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Guardian 4th March 2021 read more »
Global emissions cuts pre-Covid were just one tenth of the level needed to meet the world’s climate goals, a new analysis finds. The research assesses the efforts that countries have taken to slash their emissions since the 2015 Paris Agreement, the global deal aimed at keeping global temperatures below 2C above pre-industrial levels. It finds that, from 2016 to 2019, 64 countries reduced their emissions, while 150 countries continued to increase their rates of greenhouse gas pollution. But even among the 64 countries that slashed their emissions, the scale of action was just a small fraction of what is required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, according to the results.
Independent 3rd March 2021 read more »
Britain has one of the world’s best records on cutting emissions since the Paris agreement on climate change five years ago but reductions globally must increase tenfold to meet the treaty’s targets, a study has found. UK carbon dioxide emissions declined by an average of 3.6 per cent a year during 2016-19 compared with an average fall of 0.8 per cent among high-income countries. Only Ukraine had a faster rate of decline among those, down 4 per cent a year, according to the research led by University of East Anglia and Stanford University. China’s emissions rose by 0.4 per cent a year over the same period, India’s by 5.2 per cent and Russia’s by 0.2 per cent. Global emissions rose by 0.7 per cent per year during 2016-19 but last year fell 7 per cent owing to the pandemic, which reduced travel and economic activity.
Times 4th March 2021 read more »
Antarctic warming is accelerating: at least one of the southern continent’s ice shelves has been melting faster than ever. The polar summer of 2019-20 set a new record for temperatures above freezing point over the George VI ice shelf off the Antarctic Peninsula. The finding is ominous: the ice shelves form a natural buttress that slows the rate of glacier flow from the continental bedrock. The faster the glaciers flow into the sea, the higher the hazard of sea level rise. And a second study confirms that this is already happening in West Antarctica: researchers looked at 25 years of satellite observation of 14 glaciers in the Getz sector to find that meltwater is flowing into the Amundsen Sea ever faster. Between 1994 and 2018, these glaciers lost 315 billion tonnes of ice, enough to raise global sea levels by almost 1mm. Melting rates in Antarctica have been a source of alarm for years. The latest studies confirm the picture of continuing melt.
Climate News Network 4th March 2021 read more »