The United Nations and Britain will host an online climate summit in December, the fifth anniversary of the UN Paris Agreement, in a last-ditch bid to have countries meet a deadline to upgrade their emissions-cutting pledges.
The warning signs are flashing red. The California wildfires were surely made worse by the impacts of global heating. A study published in July warned that the Arctic is undergoing “an abrupt climate change event” that will probably lead to dramatic changes. As if to underline the point, on September 14 it was reported that a huge ice shelf in northeast Greenland had torn itself apart, worn away by warm waters lapping in from beneath.
Wildfires blazed along the Arctic Circle this summer, incinerating tundra, blanketing Siberian cities in smoke and capping the second extraordinary fire season in a row. By the time the fire season waned at the end of last month, the blazes had emitted a record 244 megatons of carbon dioxide — that’s 35 percent more than last year, which also set records.
The European Union will redouble efforts to meet its green goals to help mitigate the economic havoc wrought by COVID-19, its top climate official said, rejecting any notion that the pandemic had made ambitious climate action unaffordable.
Around 11,000 years ago, the Sahara desert was a heavily vegetated landscape covered with grasslands, trees, rivers, and lakes. Extreme environmental changes transitioned the Sahara back into a dry desert about 5,000 years ago.
The chief economist at the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) has said increasing focus on climate change mitigation policy across the globe could profoundly change world manufacturing systems - presenting a golden opportunity to the Australian economy.