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  The 100 most crucial climate change news links from April 2022  

Contents of this page

 

1.          Adaptation

2.          Business and Industry

2.1        Carbon offsetting

2.2        Finance

3.          Climate effects

3.1        Cyclones / Hurricanes / Typhoons

3.2        Drought

3.3        Ecology

3.4        Fires

3.5        Heat

3.6        Ice

3.6.1     Antarctic Ice

3.6.2     Arctic Ice

3.7        Oceans

3.8        Rain, floods and hail

3.9        Sea rise

3.10      Secondary climate effects

4           Emissions

4.1        Internet emissions contribution

4.2        Land based emissions

4.1.1     Agriculture

4.1.2     Deforestation and habitat

4.2        Methane

5           Mitigation

5.1        Albedo interventions

5.2        Cleaner energy

5.3        Negative emissions activities

5.3.1     Agricultural drawdown

5.3.2     Enhanced weathering

5.3.3     Forest and habitat drawdown

6           People

6.1        Activism

6.2        Belief systems about climate

6.2.1     Collapse

6.2.2     Degrowth

6.2.3     Religions

6.3        Food

6.4        Crops and famine

6.5        Health and safety

6.5.1     Mental health

6.6        Media

7           Politics

7.1        National progress on emissions

7.1.1     Brazil

7.1.2     Canada

7.1.3     China

7.1.4     Europe including UK

7.1.5     Russia

7.1.6     Small island states

7.1.7     United States

7.2        Ukraine war

8           Science research

8.1        Summations

8.1.1     IPCC Reports

News links for May

1.          Adaptation

New Zealand unveils plan to tackle climate crisis by adapting cities to survive rising seas | New Zealand | The Guardian

2.          Business and Industry

 

EXCLUSIVE Investors warn European companies over climate accounting | Reuters

U.N. launches group to hold companies to account for net-zero pledges | Reuters

Climate-Change Risks Get the Attention of Real Estate Investors - The New York Times

Wind Power’s ‘Colossal Market Failure’ Threatens Climate Change Fight - Bloomberg

2.1        Carbon offsetting

 

Now we know the flaws of carbon offsets, it's time to get real about climate change

2.3      Finance

World needs extra $1.3 trln energy investment by 2030 - JP Morgan | Reuters

3.          Climate effects

3.1        Cyclones / Hurricanes / Typhoons

 

Extreme Atlantic hurricane seasons now twice as likely as in 1980s | Hurricanes | The Guardian

Ocean warming drove 10% rise in ‘extreme’ rainfall from Atlantic hurricanes in 2020 - Carbon Brief

Global Warming Drove a Deadly Burst of Indian Ocean Tropical Storms - Inside Climate News

3.2        Drought

 

Projections of faster onset and slower decay of El Niño in the 21st century | Nature Communications

U.N. report highlights land use trends and costs of degradation | Reuters

3.3        Ecology

 

Bird populations in Panama rainforest in severe decline, study finds | Birds | The Guardian

Climate change triggering global collapse in insect numbers: stressed farmland shows 63% decline – new research

Even the Cactus May Not Be Safe From Climate Change - The New York Times

Global warming risks most cataclysmic extinction of marine life in 250m years | Climate crisis | The Guardian

3.3.2     The Amazon

 

Climate crisis: Amazon rainforest tipping point is looming, data shows | Amazon rainforest | The Guardian

 

Declining ‘resilience’ pushing Amazon rainforest towards tipping point - Carbon Brief

 

Is the Amazon rainforest on the verge of collapse?

