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The 30 most crucial climate change news links from March 2021
From March 2021
The seismic shifts in industry continue with the US oil and gas industry moving towards carbon pricing, the car industry phasing out the storied internal combustion engine and pressure mounting on cryptocurrencies over their energy usage.
Research continues to flood in of increasingly severe weather effects, as predicted, including that Atlantic storms are indeed becoming more frequent and intense, the tropics are edging towards a deadly combination of heat and humidity, forests are under great pressure, ocean-bottom trawling releases frightening levels of carbon, and miserably, the atmospheric CO2 level has now hit 50% above pre-industrial levels.
Don’t take a breath yet because the mitigation story is not a happy one this month, with news that carbon offsets are probably a bomb, same with hydrogen and nuclear, oh! and Direct Air Capture too, while green investing is ‘definitely not going to work’, according to a, umm, green investor. Also, ‘rebound effects’ may halve energy savings. And…and the carbon storing capacity of soils may have been overestimated. Sorry. Wow.
On the positive side. It may be that climate change will not drive dryland expansion, Korean pop sensations BLACKPINK were named advocates for a UN climate change conference, young people are taking to TikTok to spread the climate gospel, and Japan’s iconic cherry blossoms have peaked…on the earliest date in 1200 years.
And once again, for the climate curious, here’s the shortlist of 100+ links.