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Last updated: 2024-6-28 with 289 topics related to 12,328 articles from 2,723 sources.

Featured Topics:

Amazon Rainforest | Collapse | Earth Energy Imbalance | Nuclear Power | Tipping Points | Women and Children |

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Featured Articles:

Future of the human climate niche | PNAS

  2024-06-20 (or before) in PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Science

All species have an environmental niche, and despite technological advances, humans are unlikely to be an exception. Here, we demonstrate that for ...

Greenhouse Gas Forcing and Climate Feedback Signatures Identified in Hyperspectral Infrared Satellite Observations

  2024-05-13 (or before) in Advancing Earth and Space Sciences Journal

Abstract Global greenhouse gas forcing and feedbacks are the primary causes of climate change but have limited direct observations. Here we show that continuous, stable, global, hyperspectral infra...

Recalibration of limits to growth: An update of the World3 model

  2024-04-29 (or before) in Wiley Online Library

Abstract After 50 years, there is still an ongoing debate about the Limits to Growth (LtG) study. This paper recalibrates the 2005 World3-03 model. The input parameters are changed to better match ...

World risks "collapse of everything" without strong climate action, warns British naturalist

  2024-04-10 (or before) in YouTube

British naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough on Feb. 23, 2021 warns the UN Security Council that the planet faces total "collapse" without stron...

  Tagged under: David Attenborough | Collapse

Third National Adaptation Programme (NAP3)

  2024-03-13 (or before) in GOV.UK

This report sets out the actions that government and others will take to adapt to the impacts of climate change from 2023 to 2028.

  Tagged under: Climate Change Adaption | UK

Further wet weather raises fears of harvest catastrophe - Farmers Weekly

  2024-03-12 in Farmers Weekly

Further heavy rainfall over the last fortnight is increasing farmers’ concerns of an impending harvest catastrophe. Following relentless rain since

  Tagged under: Food Production and Consumption | Collapse | UK | Agriculture

B.C. fruit farms prepared for devastating crop yields this summer

  2024-03-12 by in Canada's National Observer

One of the first indicators of how bountiful a fruit harvest will be in British Columbia comes months before any peaches, apricots or nectarines start fattening on trees.

  Tagged under: Collapse | Agriculture | Canada | Trees

Opinion: I’m a climate scientist. If you knew what I know, you’d be terrified too | CNN

  2024-03-07 in CNN International

Climate scientist Bill McGuire writes on his conundrum: what’s happening to our planet scares the hell out of him—but if he shouts the unvarnished truth from the rooftops, will that inspire you to act or to give up?

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Climate Anxiety and Grief | Climate Change Impacts | Activism | Science

Earth’s Fountain of Life Is Vanishing Beneath Our Feet

  2024-03-03 in Popular Mechanics

With each passing year, the world’s groundwater reserves shrink.

  Tagged under: Water Resources

Amazon rainforest at a critical threshold: Loss of forest worsens climate change

  2024-02-14 in - News and Articles on Science and Technology

The Amazon rainforest could approach a tipping point, which could lead to a large-scale collapse with serious implications for the global climate system. A new Nature study by an international research team including scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact research (PIK) reveals that up to 47% of the Amazonian forest is threatened and identifies climatic and land-use thresholds that should not be breached to keep the Amazon resilient.

  Tagged under: Amazon Rainforest | Collapse | Trees | Tipping Points

Global Warming Acceleration: El Nino Measuring Stick Looks Good

  2023-12-15 (or before) in Mailchimp

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Climate Change | El Niño

Earth on verge of five catastrophic climate tipping points, scientists warn

  2023-12-06 in The Guardian

Humanity faces ‘devastating domino effects’ including mass displacement and financial ruin as planet warms

  Tagged under: Science | Climate Change Impacts | Climate Change | Tipping Points | El Niño

Climate tipping points are nearer than you think – our new report warns of catastrophic risk

  2023-12-06 by in The Conversation

Coral reefs are already being lost, and four other vital climate systems may tip soon.

