The planet is facing a “ghastly future of mass extinction, declining health and climate-disruption upheavals” that threaten human survival because of ignorance and inaction, according to an international group of scientists, who warn people still haven’t grasped the urgency of the biodiversity and climate crises. The 17 experts, including Prof Paul Ehrlich from Stanford University, author of The Population Bomb, and scientists from Mexico, Australia and the US, say the planet is in a much worse state than most people – even scientists – understood. “The scale of the threats to the biosphere and all its lifeforms – including humanity – is in fact so great that it is difficult to grasp for even well-informed experts,” they write in a report in Frontiers in Conservation Science which references more than 150 studies detailing the world’s major environmental challenges.
Guardian 13th Jan 2021 read more »
Climate Deniers Shift Tactics to ‘Inactivism’. Fossil fuel interests are trying to blame climate change on individuals while also sowing division, says Michael Mann, one of their prime targets.
Scientific American 12th Jan 2021 read more »
It is no exaggeration to say that 2020 has been a dramatic and memorable year for the UK – and our weather and climate is no exception. We have experienced periods of record-breaking rainfall, record dry and sunny periods, and another notable summer heatwave. This has resulted in 2020 being the UK’s third warmest, sixth wettest and eighth sunniest year in the UK national series, which extend back to 1884 for temperature, 1862 for rainfall and 1919 for sunshine. 2020 is the only year that features in the Top 10 ranking for all three.
Carbon Brief 12th Jan 2021 read more »