Mark's Climate Mag

By Mark Dixon | Leading up to COP21 and beyond!

Immediacy of threat from climate change exaggerated by faulty models

Climate change poses less of an immediate threat to the planet than previously thought because scientists got their modelling wrong, a new study has found.<p>New research by British scientists reveals the world is being polluted and warming up less quickly than 10-year-old forecasts predicted, giving …

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The great nutrient collapse

The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.<p>Irakli Loladze is a mathematician by training, but he was in a biology lab when he encountered the puzzle that would change his life. It was in 1998, and Loladze was studying for his Ph.D. at …

Agriculture

The Climate Engineers Sucking CO₂ From the Atmosphere—and Making Money Doing It

More than a decade into their friendship, Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher can’t decide which of them is the thinker and which is the doer. They …

Climate Change

Four Radical Plans to Save Civilization From Climate Change

Smug eco-warriors may think they’re curbing global warming with their vegan diets, charged-up Teslas, and rooftop solar panels. But according to …

Climate

The Rush to Develop Oil and Gas We Don’t Need

Imagine the businessman Donald Trump putting his real estate up for sale when the market was near the bottom. That’s the equivalent of what President Trump is doing with the oil and gas on our public lands. His misguided move to increase production in a soft energy market is bad for government …

Oil

Clean Energy

We are charting a path to clean, renewable energy across the globe. Explore and see what a transition to clean energy would mean where you …

Renewable Energy

Russian tanker sails through Arctic without icebreaker for first time

Climate change has thawed Arctic enough for $300m gas tanker to travel at record speed through northern sea route<p>A Russian tanker has travelled through the northern sea route in record speed and without an icebreaker escort for the first time, highlighting how climate change is opening up the high …

Climate Change

Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening.

Back in 2015, the world’s governments met in Paris and agreed to keep global warming below 2°C, to avoid the worst risks of a hotter planet. See here for background on why, but that’s the goal. For context, the planet’s warmed ~1°C since the 19th century.<p>One problem with framing the goal this way, …

Climate

Iraqi workers sent home, as 'ungodly' heatwave hits Middle East with temperatures over 50C

The Middle East has been hit with an “ungodly” heatwave so extreme Iraq’s government ordered all of its civil servants to go home on Thursday, when temperatures rose above 50C.<p>Temperatures are expected to stay above 45C for the next week, with the UK Met office predicting temperatures as high as …

Middle East

Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report

WASHINGTON — The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.<p>The draft report by …

Climate Change

Earth on track toward 2 degree global warming, researchers say

The Paris Agreement sought to place a lower limit on global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius. But researchers fear that may already be locked in - even …

Climate Change

World’s young face $535 trillion bill for climate

<b>The next generation will have to pay a $535 trillion bill to tackle climate change, relying on unproven and speculative technology.</b><i>LONDON, 19 July,</i> …

Climate

Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year

A new study finds 6.5% of global GDP goes to subsidizing dirty fossil fuels<p>Fossil fuels have two major problems that paint a dim picture for their future energy dominance. These problems are inter-related but still should be discussed separately. First, they cause climate change. We know that, …

Climate

Parts of South Asia could be too hot to live in by end of century

Research predicts what will happen if world doesn't change course and cut emissions dramatically<p>If more isn't done to mitigate climate change, the …

Climate Change

At midway point, 2017 is second-hottest year on record

June 2017 was 1.81°F (1.01°C) above pre-industrial average — Paris deal sets the mark under 2°C (3.6°F)<p>At the halfway point of the year, 2017 remains the second-hottest year to date — a surprise given the demise of the El Niño that helped boost temperatures to record levels last year.<p>The continued …

Global Warming

Past generations left Millennials and future youth facing a crisis — and the clock is ticking

Twenty-nine years ago, James Hansen, the director of NASA's Institute for Space Studies, told the US Senate that the question of the day — whether climate change was happening — was no longer in doubt.<p>"It is time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong that the …

Climate

When Will the Planet Be Too Hot for Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.

<i>To read an annotated version of this article, complete with interviews with scientists and links to further reading, click</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p><b>I.</b> ‘Doomsday’<p><i>Peering</i> …

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Just 100 companies are responsible for 71pc of greenhouse gases since 1988, report finds

The Chinese coal industry and stock market debutant Saudi Aramco have been named as the world’s biggest emitters of carbon dioxide.<p>As new data claims to have identified the top 100 emitters of greenhouse gases over the last three decades, a leading NGO has warned that natural resources companies …

Climate

Macron plans December climate summit

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday announced plans to host a climate conference on the two-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement.<p>“On …

Climate

'INFLECTION POINT': Renewables will be the 'cheapest form of new power generation' by 2020

Renewable energy sources, like solar and wind, are quickly becoming as cheap—even cheaper—than their carbon-intensive counterparts like coal.<p>New research from Morgan Stanley estimates that renewables will be the cheapest source of power in the world in less than three years.<p>“Numerous key markets …

Renewable Energy

Bad news for climate contrarians – 'the best data we have' just got hotter

The favorite satellite data of contrarians like Ted Cruz corrected for some errors and ended up hotter<p>A new paper just published in the Journal of Climate is a stunning setback for the darling of cherry-picking for contrarian scientists and elected officials. Let’s walk though this so we appreciate …

Climate Change

Climate refugees will search hard for homes

<b>Where can the climate refugees go, if 2 billion are driven away by rising tides, and the interior available becomes ever more inhospitable?</b><p><i>LONDON, 29</i> …

We Only Have 3 Years Left to Prevent a Climate Disaster, Scientists Warn

A group of the world's leading thinkers on climate change have issued an urgent call for the world to reach peak greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, as …

Climate

A New Record for Global Pollution

Even after a quarter century of United Nations talks to save the climate, carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels climbed to a record last year, …

Trump trades the planet for a few coal jobs in a doomed industry

‘Trump to future generations: Drop dead’<p>President Donald Trump just signed an executive order to halt the federal government’s efforts to fight climate change. That means that, with the stroke of a pen, Trump is putting the health and well-being of the future generations in danger — in the US and …

Climate

Trump White House reveals it's 'not familiar' with well-studied costs of global warming

Before President Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order to roll back the Obama administration's climate legacy on Tuesday, the White House held a press call featuring a senior administration official. The purpose was to brief reporters on what the order would say and the thinking behind …

Climate Change

For better health, reduce greenhouse gases

In a new podcast series, “Harvard Chan: This Week in Health,” the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health brings you top health headlines — from …

Climate

Three Ways New EPA Head Scott Pruitt Will Dismantle Environmental Protection

Despite extraordinary backlash, former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has just been named to head the Environmental Protection Agency for the …

Climate

A scientist explains the very real struggle of talking to climate-change deniers

The world needs people like Andy Jorgensen, a professor of chemistry and environmental science at the University of Toledo. One of Jorgensen’s jobs is to create educational material on global warming, its impact, and what we can do to fight against it.<p>In a conversation with Redditors, Jorgensen …

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