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The 30 most crucial climate change news links from March 2021

UN: New national climate pledges will only cut emissions ‘by 2%’ over next decade | Carbon Brief

BLACKPINK named advocates for UN climate change conference

How Bitcoin's vast energy use could burst its bubble - BBC News

Cancel all planned coal projects globally to end ‘deadly addiction’, says UN chief | Coal | The Guardian

AN OPEN LETTER TO MICHAEL MANN:. LET’S NOT HAVE THE NEW CLIMATE WAR BE A… | by Rupert Read | Mar, 2021 | Medium

The top U.S. lobbying group for oil and gas is poised to embrace carbon pricing, report says | Fortune

Global oil companies have committed to 'net zero' emissions. It's a sham | Climate change | The Guardian

Guest post: Why ‘rebound effects’ may cut energy savings in half | Carbon Brief

New normal for Atlantic hurricanes shows more frequent and intense storms - The Washington Post

‘Climate neutral’ is a lie — abandon it as a goal

Global heating pushes tropical regions towards limits of human livability | Climate change | The Guardian

It's unavoidable: we must ban fossil fuels to save our planet. Here's how we do it | Climate change | The Guardian

Death rattle of the internal combustion engine sparks a political battle – POLITICO

New study challenges finding that climate change will drive dryland expansion | Carbon Brief

Political party set up by school climate strikers takes on German Greens | Germany | The Guardian

Meet the Climate Change Activists of TikTok | WIRED

Carbon offsets offer a fantasy of capitalism without crises

Is this the end of forests as we've known them? | Trees and forests | The Guardian

Bottom trawling releases as much carbon as air travel, landmark study finds | Marine life | The Guardian

Met Office: Atmospheric CO2 now hitting 50% higher than pre-industrial levels | Carbon Brief

Don't believe hydrogen and nuclear hype – they can’t get us to net zero carbon by 2050 | Energy | The Guardian

Global Warming Was Already Fueling Droughts in Early 1900s, Study Shows - Inside Climate News

Oil firms knew decades ago fossil fuels posed grave health risks, files reveal | Environment | The Guardian

The New Humanitarian | Disaster risk reduction and climate change: Revenge of the nerds

The Unbearable Whiteness of Climate Anxiety - Scientific American

'Arctic warming causing heatwaves in India', says study- The New Indian Express

7 Reasons Why Artificial Carbon Removal is Overhyped | by Dr. Jonathan Foley | Mar, 2021 | GlobalEcoGuy.org

One of Earth’s giant carbon sinks may have been overestimated - study | Soil | The Guardian

Japan’s Kyoto cherry blossoms peak on earliest date in 1,200 years - The Washington Post

Green investing 'is definitely not going to work’, says ex-BlackRock executive | Investing | The Guardian

From March 2021

 

The seismic shifts in industry continue with the US oil and gas industry moving towards carbon pricing, the car industry phasing out the storied internal combustion engine and pressure mounting on cryptocurrencies over their energy usage.

 

Research continues to flood in of increasingly severe weather effects, as predicted, including that Atlantic storms are indeed becoming more frequent and intense, the tropics are edging towards a deadly combination of heat and humidity, forests are under great pressure, ocean-bottom trawling releases frightening levels of carbon, and miserably, the atmospheric CO2 level has now hit 50% above pre-industrial levels.

 

Don’t take a breath yet because the mitigation story is not a happy one this month, with news that carbon offsets are probably a bomb, same with hydrogen and nuclear, oh! and Direct Air Capture too, while green investing is ‘definitely not going to work’, according to a, umm, green investor. Also, ‘rebound effects’ may halve energy savings. And…and the carbon storing capacity of soils may have been overestimated. Sorry. Wow.

 

On the positive side. It may be that climate change will not drive dryland expansion, Korean pop sensations BLACKPINK were named advocates for a UN climate change conference, young people are taking to TikTok to spread the climate gospel, and Japan’s iconic cherry blossoms have peaked…on the earliest date in 1200 years.

 

And once again, for the climate curious, here’s the shortlist of 100+ links.