  Tagged under: Collapse | Coral Reefs | Tipping Points

Tipping Points Report shows humanity on ‘disastrous trajectory’ - The Engineer

  2023-12-06 by The Engineer in The Engineer

Humanity is on the verge of triggering at least five major tipping points which could see the collapse of ice sheets, ecosystems and food production, according to a new report.

  Tagged under: Agriculture | Ice Melting | Tipping Points

Emissions Gap Report 2023

  2023-11-21 (or before) in UN Environment Programme

As greenhouse gas emissions hit new highs, temperature records tumble and climate impacts intensify, the Emissions Gap Report 2023: Broken Record – Temperatures hit new highs, yet world fails to cut emissions (again) finds that the world is heading for a temperature rise far above the Paris Agreement goals unless countries deliver more than they have promised. The report is the 14th edition in a series that brings together many of the world’s top climate scientists to look at future trends in greenhouse gas emissions and provide potential solutions to the challenge of global warming.

  Tagged under: Net Zero | The Paris Agreement | Climate Change Mitigation

Former Sky News boss John Ryley says he 'failed' on climate change coverage

  2023-11-18 in Sky News

The ex-executive, who has co-edited a new book featuring essays from academics and journalists on the challenges of reporting the subject, argues newsdesks are not taking seriously enough their responsibility to alert the public to what is happening.

Fifth National Climate Assessment

  2023-11-14 (or before) in

The Fifth National Climate Assessment is the US Government’s preeminent report on climate change impacts, risks, and responses. It is a congressionally mandated interagency effort that provides the scientific foundation to support informed decision-making across the United States.

  Tagged under: US Politics | Climate Change Impacts | USA

Global warming in the pipeline

  2023-11-02 in Oxford Academic

Abstract. Improved knowledge of glacial-to-interglacial global temperature change yields Charney (fast-feedback) equilibrium climate sensitivity 1.2 ± 0.3°C (2σ

  Tagged under: Climate Change Impacts | Climate Change

The 2023 state of the climate report: Entering uncharted territory

  2023-10-25 (or before) in Oxford Academic

Life on planet Earth is under siege. We are now in an uncharted territory. For several decades, scientists have consistently warned of a future marked by extrem

  Tagged under: Climate Change Impacts | Climate Data | Climate Change | Science

Earth’s ‘vital signs’ worse than at any time in human history, scientists warn

  2023-10-24 in The Guardian

Life on planet is in peril, say climate experts, as they call for a rapid and just transition to a sustainable future

  Tagged under: Wildlife | Wildfires | Science

Environmental Audit Committee letter to Rishi Sunak

  2023-09-30 (or before) in UK Parliament Committees

  Tagged under: Rishi Sunak | UK Politics

Climate Plans Remain Insufficient: More Ambitious Action Needed Now | UNFCCC

  2023-09-26 (or before) in United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

UN Climate Change News, 26 October 2022 – A new report from UN Climate Change shows countries are bending the curve of global greenhouse gas emis...

  Tagged under: Climate Change | United Nations | Climate Change Mitigation

More than 70% of farmers have already seen large impacts of climate change on their farm, new global research across 8 countries reveals | Headlines

  2023-09-22 in

To conduct the Farmer Voice, life science company Bayer commissioned an agency to independently interview 800 farmers globally, representing farms large and small from Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Kenya, Ukraine, and the United States in equal numbers.Farmers expect the repercussions of climate change to continue.

  Tagged under: Climate Change Impacts | Collapse | Agriculture

Climate change having huge impact on farmers

  2023-9-21 in Fruit Net

More than 70 per cent of farmers have already seen large impacts of climate change on their farm, new global research from Farmer Voice survey reveals

  Tagged under: Farming | Climate Change | Climate Change Impacts | Agriculture

Dr Andrew Forrest at Boao Forum for Asia Perth 2023

  2023-09-11 (or before) in

  Tagged under: Climate Change Mitigation | Collapse | Climate Change Impacts | Climate Change

Living Planet Index - Latest Results

  2023-07-18 (or before) in

Graphing tool showing the Living Planet Index over time.

