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Climate News | March 2020

Links from news outlets and science journals sourced during February 2020

Newspaper and web articles

ABC News

Faith on a sinking ship: Climate change and Christianity in the Torres Strait - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


Indian Ocean Dipole linked to global warming in new research by Australian scientists - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


How extreme conditions drove Australia’s record bushfire disaster - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


How to make more dirt down on the farm and get paid for it - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


London's Heathrow Airport expansion ruled illegal in victory for climate activists - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)



Coronavirus outbreak slashes China carbon emissions: study |



People hate flight shame – but not enough to quit flying

Switching out grape breeds could save half the world's winelands from climate change | Anthropocene




A Travel Writer Envisions a Future Without Vacations - The Atlantic



BP's climate move could mean new pressure on Exxon and Chevron - Axios


Coronavirus throws oil demand into reverse for first time in a decade - Axios


Al Gore launches voter drive to make climate fight an election priority - Axios


Why big banks are breaking up with some fossil fuels - Axios



BBC - Travel - How climate change poisons our food


Climate change: Worst emissions scenario 'exceedingly unlikely' - BBC News


Climate change: Worst emissions scenario 'exceedingly unlikely' - BBC News


What happens to all the old wind turbines? - BBC News


Why is this seagrass so important? - BBC News


Australia fires were far worse than any prediction - BBC News



Belfast Telegraph

Hundreds of climate activists protest at British Museum over BP sponsorship -



Bloomberg NEF

1988 Global Warming Forecast by James Hansen Proved Mostly True - Bloomberg


Bill, Melinda Gates Add Climate, Gender to Foundation Priorities - Bloomberg


Business Green

BlackRock announces shift away from funding tar sands

Half the world's economy now eyeing net zero transition, analysis shows


Cambridge News

'The only solution for climate change is letting the human race become extinct' - Cambridgeshire Live


Carbon Brief

CCC: One fifth of UK farmland must be used to tackle climate change | Carbon Brief


Analysis: Why coal use must plummet this decade to keep global warming below 1.5C | Carbon Brief


Explainer: Nine ‘tipping points’ that could be triggered by climate change | Carbon Brief


Guest post: Could the Atlantic Overturning Circulation ‘shut down’? | Carbon Brief

Climate change driving surge in ‘day-night hot extremes’ in northern hemisphere | Carbon Brief


Guest post: The irreversible emissions of a permafrost ‘tipping point’ | Carbon Brief


Guest post: Could climate change and deforestation spark Amazon ‘dieback’?


Guest post: How close is the West Antarctic ice sheet to a ‘tipping point’?


Methane emissions from fossil fuels ‘severely underestimated’ | Carbon Brief


Guest post: Are UK floods becoming worse due to climate change? | Carbon Brief


Factcheck: What is the carbon footprint of streaming video on Netflix? | Carbon Brief


Chronicle of Philanthropy

Philanthropy Must Declare a Climate Emergency (Opinion) - The Chronicle of Philanthropy


Charleston and the South Carolina coast flooded record 89 times in 2019 | News |



Importance of Indigenous Peoples' lands for the conservation of Intact Forest Landscapes


Organic carbon burial and sources in soils of coastal mudflat and mangrove ecosystems


Pay, talk or 'whip' to conserve forests: Framed field experiments in Zambia


Operationalizing a Framework for Assessing the Enabling Environment for Community Forest Enterprises: A Case Study from Nepal


Co-producing ecosystem services for adapting to climate change


Climate Central

Report: The Case of the Shifting Snow | Climate Central



Big Oil under fire: Exxon's market value has crumbled by $184 billion - CNN


Twitter data shows major cities are flooding more than previously thought - CNN




Are you experiencing eco-grief? - CSIROscope


Daily Mail

Making some flights travel 2,000ft higher could slash climate impact of contrails by 60 per cent  | Daily Mail Online



Development Policy Centre

New Zealand’s “climate refugee” visas: lessons for the rest of the world - Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre



With LNG, the shipping industry could reach its decarbonisation target—but wreck the climate, study finds | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific


2020 marks a turning point for nature’s role in climate solutions | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific

Is your pension fuelling climate change? | Videos | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific

Why the European Union's green taxonomy is risky business | Opinion | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific


Can we protect nature by giving it legal rights? | Opinion | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific


Why 'net zero' is not good enough | Opinion | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific


Europe fails to keep up on solar power | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific


In Asia, finance may be the most effective weapon | Opinion | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific


5 strategies that help achieve both climate mitigation and adaptation | Opinion | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific


Climate change impacts in Bangladesh show how geography, wealth and culture affect vulnerability | Opinion | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific


China must ‘leap over Oil Age’ to meet climate challenge | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific


US$900 billion a year: China is bearing the world's highest cost of air pollution from fossil fuels | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific


