We Are Living in a Climate Emergency, and We’re Going to Say So
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An emergency is a serious situation that requires immediate action. When someone calls 911 because they can’t breathe, that’s an emergency. When someone stumbles on the sidewalk because their chest is pounding and their lips are turning blue, that’s an emergency. Both people require help right away. Multiply those individuals by millions of people who have similar symptoms, and it constitutes the biggest global health emergency in a century: the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over a third of Antarctic ice shelf could collapse as climate change warms the Earth
Over a third of the Antarctic ice shelf is at risk of collapsing as Earth continues to warm.
In a new study, scientists at the University of Reading have found that as climate change continues, if Earth’s global temperature rises to 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) above pre-industrial levels, about 193,000 square miles (500,000 square kilometers) of the Antarctic ice shelves could collapse into the sea. Ice shelves are permanent floating slabs of ice attached to coastline, and the collapse of these shelves could significantly raise global sea levels, the researchers suggest.
Why India and Nepal’s forest fires are worrying scientists
Navin Singh Khadka
The lush-green mountains in the background usually make the famous Nainital lake in Uttarakhand state of northern India more picturesque.
But for several weeks now haze from forest fires has hidden the mountains, and the lake’s beauty has visibly shrunk.
“You can smell the haze from this side of the lake where I live,” said Shekhar Pathak, an expert on the history of forests in the region.
Biden poised to sign executive order on climate finance
Avery Ellfeldt, E&E News reporter
The Biden administration is preparing to throw its weight behind international efforts to alleviate climate risks that threaten the stability of the global financial system.
The move, which is expected to come soon in the form of an executive order, is the latest sign that the administration will seek to mitigate climate-related financial risks as a pillar of its carbon policies.
“The directive from the top is clear,” said Rachel Kyte, a former vice president and special climate envoy at the World Bank Group. “There’s no plausible deniability [anymore]. You can’t be a financial actor out there and say that you’re not really clear where the administration stands on these things.”
FEDERAL CARBON OFFSET PLAN COULD DRIVE UP EMISSIONS, ANALYSTS WARN
The Canadian government’s new carbon offset system could ultimately drive up greenhouse gas emissions while creating the illusion of progress on the climate crisis, three of the country’s leading climate analysts warn in an opinion piece for the CBC.
The post cites industrial carbon regulations in Alberta and forest management plans in British Columbia as examples of past offset programs that likely led to higher emissions.
Plants and animals that only live in one region – known as “endemic” species – are expected to be “consistently more adversely impacted” by climate change than their less specialised counterparts, new research shows.
Rest easy: You are safe from the Burmese python. The invasive constrictors show little interest in moving beyond the Florida Everglades, where they are eating their way through the food web. It’s no surprise that they get more attention than other invasive species — a snake that grows up to 20 feet long and can theoretically ingest a small human makes for good headlines. But the pythons are mostly limited to that South Florida sawgrass. Unless you live next door, you will not cross paths with one anytime soon.
Cycads, the world’s oldest seed-producing plants, are facing extinction. Africa is home to a variety of cycad species and South Africa is regarded as a global hotspot for cycad diversity.
One of the most prominent cycad taxa, the genus Encephalartos, is endemic to Africa and is categorised as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. This status indicates that if no conservation actions are taken, it may be wiped off this earth in the near future.