Mega impacts already here

BY TOM ENGELHARDT,AUGUST 12, 2021, LA Progressive, https://www.laprogressive.com/slow-motion-apocalypse/ Whether you’ve been sweating and swearing under the latest heat dome; fleeing fires somewhere in the West; broiling in a Siberia that’s releasing startling amounts of heat-producing methane into the atmosphere; being swept away by flood waters in Germany; sweltering in an unprecedented heat-and-fire season in Greece (where even the suburbs of Athens were being evacuated); baking in Turkey or on …

Quantifying national responsibility for climate breakdown: an equality-based attribution approach for carbon dioxide emissions in excess of the planetary boundary, based on equal per capita access to the atmospheric commons. The US is responsible for 40 percent of excess emissions as of 2015.

By Jason Hickel, The Lancet | VOLUME 4, ISSUE 9, E399-E404, SEPTEMBER 01, 2020 PDF [372 KB] jasonhickel@gmail.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2542-5196(20)30196-0PlumX Metrics Summary: This analysis proposes a novel method for quantifying national responsibility for damages related to climate change by looking at national contributions to cumulative CO2 emissions in excess of the planetary boundary of 350 ppm atmospheric CO2 concentration. This approach is rooted in the …

Nature: A wasted decade of climate inaction shows us that incremental shifts that might have been sufficient at one time are no longer enough. A rapid shift with 4x the work or a third the time is necessary now. Some have stopped fossil fuel production and exploration, but not US

04 March 2020, Nature. Emissions: world has four times the work or one-third of the time: New synthesis shows what a wasted decade means for the climate pact made in Paris. Nature 579, 25-28 (2020) doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-020-00571-x, https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00571-x The past decade of political failure on climate change has cost us all dearly. It has shrunk the time left for action by two-thirds. …

Emissions are still rising. Global fossil fuel use is similar to a decade ago.

Reuters, June 2021: https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/global-fossil-fuel-use-similar-decade-ago-energy-mix-report-says-2021-06-14/  The share of fossil fuels in the world’s total energy mix is as high as a decade ago, despite the falling cost of renewables and pressure on governments to act on climate change, a report by green energy policy network REN21 showed in its  Renewables 2021 Global Status Report Fossil fuel use has persisted amid rising …

Hail, America’s most under-rated climate risk has expanded footprint across the country + ‘staggering increase in heat deaths’. Fossil fuel and coal downturn

Hail! It’s America’s most underrated climate risk, Atlantic, February 9, 2021. (See bottom of this post) Wisconsin researchers in a new study find that over the last 40 years hail has expanded its footprint across the country and has become more frequent in the so-called Hail Alley stretching from Wyoming to Texas. Study: Warmer weather will increase flooding in the Columbia River Basin this …

The amount of energy accumulating in the oceans is equivalent to detonating five Hiroshima atomic bombs per second, every second over the past 25 years

6 February 2020 Earth is heating at a rate equivalent to five atomic bombs per second. This is a re-post from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists A recent study in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences reported that the heat absorbed in Earth’s oceans reached a new record in 2019. This has been the case for almost every year over the past decade, but this information …

Impacts worsening, pace of climate change and Arctic melting increasing

The year started with fires in Australia, and all year long it seemed as if areas of the globe were aflame, culminating in California’s worst wildfire season and infernos in places that rarely burned. At the same time, there were more major tropical storms in the Atlantic than ever recorded before. Last year, Hiroko Tabuchi, a climate reporter, and Jonah Kessel, a videographer, …

Gas underestimated and we’ll get 2.3 C of heating with what we’ve emitted thus far, but we can control the speed

More Than Two Degrees of Climate Warming Is Already Locked In, New Study in Nature Climate Change Finds, by Olivia Rosane Jan. 06, 2021 Researchers estimate that a likely total of 2.3 degrees Celsius of warming is now locked in. DuKai photographer / Getty Images Existing greenhouse gases will eventually push the climate into more than two degrees of warming, according to a study published …

Faster melting, hotter temperatures predicted in new climate models

15 December 2020, Carbon Brief, New climate models suggest faster melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet AYESHA TANDON Greenland’s vast ice sheet could melt faster than previously thought over the 21st century, according to a new study. The Greenland ice sheet is the second largest mass of ice on Earth, holding enough water to raise global sea levels by 7.2 metres. …

1.5°C above baseline is now the prescribed upper limit to global warming. Global temps for first 6 months of 2020 registered 1.3°C above baseline.

Global temperature for the first six months of 2020 registered 1.3°C above baseline, a number that has new significance ever since the IPCC Special Report/2018 about the risks of exceeding 1.5°C. NOVEMBER 20, 2020, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/11/20/expert-ipcc-reviewer-speaks-out/ Expert IPCC Reviewer Speaks Out BY ROBERT HUNZIKER Expert IPCC Reviewer Speaks Out Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion/XR recently interviewed Peter Carter, M.D., who has …