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The 100 most crucial climate change news links from July 2021

 

 

Contents

 

Adaptation

Effects

          Heat

                    North America

                    Heat and Humanity

                    Heat – Miscellaneous  

          Rain and floods

          Tornadoes

          Waves

          Cyclones

          Drought

          Ice

          Fires

          Wet-dry extremes

Emissions

          Coal

          Gas

          Agriculture

          Oil

                    Tar sands

          Emissions – General

                    Cryptocurrencies

                    Corporate decarbonization

                    Fluorocarbons

                    Steel

Mitigation

          Carbon taxes, trading and offsets

          Clean energy

          Geoengineering

          Negative emissions

People

          Climate migrants

          Food

          Health

          People – General

Politics

          Europe

          United States

          Politics – General

Science

          Clouds

          Ecology

                    Amazon

          Summations

          Tipping points

          Science – General

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Adaptation

Entrepreneurial climate change spirit at tribal reservation » Yale Climate Connections

Madrid building a huge urban forest in a bid to combat climate change | Euronews

The world’s electricity systems must be ready to counter the growing climate threat

Most buildings were designed for an earlier climate – here's what will happen as global warming accelerates

 

 

Effects

 

Heat

 

North America

Once-in-a-millennium heat dome lodges over US and Canada in preview of future climate disaster | The Independent

Opinion | It’s not the heat in the Pacific Northwest. It’s the existential dread. - The Washington Post

‘Lytton is gone’: wildfire tears through village after record-breaking heat | Canada | The Guardian

Experts react to all-time record of 121 degrees in Canada - The Washington Post

Canadian inferno: northern heat exceeds worst-case climate models | Climate change | The Guardian

Western Canada burns and deaths mount after world’s most extreme heat wave in modern history » Yale Climate Connections

‘Nowhere is safe’: heat shatters vision of Pacific north-west as climate refuge | Climate crisis in the American west | The Guardian

A Week After the Pacific Northwest Heat Wave, Study Shows it Was ‘Almost Impossible’ Without Global Warming - Inside Climate News

Death Valley, California, breaks the all-time world heat record for the second year in a row » Yale Climate Connections

North American heatwave broke records - and the climate models

Salmon nearly roasted alive in Pacific north-west heatwave captured on video | Climate crisis in the American west | The Guardian

 

Heat and Humanity

Deadly heat: how rising temperatures threaten workers from Nicaragua to Nepal | Extreme weather | The Guardian

Canada is a warning: more and more of the world will soon be too hot for humans | Simon Lewis | The Guardian

Guest post: Why Africa’s heatwaves are a forgotten impact of climate change

How climate change is making parts of the world too hot and humid for humans - Washington Post

Canada reports ‘significant’ increase in deaths thought to be linked to heat wave in Pacific Northwest - The Washington Post

 

Heat – Miscellaneous  

Climate change: Extremes committee validates Antarctic record heat - BBC News

Climate change will drive rise in ‘record-shattering’ heat extremes | Carbon Brief

June 2021: Earth’s fifth-warmest June on record, warmest over land areas » Yale Climate Connections

U.N. climate panel confronts implausibly hot forecasts of future warming | Science | AAAS

 

Rain and floods

Rise in Northeast US extreme precipitation caused by Atlantic variability and climate change - ScienceDirect

‘What can we do?’ Chinese discuss role of climate crisis in deadly floods | Climate change | The Guardian

Climate change: Planting extra trees will boost rainfall across Europe - BBC News

Climate Crisis Turns World’s Subways Into Flood Zones - The New York Times

Climate scientists shocked by scale of floods in Germany | Flooding | The Guardian

Dark clouds ahead: How climate change is changing the Indian monsoon

Flash floods will be more common as climate crisis worsens, say scientists | Flooding | The Guardian

From China to Germany, floods expose climate vulnerability | Reuters

 

Tornadoes

Climate change and tornadoes: Any connection? » Yale Climate Connections

 

Waves

Changes in extreme ocean wave heights under 1.5°C, 2°C, and 3°C global warming - ScienceDirect

 

Cyclones

Changing status of tropical cyclones over the north Indian Ocean | SpringerLink

Recent increase in major Atlantic hurricanes may be ‘rebound’ after 1960-1980s lull | Carbon Brief

               

Drought

Madagascar Famine is First Caused Entirely by Climate Change | Time

What the megadrought means to the American West - CBS News

 

Ice

Ice Dam Bursts Threaten to Increase Sunny Day Floods as Hotter Temperatures Melt Glaciers - Inside Climate News

Guest post: Deciphering the rise and fall of Antarctic sea ice extent | Carbon Brief

 

Fires

Western Canada lightning strikes up tenfold, stoking fires | Reuters

‘Airpocalypse’ hits Siberian city as heatwave sparks forest fires | Environment | The Guardian

 

Wet-dry extremes

Intensified Soil Moisture Extremes Decrease Soil Organic Carbon Decomposition: A Mechanistic Modeling Analysis - Liang - - Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences - Wiley Online Library

Panama Canal Tackles Climate-Change Puzzle: Too Little Rainwater or Too Much - WSJ

             

 

Emissions

 

Coal

Cambodia embraces dirty energy fearing drought-driven shortages | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific

