Sparkad ingenjör på datacenter i Eskilstuna får rätt mot Amazon. Greenland's ice sheet has melted to a point of no return, study finds. "The ice sheet is now in this new dynamic state, where even if we went back to a climate that was more like what we had 20 or 30 years ago, we would still be pretty quickly losing mass," Ian Howat, co-author of the study and a professor at Ohio State University, said.
Greenland's ice sheet dumps more than 280 billion metric tons of melting ice into the ocean each year, making it the greatest single contributor to global sea level rise, according to Michalea King, the lead author of the study and researcher at Ohio State University. The ice loss has been so massive in recent years, she said, that it has caused a measurable change in the gravitational field over Greenland.
Ice melting in Greenland contributes more than a millimeter rise to sea level every year, and that's likely to get worse. Sea levels are projected to rise by more than 3 feet by the end of the century, wiping away beaches and coastal properties. Melting Antarctic ice will raise sea level by 2.5 metres – even if Paris climate goals are met, study finds. Melting of the Antarctic ice sheet will cause sea level rises of about two and a half metres around the world, even if the goals of the Paris agreement are met, research has shown.
The melting is likely to take place over a long period, beyond the end of this century, but is almost certain to be irreversible, because of the way in which the ice cap is likely to melt, the new model reveals. Even if temperatures were to fall again after rising by 2C (3.6F), the temperature limit set out in the Paris agreement, the ice would not regrow to its initial state, because of self-reinforcing mechanisms that destabilise the ice, according to the paper published in the journal Nature. “The more we learn about Antarctica, the direr the predictions become,” said Anders Levermann, co-author of the paper from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Birds 'falling out of the sky' in mass die-off in south-western US. Thousands of migrating birds have inexplicably died in south-western US in what ornithologists have described as a national tragedy that is likely to be related to the climate crisis.
Flycatchers, swallows and warblers are among the species “falling out of the sky” as part of a mass die-off across New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Arizona and farther north into Nebraska, with growing concerns there could be hundreds of thousands dead already, said Martha Desmond, a professor in the biology department at New Mexico State University (NMSU). Many carcasses have little remaining fat reserves or muscle mass, with some appearing to have nose-dived into the ground mid-flight. Arctic wildfires emit 35% more CO2 so far in 2020 than for whole of 2019. The amount of carbon dioxide emitted by Arctic wildfires this year is already 35% higher than the figure for the whole of 2019.
The latest data, provided by the EU’s Copernicus atmosphere monitoring service, shows that up to 24 August 245 megatonnes of CO2 had been released from wildfires this year. The figure for the whole of last year was 181 megatonnes. The peak number of active fire observations was about 600 in late July, compared with 400 in 2019. The average equivalent number between 2003 and 2018 was about 100. After two years of school strikes, the world is still in a state of climate crisis denial. On Thursday 20 August, it will be exactly two years since the first school strike for the climate took place.
Looking back, a lot has happened. Many millions have taken to the streets to join the decades-long fight for climate and environmental justice. And on 28 November 2019, the European parliament declared a “climate and environmental emergency”. After two years of school strikes, the world is still in a state of climate crisis denial. Apple sues recycler for allegedly reselling 100,000 devices it was hired to scrap. Apple alleges in a lawsuit that Geep Canada sold approximately 100,000 iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches, which the recycler had received to be stripped down and recycled.
Apple has long been working to increase how much it recycles, and even as it attempts to move more of that process in house, it still continues to rely on certain partner companies. Since 2014, that's included Geep Canada, the electronics recycling firm which Apple is reportedly now suing. According to The Logic, Apple estimates that Geep Canada stole around 100,000 iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches that it had been hired to recycle.
Geep does not deny the thefts, but has filed a counter suit claiming that they were conducted by three "rogue" employees without the knowledge of the company. Apple argues that these employees were in fact senior management at the firm. Amazon near tipping point of switching from rainforest to savannah – study. Much of the Amazon could be on the verge of losing its distinct nature and switching from a closed canopy rainforest to an open savannah with far fewer trees as a result of the climate crisis, researchers have warned.
Rainforests are highly sensitive to changes in rainfall and moisture levels, and fires and prolonged droughts can result in areas losing trees and shifting to a savannah-like mix of woodland and grassland. In the Amazon, such changes were known to be possible but thought to be many decades away. New research shows that this tipping point could be much closer than previously thought. As much as 40% of the existing Amazon rainforest is now at a point where it could exist as a savannah instead of as rainforest, according to a study published in the journal Nature Communications. Biobränslestrategin förvärrar klimatkrisen: ”Minskar bara utsläppen på pappret” The EU is cheating with numbers — and stealing our future. The EU is cheating with numbers — and stealing our future.
World missing all targets to save nature, UN warns. Issued on: 15/09/2020 - 16:40Modified: 15/09/2020 - 16:38 Paris (AFP) Countries are set to miss all of the targets they set themselves a decade ago to preserve nature and save Earth's vital biodiversity, the United Nations said Tuesday.
