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The 30 most crucial climate change news links from February 2021

Adaptation and resilience

Guest post: Why avoiding climate change ‘maladaptation’ is vital | Carbon Brief



Business and Industry

Who will clean up the 'billion-dollar mess' of abandoned US oilwells? | Environment | The Guardian



Climate refugees

When Climate Change and Xenophobia Collide | The New Yorker



Climate risks

Opinion | Every Country Has Its Own Climate Risks. What’s Yours? - The New York Times




The rise of compound warm-season droughts in Europe | Science Advances



Emissions reduction

500+ Scientists Demand Stop to Tree Burning as Climate Solution - EcoWatch




How to make climate investments flow to distributed renewables | Opinion | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific




How fires have spread to previously untouched parts of the world | Environment | The Guardian




Balloon test flight plan under fire over solar geoengineering fears | Geoengineering | The Guardian




'Invisible killer': fossil fuels caused 8.7m deaths globally in 2018, research finds | Environment | The Guardian



International Relations

Climate change compels us to reconsider protected area borders


Climate leaders welcome reforming WTO chief, as carbon trade wars loom



Land ice

Climate change: West Antarctica's Getz glaciers flowing faster - BBC News




Court convicts French state for failure to address climate crisis | Climate change | The Guardian



Miscellaneous climate effects

Scientists see stronger evidence of slowing Atlantic Ocean circulation, an ‘Achilles’ heel’ of the climate - The Washington Post




Massive losses should be a warning to big oil that its bonanza is over | Oil and gas companies | The Guardian



Permafrost potential emissions

Submarine Permafrost Has Been Overlooked as a Major Source of Greenhouse Gases, Scientists Warn - Yale E360



Science miscellaneous

A conversation with polar oceanographer Rebecca Jackson | NOAA


United Nations: Countries’ pledges to cut emissions are far too meager to halt climate change - The Washington Post


Updated yardstick begs question: What's 'normal' in a changing climate? » Yale Climate Connections



Sea ice

Arctic shipper shows off a historical icebreaking voyage | The Independent Barents Observer



Sea rise

Sea level rise could be worse than feared, warn researchers | Environment | The Guardian



Secondary climate effects

Erratic weather inhibits economic growth


Fragile cities are being inundated with people fleeing the impacts of climate change. How can they cope? | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific




Covid and the climate crisis show why we need a new social contract between old and young | Generational inequality | The Guardian


Nepal’s ambitious climate target has socio-economic prosperity at its heart / Climate Analytics


World must ‘transform relationship with nature’ to tackle environmental crises, says UN | The Independent



Targets/Pace of change

United Nations: Countries’ pledges to cut emissions are far too meager to halt climate change - The Washington Post



Tipping points

As Amazon forest-to-savanna tipping point looms, solutions remain elusive


Guest post: The threat of high-probability ocean ‘tipping points’ | Carbon Brief


From February 2021


News in many countries was dominated by extremes of both cold and warm in the Northern Hemisphere, but commentators struggled to see climate change connections. 

As big business comes to grips with new political realities, new questions are arising such as who will decommission the methane-belching abandoned oil wells of defunct corporate entities and how to make climate investments flow to distributed renewables.

Worrisome new studies continue to

pour in from the frontlines

including this one regarding

permafrost methane,

this one to do with the Amazon 

basin's slow slide to carbon

catastrophe, and this report

which spotlights the vast

scope of fossil fuels' impact

on human health.

                                                  Meanwhile various                                                                  secondary climate change                                                      effects gnaw away at                                                              society largely unnoticed                                                        such as the fact that new weather regimes are impacting infrastructureand cities are already under pressure from climate refugees. Also, The Guardian suggests we need a new compact between old and young folks as we confront climate change, and The Washington Post states that national pledges are 'far too meager' to properly tackle the climate crisis.

For more links, here’s the shortlist of 100+ worthy news stories.

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