Today in climate change (9 April 2021)

Please find below links to recent climate change news…

The Politics of Energy and Climate Change in Japan under the Abe Government https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349605835_The_Politics_of_Energy_and_Climate_Change_in_Japan_under_the_Abe_Government

A Texas city had a bold new climate plan – until a gas company got involved https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/01/a-texas-city-had-a-bold-new-climate-plan-until-a-gas-company-got-involved

Narooma on NSW south coast revealed as a hot spot for global ocean warming https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-03/narooma-a-global-hot-spot-for-ocean-warming-nsw-south-coast/

‘Every choice matters’: can we cling to hope of avoiding 1.5C heating? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/03/every-choice-matters-can-we-cling-to-hope-of-avoiding-15c-heating

Rapid global heating is hurting farm productivity, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/01/climate-crisis-global-heating-food-farming-agriculture

Climate Change Cannot Be Mitigated Without Effective Carbon Pricing https://www.forbes.com/sites/georgkell/2021/04/04/climate-change-cannot-be-mitigated-without-effective-carbon-pricing/?sh=27d35d923a4f

World Bank Group President’s Statement on Climate Change Action Plan https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/statement/2021/04/02/world-bank-group-president-statement-on-climate-change-action-plan

China sandstorms highlight threat of climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/03/china-sandstorms-highlight-threat-of-climate-crisis

Future increases in Arctic lightning and fire risk for permafrost carbon https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-021-01011-y

Sea-level rise: writers imagined drowned worlds for centuries – what they tell us about the future https://theconversation.com/sea-level-rise-writers-imagined-drowned-worlds-for-centuries-what-they-tell-us-about-the-future-151804

U.S. regulators lag on addressing climate’s financial risk – report https://www.pionline.com/esg/us-regulators-lag-addressing-climates-financial-risk-report

Carbon dioxide spikes to critical record, halfway to doubling preindustrial levels https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/04/05/atmospheric-co2-concentration-record/

Global warming causes uneven changes in heat stress indicators https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76980

Study shows correlation between solar variability and El Nino-La Nina events https://watchers.news/2021/04/06/solar-variability-el-nino-la-nina-study/

More snow melting from mountains earlier in year due to climate change: study https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/more-snow-melting-from-mountains-earlier-in-year-due-to-climate-change-study-1.5376146

Climate impact map http://www.impactlab.org/map/#usmeas=absolute&usyear=1981-2010&gmeas=absolute&gyear=1986-2005

Cities and states must lead as window of opportunity shrinks for climate action https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/546504-cities-and-states-must-lead-as-window-of-opportunity-shrinks-for

Why China is still clinging to coal https://www.vox.com/2021/4/6/22369284/china-coal-power-economy-climate-change

Managing retreat: why New Zealand is drafting a new law to enable communities to move away from climate risks https://theconversation.com/managing-retreat-why-new-zealand-is-drafting-a-new-law-to-enable-communities-to-move-away-from-climate-risks-157394

Today in climate change (2 April 2021)

Please find below a list of links to some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news recently…

Renewables met 97% of Scotland’s electricity demand in 2020 https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-56530424

Renewables plus batteries offer Australia the same energy security as coal, research finds https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/29/renewables-plus-batteries-offer-australia-the-same-energy-security-as-coal-research-finds

Climate talks will test Biden’s pledge to make global heating a priority https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/27/joe-biden-climate-talks-global-heating

‘We want to be included’: First Nations demand a say on climate change https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/27/we-want-to-be-included-first-nations-demand-a-say-on-climate-change

Ignoring climate change will lead to unprecedented, societally disruptive heat extremes in the Middle East https://phys.org/news/2021-03-climate-unprecedented-societally-disruptive-extremes.html

NZ to exceed climate aid pledge by $200m https://www.inkl.com/news/nz-to-exceed-climate-aid-pledge-by-200m

Deadly heat waves will be common in South Asia, even at 1.5 degrees of warming https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76850

Climate change: Greener Wales ‘must not hit poorer communities’ https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-56550848

Why are people not doing more about climate change? https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-56500739

Meat and dairy companies slow to commit to net-zero emissions, new analysis finds https://phys.org/news/2021-03-meat-dairy-companies-commit-net-zero.html

Multiple Coastal Cities In The US Could Be 6.5 Feet Underwater By Year 2100, Thanks To Climate Change https://blog.therainforestsite.greatergood.com/2100-flood/

