Our approach to covid-19 can also help tackle climate change

We can’t lose sight of the climate emergency when dealing with the covid-19 pandemic, say Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac By Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24532763-500-our-approach-to-covid-19-can-also-help-tackle-climate-change/#ixzz6IZyo4tvj WE HAVE known for some time that 2020 was going to be a milestone year for the climate change crisis, requiring a radical reversal of the current trajectory in global greenhouse gas emissions. But […]

Carbon emissions fall as electricity producers move away from coal

Global emissions down by 2% amid mild winter and reduced use of coal-fired power plants Jillian Ambrose and Simon Goodley https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/09/carbon-emissions-fall-as-electricity-producers-move-away-from-coal Carbon emissions from the global electricity system fell by 2% last year, the biggest drop in almost 30 years, as countries began to turn their backs on coal-fired power plants. A new report on the world’s […]

Keep raising money to save the pandas – it helps other animals too

Conservationists have long known that using pandas, tigers and other charismatic species to front their campaigns is a good way to raise money. But some have argued that focusing on these “flagship” animals can neglect equally threatened but less cuddly ones, such as pangolins. By Adam Vaughan Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2234833-keep-raising-money-to-save-the-pandas-it-helps-other-animals-too/#ixzz6FcGxJgms Now Jennifer McGowan at Macquarie University in Sydney […]

Analysis confirms that climate change is making wildfires worse

Climate change has already increased the risk of wildfire globally, according to a new review of research that suggests the weather conditions that led to the Australian wildfires will become more common in future. By Donna Lu Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2229902-analysis-confirms-that-climate-change-is-making-wildfires-worse/#ixzz6CVfSSdtt In light of the ongoing wildfire crisis in Australia, Richard Betts at the UK Met Office in […]

Australia’s fire-driven storms are pumping smoke into the stratosphere

Thunderstorms generated by the Australian bushfires are very likely to have pumped as much smoke into the stratosphere as a volcanic eruption. By Adam Vaughan Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2230017-australias-fire-driven-storms-are-pumping-smoke-into-the-stratosphere/#ixzz6CVbYZJ1r Blazes across the country in the past few weeks have been so intense they have generated their own weather. They create rising air mixed with ash and smoke that results […]

Ozone hole recovery will probably be delayed by banned gas from China

The recovery of the ozone hole over Antarctica is likely to be delayed by the illegal production of an ozone-destroying gas in China, according to the first assessment of the banned chemical’s impact. Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2227968-ozone-hole-recovery-will-probably-be-delayed-by-banned-gas-from-china/#ixzz6Bka66uEH In the worst case, the recovery will be delayed by around 18 years if production of trichlorofluoromethane (CFC-11), used to […]

What is the UN’s COP25 climate summit, and why does it matter?

What is the COP25 climate summit? The Conference of the Parties – United Nations jargon for the annual meeting of nearly 200 countries to discuss international action on climate change. Around 25,000 people are expected to descend on the talks, which start today. By Adam Vaughan Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2225171-what-is-the-uns-cop25-climate-summit-and-why-does-it-matter/#ixzz6BkZ3CUZB Where is it happening? There has been a […]

Smoke from Australia’s bushfires has spread to South America

Smoke particles from bushfires in Australia have reached South America, in a striking illustration of the intensity of the unprecedented blazes. By Adam Vaughan Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2223677-smoke-from-australias-bushfires-has-spread-to-south-america/#ixzz6BkYLNuIn Satellites show atmospheric pollution created by the fires across New South Wales and Queensland has travelled more than 10,000 kilometres to Chile and Argentina. Researchers at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather […]

Worsening bushfires cause Australia to declare state of emergency

A state of emergency has been declared in Australia over escalating wildfires. David Elliott, the New South Wales minister for police and emergency services said the country faced what “could be the most dangerous bushfire week this nation has ever seen”. By Ruby Prosser Scully Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2223061-worsening-bushfires-cause-australia-to-declare-state-of-emergency/#ixzz6BkX3vWqV So far, at least three people have died, 100 […]

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