Humanity's impact on the natural world over the last five decades has been nothing short of cataclysmic: since 1970 close to 70 percent of wild animals, birds and fish have vanished, according to a WWF assessment this month. Last year the UN's panel on biodiversity, called IPBES, warned that one million species face extinction as man-made activity has already severely degraded three quarters of land on Earth. In 2010, 190 member states of the UN's Convention on Biological Diversity committed to a battle plan to limit the damage inflicted on the natural world by 2020. The 20 objectives range from phasing out fossil fuel subsidies and limiting habitat loss to protecting fish stocks. Nintendo sued for planned obsolescence over Joy-Con drift. French consumers organisation UFC-Que Choisir announced that it's suing Nintendo for planned obsolescence and anti-consumer practices.
In November 2019, the non-profit organisation had already issued a warning against the Joy-Con controllers for Switch and their infamous drifting defect, which sees the controllers registering movement even when the player is not actually moving the analogue stick. Now UFC-Que Choisir has decided to take action, as it noted in a press release that while Nintendo is offering free repairs for the issue, it's not changed the way the controllers are manufactured and is still issuing Joy-Cons that have the defect. The French association requested an expert analysis, which noticed that while Nintendo has made modifications to the way its Switch controllers are conceived a few months ago, it did not fix the defect despite being aware of the issue.
Brazil's Amazon rainforest suffers worst fires in a decade. Fires in Brazil’s Amazon increased 13% in the first nine months of the year compared with a year ago, as the rainforest region experiences its worst rash of blazes in a decade, data from space research agency Inpe has shown.
Satellites in September recorded 32,017 hotspots in the world’s largest rainforest, a 61% rise from the same month in 2019. It’s important to say this is not a step towards a paywall. Portugal på god väg att nå Parisavtalets klimatmål. Portugal på god väg att nå Parisavtalets klimatmål. Expedition shares scary photos from the North Pole. Few photos are better proof of the climate crisis than those taken by the members of the MOSAiC expedition over the last few days. The Barents Observer has obtained permission to repost some of them, showing the current ice-cap on the top of the world. The photos clearly underline how several recent climate studies, predicting ice-free Arctic summers by 2035, is not a theoretical scenario but rather an unavoidable fact. The expedition ship Polarstern sailed from the northern Fram Strait between Greenland and Svalbard to the North Pole this week.
Climate change: Warmth shatters section of Greenland ice shelf. A big chunk of ice has broken away from the Arctic's largest remaining ice shelf - 79N, or Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden - in north-east Greenland. The ejected section covers about 110 square km; satellite imagery shows it to have shattered into many small pieces. The loss is further evidence say scientists of the rapid climate changes taking place in Greenland. "The atmosphere in this region has warmed by about 3C since 1980," said Dr Jenny Turton. "And in 2019 and 2020, it saw record summer temperatures," the polar researcher at Friedrich-Alexander University in Germany told BBC News. Klimatskadliga subventioner. You can buy Fairphone’s new handset or just its cameras as an upgrade. Fairphone, the sustainable smartphone manufacturer that tries to make easily repairable devices using responsibly sourced materials, has announced its latest handset.
The Fairphone 3 Plus is an upgraded version of last year’s Fairphone 3 with improved cameras and speakers. More interestingly, though, if you already bought last year’s phone and don’t want to upgrade to a whole new handset, then Fairphone’s modular design means you can purchase the new camera module on its own and install it into your existing phone. The Fairphone 3 Plus will cost €469 (about $550) when it releases on September 14th, but buying the upgraded cameras on their own as a modular upgrade will cost €94.90 (about $111).
(Fairphone is offering an introductory price of €70 (about $80) until the end of September.) Big Oil Is in Trouble. Its Plan: Flood Africa With Plastic. As a university student walking to class, Mr. Wakibia, now 37, used to pass a noxious landfill in Nakuru, Kenya’s fourth-largest urban area. The stench and the plastic debris that spilled into the street, he said, prompted him to act. He began campaigning, largely on social media, for the ban, and his plea soon gained traction across a country inundated with plastic. 'Fix your bike' website crashes as scheme launches in England. Image copyright PA Media A website offering £50 bike repair vouchers in England crashed after the government scheme launched on Tuesday. EU godkänner miljardstöd till SAS.
After 500 Years Trying to Tame Fatal Floods, China Builds Sponge Cities. In Chongqing’s ramshackle neighborhood of Old Street, down by the Yangtze River, shopkeeper Liu cleans up the mess from last month’s floods. Hugh Jeffreys: What’s In Your Toolbox? Are we ready to recycle the “rare earths” behind an energy revolution? The transition to electric vehicles and renewable sources of electricity, now gaining serious momentum, is largely about dispensing with fossil fuels. People want a greener, happier world now. But our politicians have other ideas.
