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

Contents of this page

 

1.          Adaptation

2.          Business and Industry

2.1        Carbon offsetting

3.          Climate effects

3.1        Cyclones / Hurricanes / Typhoons

3.2        Drought

3.3        Ecology

3.4        Economic effects

3.5        Fires

3.5.1     Fires – North America

3.6        Heat

3.6.1     Wet-bulb (humid heat) extremes

3.7        Ice

3.7.1     Arctic Ice

4           Emissions

4.1        Coal

4.2        Fluorocarbons

4.3        Internet emissions contributions

4.4        Methane

5           Mitigation

5.1        Albedo (reflectivity) interventions

5.2        Carbon capture technologies

5.3        Cleaner energy

5.4        Negative emissions activities

5.4.1     Agricultural drawdown

5.4.2     Blue carbon

5.4.3     Forest and habitat drawdown

5.4.4     Oceans

6           People

6.1        Activism

6.2        Belief systems about climate

6.2.1     Degrowth

6.3        Community

6.4        Food and crops

6.4.3     Famine

6.5        Health and safety

6.6        Law

6.7        Media

7           Politics

7.1        Climate Justice

7.2        National progress on emissions

7.2.1     China

7.2.2     Europe

7.2.3     Russia

8           Science

8.1        Summations

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News links for February

 

1.          Adaptation

 

False banana: Is Ethiopia's enset a 'wondercrop' for climate change? - BBC News

In Tonga, a volcano-triggered tsunami underscores islands' acute climate risk | Reuters

‘Local is better’: battered Haiti looks to empower peasants to fight climate crisis | Haiti | The Guardian

Technology has made buildings less climate-friendly: but we can look back in time for solutions

The Maldives is being swallowed by the sea. Can it adapt?

2.          Business and Industry

 

Big numbers - dollars and institutions - behind divestments from fossil fuels » Yale Climate Connections

Brussels Airlines makes 3,000 unnecessary flights to maintain airport slots | The Bulletin

Decarbonise or die, world’s biggest investor warns business chiefs

2.1        Carbon offsetting

 

Carbon offsetting is not warding off environmental collapse – it’s accelerating it | George Monbiot | The Guardian

'Growing pains': BNEF warns carbon offset market faces uncertain long term outlook | BusinessGreen News

Norway underpaid Indonesia for forest protection results, study argues

3.          Climate effects

Human-caused long-term changes in global aridity | npj Climate and Atmospheric Science

3.1        Cyclones / Hurricanes / Typhoons

 

Filipinos count cost of climate crisis as typhoons get ever more destructive | Global development | The Guardian

Future hurricanes will roam over more of the Earth, study predicts

Increasing frequency of extremely severe cyclonic storms in the north Indian Ocean by anthropogenic warming and southwest monsoon weakening -

 

Swapna - - Geophysical Research Letters - Wiley Online Library

‘Swept away in their sleep’: relentless cycle of climate shocks plague southern Africa

3.2        Drought

 

Beekeepers arrested in protest as Chile megadrought hits honey production | The Independent

Biocrusts mediate a new mechanism for land degradation under a changing climate | Nature Climate Change

Scientists warn of widespread drought in the 21st century

3.3        Ecology

 

Fish growth slowed by high temperatures and plastic chemical BPA, research shows | Fish | The Guardian

How the speed of climate change is unbalancing the insect world | | The Guardian

The effects of defaunation on plants’ capacity to track climate change

3.4        Economic effects

 

The rain in Spain causes financial pain – POLITICO

U.S. crop insurance payouts rise sharply as climate change worsens droughts, floods | Reuters

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Why Climate Change Is Pushing Up Lumber Prices - The Atlantic

3.5        Fires

 

A month of unprecedented U.S. weather disasters ends with Colorado fire catastrophe » Yale Climate Connections

US plans $50B wildfire fight where forests meet civilization | AP News

Wildfire Risk in California Drives Insurers to Pull Policies for Pricey Homes - WSJ

3.6        Heat

 

2021 Was Earth’s Fifth-Hottest Year, Scientists Say - The New York Times

Climate crisis: last seven years the hottest on record, 2021 data shows | Climate crisis | The Guardian

‘Drastic’ rise in high Arctic lightning has scientists worried | Climate crisis | The Guardian

We study ocean temperatures. The Earth just broke a heat increase record | John Abraham | The Guardian

3.6.1     Wet-bulb (humid heat) extremes

 

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

 

3.7        Ice

TC - Brief communication: Increased glacier mass loss in the Russian High Arctic (2010–2017)

4           Emissions

 

Plane Company To Operate 18,000 Empty Flights To Keep Landing Slots | IFLScience

 

Three Decades of Climate Mitigation: Why Haven't We Bent the Global Emissions Curve? | Annual Review of Environment and Resources

 

Why the Luster on Once-Vaunted ‘Smart Cities’ Is Fading - Inside Climate News

4.1        Coal

 

Activists demand stop to Japan-funded coal plant in climate-vulnerable Bangladesh | Reuters

China’s coal production hit record levels in 2021 | Coal | The Guardian

Coal-based liquid hydrogen pivotal for green energy? The experts doubt it | Graham Readfearn | The Guardian

4.2        Fluorocarbons

China Moves to Freeze Production of Climate Super-Pollutants But Lacks a System to Monitor Emissions - Inside Climate News

 

 

4.3        Internet emissions contributions

 

Offsetting Bitcoin's carbon footprint would require planting 300 million new trees | Fortune

Why the climate-wrecking craze for crypto art really is beyond satire | John Naughton | The Guardian

4.4        Methane

 

Gas stoves in kitchens pose a risk to public health and the planet, Stanford study finds - The Washington Post

 

Methane in the atmosphere is at an all-time high – here's what it means for climate change

