The first active leak of methane from the sea floor in Antarctica has been revealed by scientists. The researchers also found microbes that normally consume the potent greenhouse gas before it reaches the atmosphere had only arrived in small numbers after five years, allowing the gas to escape. Vast quantities of methane are thought to be stored under the sea floor around Antarctica. The gas could start to leak as the climate crisis warms the oceans, a prospect the researchers said was “incredibly concerning”.
Guardian 22nd July 2020 read more »
Out of control wildfires in Siberia have torn through an area larger than Greece so far in 2020, Greenpeace Russia has said, imploring authorities to do more to tackle the fires which are choking towns and cities in smoke and hastening the climate crisis. Using satellite monitoring data, Greenpeace said the total area burnt by the fires in Russia since the beginning of 2020 has reached 19 million hectares, of which 10 million hectares were forest fires. The majority of the blazes are in remote areas of far eastern Russia and eastern Siberia, but they are spreading.
Independent 21st July 2020 read more »
Richard Dixon: In Indonesia and Sri Lanka, the governments’ responses to the coronavirus crisis threaten to destroy previously protected forests which support local communities and are important for wildlife. I have previously written about how governments around the world are using the pandemic as cover to push through anti-environment projects – from cattle ranching in the Brazilian Amazon to shale oil plants in Estonia. In Indonesia and Sri Lanka, it is the recovery plans that threaten the environment.
Scotsman 20th July 2020 read more »