Climate breakdown and the global crisis of environmental degradation are increasing violence against women and girls, while gender-based exploitation is in turn hampering our ability to tackle the crises, a major report has concluded. Attempts to repair environmental degradation and adapt to climate breakdown, particularly in poorer countries, are failing, and resources are being wasted because they do not take gender inequality and the effects on women and girls into account. Campaigners called for governments and institutions to take note, saying that the impacts on women and girls must be at the heart of any viable strategies on the climate and ecology.
Guardian 29th Jan 2020 read more »
Trees are the most efficient carbon capture machines on the planet. Through photosynthesis, they absorb carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that traps heat in the environment, and turn it into energy. That energy creates new leaves, longer stems and more mass – locking away carbon. That makes healthy forests become carbon sinks. American vegetation, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, absorbed enough carbon dioxide to offset 11 per cent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2017. When it comes to climate change, however, not all trees are created equal. The right species must be planted. They must live to maturity. Location also matters: Trees planted in Germany do not have the same carbon fighting capacity as trees planted in the tropics, where they grow more rapidly and therefore capture more carbon. While new forests in high latitudes can cause Earth’s surface to grow darker and absorb more heat, forests in the tropics are frequently covered by clouds that reflect sunlight and cool the planet.
Independent 30th Jan 2020 read more »
The worst-case scenario for emissions of CO2 this century is no longer plausible, say researchers. Referred to as “business as usual”, the scenario assumes a 500% increase in the use of coal, which is now considered unlikely. Climate models suggest that this level of carbon could see warming of up to 6C by 2100, with severe impacts. Researchers say that on current trends, a rise in temperatures of around 3C is far more likely.
BBC 29th Jan 2020 read more »
The next five years are likely to be the hottest since records began, the Met Office has forecast. The average global temperature between the start of 2020 and the end of 2024 is expected to be consistently higher than it was in the last five years, which is currently the hottest five-year period on record, the Met Office predicts. Although temperatures will fluctuate from year to year and region to region, the global average over the next five years will be somewhere between 1.06C and 1.62C hotter than it was in pre-industrial times, before the advent of planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions.
iNews 30th Jan 2020 read more »