by recycling organic matter, pollination and controlling pests. But scientists behind a recent volume of studies concluded they are undergoing a ‘frightening’ global deterioration that is ‘tearing apart the tapestry of life.’ A global scientific review in 2019 said widespread declines threatened to cause a ‘catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems.’” – The Guardian

May 3, 2022
The American West Is Sleepwalking Towards a Disaster
“The American west is careening towards a disaster of epic proportions…. The American west is dry — much drier than people initially realized. This poses an existential crisis for the millions of people who live in the American southwest and yet no one is really willing to talk about it.” – Medium.com

May 3, 2022
Obesity ‘epidemic’ leading to 1.2m deaths a year in Europe, says WHO
“Health body issues stark warning as report finds disease causing 200,000 cancer cases a year in region.”  – The Guardian

April 30, 2022
Climate Change Threatens Another California Forest, This One Underwater
“Like the redwoods, these forests are in danger. In less than a decade, these otherworldly undersea landscapes, lush with life, have all but disappeared along 200 miles of coast north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The warming climate has set in motion this disaster and it is unclear whether it can be reversed as greenhouse gas emissions continue to flood the atmosphere.” – The New York Times

April 29, 2022
‘Deep-sea gold rush’ for rare metals could cause irreversible harm
“Mining companies are planning to profit from the new industry, but environmental campaigners warn of disastrous consequences.” – The Guardian

April 29, 2022
THE AMAZON, UNDONE – DEVOURING THE RAINFOREST
“The pattern is clear: First, the forest is razed. Then the cattle are moved in. If the Amazon is to die, it will be beef that kills it.” – The Washington Post

April 29, 2022
Warning on Mass Extinction of Sea Life: ‘An Oh My God Moment’
“A new study finds that if fossil fuel emissions continue apace, the oceans could experience a mass extinction by 2300. There is still time to avoid it.” – The New York Times

April 28, 2022
Model pinpoints glaciers at risk of collapse due to climate change
“Meltwater seeping beneath Arctic glaciers puts thickest and fastest at risk of sudden collapse.” – ScienceDaily

April 28, 2022
‘Potentially devastating’: Climate crisis may fuel future pandemics
“There will be at least 15,000 instances of viruses leaping between species over the next 50 years, with the climate crisis helping fuel a “potentially devastating” spread of disease that will imperil animals and people and risk further pandemics, researchers have warned.” – The Guardian

April 28, 2022
Global warming risks most cataclysmic extinction of marine life in 250m yearsThe Guardian

April 28, 2022
Massive wildfires helped fuel global forest losses in 2021
“Fires accounted for more than a third of the world’s tree cover losses last year — the largest share on record.” – The Washington Post

April 27, 2022
Climate change will more than double the risk of intense tropical cyclones by 2050ScienceDaily

April 27, 2022
UN says up to 40% of world’s land now degraded
“Rising damage, caused mostly by food production, puts ability to feed planet’s growing population at risk.” – The Guardian

April 27, 2022
President Biden’s Climate Ambitions Are All But Dead
“At the center of this setback is an evenly split U.S. Senate that puts West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, a Democrat from a coal- and gas-rich state with a personal fortune tied to fossil fuel, in a position to make or break legislation.” – Bloomberg

April 26, 2022
Too many new coal-fired plants planned for 1.5C climate goal, report concludes
“The continuing use of coal comes despite ever starker warnings from scientists in the latest assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which concluded that the world would far exceed the 1.5C limit without rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.” – The Guardian

April 26, 2022
New climate modeling predicts increasing occurrences of flash flooding across most of the U.S.ScienceDaily

April 25, 2022
Meat consumption must fall by at least 75 percentScienceDaily

April 24, 2022
Global Military Spending Tops $2 Trillion for First Time as Europe Boosts Defenses – Bloomberg

Aprl 22, 2022
This Eminent Scientist Says Climate Activists Need to Get Real
“There are these billions of people who want to burn more fossil fuel. There is very little you can do about that. They will burn it unless you give them something different. But who will give them something different? You have to recognize the realities of the world, and the realities of the world tend to be unpleasant, discouraging and depressing.” – The New York Times

April 20, 2022
A megafire raged for 3 months. No one’s on the hook for its emissions.
“Over nearly three months… churning into the atmosphere an estimated 38 million tons of greenhouse gases — roughly a year’s worth of pollution from more than 8 million cars. But while Canada dutifully reports such figures, when it comes to formally accounting for its emissions as part of the Paris climate agreement, the Elephant Hill blaze and others like it aren’t part of the equation. On paper, at least, they don’t count. Canada and some other nations argue that events such as wildfires and insect infestations are “natural disturbances” that are mostly beyond human control.” – The Washington Post

April 8, 2022
A ‘New Era of Air Pollution’ in the Tropics Could Have a Huge Toll
“Increasingly bad air in big cities is expected to kill hundreds of thousands in coming years if stronger controls are not put in place.” – The New York Times

April 7, 2022
Methane Emissions Soared to a Record in 2021, Scientists Say
“For the second year in a row, concentrations of the potent planet-warming gas jumped by the largest amount since measurements began four decades ago…. The NOAA analysis published on Thursday indicates that levels of carbon dioxide also continued to rise rapidly in 2021.” – The New York Times

April 5, 2022
Why experts are terrified of a human-made pandemic — and what we can do to stop it
“As biology gets better, biosecurity gets harder. Here’s what the world can do to prepare.” – Vox

April 4, 2022
The Razor’s Edge of A Warming World
“As we hurtle toward an ever-hotter future, GQ spotlights eight places whose very identities depend on a simple calculation: If we limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, these places could be saved. In a 2-degree scenario, they would be irredeemably lost.” – GQ

