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The 30 most crucial climate change news links from April 2021

Accelerating permafrost collapse on the eastern Tibetan Plateau - IOPscience

 

Biden’s climate all-stars: ‘The ambition is breathtaking’ — but so are the expectations - POLITICO

 

Changes to giant ocean eddies could have ‘devastating effects’ globally | Oceans | The Guardian

 

China’s Xi Jinping commits to working with US on climate, but does not announce new emissions targets | The Independent

 

Climate change will hit ‘endemic’ plants and animals the hardest, study warns | Carbon Brief

 

Climate change: Shipping industry calls for new global carbon tax - BBC News

 

Climate crisis has shifted the Earth’s axis, study shows | Climate change | The Guardian

 

Climate scientists: concept of net zero is a dangerous trap

 

Effort to cut world’s greenhouse emissions may be hampered by a giant accounting problem. - The Washington Post

 

Environment protest being criminalised around world, say experts | Environmental activism | The Guardian

 

Explainer: Will global warming ‘stop’ as soon as net-zero emissions are reached? | Carbon Brief

 

Guest post: How to assess the multiple interacting risks of climate change | Carbon Brief

 

Japan wants to be carbon neutral by 2050. It sees a 'hydrogen society' as best bet to get there. - The Washington Post

 

Joe Biden’s billions won’t stop Bolsonaro destroying the Amazon rainforest | Marina Silva and Rubens Ricupero | The Guardian

 

More reasons for optimism on climate change than we've seen for decades: 2 climate experts explain

 

‘Polluter elite’ must be target of policies to tackle climate crisis, report says | The Independent

 

Protect biodiversity to fight climate change - The Washington Post

 

Red alert for the planet: UN chief’s call to phase out coal by 2030

 

Report claiming global temperature rise will top 1.5C by 2030s divides scientists | Climate change | The Guardian

 

Researchers examine how world-apart ice sheets influence each other » Yale Climate Connections

 

She survived Hurricane Sandy. Then climate gentrification hit | Hurricane Sandy | The Guardian

 

Shrinking sea meadows store more carbon than forests. Scientists are racing to track what’s left | Reuters

 

So what has the rest of the world promised to do about climate change? | Environment | The Guardian

 

Some say we can ‘solar-engineer’ ourselves out of the climate crisis. Don’t buy it | Climate change | The Guardian

 

Speed at which world’s glaciers are melting has doubled in 20 years | Glaciers | The Guardian

 

Stability in the Middle East now depends on how serious we are about tackling climate change | The Independent

 

The Arctic is greening - but not as much as we had hoped, study finds

 

The Climate change ‘endgame’ in a world bound for 1.5 degrees warming

 

There aren’t enough trees in the world to offset society’s carbon emissions – and there never will be

 

Wealthy nations ‘failing to help developing world tackle climate crisis’ | Global climate talks | The Guardian

From April 2021

 

Parcels of good news continued to pour in but plastered with ‘Fragile’ stickers.

The United States and China agreed to agree to agree about doing something serious on the climate front while US President Biden pushed on with decarbonization plans back home. Japan wants hydrogen to be its mainstay in the climate war but will that really suit the planet or will hydrogen ultimately bomb?

Those at the coalface of climate action are warning that so much of the rhetoric and expressed ambition may be doomed to serious compromise. For example, won’t rogue states jump in to take advantage of fossil fuels that are cheaper due to low demand?

 

Will the Tropical Trump, Brazil’s Bolsonaro really reduce Amazon deforestation or will he, having discovered that people will pay to save the precious place, double down on destruction in the hope of more reward?

Is solar geoengineering of any kind a safe option even if it is doable? And have the accountants missed something massive - such as this: Could it just be that net zero is a dangerous trap?

Such questions keep earth scientists up at night because no-one is really in control of this overladen supertanker. The UN perhaps offers the most consistently credible leadership even if the global organization itself resembles a giant cargo ship picking its way through a long canal with a train of hopeful vessels on its tail.