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The Electricity Industry Quietly Spread Climate Denial for Years – The Atlantic

The MIT professor was unequivocal. “If we had to stop producing CO₂, no coal, oil, or gas could be burned,” Carroll Wilson declared. The world would have to adopt nuclear energy en masse and perhaps even turn to “electric motor…

The Senate Was History’s Greatest Obstacle to Climate Progress – The Atlantic

Updated at 5:19 p.m. on August 7, 2022 Climate change was born as a modern political issue in the United States Senate. On a hot June day in 1988, a senior NASA scientist warned a Senate committee that global warming,…

Hurricane hell and climate punishment – The Hill

It’s hurricane season again, and as The Hill has reported, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warns that this year is expected to be worse than usual, for the seventh consecutive year. Climate change is making these storms…

How Bad Will Climate Change Get? – The Atlantic

The COP26 international climate-change negotiations have just begun in Glasgow, Scotland, and the vibes are … ambivalent. The leaders of Russia and China haven’t bothered to attend, but did promise to help end deforestation by 2030—though many observers are skeptical…

Researchers propose a scheme that treats carbon emissions like financial debt

(University of California – Santa Barbara) The recent extreme heat in the Western United States and Canada may seem remarkable now, but events like these are made more likely, and more severe, under climate change. The consequences are likely to be far-reaching, with overwhelmingly negative impacts on land and ocean ecosystems, biodiversity, food production and the built environment.

Unusual currents explain mysterious red crab strandings

(University of California – Santa Cruz) Researchers studied pelagic red crab range and strandings from 1950 to 2019 and compared these data with ocean conditions, like temperature and current movements. The team found that the appearance of red crabs outside of their normal range correlated with the amount of seawater flowing from Baja California to central California.

Biodiversity imperiled

(University of California – Santa Barbara) Woodlands along streams and rivers are an important part of California’s diverse ecology. They are biodiversity hotspots, providing various ecosystem services including carbon sequestration and critical habitat for threatened and endangered species. But our land and water use have significantly impacted these ecosystems, sometimes in unexpected ways.

Starting local

(University of California – Santa Barbara) Corals are in trouble. All across the globe the diverse and dynamic ecosystems are taking huge hits year after year. The Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral since 1995. Scientists are seeing similar declines in reefs from Hawai’i to the Florida Keys and across the Indo-Pacific region.

Three times the gains

(University of California – Santa Barbara) From climate change and carbon emissions to biodiversity and global hunger, humanity faces so many challenges that tackling them quickly is a daunting task. One solution that potentially addresses multiple issues could provide the impetus society needs to make significant progress.

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