Daily climate news for 15th of March 2018
"Without action to stave off climate change, up to half of the plant and animal species in some of the world's most biologically diverse ecosystems could become locally extinct by the end of the century, according to a new report"
"A contested 780-mile Midwestern transmission line for wind... may have another chance at life. A Missouri judge ruled recently that the state’s utility commission “erred” in denying the project... advocates say the booming industry... can’t reach its full potential if transmission infrastructure doesn’t rise up to meet it"
"An environmental advocacy group sued the U.S. government on Tuesday for failing to release records that could show why it has not filed a report required under a global climate compact. The Paris accord obligates the United States to submit a report every two years detailing... emissions and... steps taken..."
"[There has been] an increase in avalanche occurrence... Statistical modeling suggests that this... is linked to... climate warming. These findings contradict the intuitive assumption that warming results in less snow"
"Sixteen facilities had to surrender... offsets to meet their CO2 targets in the first year of Australia’s Safeguard Mechanism, with [most] of the emitters covered by the programme encountering few problems staying below their caps"
"Our findings provide evidence that climate change was associated with both the expansion and contraction of Indus urbanism [between 5,100 and 3,900 years BP] along the desert margin in northwest India"
"The owners of a major REDD+ project in Cambodia have signed an agreement with 20 local villages to share the proceeds from carbon credit sales and help develop the communities"
"We show for [this] marginal alpine region... warming... has experienced equivalent magnitude... to the Roman Warm Period and Medieval Climate Anomaly. The current rate of warming is unmatched for the past 2000 years.