The IPCC’s latest climate report is dire. But it also included some prospects for hope. The striking thing is not the bad news, which is not really news for those who have followed the science closely. It’s the report’s insights on possibilities for cautious optimism. The good news is that there is: “much more certainty that if we get to net zero CO2 its contributions to further warming [are] also likely to stop”. At net zero, “the temperature change should even start to slowly go into reverse.” That is, we can halt and even reverse some of the devastation.
Guardian 13th Aug 2021 read more »
A second extreme heatwave in two months has engulfed the Pacific Northwest, sending people in Canada and the US into makeshift cooling centres. Oregon declared a state of emergency, and the authorities in Washington state and the Canadian province of British Columbia prepared for blistering temperatures. The region is known for its cool summers. The US National Weather Service warned that temperatures could reach 44C in western Oregon, although peaks of 40.5C are more likely. Officials issued a long list of recommendations, including staying hydrated and taking care of neighbours and friends.
Times 14th Aug 2021 read more »
MARINE scientists have deployed robotic vehicles on a dangerous mission to the face of a glacier in Svalbard as they attempt to expose the hidden link in how rapidly melting Arctic ice is changing our ocean. The mission to Ny Alesund, the world’s most northerly settlement, is a collaboration between the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), UiT The Arctic University of Norway, the Norwegian Polar Institute and University Centre in Svalbard. The team will examine the Kronebreen glacier in Kongsfjorden, measuring freshwater run-off as it melts and assessing how it interacts with sea water from the Atlantic.
The National 14th Aug 2021 read more »