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'Invisible killer': fossil fuels caused 8.7m deaths globally in 2018, research finds

Pollution from power plants, vehicles and other sources accounted for one in five of all deaths that year, more detailed analysis reveals

Source : The Guardian

For a City Staring Down the Barrel of a Climate-Driven Flood, A New Study Could be the Smoking Gun

Not all of the water from the planet’s melting glaciers is pouring into rivers and oceans. A surprising amount is building up behind unstable piles of rubble left behind by the retreating ice. As the Earth continues to warm, the swelling lakes threaten to burst through the glacial moraines holding them back and wash away the forests, towns and farms below.

Source : Inside Climate News

For a City Staring Down the Barrel of a Climate-Driven Flood, A New Study Could be the Smoking Gun

Not all of the water from the planet’s melting glaciers is pouring into rivers and oceans. A surprising amount is building up behind unstable piles of rubble left behind by the retreating ice. As the Earth continues to warm, the swelling lakes threaten to burst through the glacial moraines holding them back and wash away the forests, towns and farms below.

Source : Inside Climate News

64% of people said that climate change was an emergency – presenting a clear and convincing call for decision-makers to step up on ambition

“The survey brings the voice of the people to the forefront of the climate debate. It signals ways in which countries can move forward with public support as we work together to tackle this enormous challenge.” Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme

With 1.2 million respondents, the Peoples’ Climate Vote is the largest survey of public opinion on climate change ever conducted. Using a new and unconventional approach to polling, results span 50 countries1 covering 56% of the world’s population

Source : UNDP

The world was hit in 2020 by a record of 50 climate disasters each exceeding $1 billion in damage

Earth was besieged by a record 50 billion-dollar weather disasters in 2020, the most such disasters ever recorded after adjusting for inflation, said insurance broker Aon (formerly called Aon Benfield) in its annual report issued January 25. The previous record was 46 billion-dollar weather disasters, set in 2010 and 2011. The annual average of billion-dollar weather disasters since records began in 1990 is 29.

Source : Yale Climate Connections

Earth Is Losing Ice Faster Today Than in the Mid-1990s, Study Suggests

Earth’s ice is melting faster today than in the mid-1990s, new research suggests, as climate change nudges global temperatures ever higher. Altogether, an estimated 28 trillion metric tons of ice have melted away from the world’s sea ice, ice sheets and glaciers since the mid-1990s. And the annual melt rate is now about 57 percent faster than it was three decades ago.

Source : Reuters

Worried about Earth’s future? Well, the outlook is worse than even scientists can grasp

Anyone with even a passing interest in the global environment knows all is not well. But just how bad is the situation? This new paper shows the outlook for life on Earth is more dire than is generally understood.

Source : The Conversation

Many Overheated Forests May Soon Release More Carbon Than They Absorb

New research suggests that, sooner than expected, trees may become carbon sources rather than carbon sinks, as a feedback loop of rising temperatures drives them to release more greenhouse gases.

Source : Inside Climate News

A circular economy for batteries to underpin renewable energy growth

As the renewable energy sector grows, high-capacity long-life battery storage is fundamental to its success. How these batteries are designed and made will define their environmental impact for generations to come. Creating a circular economy for batteries is crucial to prevent one of the solutions to the current environmental crisis becoming the cause of another.

Source : Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Why the hydrogen bubble could burst in Europe’s face

Comment: The EU’s enthusiastic embrace of hydrogen risks undermining the clean energy transition and its newly-minted 2030 greenhouse gas target

Source : Climate Home News

Annual Report Card Marks Another Disastrous Year for the Arctic

Persistent and accelerating warming in the region is affecting local communities and ecosystems, as well as the rest of the global climate system.

Source : Inside Climate News

When Autumn Leaves Begin to Fall: As the Climate Warms, Leaves on Some Trees are Dying Earlier

The finding counters scientists’ previous assumptions and indicates a reduction in the amount of carbon deciduous forests can remove from the atmosphere.

Source : Inside Climate News

Carbon dioxide levels continue at record levels, despite COVID-19 lockdown

Geneva, 23 November 2020 (WMO) - The industrial slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic has not curbed record levels of greenhouse gases which are trapping heat in the atmosphere, increasing temperatures and driving more extreme weather, ice melt, sea-level rise and ocean acidification, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

Source : World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Do life-cycle assessments tell the whole story about disposables and reusables?

Single-use items — long the target of ire from environmentalists — are having a moment in the era of COVID-19. From disposable cups and take-out packaging to gloves and masks, safety concerns are pushing consumers and institutions in the direction of disposables.

Source : GreenBiz

New Climate Warnings in Old Permafrost: 'It’s a Little Scary Because it’s Happening Under Our Feet.'

A new study shows a few degrees of warming can trigger abrupt thaws of vast frozen lands, releasing huge stores of greenhouse gases and collapsing landscapes.

Source : Insideclimate News

Cutting Greenhouse Gases From Food Production Is Urgent, Scientists Say

The company says it is studying three designs for commercial air travel, but a host of complex problems remain related to producing “clean” hydrogen fuel.

Source : New York Times

Flowers are changing their colors to adapt to climate change

As the world's climate changes, plants and animals have adapted by expanding into new territory and even shifting their breeding seasons. Now, research suggests that over the past 75 years, flowers have also adapted to rising temperatures and declining ozone by altering ultraviolet pigments in their petals, Science Magazine reports

Source : Science Magazine

Climate scientists take their closest look yet at the warming impact of aviation emissions

A new study reaffirms that contrail clouds—those straight, wispy white markings of a plane's path through the sky—produce more global warming than carbon dioxide emitted by the flights. Activists hope the finding will help spur the aviation industry to act more urgently to reduce their emissions as governments work to rebuild their pandemic-hit economies.

Source : insideclimatenews

Consumer goods giants failing on plastic goals, according to Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The world's largest consumer goods companies have made progress towards increasing the amount of recycled plastic in their packaging, but are still largely failing to cut down on the amount of single-use packaging they generate.

Source : GreenBiz

New study shows a vicious circle of climate change building on thickening layers of warm ocean water​

Global warming is deepening blankets of warmer water that alter ocean currents, hinder absorption of carbon, intensify storms and disrupt biological cycles, a new study warns. And it's happening faster than scientists expected. "If anything, the impacts of climate change are proving to be worse than we predicted," said Michael Mann, a co-author of the study.

Source : InsideClimate News

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