Cities turn to freewheeling public transport | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific


Speeding sea level rise threatens nuclear plants | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific


This surprising fact about research funding could explain why it’s so hard to get traction against climate change | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific


Bioenergy can land a blow against climate change | Opinion | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific


Greenhouse gases have a puzzling double effect | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific


Dire prospects await corporate climate-wreckers in 2030—study | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific


Natural disasters increase inequality, and recovery funding may make things worse | Opinion | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific



Rewilding food, rewilding farming




Locust Swarms Prompt Somalia to Declare National Emergency - EcoWatch


10 Musicians Taking on the Climate Crisis - EcoWatch


Carbon Dioxide Levels in the Atmosphere Hit Highest Level in 3 Million Years - EcoWatch



The Emotional Toll of Climate Change on Science Professionals - Eos



German cabinet signs coal phase-out bill –




Who Needs A Groundhog When Climate Change Practically Guarantees An Early Spring


United States Spend Ten Times More On Fossil Fuel Subsidies Than Education


Former UN Climate Chief Calls For Civil Disobedience



Embodied carbon the new frontier - FORESIGHT

Where to direct support for hydrogen without wasting money - FORESIGHT



Forest Trends

How to Plant a Trillion Trees and Get Real Climate Results - Forest Trends


Commitments in Action: Corporate Tells for Financing Forest Conservation & Restoration, 2020 - Forest Trends

Publications Archive - Forest Trends

France 24

Fossil fuel methane emissions 'vastly underestimated' - France 24


Major news networks devoted less than 4 hours to climate change in 2019. Total. | Grist



I pioneered the four-day week – now policymakers must adopt it to fight the climate crisis | Andrew Barnes | Opinion | The Guardian


Cumberbatch, Colman among stars urging action on climate and poverty | Global development | The Guardian


Sea level rise accelerating along US coastline, scientists warn | Environment | The Guardian


Global heating a serious threat to the world's climate refuges, study finds | Environment | The Guardian


Airlines want you to think they’re serious about the climate crisis. They’re not | Max Wakefield | Opinion | The Guardian


When it comes to climate hypocrisy, Canada's leaders have reached a new low | Bill McKibben | Opinion | The Guardian


Does writing books still matter in an era of environmental catastrophe? | Books | The Guardian


Modern ark: designs for the new climate reality – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian


The eco gender gap: why is saving the planet seen as women’s work? | Environment | The Guardian


Antarctica logs hottest temperature on record with a reading of 18.3C | World news | The Guardian


Humanity under threat from perfect storm of crises – study | Environment | The Guardian


‘Overwhelming and terrifying’: the rise of climate anxiety | Environment | The Guardian


Pupils draft their own climate bill as anxiety grows over lack of guidance for schools | Education | The Guardian


I have witnessed the horrors of climate change in the Pacific. Australia, it is time for action | Jacynta Fuamatu | World news | The Guardian


Giant dams enclosing North Sea could protect millions from rising waters | Environment | The Guardian


Fossil fuel pollution behind 4m premature deaths a year – study | Environment | The Guardian


'I've lost friends': the young climate strikers forced to go it alone | Environment | The Guardian


We have a new day of mourning and tiny school children are reciting ‘How to be a citizen’ | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian


French ski resort moves snow with helicopter in order to stay open | World news | The Guardian


A climate emergency: what happens when the taps run dry? | Environment | The Guardian


‘The only uncertainty is how long we’ll last’: a worst case scenario for the climate in 2050 | Environment | The Guardian


Hive heists: why the next threat to bees is organized crime | Environment | The Guardian


How should Jeff Bezos invest his $10bn Earth Fund? | Environment | The Guardian


The world is failing to ensure children have a 'liveable planet', report finds | Global development | The Guardian


Researchers find a western-style diet can impair brain function | Science | The Guardian


World leaders urged to 'step back from precipice' of ecological ruin | Environment | The Guardian


Revealed: quarter of all tweets about climate crisis produced by bots | Technology | The Guardian


JP Morgan economists warn climate crisis is threat to human race | Environment | The Guardian


The dead sea: Tasmania's underwater forests disappearing in our lifetime | Environment | The Guardian


G20 sounds alarm over climate emergency despite US objections | World news | The Guardian


Meat company faces heat over ‘cattle laundering’ in Amazon supply chain | Environment | The Guardian


Accountants urged to help firms worldwide combat climate crisis | Business | The Guardian


Killer heat: how a warming land is changing Australia forever | Environment | The Guardian


Finance holds climate key but poor countries fear missing out | Environment | The Guardian


Tears at bedtime: are children's books on environment causing climate anxiety? | Books | The Guardian


How the burning of fossil fuels was linked to a warming world in 1938 | Leo Hickman | Environment | The Guardian