April 4, 2022
Planet’s Breakneck Warming Likely to Pass 1.5°C, UN Scientists Warn
“The international goal to limit global heating to 1.5° Celsius (2.7° Fahrenheit) is officially on life support. A United Nations-backed panel of climate scientists warned in a new report released Monday that the world may be on track to warm by more than 3°C — twice the Paris Agreement target —in a change that would painfully remake societies and life on the planet.” – Bloomberg

April 4, 2022
The world is running out of options to hit climate goals, U.N. report shows
“With the world on track to blaze past its climate goals, only immediate, sweeping societal transformation can stave off catastrophic warming.” – The Washington Post

April 3, 2022
In the Ocean, It’s Snowing Microplastics
“Tiny bits of plastic have infiltrated the deep sea’s main food source and could alter the ocean’s role in one of Earth’s ancient cooling processes, scientists say.” – The New York Times

April 1, 2022
Tropical forests have big climate benefits beyond carbon storage
“Study finds that trees cool the planet by one-third of a degree through biophysical mechanisms such as humidifying the air.” – Nature

April 1, 2022
‘Flash droughts’ coming on faster, global study shows
“Just like flash floods, flash droughts come on fast — drying out soil in a matter of days to weeks. These events can wipe out crops and cause huge economic losses. And according to scientists, the speed at which they dry out the landscape has increased.” – ScienceDaily

March 30, 2022
Bankers Are Still Standing Behind the Dirtiest Fossil Fuel
“The amount of financing going to coal-related projects may be running at a rate that’s double last year’s pace. The world’s 60 largest banks have helped raise about $4.6 trillion — in total —  for oil, gas and coal companies since the Paris climate agreement was announced at the end of 2015, according to Rainforest Action.” – Bloomberg Green

March 25, 2022
Indian forest loss ‘worse than feared’ due to climate change
“A national-scale study of the relationship between forest loss and rainfall and temperature trends in India reveals climate change may have contributed to huge declines during last two decades, countering official reports that suggest small losses, and adding to existing concerns over deforestation.” – ScienceDaily

March 25, 2022
Satellite data shows entire Conger ice shelf has collapsed in Antarctica
“Nasa scientist says complete collapse of ice shelf as big as Rome during unusually high temperatures is ‘sign of what might be coming’…. The record temperatures were the result of an atmospheric river that trapped heat over the continent…. Dr Catherine Colello Walker, an earth and planetary scientist at Nasa and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, said though the Conger ice shelf was relatively small, ‘it is one of the most significant collapse events anywhere in Antarctica since the early 2000s when the Larsen B ice shelf disintegrated.’ ‘It won’t have huge effects, most likely, but it’s a sign of what might be coming,’ Walker said.”– The Guardian

March 24, 2022
The world’s forests do more than just store carbon, new research finds
“New data suggests forests help keep the Earth at least half of a degree cooler, protecting us from the effects of climate crisis.” – The Guardian

March 23, 2022
Tory MPs call the green transition ‘unaffordable’. Europe is proving that’s a lie
“While all eyes were on another horror, our war against the living world went nuclear. Over the weekend, temperatures at some weather stations in the Arctic rose to 30C above normal. Simultaneously, at certain weather stations in the Antarctic they hit 40C above normal. Two events, albeit off the scale, do not make a trend. But as part of a gathering record of extreme and chaotic weather, these unprecedented, simultaneous anomalies are terrifying.” – The Guardian

March 22, 2022
Infographic: Which countries have the safest drinking water?
“One in four people does not have access to safe water. In low-income countries, unsafe water accounts for six out of every 100 deaths. People across the globe observe March 22 as World Water Day – designated by the United Nations to raise awareness of the two billion people living without access to safe water. The theme this year is “Groundwater: making the invisible visible”.” – Aljazeera

March 21, 2022
It’s 70 degrees warmer than normal in eastern Antarctica. Scientists are flabbergasted.
“The coldest location on the planet has experienced an episode of warm weather this week unlike any ever observed, with temperatures over the eastern Antarctic ice sheet soaring 50 to 90 degrees above normal. The warmth has smashed records and shocked scientists.” – The Washington Post

March 21, 2022
Ukraine war threatens global heating goals, warns UN chief
“The war in Ukraine risks putting global targets on the climate out of reach, the UN secretary general has warned, if countries respond to Russia’s aggression by increasing their use of fossil fuels.” – The Guardian

March 17, 2022
A drowning world: Kenya’s quiet slide underwater
“Kenya’s great lakes are flooding, in a devastating and long-ignored environmental disaster that is displacing hundreds of thousands of people.” – The Guardian

March 14, 2022
Thawing permafrost peatlands ‘on the precipice’ of releasing billions of tonnes of carbon
“‘Magnitude of 21st century climate change likely to overwhelm’ critical carbon stores, new study warns. Global warming is pushing frozen peatlands in northern Europe and Siberia to the brink of a tipping point which could release 39 billion tonnes of carbon, researchers have warned.“Even with the strongest efforts” to slash global carbon emissions and limit rising temperature, by 2040 the climates of northern Europe will no longer be cold and dry enough to sustain peat permafrost, a new study by academics at the University of Leeds found.” – Independent

March 10, 2022
I was a nuclear missile operator. There have been more near-misses than the world knows
“As a 22-year-old I controlled a warhead that could vaporize a metropolis. Since Russia invaded Ukraine, the public is waking up again to the existential dangers of nuclear weapons.” – The Guardian

March 9, 2022
On Top of Everything Else, Nuclear War Would Be a Climate Problem
“If you are worried about rapid, catastrophic changes to the planet’s climate, then you must be worried about nuclear war. That is because, on top of killing tens of millions of people, even a relatively “minor” exchange of nuclear weapons would wreck the planet’s climate in enormous and long-lasting ways.” – The Atlantic

March 8, 2022
Tons of COVID Medical Garbage Threaten Health
“Burning piles of used gloves, test kits and syringes release toxic pollutants. A recent report by the World Health Organization found the problem was global, but extreme in poorer countries where much of the refuse is simply burned in open pits and decrepit incinerators that lack pollution controls.” – Scientific American

