Planet ‘on the brink’, with new heat records likely in 2024: UN

The annual State of the Climate report by the UN weather and climate agency confirmed preliminary data showing 2023 was by far the hottest year ever recorded. And last…Continue readingPlanet ‘on the brink’, with new heat records likely in 2024: UN

Copernicus: 2023 is the hottest year on record, with global temperatures close to the 1.5°C limit

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Climate tipping points are nearer than you think. Our new report warns of catastrophic risk.

Most people expect that if a system, like someone’s body, an ecosystem, or part of the climate system, becomes stressed, it’ll respond fairly predictably—double the pressure, double the impact,…Continue readingClimate tipping points are nearer than you think. Our new report warns of catastrophic risk.

Global carbon emissions from fossil fuels to hit record high

The world is on track to have burned more coal, oil and gas in 2023 than it did in 2022, according to a report by the Global Carbon Project,…Continue readingGlobal carbon emissions from fossil fuels to hit record high

Queensland’s wet tropics see 25% rise in threatened species in three years as climate change bites

The number of listed threatened species in Australia’s world heritage northern rainforests has increased by 25% since 2020, as ecologists say they are now clearly observing the long-predicted impacts…Continue readingQueensland’s wet tropics see 25% rise in threatened species in three years as climate change bites

Emissions Gap Report 2023

Total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2020 were 54.5GtCO2e, and grew to 57.4 in 2022. The emissions gap for 2030 is defined as the differencebetween the estimated total…Continue readingEmissions Gap Report 2023

‘Insanity’: petrostates planning huge expansion of fossil fuels

The world’s fossil fuel producers are planning expansions that would blow the planet’s carbon budget twice over, a UN report has found. Experts called the plans “insanity” which “throw…Continue reading‘Insanity’: petrostates planning huge expansion of fossil fuels

Researchers argue that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is not enough to combat climate change

According to a new paper in Oxford Open Climate Change, the strategies humanity must pursue to reduce climate change will have to include more than reducing greenhouse gases. This…Continue readingResearchers argue that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is not enough to combat climate change

Remaining Carbon Budget

The remaining budget for a reliable chance (83%) of not exceeding 1.5˚C global warming has been expended – After making all these changes, our best (50%) RCB estimate starting…Continue readingRemaining Carbon Budget

When Idiot Savants Do Climate Economics

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has assumed Nordhaus is to be trusted. The integrated assessment models used at the IPCC are based on Nordhausian visions of adaptation to…Continue readingWhen Idiot Savants Do Climate Economics

UN report warns of catastrophic risks to Earth systems

The Interconnected Disaster Risks Report identifies thresholds it calls “risk tipping points,” defined as “the moment at which a given socioecological system is no longer able to buffer risks…Continue readingUN report warns of catastrophic risks to Earth systems

Climate report: ‘Uncharted territory’ imperils life on Earth

Earth’s vital signs have worsened beyond anything humans have yet seen, to the point that life on the planet is imperiled. William Ripple, a distinguished professor in the Oregon…Continue readingClimate report: ‘Uncharted territory’ imperils life on Earth

Energy System of Australia

A profile of Australia’s energy system has been published on this site.Continue readingEnergy System of Australia

Carbon Rankings

Rankings of countries’ carbon production and emissions shown in a set of charts.Continue readingCarbon Rankings

Earth ‘well outside safe operating space for humanity’

Earth’s life support systems have been so damaged that the planet is “well outside the safe operating space for humanity”, scientists have warned. Their assessment found that six out…Continue readingEarth ‘well outside safe operating space for humanity’

US hit by record number of billion-dollar disasters so far this year

Between January and August, the United States was struck by a record-breaking 23 weather and climate disasters where losses exceeded $1 billion in each case. The tally for 2023…Continue readingUS hit by record number of billion-dollar disasters so far this year

The Energy System of China

A profile of the energy system of China has been published on this site.Continue readingThe Energy System of China

The Energy System of the United States of America (USA)

A profile of the energy system of the USA has been published on this site.Continue readingThe Energy System of the United States of America (USA)

International report confirms record-high greenhouse gases, global sea levels in 2022

Greenhouse gas concentrations, global sea level and ocean heat content reached record highs in 2022, according to the 33rd annual State of the Climate report. “People are causing the…Continue readingInternational report confirms record-high greenhouse gases, global sea levels in 2022

Signs of the human era, from nuclear fallout to microplastics

Soaring greenhouse gases, ubiquitous microplastics, pervasive “forever chemicals”, the global upheaval of animals, even old mobile phones and chicken bones—all have been put forward as evidence that the world…Continue readingSigns of the human era, from nuclear fallout to microplastics

Last week the hottest worldwide on record: UN

“The world just had the hottest week on record, according to preliminary data,” the WMO said in a statement, after climate change and the early stages of the El…Continue readingLast week the hottest worldwide on record: UN

Evidence in Canada lake indicates start of new Anthropocene epoch

Scientists say human activity has so fundamentally altered the geology, atmosphere and biology of the earth that it has entered a new geologic epoch known as the Anthropocene. On…Continue readingEvidence in Canada lake indicates start of new Anthropocene epoch

UN: World is on ‘highway to climate hell’

The UN secretary general, António Guterres, stated:Continue readingUN: World is on ‘highway to climate hell’

UN: ‘No credible pathway to 1.5˚C in place’

There is “no credible pathway to 1.5C in place”, the UN’s environment agency has said, and the failure to reduce carbon emissions means the only way to limit the…Continue readingUN: ‘No credible pathway to 1.5˚C in place’

UN: Current emissions pledges will lead to catastrophic climate breakdown

Pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions will lead to global heating of 2.5˚C, a level that would condemn the world to catastrophic climate breakdown, according to the United Nations.…Continue readingUN: Current emissions pledges will lead to catastrophic climate breakdown