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Matt Simon
If we burn less gas, oil and coal, we’ll stop loading the sky with planet-warming carbon, but we’ll also load it with fewer planet-cooling aerosols. Photo by Roy Luck/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Dec. 1, 2022

This story was originally published by Wired and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Daniel Tanuro
The River Rhine running dry

Nov. 11, 2022

November 11, 2022  

Global warming, extreme severity of drought in Europe, heatwaves, snowball effect (or cascading reactions) among all these crisis factors… Risk of sudden changes in ocean circulation with incalculable consequences… This article addresses three points: the explanation of this incontestable observation, the possible evolution, and the policies to be implemented.

Jon Queally
A local reacts to watching a wildfire advancing in Orjais, Covilha council in central Portugal, on August 16, 2022. (Photo: Patricia De Melo Moreira/ AFP via Getty Images)

Nov. 6, 2022

New WMO report released on first day of UN climate summit that the last eight years are the eight hottest on record.

A new report by the World Meteorological Organization released Sunday shows that the last eight years are on track to be the hottest on record and warns still soaring emissions means humanity's hopes to hit global temperature targets in the coming decades may not be achievable.

Brett Wilkins
A gas flare is seen at an oil well site outside Williston, North Dakota. (Photo: Andrew Burton via Getty Images)

Oct. 27, 2022

"The brutal truth is here for everyone to see," said one researcher in response to record CO2, methane, and N2O atmospheric concentrations. "Far from emissions being brought under control, they are actually accelerating."

Scientists and activists expressed shock and the need for urgent climate action Wednesday as the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization revealed that atmospheric levels of the three main greenhouse gases fueling catastrophic global heating all hit record highs in 2021.

Timothy M. Lenton, Johan Rockström, Owen Gaffney, Stefan Rahmstorf, Katherine Richardson, Will Steffen & Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
An aeroplane flies over a glacier in the Wrangell St Elias National Park in Alaska. Credit: Frans Lanting/Nat Geo Image Collection

Nov. 27, 2019 |Correction Apr. 9, 2020

Linda Geddes
A glacier undergoing submarine melting in south-west Greenland. Photograph: Donald Slater/University of Edinburgh/PA

Oct. 19, 2022

Analysis of Arctic lake suggests viruses and bacteria locked in ice could reawaken and infect wildlife

The next pandemic may come not from bats or birds but from matter in melting ice, according to new data.

Genetic analysis of soil and lake sediments from Lake Hazen, the largest high Arctic freshwater lake in the world, suggests the risk of viral spillover – where a virus infects a new host for the first time – may be higher close to melting glaciers.

David Spratt

Worrying observations on limitations and inaccuracies resulting from "scientific reticence."

             -- Gene McGuckin


Jim Robbins
Wind turbines on the Whitelee wind farm in Scotland. Photo by Ian Dick / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Kylie Mohr
Snow blankets the burn scar from 2020’s East Troublesome Fire in the high country near Grand Lake, Colo. Photo courtesy of Nick Hanson
Inayat Singh
Jennifer Baltzer of Wilfrid Laurier University conducts field research in Canada's boreal forest to study how the permafrost is changing and the consequences for the larger climate system. (Angela Gzowski/Wilfrid Laurier University)

"The study effectively warns that the planet already left a safe climate state when it passed 1 C of global warming." . . ." But current policies are actually set to result in about 2.6 C of warming. "

Sept. 11, 2022

2 of the tipping points at highest risk are in Canada

Current rates of global warming have already moved the world perilously close to several tipping points that could send key global weather systems into irreversible collapse, a significant study from Europe has found.


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