2020 climate change disasters
2021 State of the climate
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Most vulnerable countries
Species and ecosystems
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.
N e w s f o r F e b r u a r y
The 30 most crucial climate change news links from January 2021