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Al Shaw, Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, and Jeremy W. Goldsmith

September 15, 2020.

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George Monbiot
A flash flood caused by Tropical Storm Henri in Helmetta, New Jersey, on 22 August 2021. ‘The extreme weather in 2021 – the heat domes, droughts, fires, floods and cyclones – is, frankly, terrifying.’ Photograph: Tom Brenner/AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 9, 2021

Climate policies commit us to a calamitous 2.9C of global heating, but catastrophic changes can occur at even 1.5C or 2C

If there’s one thing we know about climate breakdown, it’s that it will not be linear, smooth or gradual. Just as one continental plate might push beneath another in sudden fits and starts, causing periodic earthquakes and tsunamis, our atmospheric systems will absorb the stress for a while, then suddenly shift. Yet, everywhere, the programmes designed to avert it are linear, smooth and gradual.

The Energy Mix
Greenland Ice Sheet

Sept. 2, 2021

This story includes details about the impacts of climate change that may be difficult for some readers. If you are feeling overwhelmed by this crisis situation here is a list of resources on how to cope with fears and feelings about the scope and pace of the climate crisis.

In a recent satellite image of the Greenland ice sheet, pools of blue and a menacing swath of grey signal an ecosystem in an accelerating state of meltdown.

Gemma Tarlach
In a satellite image of the Greenland Ice Sheet's southwest corner taken Aug. 21, 2021, pale blue meltwater streams across ice. The deeper blue areas are meltwater lakes. Photo by European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-2 Imagery

August 30th 2021

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

Michael T. Klare -
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, third from left in front row, in May, visiting Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. (U.S. Air Force, Brittany A. Chase)

August 26, 2021

By 2049, Michael T. Klare says China will be a climate disaster zone, not a military superpower.

In recent months, Washington has had a lot to say about China’s ever-expanding air, naval and missile power. But when Pentagon officials address the topic, they generally speak less about that country’s current capabilities, which remain vastly inferior to those of the U.S., than the world they foresee in the 2030s and 2040s, when Beijing is expected to have acquired far more sophisticated weaponry.

Damian Carrington
Scoresby Sound is a large fjord system of the Greenland Sea. The rain fell during an exceptionally hot three days this month in Greenland when temperatures were 18 C higher than average in places. Photo by Dylan Shaw / Unsplash

August 23rd 2021

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

Brian Tokar
IPCC Graphic 2021

[Two further IPCC reports to come in February (climate impacts) and March (mitigation).]

Aug. 19, 2021

Justin Mikulka
Charging Bull, or the Bull of Wall Street. Credit: htmvalerio, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Aug 13, 2021

Comments from a recent energy industry conference reveal major financiers of fossil fuels view environmental and social investing concerns as a trend to “inoculate” against but not a long-term threat to the industry.

“I kind of remind people, I personally think oil is a renewable, it just takes a little bit longer,” said Mari Salazar, senior vice president and manager of Energy Financial Services for BOK Financial, an Oklahoma-based bank that caters to the oil and gas industry. 


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