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  The 100 most crucial climate change news links from March 2022..

Contents of this page

 

1.          Adaptation

1.1        International Aid

2.          Business and Industry

2.1        Carbon offsetting

2.2        Carbon pricing

2.3        Finance

3.          Climate effects

3.1        Cyclones / Hurricanes / Typhoons

3.2        Drought

3.3        Ecology

3.3.1     Coral reefs

3.3.1.1  Great Barrier Reef

3.3.2     The Amazon

3.4        Fires

3.5        Heat

3.5.1     Heat - Antarctic

3.6        Ice

3.6.1     Antarctic Ice

3.6.2     Arctic Ice

3.7        Rain, floods and hail

3.8        Secondary climate effects

3.9        Waves

4           Emissions

4.1        Land based emissions

4.1.1     Deforestation and habitat

4.2        Methane

4.3        Oil

4.4        Particulate pollution

5           Mitigation

5.1        Cleaner energy

5.2        Negative emissions activities

5.2.1     Forest and habitat drawdown

6           People

6.1        Activism

6.2        Food and crops

6.2.1     Famine

6.3        Indigenous peoples

6.4        Women

7           Politics

7.1        Climate Justice

7.2        National progress on emissions

7.2.1     China

7.2.2     Europe including UK

7.2.3     Less developed countries

7.2.4     United States

7.3        Ukraine war

8           Science research

8.1        Summations

8.1.1     IPCC Report on Impacts

News links for March

 

1.          Adaptation

As sea levels rise, coastal megacities will need more than flood barriers

UN chief calls for extreme weather warning systems for everyone on Earth | Extreme weather | The Guardian

1.1         International Aid

'Betrayal': US approves just $1bn climate finance for developing countries in 2022

How can climate finance reach war zones and help to build peace?

 

 

2.          Business and Industry

 

Swiss Re cuts fossil fuel cover for oil, gas to protect climate | Reuters

 

2.1        Carbon offsetting

 

Australia’s carbon credit scheme ‘largely a sham’, says whistleblower who tried to rein it in | Greenhouse gas emissions | The Guardian

 

Australia’s carbon credit scheme could take years to recover from price plunge, analysts say | Greenhouse gas emissions | The Guardian

 

Voluntary carbon markets will only deliver a third of CO2 removals by 2030

2.2      Carbon pricing  

 

Global carbon permit auctions raised $58 bln in 2021 -study | Nasdaq

Ukraine invasion sends carbon markets on rollercoaster ride

 

 

2.3      Finance

EXCLUSIVE Dutch bank ING ends financing for new oil and gas projects | Reuters

3.          Climate effects

A drowning world: Kenya’s quiet slide underwater | Kenya | The Guardian

 

 

3.1        Cyclones / Hurricanes / Typhoons

 

Trends in Global Tropical Cyclone Activity: 1990–2021 - Klotzbach - 2022 - Geophysical Research Letters - Wiley Online Library

3.2        Drought

 

The 'whys' beyond the 'what' of the severe western U.S. drought » Yale Climate Connections

3.3        Ecology

 

Some Birds Are Laying Eggs Much Earlier in Response to Climate Change - Yale E360

3.3.1     Coral reefs

3.3.1.1.   Great Barrier Reef

Adapt, move, or die: repeated coral bleaching leaves wildlife on the Great Barrier Reef with few options

Another mass bleaching event is devastating the Great Barrier Reef. What will it take for coral to survive?

Great Barrier Reef authority confirms unprecedented sixth mass coral bleaching event | Great Barrier Reef | The Guardian

 

Interactive: Can the Great Barrier Reef survive climate change? | Carbon Brief

 

The worst has happened to the Great Barrier Reef - again - and my heart is breaking

3.3.2     The Amazon

 

Climate crisis: Amazon rainforest tipping point is looming, data shows | Amazon rainforest | The Guardian

 

Declining ‘resilience’ pushing Amazon rainforest towards tipping point - Carbon Brief

 

Is the Amazon rainforest on the verge of collapse?

