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December 27, 2019
On land, Australia’s rising heat is ‘apocalyptic.’ In the ocean, it’s worse.
“A Sydney Morning Herald headline described conditions in Australia’s most iconic city as “apocalyptic,” as residents choked in a smoky haze from bush fires. A coalition of doctors and climate researchers declared it a public health emergency.” – Washington Post
December 27, 2019
Revealed: microplastic pollution is raining down on city dwellers
“Exclusive: London has highest level yet recorded but health impacts of breathing particles are unknown.” – The Guardian
December 24, 2019
Our pathetically slow shift to clean energy, in five charts – Technology Review
December 21, 2019
95 Environmental Rules Being Rolled Back Under Trump
“President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority. His administration, with help from Republicans in Congress, has often targeted environmental rules it sees as burdensome to the fossil fuel industry and other big businesses.” – New York Times
December 21, 2019
Top scientists warn of an Amazon ‘tipping point’
“The world’s largest rainforest is ‘teetering on the edge of functional destruction,’ experts say.” –
The Atlantic, Jan-Feb Issue, 2020
History’s Largest Mining Operation Is About to Begin
It’s underwater—and the consequences are unimaginable.
“We’re about to make one of the biggest transformations that humans have ever made to the surface of the planet. We’re going to strip-mine a massive habitat, and once it’s gone, it isn’t coming back.” – The Atlantic
December 20, 2019
Scientists fear surge in supersized bushfires that create their own violent thunderstorms. Pyrocumulonimbus (pyroCB) storms are feared due to the violent and unpredictable conditions they create on the ground.
“New South Wales and Queensland fires: South Australia also faces catastrophic bushfires risk…. Embers still hot enough to start new fires can be shot out of a pyroCB at distances of 30km from the main fire.” – The Guardian
December 16, 2019
“Profound disconnect between people and politicians”: Major decisions deferred as marathon Madrid climate summit grinds to a close.
“Analysis: After a marathon 48 hours of talks, climate conference ends with little progress made on crucial issues.” – Independent
December 16th, 2019
California coastal waters rising in acidity at alarming rate, study finds
“Waters off the California coast are acidifying twice as fast as the global average, scientists found, threatening major fisheries and sounding the alarm that the ocean can absorb only so much more of the world’s carbon emissions.” – LA Times
December 10, 2019
The Arctic may have crossed key threshold, emitting billions of tons of carbon into the air, in a long-dreaded climate feedback
A new federal report on the Arctic finds the region is in the midst of drastic and sudden changes as a result of human-caused warming.
“…the Arctic already may have become a net emitter of planet-warming carbon emissions due to thawing permafrost, which would only accelerate global warming…. Almost twice the amount of greenhouse gases as what is contained in the atmosphere could be released as the permafrost melts.” – Washington Post
December. 10, 2019
Greenland’s ice losses have septupled and are now in line with its highest sea-level scenario, scientists say.
That’s according to 26 separate satellite measurements and 89 scientists who have produced them.
“The Greenland ice sheet’s losses have accelerated so fast since the 1990s it is now shedding more than seven times as much ice each year, according to 89 scientists who use satellites to study the area.” – Washington Post
December 9th, 2019
Last remaining glaciers in the Pacific will soon melt away
Researchers believe other mountaintop glaciers will follow quickly – ScienceDaily
December 4, 2019
Climate change is forcing one person from their home every two seconds, Oxfam says
“Climate-fueled disasters have forced about 20 million people a year to leave their homes in the past decade.” – CNN
December 2, 2019
See How the World’s Most Polluted Air Compares With Your City’s
We visualized the damaging, tiny particles that wreak havoc on human health. From the Bay Area to New Delhi….
“Outdoor particulate pollution was responsible for an estimated 4.2 million deaths worldwide in 2015, with a majority concentrated in east and south Asia…. In the United States, which has some of the cleanest air in the world, fine particulate matter still contributed to 88,000 premature deaths in 2015— making this pollution more deadly than both diabetes and the flu. And pollution in America has worsened since 2016, reversing years of decline.” – New York Times
November 29, 2019
COAL IS POISED FOR A COMEBACK IN CHINA
“In a break with the global trend, China added 25.5 gigawatts to its coal capacity last year. And it’s due to ramp that up….” – Ozy
November 26, 2019
UN Calls Global Climate Outlook “Bleak”
“The world has refused to slash its collective greenhouse gas emissions, narrowing the planet’s pathway back to a safe climate….” – Bloomberg News
November 14th, 2019
The Water Crisis In Cities Everywhere Is Worsening Already Terrible Inequality
While the rich can drill wells and keep swimming pools filled, poorer residents line up for water and struggle to survive. – Huffington Post
November 13, 2019
The Lancet: Climate change and health
In summary: Act now and save millions of people from avoidable death and disease. “A robust response to climate change could yield more than $26 trillion and 65 million new low-carbon jobs by 2030 compared with a business as usual scenario.” – The Lancet
November 12, 2019
It May Have Just Gotten A Lot Easier To Sue Exxon And Shell For Climate Change Devastation
“A new investigation provides the most “robust” evidence yet connecting fossil fuel companies to climate-related human rights violations, legal experts say.” – Huffington Post
November 5, 2019
Earth Needs Fewer People to Beat the Climate Crisis, Scientists Say
More than 11,000 experts sign an emergency declaration warning that energy, food and reproduction must change immediately. – Bloomberg News
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