March 8, 2022
Lead exposure in last century shrank IQ scores of half of Americans, study finds
“Lead exposure in last century shrank IQ scores of half of Americans, study finds. The findings, from Aaron Reuben, a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at Duke University, and colleagues at Florida State University, suggest that Americans born before 1996 may now be at greater risk for lead-related health problems, such as faster aging of the brain.” – Science Daily

March 7, 2022
Amazon Is Less Able to Recover From Droughts and Logging, Study Finds
“The region is nearing a threshold beyond which its forests may be replaced by grasslands, with huge repercussions for biodiversity and climate change.” – The New York Times

March 6, 2022
UK considers using Brexit ‘freedom’ to allow pesticides banned in EU on food
“American agricultural lobby groups had criticised some of the import bans. The government is considering using its new Brexit regulatory freedom to allow pesticides banned in the EU on food imported to the UK. Brussels announced it was banning 10 pesticides on imported fruit and veg in February last year and the UK was at the time widely expected in to follow suit.” – Independent

March 6, 2022
Xi Says China Can’t Rely on World Markets for Food Security
“Policy makers at the National People’s Congress, which runs concurrently with the CPPCC, have also stressed food security as a key issue for the nation this year, particularly after some crop prices rocketed in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.” – Bloomberg 

March 5, 2022
Argentina glacier collapse caught on cameraYouTube

March 5, 2022
Q&A: Has the IPCC’s bleak warning of climate breakdown been heard?
“The second of four parts of the IPCC’s sixth assessment report, the latest comprehensive review of our knowledge of the climate crisis, was termed by some scientists “the bleakest warning yet”. Half of the world’s people are “highly vulnerable” to serious impacts from the climate crisis, a billion people in coastal areas face inundation, mass die-offs of species including trees and coral have already begun, and close to a tenth of the world’s farmland is set to become unsuitable for agriculture.” – The Guardian

March 4, 2022
Sewage plants spreading millions of toxic plastic ‘nurdles’ across North Sea to the Netherlands, report findsThe Independent

March 2, 2022
World leaders agree to draw up ‘historic’ treaty on plastic waste
“Approximately 7bn of the estimated 9.2bn tonnes of plastics produced between 1950 and 2017 are now waste. About 75% of that waste is either deposited in landfills or accumulating in terrestrial and aquatic environments and ecosystems.” – The Guardian

February 28, 2022
Time Is Running Out to Avert a Harrowing Future, Climate Panel Warns
“The dangers of climate change are mounting so rapidly that they could soon overwhelm the ability of both nature and humanity to adapt, creating a harrowing future in which floods, fires and famine displace millions, species disappear and the planet is irreversibly damaged, a major new scientific report has concluded.” – The New York Times

February 28, 2022
Chemical link between wildfire smoke and ozone depletion
“If wildfires become larger and more frequent, they might stall ozone recovery for years.” – ScienceDaily

February 28, 2022
Supreme Court Considers Limiting E.P.A.’s Ability to Address Climate ChangeThe New York Times

February 28, 2022
Latest IPCC Report Says Impacts of Climate Change Are Irreversible and Widespread; Urges Efforts to Cut Emissions and AdaptThe National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

February 28, 2022
Seawalls alone won’t save coastal cities, major UN report says
“Adapting to climate change will require more ‘transformative changes’…. More than a billion people living in low-lying coastal areas around the world will be exposed to climate-related risks like frequent flooding or even permanent inundation by the middle of the century — which could force many to move to higher ground.” – The Verge

February 28, 2022
Global warming is Outrunning Efforts to Protect Human Life, Scientists Warn
“The breakneck speed of global warming exceeds the pace of efforts to protect billions of vulnerable people, according to a new report released Monday by the world’s top climate scientists. The report warns of a growing mismatch between rising temperatures and slow, fragmented efforts to adapt, leaving little time for catching up before “a brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity” is sealed shut. – Bloomberg Green

February 25, 2022
Climate crisis will increase mental health emergencies, researchers warnIndependent

February 23, 2022
Likelihood of extreme autumn fire weather has increased 40 percent, modeling shows
“The likelihood of hot, dry, windy autumn weather that can set the stage for severe fires in California and western Oregon has increased 40 percent due to human-caused climate change, new computer models show.” – ScienceDaily

February 23, 2022
Global warming is amplifying our water cycle – and it’s happening much faster than we expected
“Between 1970 and 2014, at least two times more freshwater shifted from the equator to the poles than our climate models predicted…. Water is moving away from dry regions towards wet regions, causing droughts to worsen in parts of the globe, while intensifying rainfall events and flooding in others. In other words, wet areas are getting wetter, and dry areas are getting drier.” – ScienceDaily

February 23, 2022
Climate Scientists Warn of a ‘Global Wildfire Crisis’
“Worsening heat and dryness could lead to a 50 percent rise in off-the-charts fires, according to a United Nations report.” – The New York Times

February 22, 2022
Accelerating melt rate makes Greenland Ice Sheet world’s largest ‘dam’
“With a melt area that expands to nearly a million square kilometers at the height of summer, the Greenland Ice Sheet produces more hydropower than the world’s ten largest hydroelectric power stations combined.… Given what we are witnessing at the high latitudes in terms of climate change, this form of hydropower could easily double or triple, and we’re still not even including these numbers when we estimate the ice sheet’s contribution to sea level rise.” – Phys.org

February 22, 2022
Warming climate to result in reduced corn production; irrigation blunts effect
“No matter which of the widely accepted global circulation models ultimately comes closest to predicting the amount of warming caused by climate change, corn production will be reduced, according to a new study.” – ScienceDaily

February 21, 2022
Bacteria upcycle carbon waste into valuable chemicals
“Engineered bacteria convert captured carbon dioxide into chemicals for fuels, fabric and cosmetics…. The researchers selected, engineered and optimized a bacteria strain and then successfully demonstrated its ability to convert CO2 into acetone and isopropanol (IPA)…. Not only does this new gas fermentation process remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, it also avoids using fossil fuels, which are typically needed to generate acetone and IPA…. While these chemicals are incredibly useful, they are generated from fossil resources, leading to climate-warming CO emissions.” – ScienceDaily

