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

Contents of this page

 

1.          Adaptation

2.          Business and Industry

2.1        Carbon offsetting

2.2        Finance

3.          Climate effects

3.1        Cyclones / Hurricanes / Typhoons

3.2        Drought

3.3        Ecology

3.3.1     Coral reefs

3.4        Economic effects

3.5        Fires

3.6        Heat

3.6.1     Wet-bulb (humid heat) extremes

3.7        Ice

3.7.1     Antarctic Ice

3.7.2     Arctic Ice

3.7.3     Mountains

3.8        Oceans

3.8.1     Acidification 

3.9        Rain, floods, hail and snow

3.10      Sea rise

4           Emissions

4.1        Coal

4.2        Internet emissions contributions

4.3        Land based emissions

4.3.1     Deforestation and habitat

4.4        Methane

4.5        Particulate pollution

5           Mitigation

5.1        Albedo (reflectivity) interventions

5.2        Carbon capture technologies

5.3        Cleaner energy

5.4        Negative emissions activities

5.4.1     Forest and habitat drawdown

5.4.2     Oceanic drawdown

5.5        Nuclear power

6           People

6.1        Cultural loss and damage

6.2        Food and crops

6.3        Health and safety

6.4        Indigenous peoples

6.5        Media

6.6        Communities transitioning

6.7        Religions

7           Politics

7.1        Climate Justice

7.2        National progress on emissions

7.2.1     European Union

7.2.2     Germany

7.2.3     Less developed countries

7.2.4     United States

8           Science

8.1        IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report

Photo by Jeb Buchman

News links for March

 

1.          Adaptation

Innovation, pastoralism and climate change in Africa’s drylands

Lessons for adaptation pathways in the Pacific Islands

2.          Business and Industry

 

How climate change mitigation is turning investment assumptions on their head - Financial Times - Partner Content by London Stock Exchange Group

 

2.1        Carbon offsetting

 

Can you really carbon offset a power station? Sure – but it’s unimpressive | Graham Readfearn | The Guardian

World’s biggest firms failing over net-zero claims, research suggests | Greenhouse gas emissions | The Guardian

Why Do Environmental Justice Advocates Oppose Carbon Markets? Look at California, They Say - Inside Climate News

2.2        Finance

Harmful subsidies: why is the world still funding the destruction of nature? | Environment | The Guardian

How Billions in Infrastructure Funding Could Worsen Global Warming - The New York Times

Oil and gas bankers confront their own energy transition | Reuters

Private equity’s dirty dozen: the 12 US firms funding dirty energy projects | Climate crisis | The Guardian

3.          Climate effects

Climate Change Is Stretching Mumbai to Its Limit - The Atlantic

‘We relied on the lake. Now it’s killing us’: climate crisis threatens future of Kenya’s El Molo people | Global development | The Guardian

 

3.1        Cyclones / Hurricanes / Typhoons

 

Blizzard-like 'bomb cyclones' get boost from warming oceans | TheHill

Cyclone Batsirai: Whole villages swept away in Madagascar - BBC News

3.2        Drought

 

Enhanced risk of concurrent regional droughts with increased ENSO variability and warming | Nature Climate Change

 

Rapid intensification of the emerging southwestern North American megadrought in 2020–2021 | Nature Climate Change

Southwestern megadrought is driest period in over 1200 years - Los Angeles Times

3.3        Ecology

 

Avian seed dispersal may be insufficient for plants to track future temperature change on tropical mountains - Nowak - - Global Ecology and Biogeography - Wiley Online Library

Beavers Are Flooding the Warming Alaskan Arctic, Threatening Fish, Water and Indigenous Traditions - Inside Climate News

Higher temperature extremes exacerbate negative disease effects in a social mammal | Nature Climate Change

3.3.1     Coral reefs

Future loss of local-scale thermal refugia in coral reef ecosystems

3.4        Economic effects

 

The engineers battling to stop global warming ruining roads - BBC News

 

The World Isn’t Ready for Climate-Change-Driven Inflation - The Atlantic

3.5        Fires

 

‘A deranged pyroscape’: how fires across the world have grown weirder | Environment | The Guardian

World-first research confirms Australia's forests became catastrophic fire risk after British invasion

3.6        Heat

 

Flourishing plants show warming Antarctica undergoing ‘major change’ | Environment | The Guardian

Guest post: Why does the Arctic warm faster than the rest of the planet? - Carbon Brief

3.6.1     Wet-bulb (humid heat) extremes

Measuring climate change: It's not just heat, it's humidity | AP News

3.7        Ice

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

3.7.1     Antarctic ice

Antarctic sea ice falls to lowest level since measurements began in 1979 | Antarctica | The Guardian

3.7.2     Arctic ice

Greenland’s ice is melting far faster, research claims | News | The Times

3.7.3     Mountains

Study finds glaciers may contain less ice than previously estimated - The Washington Post

3.8     Oceans

Oceans Are Warmer Than Ever, Creating Chaotic Global Weather

Extreme heat in oceans ‘passed point of no return’ in 2014 | Oceans | The Guardian

The recent normalization of historical marine heat extremes

3.8.1     Acidification

Hurricanes can cause ocean acidity to spike near the seafloor » Yale Climate Connections

3.9      Rain, floods, hail and snow

Brazil mudslides: Climate change makes favelas disasters waiting to happen - The Washington Post

Increasing snowstorms in Northeast U.S. linked to climate change - The Washington Post

Tropical cyclone climatology change greatly exacerbates US extreme rainfall–surge hazard | Nature Climate Change

3.10     Sea rise

Opinion | Sea levels are rising at a staggering rate. We’re running out of time to act. - The Washington Post

