Experts warn the NSW South Coast marine environment is undergoing a ‘dynamic state of change’

Scientists estimate that Australia’s east coast estuaries are warming four times faster than anywhere else in the world. Prof Maria Byrne from the Sydney Institute…Continue readingExperts warn the NSW South Coast marine environment is undergoing a ‘dynamic state of change’

Emissions warning: calls to stop ‘skyrocketing’ land clearing in NSW

Land clearing in New South Wales (NSW), Australia continues to exceed the long-term average. 51,400 hectares (127,012 acres) of woody vegetation was cleared across the…Continue readingEmissions warning: calls to stop ‘skyrocketing’ land clearing in NSW

US supreme court rules against EPA and hobbles government power to limit harmful emissions

The US supreme court has sided with Republican-led states to in effect hobble the federal government’s ability to tackle the climate crisis. In a 6-3…Continue readingUS supreme court rules against EPA and hobbles government power to limit harmful emissions

Cement carbon dioxide emissions double in 20 years

In 2021, worldwide emissions from making cement for buildings, roads and other infrastructure hit nearly 2.6GtCO₂ (billion metric tonnes of carbon dioxide), which is more…Continue readingCement carbon dioxide emissions double in 20 years

US gas exporters sign flurry of deals

US liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers have announced a string of deals to boost exports. Cheniere Energy, the biggest American exporter, said it had reached…Continue readingUS gas exporters sign flurry of deals

Forest Service says it failed to account for climate change in New Mexico blaze

When the U.S. Forest Service started an intentional fire in the Santa Fe National Forest in early April, the aim was to reduce the risk…Continue readingForest Service says it failed to account for climate change in New Mexico blaze

Systematic warming pool discovered in the Pacific due to human activities

In a study just released in the journal Communications Earth and Environment, Dr. Armineh Barkhordarian confirms that this systematic warming pool is not the result…Continue readingSystematic warming pool discovered in the Pacific due to human activities

Hundreds of thousands evacuated in China amid heavy rains, floods

Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in southern China, according to state media, amid floods and landslides triggered by the…Continue readingHundreds of thousands evacuated in China amid heavy rains, floods

Bangladesh floods: Experts say climate crisis worsening situation

Experts say the catastrophic rain-triggered floods, which submerged large part of the country’s northern and northeastern areas, are an outcome of climate change. Saiful Islam,…Continue readingBangladesh floods: Experts say climate crisis worsening situation

Bangladesh, India floods kill over 100; millions in need of aid

Floodwaters have inundated more of Bangladesh and northeast India, officials say, as authorities struggle to reach more than 9.5 million people stranded with little food…Continue readingBangladesh, India floods kill over 100; millions in need of aid

Niger is in the eye of the climate crisis – and children are starving

Niger is on the frontline of the climate crisis. Increasingly erratic rainfall and longer dry seasons mean that many parts of the country have not…Continue readingNiger is in the eye of the climate crisis – and children are starving

Dutch join Germany, Austria, in reverting to coal

The Netherlands said it would lift all restrictions on power stations fired by the fossil fuel, which were previously limited to just over a third…Continue readingDutch join Germany, Austria, in reverting to coal

Germany fires up coal plants to avert gas shortage as Russia cuts supply

Germany will significantly increase its use of coal to preserve energy supplies ahead of the winter, as Russian cuts to gas exports threaten shortfalls in…Continue readingGermany fires up coal plants to avert gas shortage as Russia cuts supply

Spain, Germany battle wildfires amid unusual heatwave in Europe

Firefighters in Spain and Germany are struggling to contain wildfires amid a heatwave in Western Europe, unusual for this time of year. The worst damage…Continue readingSpain, Germany battle wildfires amid unusual heatwave in Europe

Europe’s five hottest summers since 1500

In just more than two decades, the continent has experienced its five hottest summers since 1500. 2021: Hottest ever Last year was Europe’s hottest summer…Continue readingEurope’s five hottest summers since 1500

Mollusc mass mortality event

In the shallow waters and seagrass meadow of Spain’s Ebro delta, there are almost no solid surfaces for creatures to latch on to. That’s where…Continue readingMollusc mass mortality event

These maps illustrate the seriousness of the western drought in the U.S.

The historic drought in the western United States is about to get worse. Much of the West is already experiencing severe to exceptional drought, but…Continue readingThese maps illustrate the seriousness of the western drought in the U.S.

Global coal consumption: Spotlight on China’s consumption for power generation

“China’s influence on coal markets is difficult to overstate”, says the International Energy Agency’s Coal 2021 report, which was published in mid-December China’s overall coal…Continue readingGlobal coal consumption: Spotlight on China’s consumption for power generation

Antarctic is changing dramatically, with global consequences

Antarctic ice sheets are melting, the continent’s climate is changing, and the Southern Ocean is warming, becoming more acidic and losing oxygen. Locally, changing climates…Continue readingAntarctic is changing dramatically, with global consequences

Prolonged heat wave baking much of central, eastern Lower 48

A significant heat dome has been crowding weather maps over the Lower 48 states for the past week, bringing blistering temperatures that have toppled records.…Continue readingProlonged heat wave baking much of central, eastern Lower 48

First evidence of microplastics in Antarctic snow

Most people see Antarctica as a pristine, relatively untouched place, but a new study published today has revealed the presence of microplastics – plastic pieces…Continue readingFirst evidence of microplastics in Antarctic snow

Sea level rise in England will force 200,000 to abandon homes

Sea level rise will force the abandonment of about 200,000 coastal properties in England within 30 years, new data suggests, as the climate crisis takes…Continue readingSea level rise in England will force 200,000 to abandon homes

How does the distant past determine today’s global rate of energy consumption?

Global economic production – the world gross domestic product (GDP) – has been rising steadily relative to global primary energy demands, lending hope that technological…Continue readingHow does the distant past determine today’s global rate of energy consumption?