Greta Thunberg says EU recovery plan fails to tackle climate crisis. Greta Thunberg has accused EU politicians of failing to acknowledge the scale of the climate crisis and said its €750bn Covid-19 recovery plan does not do enough to tackle the issue. Climate Change-Vulnerable Countries Face Population Booms. Sofia Wistams vaccinvarning efter svininfluensan – dottern fick narkolepsi. CO2 in Earth's atmosphere nearing levels of 15m years ago. The amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere is approaching a level not seen in 15m years and perhaps never previously experienced by a hominoid, according to the authors of a study. Right to Repair needed urgently to prevent growing quantities of electronic waste - Right to Repair Europe. Humans left behind a record amount of e-waste in 2019. Germany to be first major economy to phase out coal and nuclear. $10bn of precious metals dumped each year in electronic waste, says UN. Apple Expands Independent iPhone Repair Program to Canada and Europe.
Humans left behind a record amount of e-waste in 2019. Dakota Access pipeline to be shut down by court in blow for Trump. Germany to be first major economy to phase out coal and nuclear. $10bn of precious metals dumped each year in electronic waste, says UN. $10bn of precious metals dumped each year in electronic waste, says UN. Europe losing forest to harvesting at alarming rate, data suggests. Fem milstolpar som kan omvandla kemisk plaståtervinning från löften till en industriellt fungerande lösning.
Government climate advisers running scared of change, says leading scientist. Climate worst-case scenarios may not go far enough, cloud data shows. Legal Defense Fundraising with GoGetFunding. Norges Domstoler. Earth accelerating towards sixth mass extinction event that could see ‘disintegration of civilisation’, scientists warn. ECB injects over €7 billion into fossil fuels since start of COVID-19 crisis - Greenpeace European Unit. Beyond a climate of comfortable ignorance. Sveriges klimatmål långt ifrån tillräckliga för att klara... - Uppsala universitet.
Lagarde & European Central Bank fuel the fire of the climate crisis. ECB injects over €7 billion into fossil fuels since start of COVID-19 crisis - Greenpeace European Unit. Apple crushes one-man repair shop in Norway’s Supreme Court, after three-year battle - Right to Repair Europe. State of emergency in Norilsk after 20,000 tons of diesel leaks into Arctic river system.
ECB injects over €7 billion into fossil fuels since start of COVID-19 crisis - Greenpeace European Unit. Earth accelerating towards sixth mass extinction event that could see ‘disintegration of civilisation’, scientists warn. Football pitch-sized area of tropical rainforest lost every six seconds. Coal generator uses investment treaty to fight Netherlands coal phaseout. World health leaders urge green recovery from coronavirus crisis. China's Air Pollution Now Worse Than Pre-Coronavirus Levels. Daily global CO2 emissions 'cut to 2006 levels' during height of coronavirus crisis. Covid-19 recovery plan calls for consumer savings and environmental commitments — Coolproducts EU. Covid-19 recovery plan calls for consumer savings and environmental commitments — Coolproducts EU. Ecodesign preparatory study on mobile phones, smartphones and tablets - Ecodesign smartphones and tablets. 45% of smartphone owners would rather upgrade than repair. Britons want quality of life indicators to take priority over economy.
Brazil's Amazon: Surge in deforestation as military prepares to deploy. 'Promiscuous treatment of nature' will lead to more pandemics – scientists. Brazil to weaken environmental safeguards amid increase in deforestation. America’s Garage Hobbyists Fight the Pandemic With 3D-Printers. We can’t afford to postpone Right to repair - Right to Repair Europe. Milan announces ambitious scheme to reduce car use after lockdown. Planned obsolescence: the outrage of our electronic waste mountain. Wildlife destruction 'not a slippery slope but a series of cliff edges'
Great Barrier Reef's third mass bleaching in five years the most widespread yet. States Quietly Pass Laws Criminalizing Fossil Fuel Protests Amid Coronavirus Chaos. EU signals future ‘right to repair’ legislation for smartphone users in member states. New Survey Shows Fair Repair Could Be a Huge Environmental Win. New Survey Shows Fair Repair Could Be a Huge Environmental Win. Action, please! Europe’s vision for a circular economy. Coronavirus and 3D printing - 3D Printing Media Network.
What does the EU circular economy plan mean for China? Action, please! Europe’s vision for a circular economy. The Circular Economy Blueprint paves the way for a Right to Repair in Europe - Right to Repair Europe. The Circular Economy Blueprint paves the way for a Right to Repair in Europe - Right to Repair Europe. Climate change: New rules could spell end of 'throwaway culture' Climate crisis blamed for rains and floods that have killed 150 in Brazil. The Right to Repair Will Help Us Endure Outbreaks.
Tropical forests losing their ability to absorb carbon, study finds. Heathrow third runway ruled illegal over climate change. EU accused of climate crisis hypocrisy after backing 32 gas projects. BP's statement on reaching net zero by 2050 – what it says and what it means. Antarctica logs hottest temperature on record with a reading of 18.3C. When it comes to climate hypocrisy, Canada's leaders have reached a new low. Greta Thunberg: At Davos we will tell world leaders to abandon the fossil fuel economy. Johan Sverdrup: Norway’s big bet on a rosy future for oil. Mallacoota fire: images of 'mayhem' and 'armageddon' as bushfires rage. Dutch supreme court upholds landmark ruling demanding climate action.