Atmospheric greenhouse gases hit record highPosted by Robert Leonard / October 28, 2022
Atmospheric levels of all three greenhouse gases—methane, nitrous oxide, and carbon dioxide—are at an all time high.
The UN has warned that time is running out to address greenhouse gas emissions. Scotland is snow free for the fourth time in six years—it has only been so nine times total in the last 300 years. After the Paris climate deal, the World Bank spent $15b on fossil fuels.
The UN Secretary General said the world is in a “life-or-death struggle” as a result of “climate chaos.”
A huge storm is causing massive flooding in Alaska.
In other climate news, a massive Antarctic glacier nicknamed the “Doomsday Glacier” because of its potential to raise sea levels by several feet is liable to melt in the next several years. It is now inevitable that melting ice in Greenland will lead to sea level rise. Siberia is experiencing a warming trend unlike any in the past 7,000 years. Swiss glaciers have halved in size since 1931, according to a recent study of archival footage.
A drought in China had led to the Yangtze drying up, effectively eliminating the hydroelectric power the river generated. Meanwhile, a drought in the Horn of Africa is putting 22 million people at risk of starvation. Sixty percent of the EU and UK are threatened by drought. It has gotten so bad, in fact, that rivers all over Europe are running dry.
After multiple heat waves, France is facing the severest drought on record. It’s possible that 1,000 people died in the heat waves that struck New England. Scientists did not expect to see temperatures of that intensity until 2050. “Zoe” has become the world’s first named heatwave; it is responsible for over 1,000 deaths in Spain. The United Kingdom saw temperatures of more than 104ºF (or 40.2ºC) for the first time ever. A report from the UN suggests that an economic system built on short-term profit is destroying the environment, and without changing that system we will never be able to fix the environment.
A recent UN report reveals that the earth is set to lease 1,000 wild animal species to extinction. According to a landmark study, 1 in 5 people rely on logging, fishing, and hunting for their daily needs, but their practices may not be sustainable, “driving extinction” levels ever higher.
The Feds told states that they need to dramatically ramp up conservation of the Colorado River system, or else the government will step in.
The federal government announced that it will delay releasing water from one of the Colorado River’s largest reservoirs as a result of the historic drought in the west.
India and Pakistan are currently suffering a devastating heat waves, causing water and electricity shortages.
Sea levels in New Zealand are rising twice as fast as previously thought, according to new data. Meanwhile, in this hemisphere, new government maps of the United States west reveal that nearly the entire United States west is already in draught, before summer has even started.
Last month, the Antarctic is currently experiencing temperatures 70 degrees above normal. And, this past year, the Western United States and Mexico experienced the worst drought in 1,200 years. Meanwhile, a report by the New Climate Institute accuses top companies like Facebook, Apple, and Google are not changing quickly enough to slow climate change, and what’s worse they’re exaggerating their progress.
All of the snow at the Beijing Olympics is human made, a bad sign for both the climate and future winter Olympics. The Great Salt Lake is disappearing, which could lead to a major ecological disaster. New research suggests that the extreme heat in the oceans passed the point of no return in 2014, meaning warmer oceans are now the new norm.
Last year, climate change-related disasters cost the world some $100 billion. Record temperatures topping 67º F hit Alaska this month, setting a record for December. The weather has led to torrential rain, and raises the possibility of major flooding as the climate continues to warm.
According to the annual Global Carbon Budget Report, the planet has eleven years to avoid dire climate scenarios.
The largest delegation at the COP26 climate conference is affiliated with the fossil fuel industry. Perhaps this is why Greta Thunberg has called the COP26 climate conference a failure. “It is not a secret that COP26 is a failure. It should be obvious that we cannot solve a crisis with the same methods that got us into it in the first place,” she said. As if to make her point, Japan has refused to sign the statement on ending the use of coal-powered plants.
The CEO of Exxon has been accused of lying to Congress about his company’s knowledge of its contribution to climate change––and its attempts to cover that all up.
A major document leak has revealed that wealthy nations like Saudi Arabia, Japan, and Australia (among others) are pressuring the UN to slow their shift away from climate change. Wealthy nations are also questioning why they should pay poor countries to shift towards green technologies.
A metastudy of of nearly 90,000 climate studies reveal that 99.9% of studies agree that humans caused climate change, effectively quashing the argument that there’s any kind of debate.