3.4        Fires

 

Climate change, fire return intervals and the growing risk of permanent forest loss in boreal Eurasia - ScienceDirect

Siberian wildfires burning unchecked because Russian military units which usually fight them are at war | The Independent

3.5        Heat

 

Data | Heat wave in Punjab may curtail India’s wheat exports - The Hindu

Global seasonal forecasts of marine heatwaves | Nature

India experiences its hottest March in 122 years — Quartz India

3.6.        Ice

3.6.1     Antarctic ice

Why Did the Larsen A and B Ice Shelves Fail? Scientists Say They Now Know. - The New York Times

3.6.2     Arctic ice

‘Black carbon’ threat to Arctic as sea routes open up with global heating | Shipping emissions | The Guardian

3.7.       Oceans

 

Natural variability has dominated Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation since 1900 | Nature Climate Change

 

3.8        Rain, floods and hail

 

South Africa floods: deadliest storm on record kills over 300 people | South Africa | The Guardian

Toll hits 448 in S.Africa floods, relief effort falters

3.9     Sea rise

 

Facing Disastrous Floods, They Turned to Mangrove Trees for Protection - The New York Times

‘It’s happening now’: how rising sea levels are causing a US migration crisis | Environment | The Guardian

Researchers demonstrate new link between greenhouse gases and sea level rise

 

 

3.10    Secondary climate effects

 

Climate Change Poses a Huge Threat to Railroads. Environmental Engineers Have Ideas for How to Combat That - Inside Climate News

Massive fire near glaciated area of Parvati Valley, Glaciologists sound alarm | Latest News India - Hindustan Times

Uganda fights crop-devouring armyworm, blaming climate change | Reuters

US power outages from severe weather have doubled in 20 years | US news | The Guardian

Climate change ‘already’ raising risk of virus spread between mammals - Carbon Brief

4           Emissions

 

We found a hidden source of greenhouse gases – organic matter in groundwater

What are the most effective ways to get cars out of cities? | Travel and transport | The Guardian

4.1        Internet emissions contribution

TechScape: Will the video games industry ever confront its carbon footprint? | Climate crisis | The Guardian

4.2        Land based emissions

IPES food | REPORT | The Politics of Protein

4.2.1.    Agriculture

Emerging weed resistance increases tillage intensity and greenhouse gas emissions in the US corn–soybean cropping system | Nature Food

4.2.2     Deforestation and habitat

 

Deforestation-induced climate change reduces carbon storage in remaining tropical forests | Nature Communications

Tree harvesting is not the same as deforestation | Nature Climate Change

4.2        Methane

 

Global hub launched to help countries slash methane emissions

5           Mitigation

Incorporation of novel foods in European diets can reduce global warming potential, water use and land use by over 80% | Nature Food

 

5.1        Albedo interventions

Any plans to dim the Sun and cool the Earth must be led by those most affected by climate change

 

5.2.       Carbon capture technologies

Carbon Removal Isn’t the Solution to Climate Change | The New Republic

On top of drastic emissions cuts, IPCC finds large-scale CO₂ removal from air will be "essential" to meeting targets

The growing chorus for carbon capture - The Washington Post

 

5.3        Cleaner energy

 

Space-based solar power: UK government backs plan for orbiting array | New Scientist

Understanding the promise and peril of fusion power: Chimera or climate panacea? » Yale Climate Connections

 

What to know about hydrogen in the fight to curb climate change - The Washington Post

Climate change and lithium mining influence flamingo abundance in the Lithium Triangle | Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

5.4        Negative emissions activities

5.4.1     Agricultural Drawdown

Net zero: European Union’s plan to reduce carbon emissions has a huge flaw | New Scientist

5.4.2     Enhanced weathering

Substantial carbon drawdown potential from enhanced rock weathering in the United Kingdom | Nature Geoscience

 

5.4.3     Forest and habitat drawdown

Amazon rainforest: Early warning system for Amazon forest losses seen in climate models | New Scientist

Empirical evidence for recent global shifts in vegetation resilience | Nature Climate Change

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Unintended Consequences of ‘Fortress Conservation’ - Inside Climate News

6           People

A poetic look at ‘Earth’s Black Box’ of data on humanity’s climate action and inaction » Yale Climate Connections

Colonialism: why leading climate scientists have finally acknowledged its link with climate change

Migrant workers suffer heat stress during Ramadan in Arabian Gulf

Google Search data shows people are becoming more climate-conscious | The Independent

6.1        Activism

Climate scientists are desperate: we’re crying, begging and getting arrested | Peter Kalmus | The Guardian

Dear politicians, young climate activists are not abuse victims, we are children who read news | Anjali Sharma | The Guardian

