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The 100 most crucial climate change news links from

September 2023 

News links for October


Acceleration and the hope-doom schism

Earth ‘well outside safe operating space for humanity’, scientists find | Climate crisis | The Guardian

Earth just had its hottest summer on record, U.N. says, warning "climate breakdown has begun" - CBS News

How rising water vapour in the atmosphere is amplifying warming and making extreme weather worse

Humanity has ‘opened gates to hell’ by letting climate crisis worsen, UN secretary warns | United Nations | The Guardian

I'm a climate scientist and I think society will collapse by 2050. Here's how I'm preparing

June Extremes Suggest Parts of the Climate System Are Reaching Tipping Points - Inside Climate News

Summer 2023 was the hottest on record – yes, it's climate change, but don't call it 'the new normal'

World inching ever closer to a great fracture, says UN chief | United Nations | The Guardian

Business, politics and international relations

Africa Climate Summit links 'unfair' debt burden with calls to make continent's green assets pay off | AP News

Australia to acknowledge climate risk to government bonds after world-first court settlement | Law (Australia) | The Guardian

California sues oil giants, claiming they downplayed climate change for decades : NPR

Chasm between climate action and scientific reality laid bare in UN stocktake | Climate crisis | The Guardian

Climate change is coming for America’s property market

Climate politics is more complex and urgent than ever – is the IPCC still fit for purpose? | Adam Standring | The Guardian

Coalition of small island states makes a case that greenhouse gas emissions are covered by UN Law of the Sea | The World from PRX

Drought affecting Panama Canal threatens 40% of world's cargo ship traffic - CBS News

For Greek Fires and Other Crises, E.U. Builds Emergency Force - The New York Times

Macron launches ‘ecological plan’ to end France’s use of fossil fuels by 2030 | Emmanuel Macron | The Guardian

Renewables are cheaper than ever yet fossil fuel use is still growing – here’s why

The Climate Ambition Summit Was Notably Unambitious, Advocates Say - Inside Climate News

US sets new record for billion-dollar climate disasters in single year | Climate crisis | The Guardian

US Home Insurance ‘Bubble’ Closer to Popping as Climate Risks Mount - Bloomberg

World’s Biggest Climate Deal at Risk: Indonesia Green Energy Plan Problems - Bloomberg

Commissions, emissions and omissions

Aviation: The Industry's Path to Becoming Green Doesn't Exist - Bloomberg

‘Beginning of the end’ of fossil fuel era approaching, says IEA | Energy industry | The Guardian

Biden bans drilling in Alaskan refuge due to climate crisis | The Independent

Experts call for global moratorium on efforts to geoengineer climate | Geoengineering | The Guardian

How air pollution heats and cools the planet - Vox

Earth’s Fever

Deadly humid heatwaves to spread rapidly as climate warms – study | Climate crisis | The Guardian

Report says Antarctica witnessed world’s most intense heatwave in 2022 | Climate News | Al Jazeera

‘Smashed’: summer of 2023 the hottest ever recorded | Extreme weather | The Guardian

The hottest summer in human history – a visual timeline | Climate crisis | The Guardian

The summer food went weird: searing heat reshapes US food production | Environment | The Guardian

Whew! Japan had hottest summer on record, weather agency says | Reuters

World meteorologists point to ‘vicious cycle’ of heatwaves and air pollution | Climate crisis | The Guardian

Brazilian state reels after its worst cyclone disaster - BBC News

Idalia rapidly intensified ahead of landfall. Expect more of the same in a warming world. » Yale Climate Connections

Ecology, farming and natural sinks

Climate change takes habitat from big fish, the ocean's key predators | The Independent

Europe’s ‘insect apocalypse’ may mostly be driven by changing weather | New Scientist

Mass death of Amazonian dolphins prompts fears for vulnerable species | Dolphins | The Guardian

Q&A: Major global report reveals how climate, land use and trade drive ‘invasive species’ - Carbon Brief

Rainforest study: Scientists now know the temperature at which photosynthesis stops | Grist

They kill their own parents, children and neighbours. Now life is even worse for the vicious alpine marmot | Wildlife | The Guardian

Wildfires turn Canada’s vast forests from carbon sink into super-emitter | Canada wildfires | The Guardian

Ice and oceans

Antarctic sea ice shrinks to lowest annual maximum level on record, data shows | Antarctica | The Guardian

Antarctica may have entered ‘new regime’ of low sea ice as global warming ramps up | Antarctica | The Guardian

‘Exceptional’ Antarctic melt drives months of record-low global sea ice cover - Carbon Brief

Guest post: Ice cores reveal Antarctica is warming twice as fast as global average - Carbon Brief

Study: Near-surface permafrost will be nearly gone by 2100 | UAF news and information

Swiss glaciers get 10% smaller in two years - BBC News

Offset Upsets

Carbon credit market confidence ebbs as big names retreat | Reuters

In-depth Q&A: Can ‘carbon offsets’ help to tackle climate change?