It'd be wonderful if the claims made about carbon capture were true | Simon Holmes à Court | Opinion | The Guardian


New cars producing more carbon dioxide than older models | Business | The Guardian


It'd be wonderful if the claims made about carbon capture were true | Simon Holmes à Court | Opinion | The Guardian


Luxembourg is first country to make all public transport free | Luxembourg | The Guardian


Great Barrier Reef: coral bleaching to worsen unless weather conditions change | Environment | The Guardian



Wildlife emerging months earlier than normal as winters 'lost' to climate change | The Independent


Climate crisis: Antarctica snow turns ‘blood red’ | The Independent




Coal pollution dating back to 1780 found on Himalayas — before climbers arrived | inews



Inside Climate News


To prepare climate strikers for the future, we need to rewrite the history books

Uber and Lyft Are Convenient, Competitive and Highly Carbon Intensive | InsideClimate News



The End Of The World As We Know It



What If We’re Thinking About Agriculture All Wrong?




Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: study

Emissions – the ‘business as usual’ story is misleading


In Afghanistan, climate change complicates future prospects for peace

What starts in the Amazon doesn’t stay there: Fires melting Andes glaciers


Carbon uptake slower than expected in Amazon secondary forest: Study

Return of indigenous crops helps reduce farm distress and restore ecosystems


Listening to marine mammals is helping scientists understand Arctic impacts of climate change


Moscow Times

Climate Change Is Moving Russia's Taiga North, Scientists Warn - The Moscow Times




Australian Smoke Plume Sets Records


Climate Change Could Trigger More Landslides in High Mountain Asia – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet


Global Green Up Slows Warming


New York Magazine

Jeff Bezos’s $10 Billion Climate Pledge Is Actually Tiny


New York Times

The End of Australia as We Know It - The New York Times



New Yorker

Will Big Business Finally Reckon with the Climate Crisis? | The New Yorker




15 Years after the Kyoto Protocol Went into Force, the Climate Crisis is Worse Than Ever




A Coral Bleaching Story With an Unknown Ending | U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit



PBS NewsHour


‘King tides’ documented globally show risks of climate change | PBS NewsHour



Secondary forests provide deforestation buffer for old-growth primary forests


Real Money

Jim Cramer: Once Again, Why Fossil Fuels Are on the Wrong Side of History - RealMoney



Renew Economy

Trio of Belgian companies announce totally “green hydrogen” plant | RenewEconomy



Global airline group to launch carbon exchange platform to address climate change - Reuters


Credit Suisse, others back initiative to factor CO2 cuts into shipping finance - Reuters


Netherlands' $515 billion pension fund to accelerate cuts to fossil fuel investments - Reuters


Locust swarms threaten more countries in eastern Africa - FAO - Reuters


Climate protests shut BP's London headquarters on CEO's first day - Reuters


EU power plant emissions show sharpest fall since 1990: report - Reuters


Canada readies aid for Alberta as deadline for massive oil sands project nears: sources - Reuters


Column: Structurally cheaper LNG should displace coal from Japan, and broader Asia - Reuters


Australia plans new bank stress tests to assess climate change impact: sources - Reuters


Arid conditions in Ivory Coast endanger cocoa mid-crop: farmers - Reuters

Global CO2 emissions from power generation flatten out: IEA - Reuters


Plant a trillion trees: U.S. Republicans offer fossil fuel-friendly climate fix - Reuters


The ski resort with no snow contemplates a warmer future - Reuters


Munich Re targets growing global energy weather hedges - Reuters

Investors urge Japan to strengthen climate targets ahead of U.N. summit - Reuters

Column: Coal-fired power is losing 'unfair fight' in India to renewables - Reuters


Global warming causing 'irreversible' mass melting in Antarctica: scientist - Reuters


UK watchdog to scrutinise how companies, auditors calculate climate risk - Reuters


Moscow meltdown: Russian capital has warmest January as experts point to global warming - Reuters


Europe's infrastructure at high risk from climate change: U.N. study - Reuters


Indonesia's low-lying capital flooded for second time this year - Reuters


Column: Coal-fired power is losing 'unfair fight' in India to renewables - Reuters


EU planning carbon border measures ‘as soon as possible’ - Reuters


Science Alert

We've Vastly Underestimated How Much Methane Humans Are Spewing Into The Atmosphere


Science Daily

Glacier algae creates dark zone at the margins of the Greenland Ice Sheet -- ScienceDaily



Scientific American

"Unprecedented" Locust Invasion Approaches Full-Blown Crisis - Scientific American


Peru's Peatlands Could Greatly Accelerate Global Warming - Scientific American


Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Must End - Scientific American Blog Network


Scripps Institution

Climate Destabilization Unlikely to Cause Methane ‘Burp’ | Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego



Birds Sing to Their Eggs, and This Song Might Help Their Babies Survive Climate Change | Science | Smithsonian Magazine