Iraq swept by tenth sandstorm in weeks

Iraq temporarily closed Baghdad airport Monday as choking clouds of dust blanketed the capital, the latest crippling sandstorm in a country that has warned climate…Continue readingIraq swept by tenth sandstorm in weeks

A huge Atlantic ocean current is slowing down—if it collapses, La Niña could become the norm for Australia

Climate change is slowing down the conveyor belt of ocean currents that brings warm water from the tropics up to the North Atlantic. Our research,…Continue readingA huge Atlantic ocean current is slowing down—if it collapses, La Niña could become the norm for Australia

QatarEnergy signs deal with TotalEnergies for North Field East

QatarEnergy signed a partnership deal with TotalEnergies for the North Field East expansion of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, and said more…Continue readingQatarEnergy signs deal with TotalEnergies for North Field East

Tanzania signs natural gas deal with Equinor and Shell

Tanzania has signed a framework agreement with Norway’s Equinor and Britain’s Shell that will bring them closer to starting construction on a $30 billion project…Continue readingTanzania signs natural gas deal with Equinor and Shell

Canada’s oil sands: why some of the world’s dirtiest fuel is now in hot demand

Alberta’s producers — forced to contend with sub-zero oil prices just a couple of years ago — are using the windfall from $100 a barrel…Continue readingCanada’s oil sands: why some of the world’s dirtiest fuel is now in hot demand

Oil and gas back in vogue for retail investors

Oil and gas is back in fashion — at least on the stock market. Soaring fossil fuel prices, pushed higher by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,…Continue readingOil and gas back in vogue for retail investors

97% of Portugal in severe drought

Almost the whole of Portugal was in severe drought at the end of May. The month of May was the hottest in the southern European…Continue reading97% of Portugal in severe drought

Global plastic use and waste on track to triple by 2060

A world severely blighted by plastic pollution is on track to see the use of plastics nearly triple in less than four decades. Even with…Continue readingGlobal plastic use and waste on track to triple by 2060

Carbon dioxide peak for 2022 more than 50% higher than pre-industrial levels

Carbon dioxide measured at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory peaked for 2022 at 421 parts per million in May, pushing the atmosphere further into…Continue readingCarbon dioxide peak for 2022 more than 50% higher than pre-industrial levels

A ‘Perfect Recipe for Extreme Wildfire’:
New Mexico’s Record-Breaking, Early Fire Season

Fueled by abnormally dry, warm conditions and spread by strong winds, wildfires have burned more than 600,000 acres across New Mexico this spring — making…Continue readingA ‘Perfect Recipe for Extreme Wildfire’:
New Mexico’s Record-Breaking, Early Fire Season

Old King Coal: price reaches highest level in more than 200 years, on track for $500

Coal prices are soaring, hitting $462 per tonne today, up from $186 on the 23rd of February and likely to pass $500 this year. Russia is Europe’s…Continue readingOld King Coal: price reaches highest level in more than 200 years, on track for $500

‘It seems this heat will take our lives’: Pakistan city fearful after hitting 51˚C (124˚F)

Muhammad Akbar, 40, sells dried chickpeas on a wheelbarrow in Jacobabad, and has suffered heatstroke three times in his life. But now, he says, the…Continue reading‘It seems this heat will take our lives’: Pakistan city fearful after hitting 51˚C (124˚F)

Climate change ravages Iraq as palm trees make way for desert

Basra, Iraq – Southern Iraq was once known as the “black land” – the vast swaths of palm trees blocking out everything else, and providing…Continue readingClimate change ravages Iraq as palm trees make way for desert

Venture Global to build $13 billion LNG plant on US Gulf coast

Venture Global LNG has said it will build one of the US’s largest new liquefied natural gas export plants on the Louisiana coast, the first…Continue readingVenture Global to build $13 billion LNG plant on US Gulf coast

In India, waiting for the monsoon

The summer monsoon, which typically arrives in June and continues till September, is life and livelihood. More than 75% of India’s annual rainfall occurs during…Continue readingIn India, waiting for the monsoon

Four climate change records broken in 2021: WMO State of the Climate Report

Four key climate change indicators—greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean heat and ocean acidification—set new records in 2021. “It is just a matter of…Continue readingFour climate change records broken in 2021: WMO State of the Climate Report

Bringing order to the chaos of sea level projections

In their effort to provide decision makers with insight into the consequences of climate change, climate researchers are bringing order to the large number of…Continue readingBringing order to the chaos of sea level projections

Iraq sandstorm grounds flights, sends 1,000 to hospitals

Iraq closed public buildings and temporarily shut airports Monday as another sandstorm—the ninth since mid-April—hit the country. More than 1,000 people were hospitalised across the…Continue readingIraq sandstorm grounds flights, sends 1,000 to hospitals

‘Sleeping through extinction’: China urged to end delays to COP15 summit

After two years of delays, governments had been scheduled to meet in Kunming, China, for COP15 in late April to negotiate this decade’s targets to…Continue reading‘Sleeping through extinction’: China urged to end delays to COP15 summit

Russia to cut gas supplies to Finland on Saturday: Gasum

The Finnish company said the move by Russia would not cause disruptions in supplies. “It is highly regrettable that natural gas supplies under our supply…Continue readingRussia to cut gas supplies to Finland on Saturday: Gasum

Germany, Qatar sign energy partnership agreement

Qatar and Germany have signed a declaration to deepen their energy partnership, with a focus on trade in hydrogen and liquefied natural gas (LNG), as…Continue readingGermany, Qatar sign energy partnership agreement

Australia’s oil and gas regulator criticised after chief hands out environmental ‘excellence’ awards at industry dinner

