Climate Change

 Interesting articles on the reality of Climate Change

30 January

A Met Office scientist says the world is “rapidly approaching” a dangerous level of warming.

27 January

War of Words: The language of the climate emergency 

Climate scientists talk neutrally of a world that’s 2°C, or 3°C, or 4°C hotter. Activists and journalists talk of ‘catastrophe’, ‘collapse’, and planetary ‘emergency’. The apparent gulf between this choice of language is misleading. In reality, they’re saying the same thing, just using the editorial ‘voices’ that are fit for purpose. 

24th January

Fire raining on beaches, red skies and a billion animals killed: the new Australian summer

Climate change has stopped being something to argue about. When you breathe in the ash and feel the pain in your heart, you can no longer deny it

23rd January

South African student embarks on #FridaysForFuture Climate strike

Following the lead of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, thousands of school learners across the world are boycotting their classes every Friday to protest against inaction over the climate crisis. In 2020, learners in South Africa are starting to take up the cudgels. One of the first will be Raeesah Noor-Mohamed who last week released a video on Instagram explaining her intentions. Maverick Citizen spoke to her during her school break on Wednesday.

Carbon-neutral – in 15 years?

The country with an ambitious plan –  When a small village in Finland took the country’s biggest peat producer to court over a polluted river, it didn’t expect to win. 

22 January

Former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull says Trump is the world’s ‘leading climate denier’

Turnbull says US president is ‘actively working against global action to reduce emissions’

21st January

Water taxis for Cape Town’s rising sea levels: ‘Everybody should panic,’ says environmental futurist

For environmental futurist Professor Nick King, accepting the apparently fantastical as the new normal means responding to Earth’s waning vital signs with commensurate CPR. Even so, King’s suggestion of ‘Cape Town water taxis’ is met with incredulity by Our Burning Planet when he moots it during an interview at his home overlooking the city’s False Bay coastline. His response? Deadpan.


17th January

Sir David Attenborough warns of climate ‘crisis moment’  –  “The moment of crisis has come” in efforts to tackle climate change, Sir David Attenborough has warned.

16th January

Last decade confirmed as warmest on record –  The 10 years to the end of 2019 have been confirmed as the warmest decade on record by three global agencies.

14 January

Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerates

Oceans are clearest measure of climate crisis as they absorb 90% of heat trapped by greenhouse gases

The heat in the world’s oceans reached a new record level in 2019, showing “irrefutable and accelerating” heating of the planet.

The world’s oceans are the clearest measure of the climate emergency because they absorb more than 90% of the heat trapped by the greenhouse gases emitted by fossil fuel burning, forest destruction and other human activities.

Grass growing around Mount Everest as global heating intensifies  –  Impact of increase in shrubs and grasses not yet known but scientists say it could increase flooding in the region

Ice bound: Sky correspondent Thomas Moore’s daily blog as he heads to the Antarctic  –  Sky News is travelling to the Antarctic to look at the vital research taking place in one of the most vulnerable places on earth.

Climate allies Desmond Tutu and Al Gore unite in fossil-fuel divestment struggle – Desmond Tutu and Al Gore have warned in a joint statement that ‘corporations, governments and institutions that continue to invest in fossil fuels 

Energy, land and law: This year, it’s personal – “Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.”

NASAClimate Change: How Do We Know?  –  Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat,