Tag Archive | Global warming

“Wildfires in Sweden Signal Europe’s Climate Disaster Is Growing”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-12/europe-s-climate-insurance-claims-climb-disasters-tornado-flood?srnd=premium-europe

Hannele Arvonen, the owner of one of Sweden’s largest lumber yards, is spending the winter months planning for a new and unexpected threat to her business: regular wildfires raging just south of the Arctic Circle.

Her business, Setra Group AB, had a tense summer as firefighters fought back fires raging through Sweden’s densely-forested Gaevleborg region during a drought that lasted months. Workers there are still painstakingly trying to recover sellable wood from the charred remains of tree stumps.

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“Americans Will Pay Billions More For Climate Change, and That’s the Best Case”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-23/americans-will-pay-billions-more-for-climate-change-and-that-s-the-best-case?srnd=premium-europe

A grim U.S. government assessment of global warming’s economic impacts gives a whole new meaning to Black Friday.

“What the world needs now to fight climate change is more swamps”

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  • The world needs more swamps — and bogs, fens, marshes and other types of wetlands.

  • Wetlands are some of the most diverse and productive ecosystems on Earth, irreplaceable tools for slowing the pace of climate change.

  • They are extremely efficient at pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and converting it into living plants and carbon-rich soil.

  • But throughout history, wetlands have been viewed as wastelands to be “reclaimed” for higher uses — many modern cities around the world are built on filled wetlands.

“The world’s biggest farms pollute more than any oil company”

Healthy Holstein dairy cows feed at a farm in central Washington.

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The world’s biggest meat and dairy operations combined pump more greenhouse gas into Earth’s warming atmosphere than any one of the largest fossil-fuel giants.

“Pet food is an environmental disaster – are vegan dogs the answer?”

Can eco-conscious cats and dogs survive on a vegan diet?

https://www.theguardian.com/global/2018/jun/26/pet-food-is-an-environmental-disaster-are-vegan-dogs-the-answer

A quarter of the impact of meat production comes from the pet-food industry. Has the time come to change what we feed our dogs and cats?

“The axolotl—nature’s miracle healer—is on the brink of extinction”

epa01204239 The Axolotl ('Ambystoma mexicanum') is the best-known of the Mexican neotenic mole salamanders belonging to the Tiger Salamander complex, at the Friedrich-Schiller-Univerity of Jena, Germany, 18 December 2007. Larvae of this species fail to undergo metamorphosis, so the adults remain aquatic and gilled, which is the reason the scientists breed them. So they can examin the development of cells from the early embryo phase. The Axolotl also have the ability to let lost extremities grow again.

https://qz.com/1304554/the-axolotl-natures-miracle-healer-is-on-the-brink-of-extinction/

The axolotl, or Ambystoma mexicanum, is the ultimate survivalist: When an axolotl loses a leg, tail, or a bit of its heart, the body part regrows and nary a scar remains. But the hardy creature is on the brink of extinction.

“Carbon Capture, the Vacuum Cleaner the Climate Needs”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-18/carbon-capture-the-vacuum-cleaner-the-climate-needs-quicktake

We humans are all too good at putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Can we come up with a way to vacuum it out?

“The way scientists define climate goals has given the world a false sense of hope”

The Rhea fire rages behind a wind farm near Seiling, Oklahoma, U.S. April 17, 2018. REUTERS/Nick Oxford - RC19E0F22FE0

https://qz.com/1278776/what-is-a-carbon-budget-can-it-help-us-hit-climate-goals/

A zero-emissions target may seem inflexible, but it’s actually much more actionable than a variable and uncertain emissions budget. It is relatively simple for each country to set a target date to reach zero emissions, based on, say, how wealthy it is. Then, each greenhouse-gas emitting entity in the country can set its own goal to reach zero emissions and governments can lay out effective policies to help emitters get there by the target date.

“As Winter Warms, Bears Can’t Sleep. And They’re Getting Into Trouble.”

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There are certain axioms about the natural world we learn as children. The sea is salty. Plants grow toward light. Bears hibernate in winter.

But as climate change leads to warmer winters, later falls and earlier springs — which can disrupt both food supplies and biological rhythms — American black bears are changing their hibernation routines, scientists say. In some cases, bears are not hibernating at all, staying awake all winter. In others, bears are waking from their slumber too early.

“Global Warming Is a Central Bank Issue”

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-04-13/global-warming-is-a-central-bank-issue

Central bankers have been dubbed “masters of the universe” for the tools and powers they have acquired since the financial crisis. Some of them now want to play a more active role in the fight against climate change.