February 20. 2022
London flooding poses ‘significant risk’ unless immediate action taken
“Expert report warns of dangers of relying on Victorian drainage system, lack of funding and awareness of risks…. For example 48.5mm of rain fell on Shepherd’s Bush in an hour on 12 July while its average rainfall for that month is 46.8mm. Across London, tube stations were flooded, hospitals closed, and more than 1,000 homes inundated. As deluges become more frequent as global warming takes hold, there is now a real risk that London could see far greater increases in devastation from surface water flooding.” – The Guardian

February 19, 2022
‘We are afraid’: Erin Brockovich pollutant linked to global electric car boom
“A Guardian investigation into nickel mining and the electric vehicle industry has found evidence that a source of drinking water close to one of Indonesia’s largest nickel mines is contaminated with unsafe levels of hexavalent chromium (Cr6), the cancer-causing chemical more widely known for its role in the Erin Brockovich story and film.” – The Guardian

February 17, 2022
London produces up to a third more methane than estimates suggest
“Study co-author Dr Giulia Zazzeri, from the Department of Physics at Imperial, said: “This is not just a London problem — cities such as Paris and Boston have shown similar results.” – ScienceDaily

February 17, 2022
How PR Firms Captured the Sustainability Agenda
“More than just ‘spin artists,’ consultancies have promoted economic growth and environmental protection as mutually reinforcing.” – Foreign Policy

February 17, 2022
World spends $1.8tn a year on subsidies that harm environment, study finds
“Research prompts warnings humanity is ‘financing its own extinction’ through subsidies damaging to the climate and wildlife…. Driving the annihilation of wildlife and a rise in global heating, according to a new study, prompting warnings that humanity is financing its own extinction.” – The Guardian

February 16, 2022
Ikea’s Race for the Last of Europe’s Old-Growth Forest
“The furniture giant is hungry for Romania’s famed trees. Little stands in its way…. Accidents of geography and history have left Romania with one of the largest old-growth forests remaining in the world. Since around the time the country joined the European Union, however, between one-half and two-thirds of its virgin forest has been logged — most of it illegally. Along with the environmental loss has come violence: forest rangers have been murdered and conservationists working in the area are putting their lives at risk.” – The New Republic

February 16, 2022
Prepare for mass migration to cities in climate crisis, UK mayors warn
“The World Bank has estimated that unless significant action is taken, 216 million people could be on the move by 2050. In 2020, 30 million people were displaced due to the climate crisis, and 70% of people internally displaced due to the climate crisis are living in urban areas. The World Bank predicts that more than 1 billion people are at risk of being driven from their homes for climate-related reasons.” – The Guardian

February 16, 2022
Yale, Stanford and MIT’s fossil fuel investments are illegal, students say
“Novel legal strategy argues that top schools including Princeton and Vanderbilt are legally obliged to put the public interest first…. The students from Yale, MIT, Princeton, Stanford and Vanderbilt wrote to the attorneys general of their respective states on Wednesday asking authorities to investigate breaches of the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act, which requires universities to invest in a manner consistent with their ‘charitable purposes.'” – The Guardian

February 15, 2022
Bolsonaro is pulling the plug on one of the world’s best deforestation monitoring systems
“From shutting down speed trap radars on the country’s deadly highways to hiding data on a surging pandemic death toll, no problem is too big for the Americas’ denialist in chief to try to bury…. In three years, his government has gutted spending on science and technology, left Amazon research in penury and pauperized the Environment Ministry. Yet Bolsonaro’s favorite target has been the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), which is tasked with tracking deforestation. In 2019, Bolsonaro summarily fired the institute’s director after he reported a surge in Amazon clear-cutting. Now the landmark Cerrado monitoring program is under assault.” – The Washington Post

February 15, 2022
Vast tracts of Amazon rainforest vanished in January
“Estimated 166 square miles of forest was cleared last month in one of the planet’s richest areas of biodiversity. Vast tracts of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest vanished in January, according to country officials, with more than five times the number of trees cut down as in the same period in 2021.” – Independent

February 15, 2022
Megadrought Plaguing Western U.S. Is the Worst in 1,200 Years
“New study shows human-caused climate change is contributing to dryness. “Without climate change, the past 22 years would have probably still been the driest period in 300 years,” University of California Los Angeles geographer Park Williams, the lead author, said Monday in a statement. “But it wouldn’t be holding a candle to the megadroughts of the 1500s, 1200s or 1100s.”” – Bloomberg

February 15, 2022
‘Biggest oil barons’: the US private equity firms funding dirty energy projects
“American private equity tycoons are profiteering from the global climate crisis by investing in fossil fuels which are driving greenhouse gas emissions, a new investigation reveals. Oil and gas pipelines, coal plants and offshore drilling sites linked to Indigenous land violations, toxic leaks and deadly air pollution are among the dirty energy projects financed by some of the country’s largest private equity firms, according to an investigation by the corporate accountability non-profits LittleSis and the Private Equity Stakeholder Project (Pesp).” – The Guardian

February 15, 2022
Sea level to rise one foot along U.S. coastlines by 2050, government report finds
“‘There will be water in the streets,’ said the nation’s top sea-level scientist. Kristina Dahl, a principal climate scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, said research she and colleagues have done suggest that 10 to 12 inches of sea-level rise by 2050 would put roughly 140,000 homes at risk of chronic inundation,’ or flooding every other week on average.” – The Washington Post

February 14, 2022
Ending the debate: New research solves longstanding Antarctic climate change mystery
“The research lends additional weight to evidence that the Antarctic Ice Sheet is sensitive to small changes in carbon dioxide levels and that, in the past, large portions of the ice sheet could have disappeared under carbon dioxide levels similar to today.” – ScienceDaily

