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2020 climate change disasters

Disasters 2020: Fires, floods, hurricanes, typhoons, and locusts set records - Vox

 

Climate crisis: record ocean heat in 2020 supercharged extreme weather | Environment | The Guardian

 

U.S. Disaster Costs Doubled in 2020, Reflecting Costs of Climate Change - The New York Times

 

 

2021 State of the climate

The state of the climate in 2021 - BBC Future

Worried about Earth's future? Well, the outlook is worse than even scientists can grasp 

To Counter Climate Change, We Need to Stop Burning Things | The New Yorker

Broken record: The planet is getting hotter. And hotter. And hotter. - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Study: Warming already baked in will blow past climate goals - ABC News

Land ecosystems rapidly approaching ‘temperature tipping point’, study says | The Independent

 

 

Books

12 new books explore fresh approaches to act on climate change » Yale Climate Connections

 

Carbon pricing, finance, insurance

Climate chaos batters global insurance industry | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific

Carbon Market Outlook: Bank of England Sees Prices Tripling With Push on Climate - Bloomberg

Climate change: Hong Kong’s government raises US$2.5 billion as it prices Asia’s first ever 30-year sovereign green bond | South China Morning Post

 

Green economy

Green economy plans fuel new metals and energy 'supercycle' | Business | The Guardian

Direct Air Capture: Definition, Cost, & Considerations | World Resources Institute

GM becomes first major U.S. automaker to pledge all electric cars and SUVs by 2035 - The Washington Post

 

 

Health

Climate change could have a ‘profound’ negative impact on child malnourishment | Carbon Brief

 

 

Industry

U.S. and Canada underestimating climate risk from abandoned oil and gas wells: study | Reuters

 

 

Melting ice

Warming Seas Are Accelerating Greenland's Glacier Retreat – NASA Sea Level Change Portal

 

 

Most vulnerable countries

‘The sea is rising, the climate is changing’: the lessons learned from Mozambique’s deadly cyclone | Cyclone Idai | The Guardian

Rising temperatures and increasing demand challenge wheat supply in Sudan | Nature Food

Climate-smart farming for western Nepal villages eases migration pressure | Reuters

 

Peat

Peat fires continue to burn at air temperature of -50C in northeastern Yakutia

 

 

Politics

Putin is finally waking up to Russia’s climate change problem | The Spectator

John Kerry commits US to climate crisis fight but warns world is way off pace | John Kerry | The Guardian

 

 

Societal change

Shifting baselines syndrome makes it harder to comprehend the pace of climate change and the coronavirus - Axios

 

Jamie Alexander: No matter where we work, every job is a climate job now | TED Talk

 

Science Moms, formed by female scientists, seeks to educate other mothers about climate change - The Washington Post

 

 

Species and ecosystems

Study of Growth Rings in Tundra Shrubs Reveals Spread of Arctic `Browning’ - Yale E360

 

Climate crisis: Warming oceans linked to mass starfish die-offs around the world | The Independent

 

From January 2021

 

This month’s thirty come after another astonishing year for the climate and for society as a whole.

 

Perhaps the headline that should (but did not) grab the most attention is that 2020 was a statistical tie with 2016 as the globe’s hottest year on record. Not to mention a record year for climate change induced disasters.

 

The heat just keeps on building following of course, the relentless build-up of CO2 in the atmosphere, in soil and plants, and in the ocean. Bill McKibben distils the problem into a neat headline: “We Need to Stop Burning Things”.

 

Let’s not forget biodiversity and ecosystems which not only suffer loss as threat rises, they also threaten to expire and make matters worse when they release greenhouse gases instead of consuming them.

 

But there are some promising signs. Industry is beginning to accept that the old order must

end. Nation-states are committing en masse to reduce their net emissions by big percentages by mid-century. And people everywhere are increasingly putting in time, effort and money to grass-roots actions.

 

For more links, here’s the shortlist of 100+ worthy news stories.

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The 30 most crucial climate change news links from January 2021