The outgoing head of Australia’s offshore oil and gas regulator has helped hand out awards to fossil fuel companies, including Santos, Inpex and Beach Energy,…Continue readingAustralia’s oil and gas regulator criticised after chief hands out environmental ‘excellence’ awards at industry dinner

Coal, oil price surges on Ukraine war make Asia’s richest richer

Gautam Adani and Mukesh Ambani are profiting from a surge in global commodity prices triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, burnishing their fossil-fuel credentials even…Continue readingCoal, oil price surges on Ukraine war make Asia’s richest richer

EU accepts it will burn more coal in move away from Russian gas

Brussels has given the green light for the EU to burn more coal over the next decade as it tries to end the use of…Continue readingEU accepts it will burn more coal in move away from Russian gas

Hotter Hotspots, Drier Dryspots, Wetter Wetspots, and Stronger Storms

Background (Nino neutral) global warming (relative to 1880-1920) is now at least 1.2°C (2.2°F) as a result of accelerated warming since 2015. What else is…Continue readingHotter Hotspots, Drier Dryspots, Wetter Wetspots, and Stronger Storms

US shale companies enjoy ‘tsunami of cash’ on high oil prices

America’s shale oil companies are enjoying a cash bonanza, as soaring oil prices and months of capital restraint transform the fortunes and balance sheets of…Continue readingUS shale companies enjoy ‘tsunami of cash’ on high oil prices

Australia’s tropical rainforests have been dying faster for decades in ‘clear and stark climate warning’

Australia’s tropical rainforest trees have being dying at double the previous rate since the 1980s, seemingly because of global heating, according to new research that…Continue readingAustralia’s tropical rainforests have been dying faster for decades in ‘clear and stark climate warning’

Mideast sandstorms snarl traffic, close schools, harm health

Sandstorms across the Middle East have delayed flights, closed schools and hospitalised thousands—a phenomenon experts say could worsen as climate change warps regional weather patterns.…Continue readingMideast sandstorms snarl traffic, close schools, harm health

Extreme temperatures compound poverty in Pakistan’s hottest city

Jacobabad in Pakistan’s arid Sindh province is in the grip of the latest heatwave to hit South Asia—peaking at 51˚C (124˚F). Canals in the city—a…Continue readingExtreme temperatures compound poverty in Pakistan’s hottest city

Pakistan city hits nearly 50˚C (122˚F) as blistering heatwave grips nation

Pakistan is in the grip of a blistering heatwave, with parts of the nation already scorched by temperatures of nearly 50˚C (122˚F) as officials warn…Continue readingPakistan city hits nearly 50˚C (122˚F) as blistering heatwave grips nation

Record carbon dioxide levels alarm scientists

A new record for the highest daily level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been set this week, ringing alarm bells about the pace…Continue readingRecord carbon dioxide levels alarm scientists

NASA’s ECOSTRESS detects ‘heat islands’ in extreme Indian heat wave

A relentless heat wave has blanketed India and Pakistan since mid-March, causing dozens of deaths, fires, increased air pollution, and reduced crop yields. Weather forecasts…Continue readingNASA’s ECOSTRESS detects ‘heat islands’ in extreme Indian heat wave

The Tories are going all out to shut down protest. Just Stop Oil activists like me will not be deterred

If your house was burning down and the emergency services were not answering your call, what would you do? Would you try to put out…Continue readingThe Tories are going all out to shut down protest. Just Stop Oil activists like me will not be deterred

World ‘at a crossroads’ in management of droughts, up 29% in a generation and worsening, reports the UN

Humanity is “at a crossroads” when it comes to managing drought and accelerating mitigation must be done “urgently, using every tool we can,” says a…Continue readingWorld ‘at a crossroads’ in management of droughts, up 29% in a generation and worsening, reports the UN

How microplastics in the air are polluting the most remote places on Earth

Microplastics are being transported to some of the most remote places on Earth by the wind, according to new research involving the University of East…Continue readingHow microplastics in the air are polluting the most remote places on Earth

India relaxes environment rules for coal mines, citing heatwave

India has relaxed environmental compliance rules for coal mines seeking to ramp up production as power outages exacerbate a sweltering heatwave, a government notice showed.…Continue readingIndia relaxes environment rules for coal mines, citing heatwave

Saudi Aramco overtakes Apple as the world’s most valuable company

Saudi Aramco has overtaken Apple as the world’s most valuable company after higher oil prices pushed shares of the world’s biggest crude exporter to record…Continue readingSaudi Aramco overtakes Apple as the world’s most valuable company

Tropical dry forests disappearing rapidly around the globe

Since 2000, more than 71 million hectares of dry forest have been destroyed, an area about twice the size of Germany. Many hotspots of deforestation…Continue readingTropical dry forests disappearing rapidly around the globe

The Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland, is at risk of collapse

Spanning more than 179,000 km2 (69,000 square miles) in Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia, the Pantanal boasts one of the highest concentration of flora and fauna…Continue readingThe Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland, is at risk of collapse

‘Devastating’: 91% of reefs surveyed on Great Barrier Reef affected by coral bleaching in 2022

The Reef snapshot: summer 2021-22, quietly published by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on Tuesday night after weeks of delay, said above-average water…Continue reading‘Devastating’: 91% of reefs surveyed on Great Barrier Reef affected by coral bleaching in 2022

Facing a new climate reality, Southern California lawns could wither

The relentless dry spell that is withering the American West is steadily warping normal life. Major reservoirs have baked down to record lows and are…Continue readingFacing a new climate reality, Southern California lawns could wither

India tries to adapt to extreme heat but is paying a heavy price

Typically, heat waves in India affect only part of the country, occur in the summer and only last for a week or so. But a…Continue readingIndia tries to adapt to extreme heat but is paying a heavy price

India, Pakistan must brace for even worse heatwaves

The devastating heatwave that gripped India and Pakistan over the last two months is unprecedented, but worse—perhaps far worse—is on the horizon as climate change…Continue readingIndia, Pakistan must brace for even worse heatwaves

