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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

 

 

Drought

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

 

 

Emissions reduction

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

 

 

Finance

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

 

 

Fires

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

 

 

Geoengineering

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

 

 

Health

'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

 

 

Litigation

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

 

 

Oil

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 Climate.gov

 

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

 

 

Society

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 90+ worthy news stories.

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