Scaling mountains: Nepal’s aspirations for a climate-resilient sustainable future https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76876

‘Wilful ignorance’: Flood-hit Australia urged to rethink climate adaptation https://news.trust.org/item/20210325225707-a7fl6/

Are federal disaster policies making the harmful impacts of climate change even worse? https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76871

Local community participation in climate change mitigation paramount: Minister https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76872

The risks to Australia of a 3°C warmer world https://www.science.org.au/supporting-science/science-policy-and-analysis/reports-and-publications/risks-australia-three-degrees-c-warmer-world

Severe heat wave hits Delhi with highest March temperatures since 1945 https://watchers.news/2021/03/30/severe-heat-wave-hits-delhi-with-highest-march-temperatures-since-1945/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Saudi Arabia unveils campaign to tackle climate change https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210327-saudi-arabia-unveils-campaign-to-tackle-climate-change

Uganda climate change: The people under threat from a melting glacier https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-56526631

Telangana tries to damp heatwave effect https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76917

Barrier Reef doomed as up to 99% of coral at risk, report finds https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/barrier-reef-doomed-as-up-to-99-percent-of-coral-at-risk-report-finds-20210331-p57fng.html Climate change will deepen rich-poor global divide, top economists warn https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76936

Today in climate change (26 March 2021)

Please find below links to recent climate change news…

A critical exploration of adaptation heuristics https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096321000218?via%3Dihub

Australia’s Worst Floods in Decades Quicken Concerns About Climate Change https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/22/world/australia/australia-floods.html

Crisis in the Himalayas: climate change and unsustainable development https://www.ft.com/content/387f5b4d-69cd-45f6-b0fc-69d659381109

Warming in Arctic region triggering heatwaves in India: Study https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76764

The cost of adapting to extreme weather events in a changing climate https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76754

NOAA Upgrades Forecasts As Climate Change Drives More Severe Storms https://www.npr.org/2021/03/22/979932115/noaa-upgrades-forecasts-as-climate-change-drives-more-severe-storms

Sea-level rise in 20th century was fastest in 2,000 years along much of East Coast https://phys.org/news/2021-03-sea-level-20th-century-fastest-years.html

Towards a rigorous understanding of societal responses to climate change https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03190-2

Rising risk of wildfires across UK from climate crisis, scientists warn https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/24/rising-risk-of-wildfires-across-uk-from-climate-crisis-scientists-warn?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Warming Drives ‘Fundamental’ Changes To Ocean, Scientists Warn https://www.barrons.com/news/warming-drives-fundamental-changes-to-ocean-scientists-warn-01616601916?tesla=y

Big banks’ trillion-dollar finance for fossil fuels ‘shocking’, says report https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/24/big-banks-trillion-dollar-finance-for-fossil-fuels-shocking-says-report

How climate change drove food insecurity in the 2007 Lesotho drought https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76809

Fighting climate change in the world’s poorest countries https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76817

A guide to assessing the political economy of domestic climate change governance https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76820

A global study shows climate change is driving changes in the flow and water volume of rivers worldwide http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/river-review-shows-shifts

If 80% of Australians care about climate action, why don’t they vote like it? https://theconversation.com/if-80-of-australians-care-about-climate-action-why-dont-they-vote-like-it-157050

The lurking danger: extreme temperatures, heat stress and forced migration https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76826 1º of global warming causes a ~50% increase in population displacement risk https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76828

Today in climate change (19 March 2021)

Please find below a list of links to recent climate change news…

Australia’s largest community-owned solar farm begins powering homes in Canberra https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-11/act-community-solar-farm-opens-in-majura/13238882

Coastal town with a big decision to make https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/14/climate/outer-banks-tax-climate-change.html

The ‘boomerang effect’: insights for improved climate action https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17565529.2020.1723470?journalCode=tcld20

Heating of the Tasman sea warms up the climate of Antarctic Peninsula via changes in wind patterns, suggests new study https://www.nipr.ac.jp/english/info/notice/20210309.html

Implementing open data strategies for climate action: Suggestions and lessons learned for government and civil society stakeholders https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76505

Doubling uptake of wind and solar power could set up Australia for net zero emissions by 2040 https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/17/doubling-uptake-of-wind-and-solar-power-could-set-up-australia-for-net-zero-emissions-by-2040

Model predicts urban development and greenhouses gasses will fuel urban floods http://floodlist.com/america/usa/urban-development-climate-change-increase-urban-floods