Brazil deforestation shatters April record

Satellite images show a total area of destroyed forest cover of 1,012.5 square kilometres (391 square miles) from April 1 to 29, with the last…Continue readingBrazil deforestation shatters April record

‘Canaries in the coalmine’: loss of birds signals changing planet

The world’s birds, described as the planet’s “canaries in the coalmine”, are disappearing in large numbers as the colossal impact of humanity on the Earth…Continue reading‘Canaries in the coalmine’: loss of birds signals changing planet

The number of flying insects in Great Britain has plunged by almost 60% since 2004

The number of flying insects in Great Britain has plunged by almost 60% since 2004, according to a survey that counted splats on car registration…Continue readingThe number of flying insects in Great Britain has plunged by almost 60% since 2004

Precolonial First Nations oyster fisheries sustained millennia of intense harvests

Oyster fisheries in Australia and North America survived for up to 10,000 years prior to colonisation, sustaining First Nations communities even under intense harvest. Oyster…Continue readingPrecolonial First Nations oyster fisheries sustained millennia of intense harvests

Pertamina gets planning approval for $2.4 billion Rokan block development

Indonesian state-owned oil and natural gas company Pertamina has reportedly received approval for the $2.41 billion investment plan to expand the Rokan oil block. Pertamina…Continue readingPertamina gets planning approval for $2.4 billion Rokan block development

Construction begins on the world’s largest offshore wind farm

The team building Dogger Bank Wind Farm has officially marked the start of its offshore construction work with the installation of the first length of high voltage…Continue readingConstruction begins on the world’s largest offshore wind farm

Petrobras begins production from FPSO Guanabara in Mero field

The Guanabara floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO) has been designed to process up to 180,000 barrels of oil per day and 12 million…Continue readingPetrobras begins production from FPSO Guanabara in Mero field

Heat wave sparks blackouts, questions on India’s coal usage

An unusually early and brutal heat wave is scorching parts of India, with acute power shortages affecting millions as demand for electricity surges to record…Continue readingHeat wave sparks blackouts, questions on India’s coal usage

Horn of Africa ravaged by worst drought in four decades

In the Horn of Africa as a whole, in an area stretching from northern Kenya to Somalia and swaths of Ethiopia, up to 20 million…Continue readingHorn of Africa ravaged by worst drought in four decades

Where your recycling actually goes

Just 9% of all plastic waste ever created has been recycled. Last year, the U.S. exported 74,000 shipping containers of plastic waste to low-income countries.…Continue readingWhere your recycling actually goes

Over 21% of reptile species at risk of extinction

21% of reptile species are threatened with extinction, including more than half of turtles and crocodiles. More than 40% of amphibians, 25% of mammals and…Continue readingOver 21% of reptile species at risk of extinction

‘Relentless’ destruction of rainforest continuing despite Cop26 pledge

Pristine rainforests were once again destroyed at a relentless rate in 2021, according to new figures, prompting concerns governments will not meet a COP26 deal…Continue reading‘Relentless’ destruction of rainforest continuing despite Cop26 pledge

Past the precipice? Projected coral habitability under global heating

Coral reefs are rapidly declining due to local environmental degradation and global climate change. In particular, corals are vulnerable to ocean heating. Hotter oceans can…Continue readingPast the precipice? Projected coral habitability under global heating

Investors at top US banks refuse to back climate proposals

Investors refused to back resolutions demanding stricter fossil fuel financing policies at three major US banks. Proposals filed at Wells Fargo, Bank of America and…Continue readingInvestors at top US banks refuse to back climate proposals

Boom and Bust Coal 2022

The world has more than 2,400 coal-fired power plants, for a total capacity of nearly 2,100 gigawatts (GW). An additional 176GW of coal capacity is…Continue readingBoom and Bust Coal 2022

With coal surge, China puts energy security and growth before climate

Chinese leaders pledged ahead of climate negotiations in Glasgow, Scotland, last November to peak national emissions before 2030 and stop building coal power plants abroad.…Continue readingWith coal surge, China puts energy security and growth before climate

China doubles down on coal

China is in the throes of a building boom to jump start its economy. The government of President Xi Jinping has “scrambled in recent months…Continue readingChina doubles down on coal

Dead rivers, polluted oceans: Industry adds to world’s mounting water crisis

Half of all river basins across the world are now “severely affected” by water diversion projects, which can exacerbate drought conditions and lead to human…Continue readingDead rivers, polluted oceans: Industry adds to world’s mounting water crisis

Lost golden toad heralds climate’s massive extinction threat

In this mysterious woodland the cloud drapes over mountain ridges and “the trees are dwarfed and wind-sculpted, gnarled and heavily laden with mosses,” said J…Continue readingLost golden toad heralds climate’s massive extinction threat

Biden Plans to Open More Public Land to Drilling

The Biden administration announced on Friday that it would resume selling leases for new oil and gas drilling on public lands. The Interior Department said…Continue readingBiden Plans to Open More Public Land to Drilling

Chile announces unprecedented plan to ration water as drought enters 13th year

As a punishing, record-breaking drought enters its 13th year, Chile has announced an unprecedented plan to ration water for the capital of Santiago, a city…Continue readingChile announces unprecedented plan to ration water as drought enters 13th year

Electric vehicle targets ‘impossible’ without changes to lithium pipeline

Stuart Crow, chair of Lake Resources, said western companies and governments had failed to build adequate supply chains for lithium, making the sudden boom in…Continue readingElectric vehicle targets ‘impossible’ without changes to lithium pipeline

The oil giants drilling among the giraffes in Uganda

As one of the world’s most famous game reserves, Murchison Falls National Park is home to some of the largest populations of elephants, giraffes, lions…Continue readingThe oil giants drilling among the giraffes in Uganda