February 11, 2022
The Great Climate Backslide: How Governments Are Regressing Worldwide
“From the U.S. to China, harsh economic realities mean the political will for painful choices is evaporating fast. At the conclusion of COP26 in November… Three months on, a toxic combination of political intransigence, an energy crisis and pandemic-driven economic realities has cast doubt on the progress made in Scotland. If 2021 was marked by optimism that the biggest polluters were finally willing to set ambitious net-zero targets, 2022 already threatens to be the year of global backsliding.” – Bloomberg

February 8, 2022
Scientists raise alarm over ‘dangerously fast’ growth in atmospheric methane
“As global methane concentrations soar over 1,900 parts per billion, some researchers fear that global warming itself is behind the rapid rise…. The spike has caused many researchers to worry that global warming is creating a feedback mechanism that will cause ever more methane to be released, making it even harder to rein in rising temperatures.” – Nature

February 8, 2022
What if, instead of a movie, I got flung in jail? This lawyer who fought Chevron was Erin Brockovich
“Chevron is accused of polluting the Amazon for 26 years. The only people who’ve paid the price are a human rights lawyer and those whose land was poisoned.” – The Guardian

February 7, 2022
New radar technology records Antarctic glaciers losing ice faster than ever documented before
“‘If all these glaciers melt, the sea water could raise rapidly. With 267 million people worldwide living on land less than 2 meters (6.6 feet) above sea level, an abrupt migration could result. Also, subsidence could eventually see large structures sinking in vulnerable locales, including Houston,’ Milillo said. ‘That’s why people should care about this issue. Even if doesn’t affect their life, it will affect their kid’s life and their grandkid’s life.'” – ScienceDaily

February 7, 2022
Biosecurity ‘as important as conventional defence’ to head off next pandemic
“Report calls for strengthened international treaty on biological warfare to neutralise threat from engineered pathogens…. The report warns that the ‘explosion in synthetic biology’ and the 3,000-plus biosecure laboratories around the world where pathogens are being studied ‘creates a massive vulnerability in this area.’… The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention is poorly funded and supported at the United Nations and has no organisation to regulate it or police it.” – The Telegraph

February 7, 2022
Climate pledges from top companies crumble under scrutiny
An analysis of publicly available corporate documents, such as annual sustainability reports, shows that 25 of those companies — which together are responsible for about 5% of global emissions — are actually committing to do far less.” – Nature

February 7, 2022
Water Supplies From Glaciers May Peak Sooner Than Anticipated
“The world’s glaciers may contain less water than previously believed, a new study has found, suggesting that freshwater supplies could peak sooner than anticipated for millions of people worldwide who depend on glacial melt for drinking water, crop irrigation and everyday use…. With 1.5 billion people benefiting from the water and other resources of the Himalayas, while also facing growing risks of severe floods, the region ‘is just waiting for a disaster to happen,’ Dr. Prakash said…. Said Regine Hock, a geoscientist at the University of Oslo in Norway: ‘There is only so much ice,’ she said, ‘and then it’s gone.'” – The New York Times

February 6, 2022
A Surging Population Brings Risks for Next Host of Global Climate Talks
“Every child comes with its blessing, the Egyptian saying goes. With the country’s population now soaring beyond 100 million, that adage is being put to the test like never before. In the past three decades, the number of Egyptians has quadrupled and, if unchecked, could nearly double again by 2050, threatening to tip the host of this year’s global climate summit into a future where ever-scarcer resources thwart ambitious development efforts.” – Bloomberg

February 4, 2022
US household air conditioning use could exceed electric capacity in next decade due to climate changeScienceDaily

February 4, 2022
Failure to prevent pandemics at source is ‘greatest folly’, say scientists
“Each year on average more than 3 million people die from zoonotic diseases, those that spill over from wildlife into humans, new analysis has calculated. Stopping the destruction of nature, which brings humans and wildlife into greater contact and results in spillover, would cost about $20bn a year, just 10% of the annual economic damage caused by zoonoses and 5% of the value of the lives lost…. The scientists heavily criticise approaches by global bodies and governments that focus only on preventing the spread of new viruses once they have infected humans, rather than tackling the root causes as well.” – The Guardian

February 3, 2022
Extreme weather has cost Europe about €500bn over 40 years
“Severe floods and other extreme weather have cost Europe about half a trillion euros in the past four decades, with Germany, France and Italy the worst-hit countries. Between 90,000 and 142,000 deaths were attributed to weather and climate-related events over the period 1980 to 2020, the overwhelming majority of them from heatwaves.” – The Guardian

February 3. 2022
Human-induced climate change impacts the highest reaches of the planet — Mount Everest
“The extreme sensitivity of the high-altitude Himalayan ice masses in rapid retreat forewarns of quickly emerging impacts that could range from increased incidence of avalanches and decreased capacity of the glacier stored water on which more than 1 billion people depend to provide melt for drinking water and irrigation.” – ScienceDaily

February 2, 2022
Ancient trees vital to long-term survival of forests, study finds
“Ancient trees help forests adapt in a way that is crucial to their long-term survival, according to new research. Their genetic resilience is passed onto other plants, which support the ecosystem to withstand environmental changes, the study found. Scientists said these ancient trees “must be protected” given their importance in forests, as they cannot be replaced for many centuries.” – Independent

February 2, 2022
New research shows that there are TOO MANY CHEMICALS ON EARTH
First Dog on the Moon – And so here we are doomed by another thing! – The Guardian

February 1, 2022
Big Oil groups regain swagger with largest profits in yearsFinancial Times

February 1, 2022
Climate change has likely begun to suffocate the world’s fisheries
“By 2080, around 70 percent of the world’s oceans could be suffocating from a lack of oxygen as a result of climate change, potentially impacting marine ecosystems worldwide, according to a new study. The new models find mid-ocean depths that support many fisheries worldwide are already losing oxygen at unnatural rates and passed a critical threshold of oxygen loss in 2021.” – ScienceDaily