5           Mitigation

5.1        Albedo (reflectivity) interventions

 

Analysis: After sun-dimming setback, geoengineers seek a diplomatic fix | Reuters

Dimming Sun's rays should be off-limits, say experts

5.2        Carbon capture technologies

 

Climate change game changer: Aussie scientists discover how to turn carbon dioxide into a solid | Daily Mail Online

 

Shell’s Massive Carbon Capture Plant Is Emitting More Than It’s Capturing

5.3        Cleaner energy

 

An Energy Transition Needs Lots of Power Lines. This 1970s Minnesota Farmers’ Uprising Tried to Block One. What Can it Teach Us? - Inside Climate News

'

Faster than expected': EV sales predicted to overtake fossil fuel cars within three years across Europe | BusinessGreen News

 

From Fertilizer to Fuel: Can ‘Green’ Ammonia Be a Climate Fix? - Yale E360

 

Indirect emissions from electric vehicle supply chains pale in comparison to emissions from fossil fuel-powered vehicles - pvbuzz.com

 

 

5.4        Negative emissions activities

5.4.1     Agricultural drawdown

 

Ensuring planetary survival: the centrality of organic carbon in balancing the multifunctional nature of soils: Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology: Vol 0, No 0

 

Off-season 'cover' crops expand as U.S. growers eye low-carbon future | Reuters

 

The global carbon sink potential of terrestrial vegetation can be increased substantially by optimal land management | Communications Earth & Environment

5.4.2     Blue carbon

 

A conversation with blue carbon researcher Ariane Arias-Ortiz | NOAA Climate.gov

5.4.3     Forest and habitat drawdown

 

Extreme weather, pests, fires, and drought threaten forests in Southeast U.S. » Yale Climate Connections

 

Protect, manage and then restore lands for climate mitigation | Nature Climate Change

5.4.4     Oceans

 

BG - Climate pathways behind phytoplankton-induced atmospheric warming

 

Climate change brings record ocean warmth in 2021 - The Washington Post

6           People

 

Climate change: Children push parents to be more conscious about global warming, research finds

 

Solving Climate Change Requires A New Social Contract | Time

 

The 1.5 degrees goal: Beware of unintended consequences » Yale Climate Connections

6.1        Activism

Activists Target Public Relations Groups For Greenwashing Fossil Fuels - Inside Climate News

6.2        Belief systems about climate

6.2.1     Degrowth

 

‘Degrowth’ Isn't Just About the Economy. It’s About Culture.

Demand-side solutions to climate change mitigation consistent with high levels of well-being | Nature Climate Change

 

Germany’s green-on-green wind power battle – POLITICO

6.3        Community

 

Amid climate change and a housing crisis, Earthships offer a solution - The Washington Post

 

Berlin is planning a car-free area larger than Manhattan

 

Climate change will limit choice for Winter Games hosts, says study | Reuters

6.4        Food and crops

 

UN report: The world’s farms stretched to ‘a breaking point’ » Yale Climate Connections

6.4.3     Famine

 

Liberia: Farmers Say Food Crisis is Looming from Climate Change – FrontPageAfrica

‘We pray for rain’: Ethiopia faces catastrophic hunger as cattle perish in severe drought | Hunger | The Guardian

 

 

6.5        Health and safety

 

Global heating linked to early birth and damage to babies’ health, scientists find | Climate crisis | The Guardian

 

6.6        Law

 

COP 26: The teenagers suing 33 countries - BBC News

How Exxon is using an unusual law to intimidate critics over its climate denial | Environment | The Guardian

Oil firms accused of scare tactics after claiming climate lawsuits ‘a threat to US’ | Climate crisis | The Guardian

6.7        Media

As Storms Intensify, the Job of TV Weather Person Gets More Serious - The New York Times

Disaster flicks like ‘Don’t Look Up’ won’t spur climate change action. Here’s why. - The Washington Post

Don’t Look Up: four climate experts on the polarising disaster film | Don't Look Up | The Guardian

Scientists' letter to ad agencies: 'Drop your fossil fuel clients' | Ad Age Agency News

7           Politics

7.1        Climate Justice

 

Calls for Climate Justice Rise As Extreme Weather Repeatedly Shatters The Philippines - The Energy Mix

Inaction on global warming amounts to racism – let me tell you why | Elise Yarde | The Guardian

Increasing heat‐stress inequality in a warming climate - Alizadeh - - Earth's Future - Wiley Online Library

World’s poorest bear brunt of climate crisis: 10 underreported emergencies | Global development | The Guardian

7.2        National progress on emissions

 

Chile Writes a New Constitution, Confronting Climate Change Head On - The New York Times

 

7.2.1     China

 

Climate change: Renewable energy to meet over 70 per cent of China’s additional power needs in next three years, says IEA | South China Morning Post

 

Study forecasts China investment of $75 trillion in carbon neutrality - Asia Times

7.2.2     Europe

 

Germany spells out ‘gigantic’ effort to cut emissions and boost renewables – POLITICO

 

 

7.2.3     Russia

How Climate and the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Undergirds the Ukraine-Russia Standoff - Inside Climate News

8           Science

 

How ‘proxy’ data reveals the climate of the Earth’s distant past

The meaning of net zero and how to get it right | Nature Climate Change

8.1        Summations

 

Climate change: Huge toll of extreme weather disasters in 2021 - BBC News

Global Temperature Report for 2021 – Berkeley Earth

Hottest ocean temperatures in history recorded last year | Oceans | The Guardian

Initiative for Leadership and Sustainability: Hot Air from Glasgow Means it's Time for Radical Leadership - say over 200 scholars

 

NOAA, NASA name 2021 sixth-hottest year on record » Yale Climate Connections