What the latest science says about Antarctica and sea-level rise » Yale Climate Connections

4           Emissions

 

U.S. unveils $1.15 bln for abandoned oil and gas well clean-up | Reuters

U.S. corn-based ethanol worse for the climate than gasoline, study finds | Reuters

4.1        Coal

 

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

EXCLUSIVE India's state coal giant plans bulk exports for first time | Reuters

Gas crisis brought Europe’s coal exit to a halt in 2021: study – EURACTIV.com

Russia, China agree new coal deal for 100 million ton supply: state media

4.2        Internet emissions contributions

 

Bitcoin miners revived a dying coal plant – then CO2 emissions soared | Cryptocurrencies | The Guardian

4.3        Land based emissions

4.3.1     Deforestation and habitat

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

 

Deforestation triggering irreversible transition in Amazon hydrological cycle - IOPscience

4.4        Methane

Australia spending billions on new gas pipelines that may end up worthless stranded assets | Energy | The Guardian

Biden administration to send $1.15 billion to states to plug orphaned wells, which leak planet-warming methane - The Washington Post

 

How Greenhouse Gases Released by the Oil and Gas Industry Far Exceed What Regulators Think They Know  - Inside Climate News

Scientists raise alarm over ‘dangerously fast’ growth in atmospheric methane

To Counter Global Warming, Focus Far More on Methane, a New Study Recommends - Inside Climate News

4.5        Particulate pollution

Climate change: Covid shutdown linked to record rainfall in China - BBC News

5           Mitigation

Unintended consequences of climate change mitigation for African river basins | Nature Climate Change

5.1        Albedo (reflectivity) interventions

 

Frontiers | A Fate Worse Than Warming? Stratospheric Aerosol Injection and Global Catastrophic Risk | Climate

Trying to cool the Earth by dimming sunlight could be worse than global warming

5.2        Carbon capture technologies

 

Limits to Paris compatibility of CO2 capture and utilization - ScienceDirect

 

5.3        Cleaner energy

 

Guest post: Does renewable energy threaten efforts to conserve biodiversity on land? - Carbon Brief

How Scotland is using waves and bubbles to generate energy - Washington Post

Japan wants to burn ammonia for clean energy – but it may be a pyrrhic victory for the climate

Neom: What's the green truth behind a planned eco-city in the Saudi desert? - BBC News

Physicists create self-burning plasma, but is it a step towards sustainable nuclear fusion energy? - ABC News

5.4        Negative emissions activities

Europe aims to scale up infrastructure for permanent carbon removals – EURACTIV.com

5.4.1     Forest and habitat drawdown

How a humble mushroom could save forests and fight climate change

5.4.2     Oceanic drawdown

 

Quantifying the carbon export and sequestration pathways of the ocean's biological carbon pump - Nowicki - - Global Biogeochemical Cycles - Wiley Online Library

5.5        Nuclear power

 

France to build 6 nuclear reactors as part of climate goals | AP News

Largest US public power company launches new nuclear program | AP News

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        Cultural loss and damage

How climate change is washing away precious evidence of our distant past

Mapped: African world heritage sites threatened by sea level rise ‘to triple by 2050’ - Carbon Brief

6.2        Food and crops

Food Prices Approach Record Highs, Threatening the World’s Poorest - The New York Times

Rare kinds of coffee, wine, and other foods could go extinct - Vox

6.3        Health and safety

 

Natural disaster and immunological aging in a nonhuman primate | PNAS

Signs of premature ageing found in monkeys after hurricane | Biology | The Guardian

6.4        Indigenous peoples

Culture change to address climate change: Collaborations with Indigenous and Earth sciences for more just, equitable, and sustainable responses to our climate crisis

Nature’s Say: How Voices from Hawai’i Are Reframing the Climate Conversation  - Inside Climate News

6.5        Media

 

The Brexiteer brigade are bored and now they're coming for net zero - New Statesman

The global climate attention crisis – POLITICO

6.6        Communities transitioning

In Vermont, a Town Saved a Mountain, and a Mountain Saved a Town - The New York Times

The coal country of tomorrow - ABC News

6.7        Religions

Vatican launches online platform to help Catholics fight climate change » Yale Climate Connections

7           Politics

7.1        Climate Justice

 

Distributive justice in global climate finance – Recipients’ climate vulnerability and the allocation of climate funds - ScienceDirect

7.2        National progress on emissions

 

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

 

7.2.1     European Union

EU presses on with green label for gas, nuclear

7.2.2     Germany

Germany appoints ex-Greenpeace chief as special climate envoy | Germany | The Guardian

 

Germany must bring African nations into its G7 'climate club'

 

Germany's diplomacy pivots toward fighting climate change | AP News

 

7.2.3     Less developed countries

Can Rights of Nature Laws Make a Difference? In Ecuador, They Already Are - Inside Climate News

7.2.4    United States

The rightwing US supreme court has climate protection in its sights | Laurence H Tribe and Jeremy Lewin | The Guardian

8           Science

 

Onset of modern sea level rise began in 1863, study finds | Daily Mail Online

 

Operational extreme weather event attribution can quantify climate change loss and damages

Pyrogenic carbon decomposition critical to resolving fire’s role in the Earth system | Nature Geoscience

Scientists recommend a system of checkpoints to help guide climate engineering research | NOAA Climate.gov

Trends in surface equivalent potential temperature: A more comprehensive metric for global warming and weather extremes | PNAS

 

It’s Not Just Climate: Are We Ignoring Other Causes of Disasters? - Yale E360

8.1        IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report

 

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

U.N. climate change report warns of ‘dangerous and widespread disruption’ - The Washington Post