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BRAZIL: Amazon deforestation surged in April after pledges

Preliminary data released Friday signaled deforestation of Brazil’s Amazon in April was the highest for that month in at least five years, a report that comes two weeks after Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said his government would dedicate more energy and resources toward curbing deforestation.

An expert explains: What climate change means for coral – World Economic Forum

The world has lost 30% to 50% of its reefs in the last 40 years. Scientists have warned that remaining reefs could be gone within decades. Over the past century, sea surface temperatures have risen by an average of about…

Bornean rajah scops owl rediscovered after 125 years

(Smithsonian National Zoological Park) The Bornean subspecies of Rajah scops owl (Otus brookii brookii), documented in the wild for the first time since 1892, may be its own unique species and deserving of a conservation designation. Published April 28 in The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center ecologist Andy Boyce reported the rediscovery and photographed this elusive subspecies in the mountainous forests of Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia.

Google News Falsely Links Mexican Drought Story To ‘Climate Change’

A search of Google News today for the term “climate change” turns up a story from the Spanish daily newspaper El Pais (“the country,” in English) discussing the various harms people are suffering as a result of severe drought impacting…

Brazilian Amazon released more carbon than it stored in 2010s

(University of Exeter) The Brazilian Amazon rainforest released more carbon than it stored over the last decade – with degradation a bigger cause than deforestation – according to new research.

What’s Next in the Fight Against Climate Change? – Tufts Now

President Joe Biden’s summit of world leaders last week was a significant step in re-invigorating global cooperation on climate change, experts from The Fletcher School said. But the bold goals of the event still must be translated into a detailed…

Who’s right about climate change? Greta Thunberg or Bill Gates? – MarketWatch

LONDON (Project Syndicate)—Some people say that to avoid the threat of catastrophic harm to human welfare posed by global warming, we must radically change our behavior—cease flying, use bicycles, and give up red meat. Others believe that new technologies can…

Joe Biden’s Skewed Climate Change Priorities

It’s not hard to see why politicians like Joe Biden and Boris Johnson want to talk about climate change. First of all, it looks good to the electorate. Caring about the planet (or at least being seen to care about…

Biden Climate Summit: Australia Fails to Deliver, remains a global outsider and climate laggard

Here is a quick summary in graphic and point form where the main countries line up on climate commitments at the end of the Climate leaders summit organised by USA President Joe Biden in his first 100 days of leadership:…