Canada approves controversial Bay du Nord offshore oil project

Canada’s environment minister approved Wednesday a controversial offshore oil project expected to see 300 million barrels of oil extracted over 30 years This is equivalent…Continue readingCanada approves controversial Bay du Nord offshore oil project

The world is ‘perilously close’ to irreversible climate change

Amazon rainforest becomes a savanna The 2.5 million square mile rainforest is so vast it creates its own rainfall and is home to 10% of…Continue readingThe world is ‘perilously close’ to irreversible climate change

Increase in atmospheric methane set another record during 2021. Carbon dioxide levels also record a big jump

For the second year in a row, NOAA scientists observed a record annual increase in atmospheric levels of methane, a powerful, heat-trapping greenhouse gas that’s…Continue readingIncrease in atmospheric methane set another record during 2021. Carbon dioxide levels also record a big jump

Bird populations in Panama rainforest in severe decline

Scientists from the University of Illinois tracked species of birds in a protected forest reserve in central Panama to determine if and how populations had…Continue readingBird populations in Panama rainforest in severe decline

The global ‘plastic flood’ reaches the Arctic

Large quantities of plastic—transported by rivers, the air and shipping–can now be found in the Arctic Ocean. High concentrations of microplastic can be found in…Continue readingThe global ‘plastic flood’ reaches the Arctic

Narrabri coal mine expansion gets final approval from NSW planning commission

A $400 million coal mine expansion that would result in almost half a billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions has been conditionally approved by New…Continue readingNarrabri coal mine expansion gets final approval from NSW planning commission

Climate warming has dealt yet another blow to the Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is experiencing its sixth massive bleaching event as climate change has warmed the ocean, raising concerns over whether one of the…Continue readingClimate warming has dealt yet another blow to the Great Barrier Reef

Transocean Ltd. Invests in Exploration of Seabed Minerals to Support the Renewable Energy Supply Chain

Transocean Ltd. announced today that it has purchased a minority interest in Ocean Minerals Ltd., a company engaged in the exploration of seabed resources containing metals critical…Continue readingTransocean Ltd. Invests in Exploration of Seabed Minerals to Support the Renewable Energy Supply Chain

A striking growth of CO2 emissions from the global cement industry driven by new facilities in emerging countries

Global industrialization and urbanization processes enabled a diverse cement production boom over the past three decades, as cement is the most important building construction material.…Continue readingA striking growth of CO2 emissions from the global cement industry driven by new facilities in emerging countries

A disease more lethal than covid-19 has nearly wiped out northern US long-eared bats

15 years after its was first discovered in a New York cave, white-nose syndrome has decimated the nation’s population of northern long-eared bats, reducing their…Continue readingA disease more lethal than covid-19 has nearly wiped out northern US long-eared bats

It’s 70˚F (40˚C) warmer than normal in eastern Antarctica. Scientists are flabbergasted.

The coldest location on the planet has experienced an episode of warm weather this week unlike any ever observed, with temperatures over the eastern Antarctic…Continue readingIt’s 70˚F (40˚C) warmer than normal in eastern Antarctica. Scientists are flabbergasted.

Medium- and long-term contracts signed by Chinese coal suppliers shall account for over 80% of their resources: economic planner

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country’s top economic planner, will launch special investigation into the implementation of medium- and long-term contracts signed…Continue readingMedium- and long-term contracts signed by Chinese coal suppliers shall account for over 80% of their resources: economic planner

US fires have become 4 times larger, 3 times more frequent since 2000

Work published in Science Advances shows that large fires have not only become more common, they are also spreading into new areas, impacting land that…Continue readingUS fires have become 4 times larger, 3 times more frequent since 2000

Global carbon dioxide emissions rebounded to their highest level in history in 2021

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose by 6% in 2021 to 36.3 billion tons, their highest ever level, as the world economy rebounded strongly from…Continue readingGlobal carbon dioxide emissions rebounded to their highest level in history in 2021

Increasing frequency of El Niño events expected by 2040

The study examined four possible scenarios for future carbon emissions, and found increased risk of El Niño events in all four. This means El Niño…Continue readingIncreasing frequency of El Niño events expected by 2040

Amazon rainforest tipping point is looming

The Amazon is approaching a tipping point, data shows, after which the rainforest would be lost with “profound” implications for the global climate and biodiversity.…Continue readingAmazon rainforest tipping point is looming

Florida wildfires force hundreds to evacuate their homes

Hundreds of residents in the US state of Florida were evacuated from their homes after a rash of wildfires that ignited dead vegetation swept through…Continue readingFlorida wildfires force hundreds to evacuate their homes

Africa, already suffering from warming, will see worse

Although Africa has contributed relatively little to the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions, the continent has suffered some of the world’s heaviest impacts of climate change.…Continue readingAfrica, already suffering from warming, will see worse

Deforestation emissions far higher than previously thought

Carbon emissions from tropical deforestation this century are far higher than previously thought, doubling in just two decades and continuing to accelerate, according to a…Continue readingDeforestation emissions far higher than previously thought

Gang-gang cockatoo threatened species

The gang-gang cockatoo, the animal emblem of the Australian Capital Territory, will be officially listed as a threatened species after a large decline in its…Continue readingGang-gang cockatoo threatened species

Death of the last known river dolphin in the transboundary pool in the Mekong between Laos and Cambodia

The Mekong dolphin population has long been IUCN red-listed as Critically Endangered. The last known river dolphin in the transboundary pool on the Cambodia-Laos border…Continue readingDeath of the last known river dolphin in the transboundary pool in the Mekong between Laos and Cambodia

World’s top banks show minimal clear commitments to shift financing away from fossil fuels

The top 10 banks—ranked as the largest funders of fossil fuel organizations—are talking more about climate change in general. However, in an analysis of annual…Continue readingWorld’s top banks show minimal clear commitments to shift financing away from fossil fuels

