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Damian Carrington
Pedalos on the banks of the Marmara Sea covered with sea snot. As the climate crisis heats the seas, plankton are on the move, with potentially profound consequences for ocean life and humans. Photograph: Yasin Akgül/AFP/Getty

Feb. 1, 2022

Formerly rare high temperatures now covering half of seas and devastating wildlife, study shows

Extreme heat in the world’s oceans passed the “point of no return” in 2014 and has become the new normal, according to research.

Scientists analysed sea surface temperatures over the last 150 years, which have risen because of global heating. They found that extreme temperatures occurring just 2% of the time a century ago have occurred at least 50% of the time across the global ocean since 2014.

international coalition of prominent scientists and governance scholars
Sun in cloud

The following open letter was issued by an international coalition of prominent scientists and governance scholars on January 17, 2022. It calls for an international treaty to outlaw attempts to reduce global heating by blocking sunlight from reaching earth.

Matt Simon
The image shows a thermokarst lake in Alaska. Thermokarst lakes form in the Arctic when permafrost thaws. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Jan. 12, 2022

This story was originally published by Wired and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Seth Borenstein
This 2019 photo provided by the British Antarctic Survey shows a hole in the Thwaites glacier in Antarctica. Starting Thursday, Jan. 6, 2021, a team of scientists are sailing to the massive but melting Thwaites glacier, “the place in the world that’s the hardest to get to,” so they can better figure out how much and how fast seas will rise because of global warming eating away at Antarctica’s ice. (David Vaughan/British Antarctic Survey via AP)

Jan. 6, 2022

A team of scientists is sailing to “the place in the world that’s the hardest to get to” so they can better figure out how much and how fast seas will rise because of global warming eating away at Antarctica’s ice.

Alfred W. McCoy, TomDispatch
Ice melts on tundra and thawing permafrost in Newtok, Alaska. BONNIE JO MOUNT / THE WASHINGTON POST VIA GETTY IMAGES

The climate disruption impacts he outlines are scary enough. But in discussing the need for systemic solutions, he doesn’t even mention the dominant global economic system that is hastening the cataclysms he predicts. Gene McGuckin

Dec. 16, 2021

Sarah Kaplan
Arctic ice

Dec, 13, 2021

Watch video here:

The ice shelf was cracking up. Surveys showed warm ocean water eroding its underbelly. Satellite imagery revealed long, parallel fissures in the frozen expanse, like scratches from some clawed monster. One fracture grew so big, so fast, scientists took to calling it “the dagger.”

Michael Northrop
Michael Northrop

Nov. 16, 2021

Finance is uniquely positioned to save the planet, but has already financed 1.5֯ C of warming

Carbon Tracker, the London Financial Analytics shop, told us about this in 2019. Maybe because Covid-19 intervened, we didn't fully absorb it.

Nicole Carroll

Dec. 3, 2021

Think your area has had more rain than usual? You're probably right. 

Think your area has had less rain than usual? Again, you're probably right. 


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