Infographic: How are carbon offsets supposed to work?

Liberia to concede territory to UAE firm in carbon offset deal | Middle East Eye

Rainforest carbon credit schemes misleading and ineffective, finds report | Carbon offsetting | The Guardian

Timeline: The 60-year history of carbon offsets

Science journal articles

Abrupt, climate-induced increase in wildfires in British Columbia since the mid-2000s | Communications Earth & Environment

Aerosols must be included in climate risk assessments

Fewer, but More Intense, Future Tropical Storms Over the Ganges and Mekong Basins - Ali - 2023 - Geophysical Research Letters - Wiley Online Library

Increased risk of flash droughts with raised concurrent hot and dry extremes under global warming | npj Climate and Atmospheric Science

Is green growth happening? An empirical analysis of achieved versus Paris-compliant CO2–GDP decoupling in high-income countries - The Lancet Planetary Health

Soil heat extremes can outpace air temperature extremes | Nature Climate Change

Understanding the recent increase in multiyear La Niñas | Nature Climate Change

Weather explains the decline and rise of insect biomass over 34 years | Nature

What is a heat(wave)? An interdisciplinary perspective | Climatic Change

Widespread deoxygenation in warming rivers | Nature Climate Change


“Adversity is the first path to truth”: How climate grief could be the making of us - ABC Religion & Ethics

After 30 years, I’m finally saying what I’m not supposed to say about climate change | The Independent

Climate change imperils indoor workers in Southeast Asia and beyond - The Washington Post

Climate change influences the risk of physically harmful human-wildlife interactions - ScienceDirect

Climate change: Six young people take 32 countries to court - BBC News

Climate Disasters Are on the Rise. So Is Disinformation. – Mother Jones

Editorial: Climate change is turning prisons into deadly torture chambers - Los Angeles Times

Europe’s olive oil supply running out after drought – and the odd hailstorm | Extreme weather | The Guardian

From Western disturbances to El Niño, climate change is affecting India’s food security - The Hindu

German police have long collaborated with energy giant RWE to enforce ecological catastrophe

Germany passes law to make energy savings compulsory | Reuters

Modern slavery: Pakistan’s latest climate change curse | Climate Crisis | Al Jazeera

Opinion | What It’s Like to Watch This Year’s Wildfires After Spending a Summer Planting Trees. - The New York Times

Pressure and pay drive exodus of US wildfire fighters: ‘The fatigue is real’ | Wildfires | The Guardian

The people of Ecuador just made climate justice history. The world can follow | Steven Donziger | The Guardian

Urban Animals Can’t Take the Heat, Study Finds - The New York Times

Why are my allergies so bad? Climate change may be partly to blame. » Yale Climate Connections

Why your perception of climate change threats might depend on where you live – new research

Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink

Climate change "undoubtedly" played a role in Libyan floods that killed over 11,000 people: experts |

Destruction of Derna: why was flooding so bad in Libyan port city? | Libya flood (2023) | The Guardian

Faster disaster: climate change fuels 'flash droughts', intense downpours and storms

Fire regimes around Australia shifted abruptly 20 years ago – and falling humidity is why

Fire to flood: Greece's destructive roller-coaster ride » Yale Climate Connections

Inundation and Injustice: Flooding Presents a Formidable Threat to the Great Lakes Region - Inside Climate News

Libya’s floods are result of climate crisis meeting a failed state | Libya | The Guardian

Mississippi River forecast: Grim outlook for rain and water levels | CNN

Q&A: How are Libya’s ‘medicane’-fuelled floods linked to climate change? - Carbon Brief

‘Sea is constantly dumping bodies’: fears Libya flood death toll may hit 20,000 | Libya floods 2023 | The Guardian

The Guardian view on Libya’s floods: humans, not just nature, caused this disaster | Editorial | The Guardian

Torrential rain in Spain causes major flooding - BBC News

Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria hit by fatal flash floods | Turkey | The Guardian

Warming Could Push India Toward a Groundwater Crisis - The New York Times

Why Rain Is Getting Fiercer on a Warming Planet | WIRED

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