February 1, 2022
Paris Agreement limits still catastrophic for coral reefs, research suggests
“Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels will still be catastrophic for coral reefs, new research suggests.  More than 90 percent of tropical coral reefs will suffer frequent heat stress — their number one threat — even under Paris Agreement climate warming limits.  The scale is even worse than predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which reported in 2018 that such a level would cause 70 percent to 90 percent of coral reefs to decline.” – ScienceDaily

February 1, 2022
Texas Butterfly Park To Close Indefinitely As Conspiracy Theorists Intensify Attacks
“Trump-allied operatives have baselessly accused the National Butterfly Center of being involved with child trafficking…. The butterfly conservatory, which pushed back against Trump administration efforts to erect sections of a U.S.-Mexico border wall near its 100-acre nature preserve in Mission, Texas, has been tied up in litigation for years with the former presidential administration and its allies at We Build The Wall, making it an ongoing target for harassment.” –  HuffPost

February 1, 2022
Extreme heat in oceans ‘passed point of no return’ in 2014
“Scientists analysed sea surface temperatures over the last 150 years, which have risen because of global heating. They found that extreme temperatures occurring just 2% of the time a century ago have occurred at least 50% of the time across the global ocean since 2014…. ‘Extreme climate change is here, it’s in the ocean, and the ocean underpins all life on Earth.’” – The Guardian

February 1, 2022
Meet the People Getting Paid to Kill Our Planet
“American agriculture is ravaging the air, soil and water. But a powerful lobby has cleverly concealed its damage.” – The New York Times

January 31, 2022
Rare and ancient trees are key to a healthy forest
“Two studies pinpoint the need for forest diversity both in age and species. About 800 years ago, a giant oak tree in England’s Sherwood Forest helped shelter Robin Hood from the corrupt sheriff of Nottingham. Though the tale is likely a myth, the tree is not: It still stands as one of the world’s oldest oaks. Such ancient trees—some dating back more than 3000 years—are key to the survival of their forests, new research shows. Rare trees—some so scarce scientists have yet to find them—are also critical to forest health, another new study reveals.” – Science

Jamaury 28, 2022
If everyone were vegan, only a quarter of current farmland would be needed
“Most is currently used to grow plants to feed animals.” – The Economist

January 28, 2022
Climate-Fueled Nor’easter Is Forecast to Become a Bomb Cyclone
Winter storms in the Northeast U.S. are getting boost from warming oceans… Oceans are doing their part to stoke contrast with the cold spell over land. Oceans absorb more than 90% of the heat that greenhouse gases trap in the Earth. In 2021 the world’s oceans were hotter than ever previously measured, according to an international analysis published earlier this month.” – Bloomberg Green

January 28, 2022
China Jails Almost 50 Steel Executives for Faking Emissions Data
China will jail forty-seven steel company officials for faking air pollution data, in a sign that Beijing’s crackdown on firms that are flouting environmental rules is intensifying.” – Bloomberg

January 28, 2022
‘The treeline is out of control’: how the climate crisis is turning the Arctic green
In northern Norway, trees are rapidly taking over the tundra and threatening an ancient way of life that depends on snow and ice.” – The Guardian

January 27, 2022
West accused of ‘climate hypocrisy’ as emissions dwarf those of poor countries
“In the first two days of January, the average Briton was already responsible for more carbon dioxide emissions than someone from the Democratic Republic of the Congo would produce in an entire year, according to analysis by the Center for Global Development (CGD).” – The Guardian

January 27, 2022
Coal-Loving Australia’s Pledge To Protect Great Barrier Reef ‘Utter Bulls**t,’ Detractors Say
“The funding doesn’t include any significant effort to address the root cause of the reef’s demise: climate change. The Australian government on Friday said it would invest $700 million to protect the Great Barrier Reef, a natural crown jewel rapidly deteriorating due to climate change, but the plan prompted swift backlash from scientists and environmentalists who say the effort does little to address our warming world.” – HuffPost

January 21, 2022
How Big Beef Is Fueling the Amazon’s Destruction
“Understanding how Brazil’s beef industry and rainforest destruction are inextricably intertwined reveals a truth that meatpacking giant, JBS, doesn’t acknowledge: As the region’s biggest beef producer, its supply chain is also among the biggest drivers of Amazon deforestation the world has ever known.” – Bloomberg

January 21, 2022
House panel broadens probe into climate disinformation by Big Oil
“The House Committee on Oversight and Reform has broadened its investigation into the role of fossil fuel companies in misleading the public about climate change, asking members of the boards of directors of ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron and Shell Oil to testify before Congress next month about their firms’ commitments to curbing global warming.” – The Washington Post

January 20, 2022
‘Stuck in perilous moment’: Doomsday Clock holds at 100 seconds to midnight
“The Doomsday Clock, established 75 years ago by scientists to illustrate the danger of human extinction, remains at 100 seconds to midnight according to a panel of experts. It is the third year in a row that the clock has been set at that time, which is closer to midnight than at any period during the cold war, including the Cuban missile crisis…. Continued drift towards the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the climate emergency, and the rise of biological threats.” – The Guardian

January 20, 2022
Antimicrobial resistance now a leading cause of death worldwide, study finds
“Antimicrobial resistance poses a significant threat to humanity, health leaders have warned, as a study reveals it has become a leading cause of death worldwide and is killing about 3,500 people every day. More than 1.2 million – and potentially millions more – died in 2019 as a direct result of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, according to the most comprehensive estimate to date of the global impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The stark analysis covering more than 200 countries and territories was published in the Lancet. It says AMR is killing more people than HIV/Aids or malaria.”– The Guardian

