Floods Devastate German Towns

Heavy rains caused flooding in regions of West Germany, affecting the region of Ahrweiler (Rheinland-Pfalz). In the town Schuld (Nordrhein-Westfalen), several buildings collapsed with others prone to collapse. The town of Hagen is also affected, near Wuppertal a dam overflow – subsequently towns around Steinbachtalsperre in Euskirchen were evacuated. Dozens of people are missing, 33…

The Climate State may Tip at 1.5 or 2 C of Global Temperature Rise

These results indicate that climate tipping is an imminent risk in the Earth System. Even the safe operating space of 1.5 or 2.0 degrees above present generally assumed by the IPCC might not be all that safe. According to the precautionary principle, we must consider abrupt and irreversible changes to the climate system as a real risk – at least until we understand these phenomena better.

Zombie Fires and Wildfires Rage in Yakutia, Russia (Again)

In May locals reported fires burning near Khandyga, 380 km northeast of Yakutsk – a region hit by last summer’s wildfires, with temperatures diving as low as -58ºF (-50ºC) during the winter months. StrangeSounds May 6th 2021: Last week, authorities put Novobirsk’s 1.7 million residents under what’s known as a “black sky” air quality warning…

Shell in 1958 warned about increased carbon emissions from car exhaust

The Guardian: Shell, like other oil companies, had decades to prepare for those consequences after it was forewarned by its own research. In 1958, one of its executives, Charles Jones, presented a paper to the industry’s trade group, the American Petroleum Institute (API), warning about increased carbon emissions from car exhaust. Other research followed through the…

Australia the Climate Villain

The Carbon Action Tracker summary for Australia: Australia has not implemented an effective climate policy The Australian government has initiated a gas-led recovery rather than a green recovery Shown no intention of updating its Paris Agreement target nor adopting a net-zero emissions target Focusing on what it calls a “technology neutral” approach, which is contradicted…