Climate Science

William E. Rees
South LA from the air

October 29, 2021

Measured atmospheric CO2 at Mauna Loa Observatory. Note: red = the monthly mean values; black = the same, after correction for the average seasonal cycle.

Measured atmospheric CO2 at Mauna Loa Observatory. Note: red = the monthly mean values; black = the same, after correction for the average seasonal cycle.

Matt Simon
Thought climate change was already complicated? Now scientists have to consider the influence of tiny bits of atmospheric plastic. Photo by Raunaq Chopra / Climate Visuals Countdown

October 28th 2021

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

Robert Hunziker
Photograph Source: Emertz76 – CC BY 2.0

More details from IPCC and other sources on how REALLY URGENT it is to cut emissions NOW!!!

Oct. 12, 2021

FacingFuture.TV recently hosted a preview of the upcoming IPCC 2021 UN climate report, which report guides the gathering of dignitaries from around the world meeting in Glasgow this November to discuss, analyze, and decide how to deal with global warming/climate change.

Heather Short
Heather Short

Sep 24, 2021

I've taught students about the climate crisis for years. But they aren't the ones who need to act now

This First Person article is the experience of Heather Short, a scientist and educator who lives in the greater Montreal region. For more information about CBC's First Person stories, please see the FAQ.

Al Shaw, Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, and Jeremy W. Goldsmith

September 15, 2020.

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George Monbiot
A flash flood caused by Tropical Storm Henri in Helmetta, New Jersey, on 22 August 2021. ‘The extreme weather in 2021 – the heat domes, droughts, fires, floods and cyclones – is, frankly, terrifying.’ Photograph: Tom Brenner/AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 9, 2021

Climate policies commit us to a calamitous 2.9C of global heating, but catastrophic changes can occur at even 1.5C or 2C

If there’s one thing we know about climate breakdown, it’s that it will not be linear, smooth or gradual. Just as one continental plate might push beneath another in sudden fits and starts, causing periodic earthquakes and tsunamis, our atmospheric systems will absorb the stress for a while, then suddenly shift. Yet, everywhere, the programmes designed to avert it are linear, smooth and gradual.

The Energy Mix
Greenland Ice Sheet

Sept. 2, 2021

This story includes details about the impacts of climate change that may be difficult for some readers. If you are feeling overwhelmed by this crisis situation here is a list of resources on how to cope with fears and feelings about the scope and pace of the climate crisis.

In a recent satellite image of the Greenland ice sheet, pools of blue and a menacing swath of grey signal an ecosystem in an accelerating state of meltdown.

Gemma Tarlach
In a satellite image of the Greenland Ice Sheet's southwest corner taken Aug. 21, 2021, pale blue meltwater streams across ice. The deeper blue areas are meltwater lakes. Photo by European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-2 Imagery

August 30th 2021

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

Michael T. Klare -
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, third from left in front row, in May, visiting Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. (U.S. Air Force, Brittany A. Chase)

August 26, 2021

By 2049, Michael T. Klare says China will be a climate disaster zone, not a military superpower.

In recent months, Washington has had a lot to say about China’s ever-expanding air, naval and missile power. But when Pentagon officials address the topic, they generally speak less about that country’s current capabilities, which remain vastly inferior to those of the U.S., than the world they foresee in the 2030s and 2040s, when Beijing is expected to have acquired far more sophisticated weaponry.


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