Australia cuts its global coal growth forecast by 90pc

Rich nations 'must consign coal power to history'-UK COP26 president | Reuters

 

Gas

Rebound in global gas demand threatens international climate targets - IEA | Reuters

               

Agriculture

World’s feral pigs produce as much CO2 as 1.1m cars each year, study finds | Climate change | The Guardian

'Climate smart': Global beef industry vows to curb carbon intensity by 30 per cent by 2030

 

 

Oil

Rapid oil cuts is ‘valley of death’ for Shell, says chief Ben van Beurden | Business | The Times

 

Tar sands

Old, small and CO2-intense: why Canada's highest-carbon oil sands sites keep pumping | Reuters

 

 

Emissions – General

Guest post: Emissions should fall ‘twice as fast’ in case negative emissions fail | Carbon Brief

 

How colonialism’s legacy makes it harder for countries to escape poverty and fossil fuels today | Opinion | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific

 

Cryptocurrencies

Analysis: China's bitcoin crackdown sparks fears of dirtier cryptomining | Reuters

 

 

Corporate decarbonization

REUTERS EVENTS Reducing oil use to meet climate targets is tougher than cutting supply | Reuters

 

 

Fluorocarbons

New EPA coolant rule is a no-brainer for addressing the climate crisis | TheHill

 

Steel

Guest post: These 553 steel plants are responsible for 9% of global CO2 emissions | Carbon Brief

Mitigation

 

Carbon taxes, trading and offsets

China's carbon trading scheme makes debut with 4.1 mln T in turnover | Reuters

G20 backs carbon pricing, 'raising stakes' among emerging economies

Researchers devise a scheme to treat carbon debt like financial debt

 

 

Clean energy

Net zero goals need revival of 'forgotten giant' hydropower, IEA says | Reuters

Climate change: as mountain regions warm, hydroelectric power plants may be vulnerable

Nuclear energy isn't a safe bet in a warming world – here's why

Germany, four others oppose classing nuclear as green in EU | Reuters

Is hydrogen the new oil? | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific

Obituary: Carbon Tax, Beloved Climate Policy, Dies at 47 - The Atlantic

 

Geoengineering

An Indigenous Group’s Objection to Geoengineering Spurs a Debate About Social Justice in Climate Science - Inside Climate News

 

Negative emissions

ANALYSIS-Scarce carbon storage threatens net-zero push as emissions keep rising | Reuters

Leaving crop residues to rot could be an unexpected boon for climate mitigation

The Direct-Air Capture Debate

This new study has mapped blue carbon around the world | World Economic Forum

Four ways to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises simultaneously

 

 

People

Climate migrants

The climate crisis will create two classes: those who can flee, and those who cannot | Peter Gleick | The Guardian

To Flee, or to Stay Until the End and Be Swallowed by the Sea - Inside Climate News

 

Food

Extreme heat and drought in Western Canada wreak havoc on food system | Financial Post

Historical warming has increased U.S. crop insurance losses - IOPscience

 

Health

Climate crisis ‘may put 8bn at risk of malaria and dengue’ | Global development | The Guardian

 

People – General

My new climate reality? Packing a ‘firebag’ so I can flee at the drop of a hat | Michelle Nijhuis | The Guardian

 

The French nationals going 'childfree' to save the planet

 

The Media’s Climate Blind Spot Is Geographic | The Nation

What does the bible say about climate change? A lot, per Evangelicals | Grist

 

Politics

 

Europe

EU drafts plan to grow 'carbon sinks' in climate change fight | Reuters

EU’s green deal plans launched with ‘make-or-break decade’ warning | European Commission | The Guardian

 

EU's border tax gives countries 5 years to clean up industries or face penalties

 

United States

Democrats push sweeping climate legislation amid a scorching summer - The Washington Post

 

Politics – General

Politicians from across world call for ‘global green deal’ to tackle climate crisis | Climate change | The Guardian

 

US and Germany launch climate partnership | TheHill

After Covid, the climate crisis will be the next thing the right says we ‘just have to live with’ | Aditya Chakrabortty | The Guardian

 

 

Science

 

Clouds

Climate-Driven Changes in Clouds are Likely to Amplify Global Warming - Inside Climate News

Ecology

Heat Wave Killed Marine Wildlife en Masse - The New York Times

Conserving the Cerrado and Amazon biomes of Brazil protects the soy economy from damaging warming - ScienceDirect

               

Amazon

Amazon rainforest now emitting more CO2 than it absorbs | Amazon rainforest | The Guardian

 

Summations

Amid summer of fire and floods, a moment of truth for climate action - The Washington Post

An open letter to all climate scientists - by Bill McGuire - Cool Earth

How many years until we must act on climate? Zero, say these climate thinkers | Jennifer Francis , Michael Mann , Holly

 

Jean Buck and Peter Kalmus | The Guardian

Sixty years of climate change warnings: the signs that were missed (and ignored) | Climate change | The Guardian

 

 

Tipping points

Critical measures of global heating reaching tipping point, study finds | Climate change | The Guardian

 

New Zealand rated best place to survive global societal collapse | Globalisation | The Guardian

 

Yep, it’s bleak, says expert who tested 1970s end-of-the-world prediction | Climate change | The Guardian

 

 

Science – General

Is climate change happening faster than expected? A climate scientist explains. | Grist