Each Antarctic tourist effectively melts 83 metric tons of snow

The remote continent is becoming increasingly accessible—during the 2019-20 season, the number of sightseeing visitors reached 74,000, with the vast majority travelling by ship. All…Continue readingEach Antarctic tourist effectively melts 83 metric tons of snow

Saudi Aramco closed a deal to sell a stake in its natural-gas pipelines for $15.5 billion

An investor group, led by BlackRock, acquired a 49% stake in Aramco Gas Pipelines Co. in a lease and leaseback deal in December, according to…Continue readingSaudi Aramco closed a deal to sell a stake in its natural-gas pipelines for $15.5 billion

Study recommends excluding and moving offshore wind farms away from the protected areas in the Mediterranean

A scientific team recommends excluding and moving offshore wind farms from the protected areas in the Mediterranean due to the serious negative impacts these facilities…Continue readingStudy recommends excluding and moving offshore wind farms away from the protected areas in the Mediterranean

Chinese government to help run coal power plants at full capacity

China will help its coal-fired power plants run at full capacity, the government has announced, raising further alarm about the fate of Beijing’s climate pledges.…Continue readingChinese government to help run coal power plants at full capacity

‘Like a war zone’: Deaths in Brazil floods, mudslides top 100

The area is known for its leafy streets, stately homes, imperial palace – today a museum – and the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains.…Continue reading‘Like a war zone’: Deaths in Brazil floods, mudslides top 100

World spends $US1.8 trillion a year on subsidies that harm environment

Research prompts warnings humanity is ‘financing its own extinction’ through subsidies damaging to the climate and wildlife. From tax breaks for beef production in the…Continue readingWorld spends $US1.8 trillion a year on subsidies that harm environment

The great climate backslide: How governments are regressing worldwide

From the U.S. to China, in Europe, India and Japan, fossil fuels are staging a comeback, clean energy stocks are taking a hammering, and the…Continue readingThe great climate backslide: How governments are regressing worldwide

Trying to cool the Earth by dimming sunlight could be worse than global warming

A group of 60 scientists called for a moratorium on solar geoengineering last month, including technologies such as stratospheric aerosol injection (SAI). This involves a…Continue readingTrying to cool the Earth by dimming sunlight could be worse than global warming

US west megadrought worsens to driest in at least 1,200 years

The American West’s megadrought deepened so much last year that it is now the driest in at least 1,200 years and is a worst-case climate…Continue readingUS west megadrought worsens to driest in at least 1,200 years

The World Has Been Using A Lot More Oil Than We Thought

For the past 15 years the world has been using more oil than the primary monitoring agency thought. The changes aren’t small. At 2.9 billion barrels,…Continue readingThe World Has Been Using A Lot More Oil Than We Thought

Introduction

This newsfeed shows summaries of articles and studies about the current geological age – the Anthropocene, in which the dominant influence on Earth’s climate &…Continue readingIntroduction

Europe’s biggest banks provide £24 billion to oil and gas firms despite net zero pledges

25 European banks have provided $US33 billion (£24 billion) in loans and other financing to 50 companies with large oil and gas expansion plans, less…Continue readingEurope’s biggest banks provide £24 billion to oil and gas firms despite net zero pledges

Koala listed as endangered after Australian governments fail to halt its decline

The Australian government has officially listed thekoala as endangered after a decline in its numbers due to land clearing and catastrophic bushfires shrinking its habitat.…Continue readingKoala listed as endangered after Australian governments fail to halt its decline

Dams alter river temperatures and endanger fish, yet 3,700 more will be built

The ubiquitous dams around the world are built to guard against extreme flooding, meet steadily increasing water demands and provide hydroelectric power. They also alter…Continue readingDams alter river temperatures and endanger fish, yet 3,700 more will be built

‘Oil spills of our time’: experts sound alarm about plastic lost in cargo ship disasters

Container ship accidents at sea should be considered the “oil spills of our time”, warned environmental organisations that found a toxic mix of metals, carcinogenic…Continue reading‘Oil spills of our time’: experts sound alarm about plastic lost in cargo ship disasters

Plastic pollution in oceans on track to rise for decades

Plastic pollution at sea is reaching worrying levels and will continue to grow even if significant action is taken now to stop such waste from…Continue readingPlastic pollution in oceans on track to rise for decades

World must work together to tackle plastic ocean threat: WWF

Plastic has infiltrated all parts of the ocean and is now found “in the smallest plankton up to the largest whale” wildlife group WWF said.…Continue readingWorld must work together to tackle plastic ocean threat: WWF

The largest marine wildlife disease event in history

Healthy-looking ochre sea stars have minimal genetic difference from those displaying symptoms of sea star wasting syndrome, say Oregon State University researchers who examined whether…Continue readingThe largest marine wildlife disease event in history

Barely 15% of the world’s coastal regions remain ecologically intact

Just 15.5% of the world’s coastal regions remain ecologically intact, according to new research that calls for urgent conservation measures to protect what remains and…Continue readingBarely 15% of the world’s coastal regions remain ecologically intact

EU includes gas and nuclear in guidebook for ‘green’ investments

The European Commission has been accused of undermining its climate goals after it defied critics by pushing ahead with plans to include gas and nuclear…Continue readingEU includes gas and nuclear in guidebook for ‘green’ investments

Climate change has likely begun to suffocate the world’s fisheries

By 2080, around 70% of the world’s oceans could be suffocating from a lack of oxygen as a result of climate change, potentially impacting marine…Continue readingClimate change has likely begun to suffocate the world’s fisheries

Last refuges for coral reefs to disappear above 1.5˚C of global warming

Coral reefs support a quarter of all marine life, including more than 4,000 species of fish. They also provide a source of income or food to half…Continue readingLast refuges for coral reefs to disappear above 1.5˚C of global warming

