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The Reason Antarctica Is Melting: Shifting Winds, Driven by Global Warming – Scientific American

In the remote, alien area of the world where the Amundsen Sea meets the coast of West Antarctica, tall, frozen cliffs loom over the water. They are the edges of massive glaciers—rivers of ice that spill into the ocean. In…

July 2019 was hottest month on record for the planet

Much of the planet sweltered in unprecedented heat in July, as temperatures soared to new heights in the hottest month ever recorded. The record warmth also shrank Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to historic lows.

The dangerous delusion of optimal global warming | International Politics and Society – IPS Journal

The United Kingdom is now legally committed to reduce net greenhouse-gas emissions to zero by 2050. Opponents in Parliament argued for more cost-benefit analysis before making such a commitment; and Nobel laureate economist William Nordhaus argues that such analysis shows…

Why Solar Activity And Cosmic Rays Can’t Explain Global Warming – Forbes

As a climate scientist, I hear my share of myths about what is causing climate change or why it is a “hoax.” I call them “zombie theories” because they just will not die. They persist in blogs, certain networks, and…

To Slow Global Warming, U.N. Warns Agriculture Must Change – WCAI

Humans must drastically alter food production in order to prevent the most catastrophic effects of global warming, according to a new report from the United Nations panel on climate change. The panel of scientists looked at the climate change effects…

Agriculture Must Change To Prevent Catastrophic Warming : The Salt – NPR

Large swaths of forest have been cut down in Brazil in recent decades to make room for farming. Deforestation contributes to global warming, and reversing it will be necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change. Andre Penner/AP hide caption toggle caption…

Evidence That ERA5-Based Global Temperatures Show Spurious Warming

“Reading, we have a problem.” As a followup to my post about whether July 2019 was the warmest July on record (globally-averaged), I’ve been comparing reanalysis datasets since 1979. It appears that the ERA5 reanalysis upon which WMO record-temperature pronouncements…

Industrial fishing behind plummeting shark numbers

A team of researchers has discovered that sharks are much rarer in habitats nearer large human populations and fish markets. The team also found that the average body size of sharks and other marine predators fell dramatically in these areas, where sharks are caught and killed intensively for their meat and fins.

July Was the Hottest Month on Record, New Data Show

“July has re-written climate history, with dozens of new temperature records at local, national, and global level,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. The findings are particularly significant, the WMO noted, because the previous hottest month, July 2016, occurred during one…

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We must change food production to save the world, says leaked report

Attempts to solve the climate crisis by cutting carbon emissions from only cars, factories and power plants are doomed to failure, scientists will warn this week. A leaked draft of a report on climate change and land use, which is…