January 19, 2022
Biodiversity faces its make-or-break year, and research will be key
“Biodiversity is being lost at a rate not seen since the last mass extinction. But the United Nations decade-old plan to slow down and eventually stop the decline of species and ecosystems by 2020 has failed. Most of the plan’s 20 targets — known as the Aichi Biodiversity Targets — have not been met.” – Nature

January 19, 2022
Plastic crisis threatens planet as much as climate change, needs binding treaty, report warns
“By 2050, weight of plastic waste could ‘far exceed’ that of fish in all oceans, report says.” – Independent

January 18, 2022
Chemical pollution has passed safe limit for humanity, say scientists
“The cocktail of chemical pollution that pervades the planet now threatens the stability of global ecosystems upon which humanity depends, scientists have said.” – The Guardian

January 18, 2022
Study confirms sixth mass extinction is currently underway, caused by humans
“Since 1500, Earth may have lost about a tenth of its 2 million known species, say scientists.” – Independent

January 18, 2022
A hot year in North America … and the world
“In 2021, North America was at the epicenter of some of the most intense weather and climate extremes in recorded history…. The map shows heat records across the globe in 2021, overlaid on 2021 annual average temperature anomaly based on data from NASA’s GISS Surface Temperature Analysis, compared with the 1951-1980 average. (Scott Duncan/NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies).” – The Washington Post

January 14, 2022

World’s poorest bear brunt of climate crisis: 10 underreported emergencies
“Care International report highlights ‘deep injustice’ neglected by world’s media, as extreme weather along with Covid wipes out decades of progress. From Afghanistan to Ethiopia, about 235 million people worldwide needed assistance in 2021. But while some crises received global attention, others are lesser known.” – The Guardian

January 14, 2022
Gene discovered in Georgia water a possible global threat
“A gene that causes bacteria to be resistant to one of the world’s most important antibiotics, colistin, has been detected in sewer water in Georgia. The presence of the MCR-9 gene is a major concern for public health because it causes antimicrobial resistance, a problem that the World Health Organization has declared “one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity.”” – Phys.org

January 14, 2022
The World’s Troubling New Tempo of Temperature Records
“Record high average temperatures were set in 25 countries last year, even in a year that didn’t end up as the hottest on record…. Ten countries, mostly in the Mediterranean, Middle East and North America, set new national heat records. More than 100 nations registered a highest monthly mark, a rate 21 times higher than cold records.” – Bloomberg

January 13, 2022
Brazilian turtle breeders shot dead along with teenage daughter
“Activists mourn deaths in Amazon state of Pará as bodies of José Gomes, Márcia Nunes Lisboa and their daughter found by son…. Brazil was ranked the fourth-deadliest country for land and environmental defenders in 2020, according to a report released by the NGO Global Witness last year. Nearly three quarters of 20 killings recorded happened in Brazil’s nine Amazon states…. While murders of land and environmental defenders in Brazil have fallen since a peak in 2017, when Global Witness recorded 57 killings, the country’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has overseen a dramatic increase in deforestation in the Amazon, according to government data.” – The Guardian

January 13, 2022
The past seven years have been the hottest in recorded history, new data shows
“In the middle of a historically sweltering summer, a NASA researcher stood before Congress and declared the unvarnished, undeniable scientific truth: ‘The greenhouse effect has been detected,’ James Hansen said. ‘And it is changing our climate now’ The year was 1988. Global temperatures were about 0.6 degrees Celsius (1.1 degrees Fahrenheit) above the preindustrial average. It was, at the time, the hottest 12-month period scientists had ever seen. None of us will ever experience a year that cool again.” – The Washington Post

January 13,  2022
BATTERY BREAKTHROUGH QUINTUPLES ELECTRIC VEHICLE RANGE
“Scientists have developed a biologically-inspired membrane that could quintuple the charge capacity of electric car batteries, thereby massively increasing their range…. The anticipated lifespan of 1,000 cycles would mean the average car battery would need to be replaced roughly every 10 years, while the materials used are far more abundant and less environmentally damaging than those used in lithium-ion batteries.” – Independent

January 13, 2022
Nearly quarter of world’s population had record hot year in 2021, data showsThe Guardian

January 13, 2022
Ocean warmth sets record high in 2021 as a result of greenhouse gas emissions
“Since the late 1980s, Earth’s oceans warmed at a rate eight times faster than in the preceding decades. When you have this long-term upward trend, you’re getting records broken almost every year, and it’s this monotonous increase,’ said John Abraham, a co-author of the study and a professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. ‘We’ve built up so much greenhouse gas that the oceans have begun to take in an increasing amount of heat, compared to what they previously were.'” – The Washington Post

January 12, 2022
Thaw of permafrost has vast impact on built environment
“The thaw of permafrost is set to damage buildings and roads, leading to tens of billions of euros in additional costs in the near future, according to an international review.” – ScienceDaily

January 11, 2022
Another Record: Ocean Warming Continues through 2021 despite La Niña Conditions
“The world ocean, in 2021, was the hottest ever recorded by humans, and the 2021 annual OHC value is even higher than last year’s record value.” – Advances in Atmospheric Sciences

January 11, 2022
What to expect from the world’s sixth mass extinction
Humans alive today are witnessing the beginning of the first mass extinction in 65 million years. What does biodiversity loss mean for us and the environment?” – Deutsche Welle

January 11, 2022
How the speed of climate change is unbalancing the insect world
“The pace of global heating is forcing insect populations to move and adapt – and some aggressive species are thriving. The climate crisis is set to profoundly alter the world around us. Humans will not be the only species to suffer from the calamity. Huge waves of die-offs will be triggered across the animal kingdom as coral reefs turn ghostly white and tropical rainforests collapse.At 3.2C of warming… half of all insect species will lose more than half of their current habitable range.” – The Guardian

January 10, 2022
Stop blaming the climate for disasters
“Disasters occur when hazards meet vulnerability. We must acknowledge the human-made components of both vulnerability and hazard and emphasize human agency in order to proactively reduce disaster impacts.” – Nature

