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Domino-effect of climate events could push Earth into a ‘hothouse’ state

Leading scientists warn that passing such a point would make efforts to reduce emissions increasingly futile. A domino-like cascade of melting ice, warming seas, shifting currents and dying forests could tilt the Earth into a “hothouse” state beyond which human efforts to reduce emissions will be increasingly futile, a group of leading climate scientists has warned. »
6 August 2018, 23:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Earth at risk of heading towards 'hothouse Earth' state

An international team of scientists is showing that even if the carbon emission reductions called for in the Paris Agreement are met, there is a risk of Earth entering what the scientists call 'hothouse Earth' conditions. »
6 August 2018, 22:20 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

US wildfires: smoke billows and we're stuck indoors – this is how we live now

The pool is closed, the kids can’t play outside – we’re all trying to avoid harmful smoke from wildfires burning far away. Last week my kids went to a nature daycamp in Klamath Falls, Oregon, near the California border, where we live. It was meant to be a week of roaming the hills, learning about local species like fence lizards and sagebrush. »
6 August 2018, 16:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

The GOP and Big Oil can't escape blame for climate change | Dana Nuccitelli

The New York Times magazine blames ‘human nature,’ but the true culprits have already been fingered Last week’s issue of the New York Times magazine was devoted to a single story by Nathaniel Rich that explored how close we came to an international climate agreement in 1989, and why we failed. »
6 August 2018, 13:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

This week in climate news (5 August 2018)

The most popular articles from the past week. »
5 August 2018, 18:03 - climatiq - Search similar - Email

Heatwave and climate change having negative impact on our soil say experts

The recent heatwave and drought could be having a deeper, more negative effect on soil than we first realized say scientists. That's because organisms in soil are highly diverse and are responsible not only for producing the soil we need to grow crops, but also provide humans with many other benefits, such as cleaning water and regulating greenhouse gas emissions. »
3 August 2018, 20:20 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Pollution is slowing the melting of Arctic sea ice, for now | John Abraham

Human carbon pollution is melting the Arctic, but aerosol pollution is slowing it down The Arctic is one of the “canaries in the coal mine” for climate change. Long ago, scientists predicted it would warm quicker than other parts of the planet, and they were right. Currently, the Arctic is among the fastest-warming places on the planet. »
3 August 2018, 12:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

5,500 UK churches switch to renewable energy

Churches estimated to have diverted £5m from fossil fuels to clean energy providers. More than 5,500 churches including some of the UK’s most famous cathedrals have converted to renewable power to help tackle climate change. »
3 August 2018, 03:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Some corals might adapt to climate changes

New research shows that not all corals respond the same to changes in climate. The study looked at the sensitivity of two types of corals found in Florida and the Caribbean and found that one of them - -mountainous star coral -- possesses an adaptation that allows it to survive under high temperatures and acidity conditions. »
3 August 2018, 01:50 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Microbes go dark to stay warm in cooler climates

Microorganisms in colder climates darken themselves to capture more heat from the sun and improve their ability to survive, according to a new study. »
3 August 2018, 01:50 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

EPA moves to scrap Obama-era clean car rules and sets up fight with California

Critics say plan will worsen climate change and hike gas pricesAdministration to weaken California’s emissions standards The Trump administration has moved to weaken US vehicle emissions standards and has set up a major confrontation with California by scrapping its ability to enact stricter pollution standards and mandate the sale of electric cars. »
2 August 2018, 17:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Scientists draw new connections between climate change and warming oceans

Earth scientists exploring how ocean chemistry has evolved found similarities between an event 55 million years ago and current predicted trajectories of planet temperatures, with regards to inputs of CO2 into the atmosphere and oxygen levels in the oceans. As the oceans warm, oxygen decreases while hydrogen sulfide increases, making the oceans toxic and putting marine species at risk. »
2 August 2018, 07:20 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Climate change-driven droughts are getting hotter, study finds

In a new study, researchers report that temperatures during droughts have been rising faster than in average climates in recent decades, and they point to concurrent changes in atmospheric water vapor as a driver of the surge. »
2 August 2018, 01:10 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Degrading plastics revealed as source of greenhouse gases

Researchers have found that several greenhouse gases are emitted as common plastics degrade in the environment. Their study reports the unexpected discovery of the universal production of greenhouse gases methane and ethylene by the most common plastics when exposed to sunlight. »
2 August 2018, 01:10 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Last year was warmest ever that didn't feature an El Niño, report finds

State of the climate report found 2017 was the third warmest with a record high sea level and destructive coral bleaching. »
1 August 2018, 19:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Heatwave deaths will rise steadily by 2080 as globe warms up

If people cannot adapt to future climate temperatures, deaths caused by severe heatwaves will increase dramatically in tropical and subtropical regions, followed closely by Australia, Europe and the United States, a global new study shows. »
1 August 2018, 19:00 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Was this the scorcher that finally ended climate denial? | Michael McCarthy

The blazing summer of 2018 has led to a shift in tone from some rightwing sceptics who can no longer deny the obvious. It’s not always easy to recognise a historical tipping point when you see one, but I believe I spotted one when I walked into my local newsagent last Wednesday and saw the front page of the Sun. »
1 August 2018, 07:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Study sees dramatic rise in heatwave deaths by 2080

The number of people dying from heatwaves is likely to rise sharply in some regions by 2080 if policymakers fail to take mitigating steps in climate and health policies, according to the results of a study on Tuesday. »
31 July 2018, 21:30 - reuters - Search similar - Email

Unsurvivable heatwaves could strike heart of China by end of century

The most populous region of the biggest polluter on Earth – China’s northern plain – will become uninhabitable in places if climate change is not curbed. The deadliest place on the planet for extreme future heatwaves will be the north China plain, one of the most densely populated regions in the world and the most important food-producing area in the huge nation. »
31 July 2018, 18:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate change denial won’t even benefit oil companies soon | Phil McDuff

The damage caused by our addiction to burning fossil fuels will be so widespread that nobody stands to gain The year 2018 is on track to be the fourth warmest on record, beaten only by 2016, 2015 and 2017. In other words, we have had the warmest four-year run since we started measuring. »
31 July 2018, 12:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email
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