3.4        Fires

 

Spatial and temporal expansion of global wildland fire activity in response to climate change | Nature Communications

 

Spreading like Wildfire: The Rising Threat of Extraordinary Landscape Fires | UNEP - UN Environment Programme

3.5        Heat

 

Heatwaves at both of Earth’s poles alarm climate scientists | Climate crisis | The Guardian

Precipitation trends determine future occurrences of compound hot–dry events | Nature Climate Change

 

Scientists are already certain 2022 will be among ten hottest years on record | The Independent

 

Stratospheric ozone depletion and tropospheric ozone increases drive Southern Ocean interior warming | Nature Climate Change

3.5.1.     Heat - Antarctica

A heat wave and snowfall: Why researchers are puzzled by Antarctica's recent weather

How this month produced a mind-boggling warm-up in eastern Antarctica (and the Arctic) » Yale Climate Connections

3.6.        Ice

3.6.1     Antarctic ice

Change and variability in Antarctic coastal exposure, 1979–2020 | Nature Communications

Sea Ice Around Antarctica Reaches a Record Low - The New York Times

Conger ice shelf has collapsed: what you need to know, according to experts

3.6.2     Arctic ice

Climate change: Wildfire smoke linked to Arctic melting - BBC News

3.7.      Rain, floods and hail

 

Climate change in India is making big dams dangerous

Eastern Australian states hit by major flooding after ‘rain bomb’ weather event | Flooding | The Guardian

Global flood losses hit $82 bln last year, as study highlights UK risk | Reuters

Hailstorms and climate change: What to expect » Yale Climate Connections

The PM calls this a natural disaster – it’s not natural, it’s climate change smashing down our doors | Eddie Lloyd | The Guardian

3.8     Secondary climate effects

 

Climate change is making armed conflict worse. Here’s how. - The New York Times

 

Climate change rekindles Cold War tensions in the Arctic | News | The Times

3.9      Waves

Trends in Europe storm surge extremes match the rate of sea-level rise | Nature

4           Emissions

 

Demographics of emissions | Nature Climate Change

 

4.1        Land based emissions

4.1.1.    Deforestation and habitat

 

Deforestation emissions far higher than previously thought, study finds | Deforestation | The Guardian

Doubling of annual forest carbon loss over the tropics during the early twenty-first century | Nature Sustainability

 

Frontiers | The Unseen Effects of Deforestation: Biophysical Effects on Climate | Forests and Global Change

4.2        Methane

 

‘Imminent’ tipping point threatening Europe’s permafrost peatlands - Carbon Brief

New coal mine projects seen swelling global methane emissions by a fifth | Reuters

Tropical methane emissions explain large fraction of recent changes in global atmospheric methane growth rate | Nature Communications

 

U.S. regulators slow consideration of climate impact of new gas projects | Reuters

4.3        Oil

Saudi Aramco to increase oil production to meet global demand | Aramco | The Guardian

4.4        Particulate pollution

Brown carbon from biomass burning imposes strong circum-Arctic warming - ScienceDirect

5           Mitigation

 

5.1        Cleaner energy

 

Space-based solar power: UK government backs plan for orbiting array | New Scientist

Understanding the promise and peril of fusion power: Chimera or climate panacea? » Yale Climate Connections

 

What to know about hydrogen in the fight to curb climate change - The Washington Post

Climate change and lithium mining influence flamingo abundance in the Lithium Triangle | Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

5.2        Negative emissions activities

 

5.2.1     Forest and habitat drawdown

How wild animals can help control the climate crisis | Rewilding | The Guardian

Photosynthesis: Global rate is increasing due to rising CO2 levels | New Scientist

The world’s forests do more than just store carbon, new research finds | Climate crisis | The Guardian

Tropical tree growth driven by dry-season climate variability | Nature Geoscience