The Living Planet Index (LPI) is a measure of the state of the world's biological diversity based on population trends of vertebrate species from terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats. The LPI has been adopted by the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) as an indicator of progress towards its 2011-2020 targets and can play an important role in monitoring progress towards the post-2020 goals and targets negotiated at COP15.

  Tagged under: Biodiversity Loss

Valuing What Counts: Framework to Progress Beyond Gross Domestic Product

  2023-06-06 (or before) in LinkedIn

Gross domestic product (GDP) is the most widely used benchmark to measure a countrys economic progress and the value of the goods and services it produces.

GDP also reflects a harmful anachronism at the heart of global policymaking:our economic models and measurements overlook many aspects that sustain life and contribute to human well-being, while perversely placing disproportionate value on activities that deplete the planet.

  Tagged under: GDP | Economic Growth

The collapse of insects

  2023-05-28 (or before) in Reuters

The most diverse group of organisms on the planet are in trouble and the consequences could be dire.

  Tagged under: Insects | Collapse

Increasing risks of multiple breadbasket failure under 1.5 and 2 °C global warming

  2023-04-26 (or before) in

The increasingly inter-connected global food system is becoming more vulnerable to production shocks owing to increasing global mean temperatures and …

  Tagged under: Food Production and Consumption | Climate Change Impacts | Climate Change

Laudato si' (24 May 2015) | Francis

  2021-09-09 (or before) in The Vatican

Encyclical Letter Laudato si' of the Holy Father Francis on care for our common home (24 May 2015)

  Tagged under: Activism | Religion | Pope Francis

Pope Francis pushes for action to limit climate change - Nature

  2015-06-16 in Nature

The Pope warns of “grave consequences” from unchecked warming.

  Tagged under: Global Warming | Pope Francis

Most Recent Listings:

Climate crisis driving exponential rise in most extreme wildfires

  2024-06-24 in The Guardian

Scientists warn of ‘scary’ feedback loop in which fires create more heating, which causes more fires worldwide

Increasing frequency and intensity of the most extreme wildfires on Earth - Nature Ecology & Evolution

  2024-06-24 in Nature

Analysis of fire radiative power derived from satellite data finds that the frequency of extreme fire events increased 2.2-fold from 2003 to 2023 and that these increases were mostly driven by extreme fires in temperate conifer and boreal forest biomes.

Scientists explain why Greece is so badly hit by climate change

  2024-06-24 (or before) in Euronews

Marine heatwaves, medicanes and island microclimates: Here’s why Greece is on the frontlines of climate change in Europe.

Zanzibar coral: How Mnemba islanders are restoring their reef

  2024-06-24 in The BBC

Conservationists have found a way to restore a reef off one of Zanzibar's islands.

State of Nature

  2024-06-23 (or before) in

News and updates from Natural England

Floods drive people from homes in Iowa as much of US swelters in extreme heat

  2024-06-23 in The Guardian

Residents rescued by boat as Governor Kim Reynolds declares disaster in 21 counties in north of state

Green Peace: How the Fight Against Climate Change Can Overcome Geopolitical Discord

  2024-06-23 (or before) in Foreign Affairs

The fight against climate change can overcome geopolitical discord.

The Rise of Anti-Net Zero Populism in the UK: Comparing Rhetorical Strategies for Climate Policy Dismantling

  2024-06-22 (or before) in Taylor & Francis Online: Peer-reviewed Journals

This article explores a backlash against the net zero greenhouse gas emissions target within the UK. It introduces the term “anti-net zero populism” to analyse ideological and opportunistic counter...

Global impacts of heat and water stress on food production and severe food insecurity - Scientific Reports

  2024-06-22 in Nature

In contrast to most integrated assessment models, with limited transparency on damage functions and recursive temporal dynamics, we use a unique large-dimensional computational global climate and trade model, GTAP-DynW, to directly project the possible intertemporal impacts of water and heat stress on global food supply and food security to 2050. The GTAP-DynW model uses GTAP production and trade data for 141 countries and regions, with varying water and heat stress baselines, and results are aggregated into 30 countries/regions and 30 commodity sectors. Blue water stress projections are drawn from WRI source material and a GTAP...

  2024-06-21 (or before) in The New York Times

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