Tag Archives: Climate Change

Parts of world on brink of ‘sustained heat’ beyond human tolerance decades earlier than expected, researchers warn

Parts of world on brink of ‘sustained heat’ beyond human tolerance decades earlier than expected, researchers warn

“Intolerable” heat and humidity caused by global warming had been expected in the coming decades, but now researchers have found that the crisis is already here. A new study identifies thousands of previously rare or unprecedented bouts of extreme heat and humidity are taking place now across the world in Asia, Africa, Australia, South America and North …

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Satellites reveal clearest picture of ice-melting in Antarctica

Satellites reveal clearest picture of ice-melting in Antarctica

NASA satellites have provided more data than ever before on what has been happening to Antarctica and Greenland’s ice over the past 16 years with dire, if not entirely unexpected, findings. Both polar ice sheets are losing billions of tonnes of ice every year and adding to sea-level rise. The results revealed that although there …

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Sliding glaciers ‘a new threat’ as global warming melts ice

Sliding glaciers ‘a new threat’ as global warming melts ice

Global warming is increasing the risk of catastrophic glacier detachments, geologists have warned. Meltwater generated by warmer summers is posing a new threat “that we are only just beginning to understand”, according to researchers who investigated what unleashed a torrent of ice and rock that slid for seven miles through a …

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Climate crisis: Releasing bison, reindeer and horses into the Arctic would slow warming, say scientists

Climate crisis: Releasing bison, reindeer and horses into the Arctic would slow warming, say scientists

Releasing herds of animals into the Arctic could help tackle the climate crisis, researchers say. A computerised simulation of conditions at the polar region found that with enough wildlife, 80 per cent of the world’s permafrost soils could be saved, preventing a vicious circle of environmental catastrophe. Half of all …

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Employees Are Fighting For A New Cause At Work: The Climate

Employees Are Fighting For A New Cause At Work: The Climate

At the end of February, thousands of cleaning workers in Minneapolis marched in what’s believed to have been the first union-authorized climate strike in the United States. The protesters, many of them immigrants and people of color who have seen their communities harmed by everything from air pollution to drought, …

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‘Human beings have overrun the world’: David Attenborough calls for an end to waste in impassioned plea to address climate change

‘Human beings have overrun the world’: David Attenborough calls for an end to waste in impassioned plea to address climate change

David Attenborough has warned that “human beings have overrun the world” and are sending it into decline, in a new documentary detailing his vision for how the world can stop climate breakdown. “This film is my witness statement and my vision for the future – the story of how we …

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Methane levels at all-time high after near-record increase in gas 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide

Methane levels at all-time high after near-record increase in gas 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide

Global methane levels have hit an all-time high after what appears to be a near-record yearly atmospheric increase in the potent greenhouse gas. The concentration of methane in the Earth’s atmosphere reached nearly 1,875 parts per billion in 2019, up from the previous year’s 1,866 parts per billion, according to preliminary data collected …

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Indigenous communities fear being ‘wiped out’ by coronavirus and fight with scant resources amid lack of government support

Indigenous communities fear being 'wiped out' by coronavirus and fight with scant resources amid lack of government support

Indigenous peoples are at risk of being wiped out by the coronavirus, community leaders have warned, as they battle the pandemic with meagre resources in the void of government support. Community leaders, in the Amazon Basin and Indonesia, are being forced to employ ad-hoc strategies to protect people in remote …

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‘More gutsiness, more passion’: The climate community on what Joe Biden needs to do to win their support

'More gutsiness, more passion': The climate community on what Joe Biden needs to do to win their support

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign got off to an inauspicious start but with decisive wins in recent primaries, he appears set to seize the Democratic nomination. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is still in the fight but the path to the nomination is increasingly narrow. Download the new Independent Premium app Sharing …

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Why We Panic About The Coronavirus But Not About The Climate Crisis

Why We Panic About The Coronavirus But Not About The Climate Crisis

We face two global crises. In both cases, the science is crystal clear, the economic and social impacts are devastating, and people are dying. But our reactions to them are very different. One is the coronavirus pandemic. While many governments have been criticized for slow and uneven responses to the …

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