Interesting articles on the reality of Climate Change
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.
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
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.
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.
Turnbull says US president is ‘actively working against global action to reduce emissions’
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Climate Change: How Do We Know? – Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat,