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The 30 most crucial climate change news links from May 2021

A brief guide to the impacts of climate change on food production » Yale Climate Connections

 

Airlines must reduce emissions instead of offsetting, say experts | Carbon offsetting | The Guardian

 

Antarctic ‘doomsday glacier’ may be melting faster than was thought | Glaciers | The Guardian

 

Artists chronicle climate change in the Arctic and Antarctic » Yale Climate Connections

 

Climate disasters ‘caused more internal displacement than war’ in 2020 | Global development | The Guardian

 

Coal Is Set to Roar Back, and So Are Its Climate Risks - The New York Times

 

Devastating disease in dolphins linked to extreme downpours, researcher says » Yale Climate Connections

 

Extreme Heat Risks May Be Widely Underestimated and Sometimes Left Out of Major Climate Reports - Inside Climate News

 

Fewer deep cyclones projected for the midlatitudes in a warming climate, but with more intense rainfall - IOPscience

 

Greek environmentalists fear windfarm scars on mountain forests | Reuters

 

Greenland ice sheet on brink of major tipping point, says study | Glaciers | The Guardian

 

Guest post: Lessons learned from five years of extreme weather ‘rapid attribution’ | Carbon Brief

 

How debt-for-climate swaps can help fund the energy transition

 

Mohamed Nasheed: The Maldives' climate visionary a bomb couldn’t stop - Climate & Capital Media

 

Monsoon changes threaten Asia and warn the world | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific

 

Nations Must Drop Fossil Fuels, Fast, World Energy Body Warns - The New York Times

 

Opinion | We’re Not Ready for the Next Big Climate Disasters - The New York Times

 

Rapid heating of Indian Ocean worsening cyclones, say scientists | Climate change | The Guardian

 

Rich nations’ climate targets will mean global heating of 2.4C – study | Greenhouse gas emissions | The Guardian

 

Satellites reveal ocean currents are getting stronger, with potentially significant implications for climate change

 

Silent calamity: The health impacts of wildfire smoke » Yale Climate Connections

 

The climate crisis requires a new culture and politics, not just new tech | Peter Sutoris | The Guardian

 

The earliest East Pacific tropical storm on record, Andres, formed Sunday  

 

The International Energy Agency Issues a Landmark Statement About Fossil Fuels | The New Yorker

 

The United States owes a massive climate debt. One way to pay it: Let in climate migrants. | Opinion | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific

 

The young people taking their countries to court over climate inaction | Environment | The Guardian

 

‘Uncertainty is not our friend’: Scientists are still struggling to understand the sea level risks posed by Antarctica - The Washington Post

 

Using hydrogen fuel risks locking in reliance on fossil fuels, researchers warn | Hydrogen power | The Guardian

 

War footing needed to correct economists climate change failings

 

What would happen to the climate if we reforested the entire tropics?

 

Why is it raining so hard? Global warming is delivering heavier downpours » Yale Climate Connections

From May 2021

This month perhaps marked the return of klimarealität (you heard it here first folks) after a brief flirtation among the climascenti (another brand new wokeword not seen before)… a brief flirtation with positivity.

 

We were regaled with news about the increasing nudity of the world’s whitest places, with uncertainty about the stability of Antarctica’s über-glaciers, sweat-inducing stories from Greenland’s hitherto impregnable ice cap, and of course, more unwelcome reminders of the slow death of the montane glaciers.

 

News off the sea was not nice either. We were troubled to hear that it’s raining harder, the Asian monsoon is changing in threatening ways, Indian Ocean cyclones are worsening, cyclones of the midlatitudes will bring more intense rainfall, and then right on cue come the first tranche of the           monsters with young Andres (off                     Mexico) brazenly making history as                   the earliest East Pacific tropical storm                 on record”.

 

But! Your favourite International Agency you’d forgotten existed (the Energy one) brightened us all by announcing the End of the World (or the beginning of the next one depending on whether you’re a self-centred dinosaur or a humane human). Fossil fuels, they declared, must go. Like, not just take a back seat or have a wash or something, but DIE!

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