The Arctic sea ice is melting faster than climate models had predicted, researchers at the University of Copenhagen warned on Tuesday. A recent study from Britain’s University of Lincoln concluded that Greenland’s ice melt alone is expected to contribute 10-12 centimetres to the world’s rising sea levels by 2100. Another group of researchers recently concluded that the melting of Greenland’s ice cap has gone so far that it is now irreversible, with snowfall no longer able to compensate for the loss of ice even if global warming were to end today.
We agree with the Resilient St. John’s Climate Plan – “Climate change continues to be the biggest challenge of our generation. As with COVID-19, we also need to flatten the global warming curve before it’s too late.” To do so, city officials, planners and members of the business community need the kinds of scenarios and analyses tools that Riskthinking.ai has developed for better understanding climate and COVID-19 related risks.
The asset manager, BlackRock, provided clients with a new report outlining how it is ramping up its climate-related engagements with businesses this year. According to the report, 244 of the companies in BlackRock’s portfolios are making insufficient progress integrating climate risks into their business models and/or disclosures, of which 53 have repeatedly ignored the climate-related demands of investors. As a result, BlackRock took voting action against them. This is a strong indicator of a growing expectation for corporate accountability when it comes to climate change, and the corresponding need for climate-related financial disclosures, for which Riskthinking.ai scenarios-tools were designed.
Methane leaks from oil and gas wells will no longer be regulated in the US, as the Trump administration rolls back a set of environmental rules even in the face of opposition from large energy companies. While this is a “gift to beleaguered oil and gas companies, which have seen profits collapse from the Covid-19 pandemic,” it flies in the face of urgently needed climate action.
The Anthropocene is nothing if not disorienting. Things that once seemed immutable—polar ice caps, songbird migration routes, even the onset of spring—are now on the move. So how do we think about our place in a geographically altered future? A map is a good place to start. We’re accustomed to looking at maps that depict the world as it is, but cartographers of the Anthropocene are beginning to illustrate what may be—in the near and distant future. As climate change scrambles geographies, they are asking: Which parts of the world will humans find habitable in 50 years? How will species’ ranges shift? How might we think about urbanization and globalization? With maps in hand, we boldly go.
On the heels of an unprecedented wildfire season, climate is yet again a hot topic in Australia. In a new study, researchers examine the performance and projections of the latest generation of global climate models for the Australian continent.