6           People

 

The Guardian view on ghost flights: a symptom, not the disease | Editorial | The Guardian

6.1        Activism

Activists stage global climate protest, slam Ukraine war | AP News

Tens of thousands take part in climate protests across France | Climate crisis | The Guardian

6.2        Food and crops

Relocating croplands could drastically reduce the environmental impacts of global food production | Communications Earth & Environment

 

Toolkit: Food Systems in Nationally Determined Contributions - Global Alliance for the Future of Food

6.2.1     Famine

War in Ukraine is compounding a hunger crisis in East Africa, charities warn

6.3        Indigenous peoples

Indigenous peoples across the globe are uniquely equipped to deal with the climate crisis - so why are we being left out of these conversations?

 

Indigenous storytellers are overcoming hurdles to advance climate justice globally

6.4        Women

Virtual conferences exclude most African women – how can we be heard? | Memory Kachambwa | The Guardian

7           Politics

7.1        Climate Justice

 

UN climate change report: Inequality must be at center of climate adaptation - Vox

7.2        National progress on emissions

 

G20’s US$14-trillion economic stimulus reneges on emissions pledges

 

7.2.1     China

China invests in more renewable power by 2025, but is still ramping up oil and gas production | Euronews

China vows new incentives to cut pollution, CO2, but says 'stability' paramount | Reuters

7.2.2     Europe including UK

EU countries support plan for world-first carbon border tariff | Reuters

 

7.2.3     Less developed countries

How is the climate crisis affecting North Korea? | The Independent

7.2.4    United States

TAfter US fails to pay its debt, UN's flagship climate fund warns of austerity

 

 

7.3        Ukraine War

 

12 books on climate, conflict, and oil » Yale Climate Connections

How to cut Russian fossil fuel imports, carbon emissions and energy bills at the same time – EURACTIV.com

 

In a rush to replace Russian gas, the EU has damaged its own climate change strategy

Op-Ed: The Ukraine war is a decision point — banks should stop funding the fossil fuel industry forever - Los Angeles Times

 

Opinion | We’re in a Fossil Fuel War. Biden Should Say So. - The New York Times

Ukraine war set to delay EU sustainable farming plans | Reuters

UN chief: Don't let Russia crisis fuel climate destruction | AP News

Want to fight Russian aggression in Ukraine and beyond? Decarbonize

War shakes Europe path to energy independence, climate goals | AP News

8           Science

 

Shifts in El Niño May Be Driving Climates Extremes in Both Hemispheres - Inside Climate News

Smoke from Black Summer bushfires depleted ozone layer, study finds | Environment | The Guardian

Volcanoes and Climate: Sizing up the Impact of the Recent Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai Volcanic Eruption from a Historical Perspective | SpringerLink

 

Wildfire smoke destroys stratospheric ozone

8.1        Summations

 

Climate change: Despite 30 years of progress, the world is still heading towards disaster – Dr Richard Dixon | The Scotsman

 

Guest post: Why estimates of the ‘cost’ of climate action are overly pessimistic - Carbon Brief

Opinion | The world must take urgent measures to adapt to climate change. But that won’t be enough. - The Washington Post

 

Past the warning stage on climate | The Monthly

This climate crisis report asks: what is at stake? In short, everything | Climate crisis | The Guardian

U.N. Chief Warns of ‘Catastrophe’ With Continued Use of Fossil Fuels - The New York Times

8.1.1      IPCC Report on Impacts

6 Big Findings from the IPCC 2022 Report on Climate Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability | World Resources Institute

 

A billion of the world's most climate-vulnerable people live in informal settlements – here's what they face

 

Climate Change's Effects Outpacing Ability to Adapt, I.P.C.C. Warns - The New York Times

In-depth Q&A: The IPCC's sixth assessment on how climate change impacts the world - Carbon Brief

UN: Climate change to uproot millions, especially in Asia | AP News