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Atlantic ‘Conveyer Belt’ Shows No Sign Of Slowing, Scientists Find

A 30-year reconstruction of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation shows no decline. It’s the very same scenario posed in the disaster movie “The Day After Tomorrow,” where a slowdown in the Gulf Stream turned North America into a frozen wasteland….

Under climate stress, human innovation set stage for population surge

(Washington University in St. Louis) Aridification in the central plains of China during the early Bronze Age did not cause population collapse, a result that highlights the importance of social resilience to climate change, according to new research from Washington University in St. Louis. Instead of a collapse amid dry conditions, development of agriculture and increasingly complex human social structures set the stage for a dramatic increase in human population around 3,900 to 3,500 years ago.

Amid global warming, why are we in a deep freeze? – The Daily Star

During winter, more often than not, a large part of northern United States is pummelled by an Arctic blast, sometimes severe, sometimes less severe, that lasts for a week or two. But this winter’s blast plunged not only the Midwest…

How Climate Change May Influence Deadly Avalanches – Scientific American

Big dumps of powder snow are a precious gift in the best of times around the West, where 40 or 50 feet can fall during a winter, forming frozen mountain water towers that slowly melt and sustain the region through…

Gulf Stream System at its weakest in over a millennium

(Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)) Never before in over 1000 years the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), also known as Gulf Stream System, has been as weak as in the last decades. This is the result of a new study by scientists from Ireland, Britain and Germany. The researchers compiled proxy data, reaching back hundreds of years to reconstruct the AMOC flow history. They found consistent evidence that its slowdown in the 20th century is unprecedented in the past millennium.

‘Mutual suicide’: US issues stark warning on climate change – Al Jazeera English

The United States has warned inaction by world powers on climate change is tantamount to a “mutual suicide pact” after countries such as China, India, and Russia expressed scepticism on the global security threat it posed. John Kerry, the US…

Biden Climate Policy On Track To Punish Blue-Collar Workers, Prop Up Putin

In former President Donald Trump’s final month in office, the United States achieved something it hadn’t in more than a generation: In the final week of December, America didn’t import a single drop of crude oil from Saudi Arabia for the…

Energy

Recent Australian emissions cuts likely to be reversed in recovery from Covid and drought

Most of the reduction in Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions last year is likely to be wiped out as transport rebounds after Covid-19 lockdowns and farming recovers from the long-term-drought, according to an audit of national climate data. Scott Morrison told…