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…

U.S. Congress approves Democrats historic climate bill after decades of legislative defeats

Scientific American: The Senate’s passage of a monumental climate bill comes after decades of legislative defeats, but it is still an early step in drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions. CLIMATEWIRE | Three decades after ratifying the world’s first climate treaty, the Senate passed a sweeping budget bill Sunday that pours hundreds of billions of dollars into…

Release: The Climate State App now available at the Microsoft Store

The Climate State Application is now available at the Microsoft Store. The app for desktop computers, running Windows 10 or 11 features content about the climate on Earth, including articles, wikis, and videos. The Climate State App can be considered a major climate related content platform. Large parts are also available for audio playback, offering…

NASA Studies Find Previously Unknown Loss of Antarctic Ice

New research on Antarctica, including the first map of iceberg calving, doubles the previous estimates of loss from ice shelves and details how the continent is changing. NASA: The greatest uncertainty in forecasting global sea level rise is how Antarctica’s ice loss will accelerate as the climate warms. Two studies published Aug. 10 and led…