Tag Archive | Global warming

“Climate crisis: Tropical rainforest ‘tipping point’ identified as scientists call for immediate action to tackle global warming”

The Amazon is among the rainforests most at risk from rising temperatures

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-crisis-tropical-rainforest-carbon-sequestration-tipping-point-global-warming-a9529956.html

Tropical rainforests’ vital ability to store carbon is under threat due to rising global temperatures, and the Amazon is particularly at risk, scientists have warned.

Calling for “immediate steps” to conserve forests and stabilise the global climate, the authors of a study based on research from 600 sites around the world said that beyond a maximum daily temperature of 32.2C, trees get too hot and dry, causing them to die and release their stores of carbon.

“Africans are building a Great Green Wall of trees across the continent to slow down the Saharan”

https://www.upworthy.com/africans-are-building-a-great-green-wall-of-trees-across-the-continent-to-stop-the-sahara-from-expanding

Twenty-one African countries have come together in an attempt to stop the Sahara desert from encroaching further south. Their mission: plant a 4,750-mile-long wall of trees.

Making the Fed’s Money Printer Go Brrrr for the Planet

warm future illo

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-04-22/kim-stanley-robinson-let-the-fed-print-money-for-the-planet?srnd=fixed-income

We have to save the biosphere from catastrophic heating. We also have a market that won’t invest enough in this project. So governments need to do it, by way of creating new money specifically targeted to pay for rapid decarbonization.

“Great Barrier Reef suffers third mass bleaching in five years”

A reef researcher inspects some bleached coral

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-52043554

Warmer sea temperatures – particularly in February – are feared to have caused huge coral loss across the world’s largest reef system.

“A heat wave in Antarctica melted 20% of an island’s snow in 9 days”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/24/world/antarctica-heat-wave-melt-february-trnd/index.html

A nine-day heat wave scorched Antarctica’s northern tip earlier this month. New NASA images reveal that nearly a quarter of an Antarctic island’s snow cover melted in that time — an increasingly common symptom of the climate crisis.

“How changing aircraft altitude could cut flight’s climate impact in half”

Scientists say that reducing contrails can seriously impact the level of impact flying has on the environment.

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/airplane-contrails-climate-change-science-study/index.html

Greener fuels, electric engines and more efficient aircraft are all being touted as ways to reduce the environmental harm of flying, but a new study suggests one simple move could help existing flights drastically cut their impact. By changing the flying altitude by just couple of thousand feet on fewer than 2% of all scheduled flights, a study by a team of scientists at Imperial College London concludes that aviation’s damage to the climate could be reduced by as much as 59%. It’s all about eradicating airplane contrails — those white streaks you see criss-crossing the skies after an airplane has passed overhead.

“A climate activist swam under the Antarctic ice sheet to prove how quickly glaciers are melting”

Antarctica's ice is degrading faster than we thought, and there may be no way to stop the consequences

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/03/world/lewis-pugh-swims-arctic-climate-change-trnd/index.html

Fifty-year-old Lewis Pugh says he was terrified when he plunged into the water of East Antarctica in nothing but swim briefs, a swim cap and goggles. He was even more terrified when he swam below the Antarctic ice sheet, through melting tunnels — though he said it was the most beautiful swim he’s ever done.

“U.K. Caps Decade of Record High Daily Temperatures”

© Reuters.  U.K. Caps Decade of Record High Daily Temperatures

https://www.investing.com/news/economy/uk-caps-decade-of-record-high-daily-temperatures-2051660

The U.K. endured more high-temperature records during the 2010s than any decade over the last century, according to the nation’s weather service, attributing the trend to climate change.

“German Air Travel Slump Points to Spread of Flight Shame”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-12-19/german-air-travel-slump-points-to-spread-of-flight-shame?srnd=premium-europe

Mounting concern about carbon emissions may be altering travel habits in Europe’s largest economy as figures from German airports show a steady decline in passengers taking domestic flights.

The number of people flying between German cities fell 12% in November from a year earlier, according to the ADV industry group, marking a fourth straight monthly drop and mirroring a pattern emerging in Sweden, where teenage activist Greta Thunberg has spearheaded a campaign against air transport. Rail firm Deutsche Bahn AG has meanwhile reported record passenger numbers.