Climate change news for Friday 16th of March 2018
"Supraglacial lakes on the Greenland Ice Sheet are expanding inland... We show evidence for open crevasses 135 km inland from the ice margin, which is much farther inland than previously considered possible. We hypothesise that inland expansion of lakes will deliver water and heat to isolated regions of the ice sheet’s interior where the impact on ice flow is potentially large"
"“We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. Trump’s action [pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement] could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulphuric acid,” Hawking said"
"Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse yesterday said he's heard through intermediaries that [the US's] Big Four oil majors are considering supporting a $40-per-ton cost on carbon... When asked whether the Big Four or their surrogates would trade a price on carbon for immunity from lawsuits, the senator replied, "Absolutely.""
"In 2009 Melbourne [had] three consecutive days of above 43 [°C], while elsewhere... it [approached] 49. There were 980 heat-related deaths...Morgues were over capacity and bodies had to be stored in refrigerated trucks"
"Double-digit growth in global renewables procurement by companies seeking to boost their climate credentials has helped push European green certificate prices to record highs, a conference heard this week"
"If solar geoengineering were to be deployed... and then stopped suddenly, there would be a rapid and damaging rise in temperatures... We conclude that some relatively simple policies could protect... against most of the... drivers"
"U.S. power companies are set to unplug ... about 4 percent of the American coal fleet... Analysts said an economic maelstrom is responsible for the trend... [including that] renewables... continue to eat up coal's market share"
"The world’s greatest forests could lose more than half of their plant species... [Animals] are also likely to disappear on a catastrophic scale...The research... examined the impact of three different levels of warming"