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Alexander C. Kaufman
A deserted Times Square during the coronavirus lockdown in New York City. Photo by Paulo Silva on Unsplash

Nov. 24, 2020

This article was originally published by Huffington Post and appears here as part of Canada's National Observer's collaboration with Climate Desk.


Pip Hinman
A global 1.5°C warming is likely by 2030 — or even earlier.

[Editor: But the Trudeau government has just put out a  climate plan with a target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050!]

November 10, 2020

Climate scientists now believe their predictions about the rate of the global temperature increase have been too conservative, and stronger and more decisive action is needed to reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions.

Bob Weber
The Syncrude oil sands extraction facility is reflected in a tailings pond near the city of Fort McMurray, Alta., on June 1, 2014. File photo by The Canadian Press/Jason Franson

November 12th 2020

Emissions of a potent greenhouse gas from Canada's oilpatch are nearly twice as high as previously thought, says newly published federal research.

The findings on methane from Environment Canada researchers could complicate regulatory attempts to nearly halve releases over the next five years, says an environmental group.

"That target will not be met unless the regulations are significantly strengthened," said Dale Marshall of Environmental Defence.

Jason Hickel
image on economic growth

A response to Pollin and Chomsky on degrowth: We need a Green New Deal without growth

By Jason Hickel, published on his website Nov 2, 2020  (And see below a related essay by Jason Hickel as well as his bio. You can read this article here in pdf formatJason Hickel responds to Michael Pollin and Noam Chomsky on degrowth)

David Marchese

Greta Thunberg has become so firmly entrenched as an icon — perhaps the icon — of ecological activism that it’s hard to believe it has been only two years since she first went on school strike to draw attention to the climate crisis. In that short time, Thunberg, a 17-year-old Swede, has become a figure of international standing, able to meet with sympathetic world leaders and rattle the unsympathetic. Her compelling clarity about the scale of the crisis and moral indignation at the inadequate political response have been hugely influential in shifting public opinion.

Jonathan Watts
Researchers worry that the Laptev Sea findings may signal a new climate feedback loop has been triggered. Photograph: Markus Rex/Alfred-Wegener-Institut

Oct. 27, 2020

Exclusive: expedition discovers new source of greenhouse gas off East Siberian coast has been triggered

Scientists have found evidence that frozen methane deposits in the Arctic Ocean – known as the “sleeping giants of the carbon cycle” – have started to be released over a large area of the continental slope off the East Siberian coast, the Guardian can reveal.

Stephen Pyne
A burning forest. Photo by Matt Howard on Unsplash.

October 23rd 2020

This article was originally published by Yale Environment 360 and appears here as part of Canada's National Observer's collaboration with Climate Desk.


There is a paradox at the core of Earth’s unravelling firescapes.

Jonathan Watts
A delayed freeze in the Laptev Sea could have knock-on effects across the polar region, scientists say. Photo by Tapio Haaja on Unsplash.

This article was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of Canada's National Observer's collaboration with Climate Desk.


For the first time since records began, the main nursery of Arctic sea ice in Siberia has yet to start freezing in late October.

California's top 35 largest wildfires. Chart and graphic by Barry Saxifrage.

October 20th 2020

California is on the burning edge of climate breakdown. Record temperatures are teaming up with record droughts to turn the Golden State into a tinderbox. The megafires have followed, erupting with stunning speed and ferocity across forests, grasslands, rural areas and city neighbourhoods.

These megafires, each burning more than 100,000 acres, are rising exponentially — both in frequency and size.


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