As global temperatures soar, the planetary menu could start to dwindle. Cod, sea bass and haddock will move to cooler and more distant waters. Tropical species relying on the shelter of coral reefs could simply disappear. Fish gasping for oxygen will struggle to survive. And although the world’s marine catch is already under pressure from pollution, ocean acidification and overfishing, the real threat is now clear. As ocean temperatures rise, oxygen levels in the world’s seas will fall, and the most active fish could start to stifle.
Climate News Network 2nd Decx 2020 read more »
The Earth continued to endure a period of significant heating in 2020 according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Its provisional assessment suggests this year will be one of the three hottest, just behind 2016 and 2019. The warmest six years in global records dating back to 1850 have now all occurred since 2015. The most notable warmth was in the Siberian Arctic, where temperatures were 5C above average.
BBC 2nd Dec 2020 read more »
Humanity is facing a new war, unprecedented in history, the secretary general of the UN has warned, which is in danger of destroying our future before we have fully understood the risk. The stark message from António Guterres follows a year of global upheaval, with the coronavirus pandemic causing governments to shut down whole countries for months at a time, while wildfires, hurricanes and powerful storms have scarred the globe.
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Exposure of the most vulnerable people to extreme heat reached a record high in 2019, a new Lancet report has found. Over the past two decades, there has been a 54 per cent increase in heat-related deaths in people over 65, the age group most vulnerable to heatwaves. During the same time period, exposure to wildfires and their health impacts increased in 114 of 196 countries.
Independent 3rd Dec 2020 read more »
Deaths from heat among older people in Britain have more than doubled since the early 2000s as the effect of climate change on health worsens across the globe, a report said. Owing to an ageing and largely urban population, as well as rates of chronic disease, Britain has one of the highest levels of vulnerability to heat, according to the analysis in The Lancet.
Times 3rd Dec 2020 read more »