Why Wynn Bruce, climate activist, set himself on fire at Supreme Court - The Washington Post

6.2        Belief systems about climate

6.2.1     Collapse

Net zero by 2050 will hit a major timing problem technology can't solve. We need to talk about cutting consumption

6.2.2     Degrowth

Stories about economic degrowth help fight climate change — and yield a host of other benefits

6.2.3     Religions

Online toolkit helps Muslims incorporate climate action into Ramadan » Yale Climate Connections

Earth Day 2022: Why religion is crucial to combatting the climate crisis in Africa   | The Independent

 

 

6.3        Food

Five charts that show why our food is not ready for the climate crisis | Climate crisis | The Guardian

6.3.1     Crops and famine

Complex Models Now Gauge the Impact of Climate Change on Global Food Production. The Results Are ‘Alarming’ - Inside Climate News

Wheat yield drops by 8% due to sudden heatwave in Punjab - Hindustan Times

6.4        Health and safety

Increased infectious disease risk likely from climate change | AP News

Living in hothouse India: We have entered a new age of heat extremes. Concrete and glass-heavy urban buildings are a major hazard

'Solar Geoengineering' Could Make Malaria Even Worse - The Atlantic

6.4.1     Mental health

Climate Anxiety and High School: How Young People Are Coping | Teen Vogue

 

6.5        Media

I went on TV to explain Just Stop Oil – and it became a parody of Don’t Look Up | Miranda Whelehan | The Guardian

Pinterest bans misinformation about climate change - CNN

Hollywood missing the drama in climate change, group says | AP News

7           Politics

Opinion | Putin's Aggression Shows Why Defeating Autocracy Is Key to Combating Climate Crisis | Bill McKibben

Rightwing populist parties blight climate policy, study finds | Climate crisis | The Guardian

7.1        National progress on emissions

 

John Kerry doesn't see signs of stronger climate pledges - The Washington Post

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

7.1.1     Brazil

Brazil accused of backsliding in updated climate pledge to UN

7.1.2     Canada

Quebec Becomes World’s First Jurisdiction to Ban Oil and Gas Exploration - The Energy Mix

Canada's Elephant Hill fire burned for 3 months. No country claims its greenhouse gas emissions. - Washington Post

7.1.3     China

China's Banks Are the Last Big Lenders to Fossil Fuel Coal Companies - Bloomberg

7.1.4     Europe including UK

Sweden set to be world's first country to target consumption-based emission cuts

How climate change is fueling the rise of Spain’s far right – POLITICO

 

7.1.5     Russia

Arctic Council in upheaval over Russia as climate change transforms region | Reuters

7.1.6     Small island states

Climate crisis – not China – is biggest threat to Pacific, say former leaders | Pacific islands | The Guardian

 

7.1.7     United States

Global energy crisis, Russia invasion eclipse Biden climate goals | Reuters

 

7.2        Ukraine War

 

How the green paradox and climate policy can become Putin’s nightmare – EURACTIV.com

 

8           Science research

Are terrestrial biosphere models fit for simulating the global land carbon sink? - Seiler - - Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems - Wiley Online Library

Leading scientists pitch for annual IPCC reports to keep climate on the agenda

Across the Boreal Forest, Scientists Are Tracking Warming’s Toll - Inside Climate News

8.1        Summations

Realization of Paris Agreement pledges may limit warming just below 2 °C | Nature

UN warns Earth 'firmly on track toward an unlivable world' | AP News

What the war in Ukraine means for energy, climate and food

Incredibly, current climate pledges could keep heating below 2C – but our work isn’t over | Laurie Laybourn | The Guardian

Should we feel joy or despair that we’re on track to keep global heating to 2C? | Christiana Figueres | The Guardian

8.1.1      IPCC Reports

Analysis: What the new IPCC report says about how to limit warming to 1.5C or 2C - Carbon Brief

It’s over for fossil fuels: IPCC spells out what’s needed to avert climate disaster | Climate crisis | The Guardian

Scientists react: What are the key new insights from the IPCC’s WG3 report? - Carbon Brief

UN land report: Five key takeaways for climate change, food systems and nature loss - Carbon Brief