The human fingerprint on the climate is now unmistakable and will become increasingly evident over the coming decades, the UK Met Office has confirmed after 30 years of pioneering study. Since the 1990s, global temperatures have warmed by half a degree, Arctic sea ice has shrunk by almost 2 million km2, sea-levels have risen by about 10cm and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased by 60 parts per million (17%), according to figures exclusively compiled for the Guardian to mark the 30th anniversary of the Met Office’s Hadley Centre for climate science and services. The data highlights how a young generation has grown up in a climate unprecedented in a millennium. Future projections suggest that by mid-century a 60-year-old Briton is likely to be living in a climate 1.2C warmer than when they were born.
Guardian 27th May 2020 read more »
The deep ocean will be warming rapidly by 2050 even if dramatic reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions were to happen today. A new international study has analysed how ocean species are affected by climate change using “climate velocity” – which measures the speed at which marine life moves to seek out preferred temperatures as the ocean heats up.
Independent 26th May 2020 read more »
Climate change is a killer – and a new study has found “substantial underreporting” in the numbers of deaths caused by environmental crises. The research, published in journal The Lancet Planetary Health this month, revealed that over the past 11 years, the number of deaths attributed to excessive natural heat is at least 50 times greater than is recorded on death certificates in Australia. During that time some 340 deaths in Australia were recorded as excessive heat but experts from The Australian National University (ANU) found that 36,765 could be attributed to the environmental conditions, following statistical analysis. The study indicates that the heat-related mortality rate in Australia is actually around 2 per cent.
Independent 27th May 2020 read more »
A Russian village high above the Arctic Circle was briefly warmer than Barcelona this month as Siberia experienced temperatures that contributed to devastating wildfires. Khatanga, 2,100 miles northeast of Moscow, hit an unprecedented 25C (77F) on May 22, shattering the record by 13C. Average temperatures for the remote village in May are minus 6C. The Khatanga river began to thaw three weeks earlier than usual, stranding a herd of northern deer on a drifting ice floe, locals said.
Times 27th May 2020 read more »