Capitalism is killing the planet – it’s time to stop buying into our own destruction. There is a myth about human beings that withstands all evidence.
It’s that we always put our survival first. This is true of other species. When confronted by an impending threat, such as winter, they invest great resources into avoiding or withstanding it: migrating or hibernating, for example. Humans are a different matter. When faced with an impending or chronic threat, such as climate or ecological breakdown, we seem to go out of our way to compromise our survival. Here is what we know. Human civilisation relies on current equilibrium states. Climate change now the main driver behind wildfire weather: study.
Alex Wigglesworth | Los Angeles Times A new study adds to a growing body of evidence that climate change is fueling more frequent and intense wildfires in the western United States.
The study’s researchers report that based on the rate that dry air sucks up moisture, climate change is essentially two-thirds to 88% responsible for the conditions driving the region’s wildfire woes. And that’s a conservative estimate, said study author Rong Fu, a climate researcher at UCLA. Two New Species of Semi-Aquatic Mice Identified in East African Rainforests. African wading mice are not just larger than your average house mouse—they’re also more adventurous.
Also called Colomys mice, the rodents stand on their long, stilt-like feet to wade in the shallows of swamps and rivers, skating their long whiskers on the surface of the water to sense the movement of prey, like insects and tadpoles, George Dvorsky reports for Gizmodo. When Colomys mice were found prowling riverbeds across east Africa, scientists first classified them all as one species, C. goslingi, with one subspecies. Apausalypse – Emergence Magazine. Reforestation holds promise for Europe’s increasingly drier summers. A new study in Nature Geoscience suggests that if all land suitable for reforestation was forested in Europe, average summer rainfall would increase by 7.6%, partially ameliorating drier summers predicted as a result of climate change.While the study is based on all the potentially reforestable land in Europe after accounting for food security and biodiversity, the amount of land people are willing and able to reforest is likely to be lower in practice.As a statistical model, the study helps scientists and policymakers understand the relationship between forests and precipitation and highlight the benefits beyond carbon sequestration.
Plant more trees! This message has been one of the cornerstones of the European response to worsening climate change. A world of hurt: 2021 climate disasters raise alarm over food security. Human-driven climate change is fueling weather extremes — from record drought to massive floods — that are hammering key agricultural regions around the world.From the grain heartland of Argentina to the tomato belt of California to the pork hub of China, extreme weather events have driven down output and driven up global commodity prices.Shortages of water and food have, in turn, prompted political and social strife in 2021, including food protests in Iran and hunger in Madagascar, and threaten to bring escalating misery, civil unrest and war in coming years.Experts warn the problem will only intensify, even in regions currently unaffected by, or thriving from the high prices caused by scarcity.
Global transformational change is urgently needed in agricultural production and consumption patterns, say experts. In July, a video went viral on social media in Argentina showing people walking across what looks like a desert. The scientists hired by big oil who predicted the climate crisis long ago. As early as 1958, the oil industry was hiring scientists and engineers to research the role that burning fossil fuels plays in global warming.
The goal at the time was to help the major oil conglomerates understand how changes in the Earth’s atmosphere may affect the industry – and their bottom line. But what top executives gained was an early preview of the climate crisis, decades before the issue reached public consciousness. New York City warned ‘climate change is here’ as storm floods streets and subway.
Commuters having to wade through waist-deep water on subway concourses, rain cascading directly onto train platforms, desperate motorists rescued by police from their inundated cars – the battering New York City has taken from tropical storm Elsa has raised questions as to how well the metropolis is prepared for the ravages of the climate crisis.
Elsa had already hit areas of Florida and Georgia, causing at least one death, before shifting north, where it unleashed a barrage of thunderstorms on Thursday. The storm is now expected to move towards the Boston area, with about 40 million people from New Jersey to Maine issued flash flooding warnings. Some of the most dramatic scenes played out in New York City on Thursday afternoon. Videos taken by commuters showed people struggling through murky floodwater in order to catch the subway at the 157th St station.
“It was filthy water. Blame was quickly placed upon New York City’s creaking infrastructure. They’re Among the World’s Oldest Living Things. The Climate Crisis Is Killing Them. Sequoia Crest, Calif. — Until a few years ago, about the only thing that killed an old-growth giant sequoia was old age.
Not only are they the biggest of the world’s trees, by volume — the General Sherman Tree, considered the largest, is 36 feet in diameter at its base and 275 feet tall — they are among the oldest. At least one fallen giant sequoia was estimated to have been more than 3,200 years old. They last so long that, historically, only one or two of every thousand old-growth trees dies annually, according to Nate Stephenson, a research ecologist for the United States Geological Survey.