IEA: Electricity CO₂ emissions reach record high and set to remain constant to 2024

After small drop in 2020, global electricity demand grew by 6% in 2021. It was the largest ever annual increase in absolute terms (over 1,500 TWh).…Continue readingIEA: Electricity CO₂ emissions reach record high and set to remain constant to 2024

Study – Critical minerals for electric vehicles: a telecoupling review

The world faces a growing demand for critical minerals to meet expanding demand for clean energy and low-carbon technologies and to fuel the transition to…Continue readingStudy – Critical minerals for electric vehicles: a telecoupling review

Study – Rapid glacier retreat rates observed in West Antarctica

The Pope, Smith and Kohler glaciers, in the Amundsen Sea Embayment of West Antarctica, have experienced enhanced ocean-induced ice-shelf melt, glacier acceleration, ice thinning and…Continue readingStudy – Rapid glacier retreat rates observed in West Antarctica

Accumulated heat in the upper ocean is at record levels again

The world’s oceans are hotter than ever before, continuing their record-breaking temperature streak for the sixth straight year. For the last year, the researchers found…Continue readingAccumulated heat in the upper ocean is at record levels again

Could Or Should Wood Be A Climate Solution?

When the EU adopted its 2009 Renewable Energy Directive — a plan to reach 20% renewable energy by 2020 to help the bloc adhere to…Continue readingCould Or Should Wood Be A Climate Solution?

China’s coal production hit record levels in 2021

China’s coal production reached record levels last year as the state encouraged miners to ramp up their fossil fuel output to safeguard the country’s energy…Continue readingChina’s coal production hit record levels in 2021

New research links Australia’s forest fires to climate change

The research published in Nature Communications is the first of its kind and combines analysis of previous forest fire sites with eight drivers of fire…Continue readingNew research links Australia’s forest fires to climate change

Carbon dioxide removal technologies take a giant step forward

In addition to drastically cutting global fossil fuel emissions, society needs to develop and use technologies to remove the CO2 already in the atmosphere. Geologist…Continue readingCarbon dioxide removal technologies take a giant step forward

1 in 3 Americans now ‘alarmed’ by climate change

New results from a long-running public opinion survey show that about 1 in 3 Americans is now “alarmed” by global warming. Is it any wonder,…Continue reading1 in 3 Americans now ‘alarmed’ by climate change

Extreme weather in 2021

The past six years have been the six hottest on record. More than 400 weather stations around the world beat their all-time highest temperature records…Continue readingExtreme weather in 2021

UK government: 4°C warming by 2100: “can’t be ruled out”

As required by the UK Climate Change Act 2008, the government has today submitted the Third Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA3) to Parliament. Professor Richard…Continue readingUK government: 4°C warming by 2100: “can’t be ruled out”

Safe planetary boundary for pollutants, including plastics, exceeded

In 2009, an international team of researchers identified nine planetary boundaries that demarcate the remarkably stable state Earth has remained within for 10,000 years—since the…Continue readingSafe planetary boundary for pollutants, including plastics, exceeded

China fires up giant coal power plant in face of calls for cuts

China, under fire for approving new coal power stations as other countries try to curb greenhouse gases, has completed the first 1,000-megawatt unit of the…Continue readingChina fires up giant coal power plant in face of calls for cuts

Brazil: deforestation jumps in world’s largest savanna as scientists raise alarm

Deforestation last year rose to the highest level since 2015 in Brazil’s Cerrado, prompting scientists on Monday to raise alarm over the state of the…Continue readingBrazil: deforestation jumps in world’s largest savanna as scientists raise alarm

‘Carbon bomb’: Queensland, Australia, reveals big jump in land clearing

Queensland landholders are clearing the equivalent of about 1,000 Melbourne Cricket Grounds a day, including endangered ecological regions, according to state government data that raises…Continue reading‘Carbon bomb’: Queensland, Australia, reveals big jump in land clearing

Coal power’s sharp rebound is taking it to a new record in 2021, threatening net zero goals

After falling in 2019 and 2020, global power generation from coal is expected to jump by 9% in 2021 to an all-time high. Depending on…Continue readingCoal power’s sharp rebound is taking it to a new record in 2021, threatening net zero goals

Filipinos count cost of climate crisis as typhoons get ever more destructive

A few days before Christmas, Super-typhoon Rai – known locally as Odette – ravaged the Philippines. Lost lives continue to climb two weeks on. Vast…Continue readingFilipinos count cost of climate crisis as typhoons get ever more destructive

Himalayan glaciers melting at ‘exceptional rate’

The accelerating melting of the Himalayan glaciers threatens the water supply of millions of people in Asia, new research warns. Himalayan glaciers have lost ice…Continue readingHimalayan glaciers melting at ‘exceptional rate’

Study – The Expanding Coal Power Fleet in Southeast Asia

Coal combustion for power generation made up 30% of global CO2 emissions in 2018. To achieve the goal of the Paris Agreement to keep global…Continue readingStudy – The Expanding Coal Power Fleet in Southeast Asia

Scientist says time is running out for West Antarctic ice sheet

The last time carbon dioxide levels were where they are today, at more than 415 parts per million, was 4 million years ago, and the…Continue readingScientist says time is running out for West Antarctic ice sheet

‘A 99.5% decline’: what caused Australia’s bogong moth catastrophe?

Land-clearing for crops in the Murray-Darling basin, the main winter breeding ground for the moths, Severe drought in the breeding grounds, Increased use of pesticides…Continue reading‘A 99.5% decline’: what caused Australia’s bogong moth catastrophe?

