Not The Weather Report
"Costa Rica’s new president [Carlos Alvarado said]... "Decarbonisation is the great task of our generation... We have the titanic and beautiful task of abolishing the use of fossil fuels in our economy to make way for the use of clean and renewable energies”"
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Climate change news for Saturday 12th of May 2018
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Yale Environment 360
"The “Atlantification” and “Pacification” of the Arctic has begun. As warmer waters stream into an increasingly ice-free Arctic Ocean, new species — from phytoplankton to whales — have the potential to upend this sensitive polar environment"
"[In April]... the water content in the Sierra snowpack was about half its historical average... One year before the water content [was] at over 160 percent of the historical average. This swing is not new and continues California’s recent trend of climate shifts"
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"Canadian regulators just released new rules aimed at reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by as much as 45 per cent over the next seven years... methane is 86 times more potent than CO2... over a 20-year period"
"In a report this week, the European Space Agency revealed that between the... 2011 and 2017 Patagonia's ice fields receded at a rate of more than 21 gigatonnes —21 billion metric tons—a year, the equivalent to adding 0.06 millimeters to global sea level"