Category: environment

Antarctica: what it means when the coldest place on Earth records an unprecedented heatwave: undefined

England could face droughts in 20 years due to climate breakdown – report: undefined

‘I’m profoundly sad, I feel guilty’: scientists reveal their personal fears about the climate crisis: undefined

A snowless winter around Europe – in pictures: undefined

This winter in Europe was hottest on record by far, say scientists:

3.4c above baseline

Tropical forests losing their ability to absorb carbon, study finds: undefined

Climate crisis cutting short Australia’s winters and extending summers:

“If it feels like Australian summers are getting longer and hotter, that is probably because they are,” the report said. “The summers many Australians grew up with no longer exist.”

Over the past two decades, summer was on average a month longer than it was in the mid-20th century. The report said temperatures that “marked the start of summer now come around two weeks earlier”, and “temperatures that marked the end of summer now come around two weeks later”. 

JP Morgan economists warn climate crisis is threat to human race:

The research by JP Morgan economists David Mackie and Jessica Murray says the climate crisis will impact the world economy, human health, water stress, migration and the survival of other species on Earth.

“We cannot rule out catastrophic outcomes where human life as we know it is threatened,” notes the paper, which is dated 14 January.

Humans risk living in an empty world, warns UN biodiversity chief:

The ongoing destruction of life-supporting ecosystems such as coral reefs and rainforests means humans risk living in an “empty world” with “catastrophic” consequences for society, according to Mrema, who is responsible for spearheading a Paris-style agreement for nature that will be negotiated this year.

“People’s lives depend on biodiversity in ways that are not always apparent or appreciated. Human health ultimately depends on ecosystem services: the availability of fresh water, fuel, food sources. All these are prerequisites for human health and livelihoods,” she told the Guardian in her first major interview since taking up the role.

In May last year, the world’s leading scientists warned that nature is disappearing at a rate tens to hundreds of times higher than the average for the past 10m years. Experts have previously warned that humans are driving the sixth mass extinction event in Earth’s history, cautioning there is a short time to act.

Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerates: undefined