South China Morning Post

Japan’s spectacular sea ice floes may soon be a thing of the past | South China Morning Post


Sydney Morning Herald

Climate change and bushfires have strong link, experts say


Australia fires: Climate change may contributing to rise in 'rare' firestorms, says UNSW study


NSW fires: Australia's 'black summer' blazes of epic proportions




Industrial Revolution means UK has moral responsibility to lead on climate change, Michael Gove says


The Conversation

Media 'impartiality' on climate change is ethically misguided and downright dangerous


Greta Thunberg seeks trademarks to prevent commercial misuse

Climate action shouldn't mean choosing between personal and political responsibility


Why some green policies can actually harm progress on climate change


How is climate change affecting fishes? There are clues inside their ears


We calculated emissions due to electricity loss on the power grid – globally, it's a lot


Why SF₆ emissions from the renewable energy sector should not be considered a ‘dirty secret’


222 scientists say cascading crises are the biggest threat to the well-being of future generations


Climate change means longer take-offs and fewer passengers per aeroplane – new study


Plane, train, or automobile? The climate impact of transport is surprisingly complicated


The Hill


Annual ecosystem respiration is resistant to changes in freeze–thaw periods in semi‐arid permafrost - Wang - - Global Change Biology - Wiley Online Library

BP withdraws from industry groups, citing climate disagreements | TheHill



The Times

Scottish budget will be centred on climate fight as summers get hotter | Scotland | The Times


The Times view on BP and climate change: Beyond Carbon | Comment | The Times


Flooding: We need dams not trees to protect villages, say scientists | News | The Times


Shell rejects ‘arms race’ with BP over carbon cuts | Business | The Times



World failing to provide children with a healthy life and a climate fit for their future: WHO-UNICEF-Lancet




The sustainable fashion conversation is based on bad statistics and misinformation - Vox


Climate change: “Social tipping points” are the only hope - Vox

How the Pentagon plans for climate change - Vox

Carbon offsets, the popular climate change mitigation tactic, explained - Vox


Washington Post

Thwaites glacier in West Antarctica is being melted by warm ocean water, new research confirms - The Washington Post


The business as usual climate scenario may be too pessimistic, researchers warn - The Washington Post


The business as usual climate scenario may be too pessimistic, researchers warn - The Washington Post


Britain's Boris Johnson launches climate action - The Washington Post


The world’s oceans are speeding up — another mega-scale consequence of climate change - The Washington Post


How Europe Turned Into a Perfect Landscape for Wildfires - The New York Times

Europe just posted its warmest January on record - The Washington Post


A nearly 50 percent decline in bumblebee habitat in North America is tied to climate change, scientists say - The Washington Post


Climate change is shrinking winter snow in the South, and in fall and spring over much of nation, report shows - The Washington Post


Trump just saddled himself with a major campaign liability - The Washington Post


British Airways flight sets New York to London speed record thanks to jet stream, Storm Ciara - The Washington Post


Prominent leaders push Congress to adopt a carbon "fee" and dividend program to curb climate change - The Washington Post


The toxic reach of Deepwater Horizon’s oil spill was much larger — and deadlier — than previous estimates, a new study says - The Washington Post


Trump budget cuts funding for health, science, environment agencies - The Washington Post


Methane is a hard-hitting greenhouse gas. Now scientists say we’ve dramatically underestimated how much we’re emitting - The Washington Post


Planners talk about resilience in the face of climate change. We need to start using a different R word. - The Washington Post


January was most unusually warm month on Earth without an El Niño - The Washington Post


Declining snowpack due to climate change has cut the Colorado River’s annual flow by 10 percent, study finds - The Washington Post



The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us


It's time to say goodbye to our most ambitious climate target ever | WIRED UK


World Economic Forum

Global food security is under threat from climate change | World Economic Forum


World Resources Institute

Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It’s Gouging Holes in the Arctic | WIRED

Want to Grow Trees? Consider These 5 Lessons | World Resources Institute


Intense Boreal Forest Fires a Climate Concern | World Resources Institute


4 Charts Explain Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Countries and Sectors | World Resources Institute


Yale Climate Connections

Startups aim to pay farmers to bury carbon pollution in soil » Yale Climate Connections


Climate fiction for climate action » Yale Climate Connections


Books about life in the Anthropocene » Yale Climate Connections


There's no substitute for Earth, astronomer says » Yale Climate Connections


How climate change affects mental health » Yale Climate Connections

The pros and cons of enhanced geothermal energy systems » Yale Climate Connections


Farms inside shipping containers could grow more local produce » Yale Climate Connections


New and recent books about hope in a time of climate change » Yale Climate Connections


Emperor penguins imperiled by climate change, study finds » Yale Climate Connections



Yale E360

Why Clouds Are the Key to New Troubling Projections on Warming - Yale E360