January 10, 2022
U.S. saw second-most billion-dollar weather disasters on record in 2021
“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that at least 20 individual billion-dollar disasters occurred in the United States in 2021, the second-most on record. From tornadoes to floods, fires and hurricanes, the year featured a number of catastrophes, many of which were made more severe by human-induced climate change. Racking up a price tag of more than $145 billion, the disasters of 2021 combined into the third-costliest year on record dating to 1980, according to NOAA. At least 688 people were killed. The only costlier years were 2005, which featured Hurricane Katrina, and 2017, during which hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria made landfall. – The Washington Post

January 10, 2022
The Great Siberian Thaw
“Permafrost contains microbes, mammoths, and twice as much carbon as Earth’s atmosphere. What happens when it starts to melt?… ‘It’s a natural process,’ he told me. ‘Which means that, unlike purely anthropogenic processes’—say, emissions from factories or automobiles—’once it starts, you can’t really stop it.'” – The New Yorker

January 10, 2022
Air pollution: Delhi’s smog problem is rooted in India’s water crisis
“Every winter, Indian capital Delhi’s toxic air is fuelled by farmers burning crop stubble. But the fires don’t stop. Why? The answer lies in water…. India loses an estimated $95bn (£70bn) to air pollution every year…. The toxic smog is but a visible symbol of India’s trainwreck of a relationship with its water…. But the time bomb – of depleting groundwater – ticks on. Once that runs out, the November air might be cleaner. But what will India do about food?” – BBC

January 10, 2022
‘The Fuse Has Been Blown,’ and the Doomsday Glacier Is Coming for Us All
“New data suggests a massive collapse of the ice shelf in as little as five years. ‘We are dealing with an event that no human has ever witnessed,’ says one scientist. ‘We have no analog for this’…. The trouble with Thwaites, which is one of the largest glaciers on the planet, is that it’s also what scientists call ‘a threshold system.’ That means instead of melting slowly like an ice cube on a summer day, it is more like a house of cards: It’s stable until it is pushed too far, then it collapses.” – Rolling Stones

January 6, 2022
The Lost Girls of Covid
“The pandemic is erasing decades of progress in young women’s health, education, and independence in developing nations…. The UNFPA estimates that 12 million women were left without reliable birth control, resulting in 1.4 million unwanted pregnancies. Pre-Covid, the World Bank projected that 31 million people would escape extreme poverty in 2020. Instead, because of the pandemic, as many as 124 million people slipped below this bar that year, and the bank estimates that up to 163 million more may have followed suit in 2021. Researchers at the University of Denver forecast that it will take until 2030 for the number of women and girls living in extreme poverty to return to pre-pandemic levels.” – Bloomberg

January  6, 2022
How the coronavirus pandemic set back the global push for gender equality in 2021
“Covid-19 continued to negatively impact virtually every aspect of women’s lives last year, from employment to health. Rather than shrinking, the global gender gap has widened, and it could now take more than 135 years for it to close. The coronavirus pandemic has made progress towards gender equality appear all the more bleak, slowing and even reversing efforts to expand women’s rights and opportunities. As we approach the two-year mark of the global health crisis, women remain disproportionately affected by the socio-economic fallout of the pandemic, experiencing loss of livelihood, disruption to education and an increase in unpaid care work.” – South China Morning Post

January 5, 2022
Health Risks of Smoke and Ozone Rise in the West as Wildfires Worsen
“Simultaneous high levels of the two pollutants, which harm human health, are occurring with increasing frequency, researchers say. Dangerous levels of two air pollutants, ozone and smoke, are occurring in tandem with increasing frequency over widespread parts of the Western United States where millions of people live, researchers said Wednesday. The two harmful pollutants are a result of worsening wildfires and extreme heat, and researchers suggest the increase is linked to climate change.” – The New York Times

January 5, 2022
More than 40 percent of Americans live in counties hit by climate disasters in 2021
“2021 ended as it began: with disaster. Twelve months after an atmospheric river deluged California, triggering mudslides in burned landscapes and leaving half a million people without power, a late-season wildfire destroyed hundreds of homes in the suburbs of Boulder, Colo. In between, Americans suffered blistering heat waves, merciless droughts and monstrous hurricanes. People collapsed in farm fields and drowned in basement apartments; entire communities were obliterated by surging seas and encroaching flames.” – Washington Post

January 5, 2022
How Bad are Plastics, Really?
“For decades, the industry has created the illusion that its problems are well under control, all while intensifying production and promotion. More plastics have been made over the past two decades than during the second half of the 20th century. Today, recycling is a flailing, failing system—and yet it is still touted as plastics’ panacea. No end-of-the-pipe fix can manage mass plastics’ volume, complex toxicity, or legacy of pollution, and the industry’s long-standing infractions against human health and rights.” – The Atlantic

January 4, 2022
Watching Don’t Look Up made me see my whole life of campaigning flash before me
“I’ve broken down on TV too, trying to explain the horror of the climate crisis to those who wield power and do nothing. No wonder journalists have slated it. They’ve produced a hundred excuses not to watch the climate breakdown satire Don’t Look Up: it’s “blunt”, it’s “shrill”, it’s “smug”. But they will not name the real problem: it’s about them. The movie is, in my view, a powerful demolition of the grotesque failures of public life. And the sector whose failures are most brutally exposed is the media.” – The Guardian

January 3, 2022
HOW BAD ARE PLASTICS, REALLY?
“They’re harmful to health, environment, and human rights—and now poised to dominate this century as an unchecked cause of climate change.” – The Atlantic 

December 31, 2021
The Fight to Slow the Global Fish Crash Has a Big Problem
“More than 30 million fishers worldwide—around 90% of the total, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)—are considered small-scale. Together, they bring in about half of the world’s catch. With human populations rising and developing nations getting wealthier, the demand for seafood is escalating. An accurate assessment of the shrinking global fish supply is thus crucial to planetary food security. Right now though, that’s impossible.” – Bloomberg

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