Over 10 million displaced by climate disasters in six months: report https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN2B90ZA

Revenge of the nerds: Disaster risk reduction and climate change https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/opinion/2021/3/18/revenge-of-the-nerds-disaster-risk-reduction-and-climate-change

Australia lags far behind other top economies on ‘green recovery’ pandemic spending https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/19/australia-lags-far-behind-other-top-economies-on-green-recovery-pandemic-spending

Today in climate change (12 March 2021)

Please find below links to recent climate change news…

‘Extremely dangerous’: how much of the heat can western Sydney bear? https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/08/extremely-dangerous-how-much-of-the-heat-can-western-sydney-bear

Ten years after Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan finding path to renewable energy future https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/03/07/national/renewable-energy-311/

Getting to net zero isn’t all pain and expense – there are huge opportunities for Australia https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/07/getting-to-net-zero-isnt-all-pain-and-expense-there-are-huge-opportunities-for-australia

UK coal mine plan pits local needs against global green ambitions https://www.ft.com/content/0e731ce2-1f45-4f50-bcb2-729467156d75

‘Closures any day’: Coal-fired power plants in peril as prices plunge https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/closures-any-day-coal-plants-in-peril-as-prices-plunge-20210307-p578gx.html

Climate change impacts and adaptation in Europe, focusing on extremes and adaptation until the 2030s https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76412

Assessing the U.S. Climate in February 2021 https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/national-climate-202102

Global heating pushes tropical regions towards limits of human livability https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/08/global-heating-tropical-regions-human-livability

Climate crisis: Relative sea levels rising ‘up to four times faster’ in coastal cities, due to widespread subsidence https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/sea-level-rise-cities-subsidence-b1814127.html

A 50-Year-Old Global Warming Forecast That Still Holds Up https://eos.org/features/a-50-year-old-global-warming-forecast-that-still-holds-up#.YEeXUibj1gA.twitter

US urged to cut 50% of emissions by 2030 to spur other countries to action https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/09/us-climate-crisis-cut-emissions-environment

Going Under? Brazil’s Hospitals at Risk as Climate Change Brings More Floods http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-hospitals-risk-floods

Sea level rise up to four times global average for coastal communities https://www.tyndall.ac.uk/news/sea-level-rise-four-times-global-average-coastal-communities

It’s unavoidable: we must ban fossil fuels to save our planet. Here’s how we do it https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/09/its-unavoidable-we-must-ban-fossil-fuels-to-save-our-planet-heres-how-we-do-it

Sea level rise is increasing fastest in populous coastal areas, study says https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/09/world/sea-level-rise-increasing-with-sinking-land/index.html

China leads world’s biggest increase in wind power capacity https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/mar/10/china-leads-world-increase-wind-power-capacity-windfarms

Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy https://globalresilience.northeastern.edu/why-we-need-antiracist-feminist-leadership-on-climate-and-energy/

More than 100 Australian faith groups have teamed up to demand greater action on climate change https://www.sbs.com.au/news/more-than-100-australian-faith-groups-have-teamed-up-to-demand-greater-action-on-climate-change

Australians face a hotter future if our cities don’t do more to cool ‘heat islands’, report finds https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-11/australians-face-unliveable-cities-less-greenspace-heat/13231068

Endless Summer? Climate Crisis Could Lengthen Hottest Temperatures by Six Months https://www.ecowatch.com/endless-summer-climate-crisis-2651021726.html

Attribution of the Australian bushfire risk to anthropogenic climate change https://nhess.copernicus.org/articles/21/941/2021/

U.S. must slash emissions by at least 57% to meet Paris climate target- report https://news.trust.org/item/20210311095644-130nt/

A methodological framework for determining an optimal coastal protection strategy against storm surges and sea level rise https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-021-04661-5

Today in climate change (5 March 2021)

Please find below links to recent climate change news…

https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-campaign-teens-prepare-for-court-battle-with-minister-over-coal-expansion-20210228-p576gm.html

Latest climate pledges are ‘very far’ from Paris goals needed to avert catastrophic global warming, UN warns https://www.sbs.com.au/news/latest-climate-pledges-are-very-far-from-paris-goals-needed-to-avert-catastrophic-global-warming-un-warns?cid=news:socialshare:twitter

Michael Mann: the author and eminent climate scientist on the deniers’ new tactics and why positive change feels closer than it has done in 20 years https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/27/climatologist-michael-e-mann-doomism-climate-crisis-interview