Many Americans do not have water to drink. Nordic countries endure heatwave as Lapland records hottest day since 1914. Nordic countries have registered near-record temperatures over the weekend, including highs of 34C (93.2F) in some places.
The latest figures came after Finland’s national meteorological institute registered its hottest temperature for June since records began in 1844. Kevo, in Lapland, recorded heat of 33.6C (92.5F) on Sunday, the hottest day since 1914 when authorities registered 34.7C (94.5F), said the STT news agency. Several parts of Sweden also reported record highs for June. The high temperatures follow the record-breaking heatwave and wildfires that have caused devastation in parts of North America.
Food Supply - Monsanto & other pollutants. Pesticides Are Killing the World's Soils. Scoop up a shovelful of healthy soil, and you’ll likely be holding more living organisms than there are people on Earth.
Like citizens of an underground city that never sleeps, tens of thousands of subterranean species of invertebrates, nematodes, bacteria and fungi are constantly filtering our water, recycling nutrients and helping to regulate the planet’s temperature. But under fields covered in tightly knit rows of corn, soybeans, wheat and other monoculture crops, a toxic soup of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides is wreaking havoc, according to our recent analysis in the journal Frontiers in Environmental Science.
David Attenborough Netflix documentary: Australian scientists break down in tears over climate crisis. One of Australia’s leading coral reef scientists is seen breaking down in tears at the decline of the Great Barrier Reef during a new Sir David Attenborough documentary to be released globally on Friday evening. Prof Terry Hughes is recounting three coral bleaching monitoring missions in 2016, 2017 and 2020 when he says: “It’s a job I hoped I would never have to do because it’s actually very confronting …” before tears cut him short. The emotional scene comes during the new Netflix documentary, Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet, and shows the toll the demise of the planet’s natural places is having on some of the people who study them.
Climate Undermined by Lobbying. For all the evidence that the benefits of reducing greenhouse gases outweigh the costs of regulation, disturbingly few domestic climate change policies have been enacted around the world so far. So say UC Santa Barbara professor and economist Kyle Meng, and co-author Ashwin Rode, a former UCSB Ph.D. student now at the University of Chicago, in a paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change. “There is a striking disconnect between what is needed to avoid dangerous climate change and what has actually been done to date,” said Meng, a professor in the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and in the Department of Economics. One common explanation for that disconnect, he added, is that jurisdictions are reluctant to adopt climate policy when they can simply benefit from the reductions implemented by other jurisdictions.
Latest data shows steep rises in CO2 for seventh year. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased by the second highest annual rise in the past six decades, according to new data. Atmospheric concentrations of the greenhouse gas were 414.8 parts per million in May, which was 3.5ppm higher than the same time last year, according to readings from the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii, where carbon dioxide has been monitored continuously since 1958. Scientists have warned for more than a decade that concentrations of more than 450ppm risk triggering extreme weather events and temperature rises as high as 2C, beyond which the effects of global heating are likely to become catastrophic and irreversible.
May is the most significant month for global carbon dioxide concentrations because it is the peak value for the year, before the growth of vegetation in the northern hemisphere starts to absorb the gas from the air. ... and you’re joining us from Canada, we have a small favour to ask. Earth at 2° hotter will be horrific. Now here’s what 4° will look like. Iceland Is Growing New Forests for the First Time in 1,000 Years. Climate crisis has shifted the Earth’s axis, study shows. The massive melting of glaciers as a result of global heating has caused marked shifts in the Earth’s axis of rotation since the 1990s, research has shown. It demonstrates the profound impact humans are having on the planet, scientists said. Watching Earth Burn. I have a pastime, one that used to give me considerable pleasure, but lately it has morphed into a source of anxiety, even horror: earth-watching. Let me explain. The earth from space is an incomparably lovely sight. I mean the whole planet, pole to pole, waxing and waning and rotating in that time-generating way it has, and not the views from the International Space Station, which is in a low orbit about 200 miles up and gives us only part of the whole.
My earth-watching, made possible by NOAA and Colorado State University websites, originates in three geostationary weather satellites parked in exceedingly high orbits above the Equator. Despite their seemingly static positions, GOES-16 and 17, two American satellites, and Himawari-8, a Japanese one, are actually whizzing through space at 6,876 miles per hour.
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