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12/10/18
Author: 
David Wallace-Wells

Just two years ago, amid global fanfare, the Paris climate accords were signed — initiating what seemed, for a brief moment, like the beginning of a planet-saving movement. But almost immediately, the international goal it established of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius began to seem, to many of the world’s most vulnerable, dramatically

12/10/18
Author: 
David Wallace-Wells

Just two years ago, amid global fanfare, the Paris climate accords were signed — initiating what seemed, for a brief moment, like the beginning of a planet-saving movement. But almost immediately, the international goal it established of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius began to seem, to many of the world’s most vulnerable, dramatically

12/10/18
Author: 
Rachel Smolker

As part of the Paris agreement, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was asked “to provide a special report in 2018 on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 [degrees Celsius] above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways.” That report was released on October 8.

11/10/18
Author: 
Kate Aronoff
Coal-fired Robert W Scherer Power Plant, one of the nation’s top carbon dioxide emitters, in Juliette, Ga., on June 3, 2017.
October 9 2018
 

AROUND THE MIDDLE of the last century, the chemical DDT was found to pose a risk to human and animal health. The ultimate response — after a prolonged fight between environmentalists and the chemical industry — was a federal ban on all uses of the substance found to be unsafe.

09/10/18
Author: 
Fiona Harvey
 The north-east coastline of Greenland, one of the world’s two great ice sheets. Photograph: HANDOUT/AFP/Getty Images

IPCC report ‘underestimates potential of these key dangers to send Earth into spiral of runaway climate change’

23/09/18
Author: 
Patrice Taddonio

 

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 
 

For centuries, the enormous ice sheet covering the Arctic island of Greenland has been relatively stable.

22/09/18
Author: 
Rex Weyler

In July of this year, during record-smashing heat waves and forest fires, a group of scientists published “Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene,” exploring the risk that climate feedbacks could lead to runaway heating and a “Hothouse Earth.” Will Steffen, Johan Rockström, and Katherine Richardson — from the Universities of Stockholm, Australia, and Copenhagen, with colleagues from Stanford, Cambridge, Potsdam, The Netherlands, and elsewhere — published the paper in the US 

12/09/18
Author: 
Fiona Ferguson
There  is still time. .

[Editor: This is surely one of the best expositions of the situation and of what has to be done right now.  A must read!]

There is Still Time for an Ecological Revolution to Prevent Hothouse Earth:

07/09/18
Author: 
Dan Lashof

This story originally published on World Resources Institute.

If your colleague or child does well and you give her or him positive feedback, that’s good.

If climate change causes a cascade of impacts that result in additional climate change — which scientists call "positive feedback" — that’s bad, and maybe catastrophic.

22/08/18
Author: 
Jonathan Watts
Blue sky begins to break through the clouds over Arctic Ocean ice Sept. 9, 2009. Photo by Patrick Kelley, U.S. Coast Guard

This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Deskcollaboration.

The oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters north of Greenland that are normally frozen, even in summer.

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