Cobalt’s human cost: Social consequences of green energy must be assessed in addition to environmental impacts

While driving an electric car has fewer environmental impacts than gasoline-powered cars, the production of the parts necessary for these green technologies can have dire…Continue readingCobalt’s human cost: Social consequences of green energy must be assessed in addition to environmental impacts

Concurrent heatwaves seven times more frequent than 1980s

Concurrent heatwaves the size of Mongolia or Iran were 7x more frequent in 2010s than 1980s. And their intensity rose 17%, and geographic extent increased…Continue readingConcurrent heatwaves seven times more frequent than 1980s

Almost 17 million vertebrates killed in the 2020 wildfires in Brazil

Scientists estimate that 16.9 million vertebrates were killed by fires in the Pantanal wetlands, Brazil, between Jan & Nov 2020. Sampling likely excluded species incl.…Continue readingAlmost 17 million vertebrates killed in the 2020 wildfires in Brazil

The world is burning the most coal ever to keep the lights on

The world likely will generate more electricity from the dirtiest source this year than ever before, indicating just how far the energy transition still needs…Continue readingThe world is burning the most coal ever to keep the lights on

Humanity continues to degrade the Arctic

The Arctic continues to warm more than twice as fast as the rest of the globe. Summer 2021 saw the second-lowest amount of older, multi-year…Continue readingHumanity continues to degrade the Arctic

Butressing of Thwaites glacier in Antarctica expected to fail within 10 years

Scientists have discovered a series of worrying weaknesses in the ice shelf holding back one of Antarctica’s most dangerous glaciers, suggesting that this important buttress…Continue readingButressing of Thwaites glacier in Antarctica expected to fail within 10 years

Deep-sea mining may push hundreds of species to extinction

Almost two-thirds of the hundreds of mollusc species that live in the deep sea are at risk of extinction, according to a new study that…Continue readingDeep-sea mining may push hundreds of species to extinction

124 Australian species added to endangered species list

Among the species listed is the bogong moth. Scientists have detected steady declines in numbers of bogong moths since the 1980s. But in 2017 and…Continue reading124 Australian species added to endangered species list

15% of Florida’s manatee population has died this year due to human activity

A record manatee die-off in Florida this year has become so dire that federal officials are taking a once unthinkable step — feeding the wild…Continue reading15% of Florida’s manatee population has died this year due to human activity

As climate ‘net-zero’ plans grow, so do concerns from scientists

Scientists and monitoring groups are growing increasingly alarmed at the slew of vague net-zero pledges that appear to privilege offsets and future technological breakthroughs over…Continue readingAs climate ‘net-zero’ plans grow, so do concerns from scientists

We are professional fire watchers, and we’re astounded by the scale of fires in remote Australia right now

While southern Australia experienced a wet winter and a soggy spring, northern Australia has seen the opposite. Extreme fire weather in October and November led…Continue readingWe are professional fire watchers, and we’re astounded by the scale of fires in remote Australia right now

Human greenhouse gas emissions kill seabirds

The warming of the planet is taking a deadly toll on seabirds that are suffering population declines from starvation, inability to reproduce, heat waves and…Continue readingHuman greenhouse gas emissions kill seabirds

Drought and heatwaves in Australia cause widespread tree death

The drought and heatwaves that seared eastern Australia in the lead-up to the 2019-20 black summer bushfires killed as much as 60% of the trees…Continue readingDrought and heatwaves in Australia cause widespread tree death

Record floods linked to climate change have left the people of South Sudan in crisis

Climate scientists say the floods in 2019 and 2020 were driven in part by global warming-linked changes in a weather pattern called the Indian Ocean Dipole. In…Continue readingRecord floods linked to climate change have left the people of South Sudan in crisis

Britain wildlife is in freefall with 70 of 245 bird species now seriously at risk

The red list of Britain’s most endangered birds has increased to 70 species. Birds are placed on the red list either because their populations have…Continue readingBritain wildlife is in freefall with 70 of 245 bird species now seriously at risk

One in six Australian birds are now threatened

216 out of 1,299 species are threatened – up from 195 in 2011 – with the climate crisis pushing more birds on to the list or increasing…Continue readingOne in six Australian birds are now threatened

Time when warming levels will be reached

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Forest fires in Australia are worsening

The Black Summer forest fires of 2019–2020 in Australia burned more than 24 million hectares (59 million acres), directly causing 33 deaths and almost 450 more from…Continue readingForest fires in Australia are worsening

Human emissions causing increasing rates of albatross break-ups

Climate change and warming waters are pushing black-browed albatross break-up rates higher. Typically after choosing a partner, only 1-3% would separate in search of greener…Continue readingHuman emissions causing increasing rates of albatross break-ups

Antarctic ice sheet destabilized within a decade

After the natural warming that followed the last Ice Age, there were repeated periods when masses of icebergs broke off from Antarctica into the Southern…Continue readingAntarctic ice sheet destabilized within a decade

Brazil Amazon deforestation up 22% in a year; a 15 year record

The 13,235 square kilometers (5,110 square miles) of forest lost from August 2020 to July 2021 was the largest swath since 14,286 square kilometers were…Continue readingBrazil Amazon deforestation up 22% in a year; a 15 year record

US wildfires have killed nearly 20% of world’s giant sequoias in 2 years

Sequoias are the largest trees by volume and are native in only about 70 groves scattered along the western side of the Sierra Nevada range.…Continue readingUS wildfires have killed nearly 20% of world’s giant sequoias in 2 years

Floods and wildfires are now normal life in small-town Canada

Three of British Columbia’s worst wildfire years have taken place in the last four years, and the widespread floods and mudslides last week took place…Continue readingFloods and wildfires are now normal life in small-town Canada

Over 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction

From a study published in 2019: Biodiversity of insects is threatened worldwide. Our work reveals dramatic rates of decline that may lead to the extinction…Continue readingOver 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction

The true cost of growing food in Spain’s arid south

Las Tablas de Daimiel is a unique wetland in the vast, almost treeless plains of Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain, but the park has had…Continue readingThe true cost of growing food in Spain’s arid south