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Britain to restore ancient rainforest

Posted by / January 30, 2024

Britain is aiming to restore an ancient rainforest in Devon. The National Trust plans to plant 100,000 trees across Arlington Court, Exmoor, and Woolacombe and Hartland in the UK to restore temperate rainforests. These rainforests, once widespread, now cover just 1% of Britain due to pollution, invasive species, and diseases. The initiative aims to provide habitats, sequester carbon, and combat climate change, with funding from the Trust’s Plant a Tree fund, HSBC UK, and Utility Warehouse, contributing to the goal of planting and establishing 20 million trees by 2030.

The world’s largest cruise ship is about to set sail. It uses liquified natural gas, which ultimately leads to so much methane emissions that the ship is actually worse for the environment than standard oil ships.

A study has revealed that Greenland is losing 30 million tons of ice every hour. Bottom trawling releases massive amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, new research reveals. The ocean has broken a heat record for the fifth year running. The year 2023 was the hottest ever recorded.

Denmark is adding a green tax to airfares.

The world’s largest iceberg is on the move after 30 years of being stuck to the ocean floor.

The hole in the ozone is the largest its been in the last 3 years.

The richest 1% of the world’s population produces as much carbon as the bottom two-thirds.

The world’s largest single-site solar farm, located in Saudi Arabia, is now online. The US and China have made “small but important steps” towards climate mitigation. The year 2023 is almost certainly going to be the hottest year in the last 125,000 years.

Coca-Cola and Nestle have been accused of lying about using recycled plastic.

British Petroleum has posted a profit of $3.3 billion, even as millions struggle to afford gas and heating oil. Carbon emissions may cause the crucial 1.5ºC temperature rise sooner than expected.

A new study suggests that the West Antarctic ice shelves melting is unavoidable. The planet’s “vital signs”—the metrics that gauge climate change—are worse than they’ve ever been. Deforestation in the Amazon was down 57% in September, and again down 66% in July.

The Amazon rainforest is deteriorating at a faster rate than its species, and even the climate itself, to adapt. An iceberg the size of London has broken off the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica. According to the Met Office, 2022 was the sixth warmest year on record.

Much of California is out of the worst drought category after the state got pounded by brutal storms. In other climate news, thousands of records have been shattered as Europe experiences an unusually warm summer. At the same time, an arctic storm left more than a million people without power and 1nearly a score dead.  At least 10,000 flights were canceled on Saturday, Christmas eve..

The storm’s severity is perhaps linked to climate change. According to a new International Energy Agency report, the world is burning more coal than ever.

The UN has proposed holding nations criminally accountable for contributing to climate change. In a similar vein, the EU has passed a law blocking the sale of products grown on land deforested after 2020.

In other climate change news, cities in the United States West are removing decorative grass to save water.

The Western United States and Mexico are experiencing 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.

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