The world’s biggest iceberg, known as A68a, is bearing down on the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia. The Antarctic ice giant is a similar size to the South Atlantic island, and there’s a strong possibility the berg could now ground and anchor itself offshore of the wildlife haven. If that happens, it poses a grave threat to local penguins and seals. The animals’ normal foraging routes could be blocked, preventing them from feeding their young properly. And it goes without saying that all creatures living on the seafloor would be crushed where A68a touched down – a disturbance that would take a very long time to reverse.
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Being a bearer of bad news is never easy. I’ve been writing and talking about climate change for decades now. Constant exposure hardens one to even the most horrific reality, and I’ve coped by acting like a jolly hangman – or at least not giving in publicly to the helplessness I sometimes feel as I relate the latest findings. But as the news darkens, I’m having difficulty talking to young people about it. I can tell an optimistic story about developing technologies and the role they can play in helping avert the worst of the crisis. But we have now left action so late that some very severe climate impacts seem unavoidable. When I try to imagine how I, as a young person, would react to such news, I find it hard to continue my work. I was recently asked to speak to a group of around 40 emerging leaders, all in their 30s and 40s. The meeting was conducted early in the morning, via Zoom. I began with an overview of the impacts of climate change as it’s emerging, as outlined in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s sixth assessment report. The report, which is still being drafted, is filled with terrifying news of melting ice caps, burning forests and climate tipping points being closer than we previously thought. Because I deal with such matters every day, I’m somewhat numbed to them. But I could see that they were having a profound effect on my audience.
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The US has formally quit the Paris Agreement, the global climate treaty almost every other nation on earth has signed in a collective effort to avoid catastrophic climate change. America’s departure from the accord was confirmed automatically on the stroke of midnight following orders from President Trump, but his election rival Joe Biden could reverse the move if he wins the vote and takes office in January. For now, the US is in a gang of two with war-torn Syria as the only two nations on Earth to not be part of the climate accord, although a handful of other nations are yet to ratify.
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