Air quality dips across US Northeast during Canada firesPosted by Thomas Bush / June 8, 2023
Air quality has gotten dangerously bad in parts of the Northeast following the Canadian wildfires, putting tens of millions of people at risk.
The increase in solar panels may lead to a waste problem. The los of black sea urchins is threatening the Gulf of Aqaba coral reef. In 2009, a group of scientists listed nine thresholds that, if crossed, would make earth inhabitable. We have crossed seven of them. The world is on the path to producing more solar power than oil power, according to recent data.
A drought has forced southern France to ban garden pools. Spain just experienced its hottest April day on record, with temperatures reaching between 10-15ºC above normal. Rapidly-rising ocean temps are threatening a more extreme El Nino.
The world is heading towards the worst rice shortage in 20 years.
A huge heatwave has disrupted life across Asia. Catalonia is in the midst of its worst drought in decades. This year is likely to see a fall—for the first time—in emissions-producing electricity-generation. India, already the world’s third-largest emitter, is adding coal plants at a near record pace to keep up with climate-driven electricity demands.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council has voted to recommend a complete ban on commercial and recreational fishing for Chinook salmon in parts of the West Coast in 2023, due to a record-low number of the fish returning to the Sacramento River to spawn. The ban would affect over 200 miles of the California and Oregon coasts, and may last multiple years. The final decision on the ban will be made by the National Marine Fisheries Service in April.
Ice melting in Antarctica could slow deep water ocean currents for centuries, limiting the spread of nutrients to sea life.
In other climate news, the so-called Doomsday Glacier—a glacier that, were it to melt, could lead to catastrophic sea level rise, is at risk of collapse. Ice levels in the Arctic sea are at a record low.
Major corporations are failing to deliver on their promises to cut emissions. A new study suggests that up to 15 million people are threatened by climate-induced glacial melt. In a first-of-its-kind case, Shell’s board of directors is being personally sued over the company’s contributions to climate change. According to a recent study, 40% of animals and 34% of plants are at risk of extinction.