Alert: We are close to triggering irreversible ecosystem and weather changes

Our environment involves many different systems, and some of them are close to changing in drastic ways, for human time scales irreversible. Exceeding 1.5°C global warming could trigger multiple climate tipping points Science (Study): Climate tipping points are conditions beyond which changes in a part of the climate system become self-perpetuating. These changes may lead…

How Climate Change Fuels Pakistan’s Floods

VOX notes that Pakistan has more than 7,000 glaciers, and that changes in climatic conditions melting them, fueling floodwaters. A series of extreme floods has utterly devastated the South Asian nation, which is home to some 225 million people, washing away roads and buildings, destroying farms, and stranding hundreds of thousands. Over the weekend, which brought…

Discovery: Past Global Warming was more Extreme, Temperatures of 12–14C, today equivalent is around 1–2C

Ars Technica: New technique shows old temperatures were much hotter than thought. Results imply Earth may be more sensitive to carbon dioxide than previously known. In a paper recently published in Science, Professor Nele Meckler of the University of Bergen and colleagues argue that the climate between around 35 and 60 million years ago may have been…

Pakistan Floods: Hundreds dead and millions are without shelter

Al Jazeera: Islamabad, Pakistan – The government has declared devastating floods a “national emergency” after nearly 1,000 people died and more than 30 million are without shelter as monsoon rains continue to lash the South Asian nation. At least 937 people have died since mid-June, including 343 children, according to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), with large…

Biden signs historic legislation to pour billions into fighting climate change as the global temperature continues to rise

Nature: Scientists welcome ‘enormous’ US climate bill — but call for stronger action. Several US agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of Energy (DOE), will see a significant influx of cash from a massive climate and tax bill that US President Joe Biden signed on 16 August. Scientists around…

Review: Five Days at Memorial #NoSpoiler

Five Days at Memorial is an American disaster medical drama television miniseries based on the 2013 book of the same name by Sheri Fink. The miniseries was developed, written and directed by John Ridley and Carlton Cuse. The series premiered on August 12, 2022, on Apple TV+. The series depicts the difficulties a New Orleans hospital endures during and after Hurricane Katrina makes landfall on the city. Hurricane Katrina ranks still…

European drought dries up rivers, kills fish, shrivels crops, and reduces electricity generation

ABC News: LUX, France — Once, a river ran through it. Now, white dust and thousands of dead fish cover the wide trench that winds amid rows of trees in France’s Burgundy region in what was the Tille River in the village of Lux. From dry and cracked reservoirs in Spain to falling water levels on…