Strong climate targets make strong friendships, Fiji tells Australia https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/strong-climate-targets-make-strong-friendships-fiji-tells-australia-20210228-p576iu.html

Australia pumped out an extra six months’ worth of emissions than previously recorded https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/27/australia-pumped-out-an-extra-six-months-worth-of-emissions-than-previously-recorded

The Climate Connections of a Record Fire Year in the U.S. West https://climate.nasa.gov/blog/3066/the-climate-connections-of-a-record-fire-year-in-the-us-west/

Denmark’s climate policies ‘insufficient’ to meet 2030 emissions target https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/28/denmark-climate-policies-insufficient-to-meet-2030-emissions-target

To stop climate disaster, make ecocide an international crime https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/24/climate-crisis-ecocide-international-crime

Climate Change is Weakening the Ocean Currents That Shape Weather on Both Sides of the Atlantic https://insideclimatenews.org/news/25022021/climate-change-ocean-currents-atlantic/

Climate change made the Uttarakhand flash flood possible, and poor development policies made it disastrous https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/climate/dams-roads-worsened-himalayan-flood-impact-manifold/

What motivates natural resource policymakers in Africa to take action on climate change? https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76255

“Not even close:” UN slams Australia and other rich countries for weak climate efforts https://reneweconomy.com.au/not-even-close-un-slams-australia-and-other-rich-countries-for-weak-climate-efforts/

Fossil fuel cars make ‘hundreds of times’ more waste than electric cars https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/mar/01/fossil-fuel-cars-make-hundreds-of-times-more-waste-than-electric-cars

Climate Change is Leading to Global “Weirding,” Not Just Global Warming https://spectrumlocalnews.com/tx/san-antonio/weather/2021/02/27/climate-change–not-just-global-warming–but-global–weirding-

What is driving record rooftop solar volumes in Australia? https://onestepoffthegrid.com.au/what-is-driving-record-rooftop-solar-volumes-in-australia/

Improving Access to Paleoclimate Data https://eos.org/science-updates/improving-access-to-paleoclimate-data

Global greenhouse gas emissions on track to fall just 0.5% between 2010 and 2030 https://theenergymix.com/2021/03/01/red-alert-for-planet-as-un-report-projects-only-0-5-emissions-cut-by-2030/

World must break its ‘deadly addiction’ to coal, says UN chief https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/world-must-break-its-deadly-addiction-to-coal-says-un-chief-20210302-p57754.html

Against the odds, South Australia is a renewable energy powerhouse. How did they do it? https://reneweconomy.com.au/against-the-odds-south-australia-is-a-renewable-energy-powerhouse-how-did-they-do-it/

Fossil fuel emissions in danger of surpassing pre-Covid levels https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/02/fossil-fuel-emissions-in-danger-of-surpassing-pre-covid-levels?CMP=share_btn_tw

‘A duty of care’: Australian teenagers take their climate crisis plea to court https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/02/a-duty-of-care-australian-teenagers-take-their-climate-crisis-plea-to-court

Brutal realities of climate change loss and damage come to life in IIED animations https://www.iied.org/brutal-realities-climate-change-loss-damage-come-life-iied-animations

The climate crisis can’t be solved by carbon accounting tricks https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/03/climate-crisis-carbon-accounting-tricks-big-finance

Coal mines are the engines of climate change. Time to start treating them like it. https://reneweconomy.com.au/coal-mines-are-the-engines-of-climate-change-time-to-start-treating-them-like-it/

Climate change threatens New Guinea’s biocultural heritage https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/11/eaaz1455

Development and Climate Change Contribute to a Himalayan Tragedy https://eos.org/articles/development-and-climate-change-contribute-to-a-himalayan-tragedy

Councillors issue plea for climate action https://www.northweststar.com.au/story/7152071/councillors-issue-plea-for-climate-action/?cs=9676

At least 1,500 Britons killed by climate change-fuelled heat this century https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76335

Humans, not nature, are the cause of changes in Atlantic hurricane cycles, new study finds https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-atlantic-hurricane-cycles/

4 assumptions about gender that distort how we think about climate change (and 3 ways to do better) https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76375

Today in climate change (26 February 2021)

Please find below links to recent climate change news…

Fragile cities are being inundated with people feeling the impacts of climate change. How can they cope? https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76146

Scientists are divided over whether climate change is fueling extreme cold events https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76141

Governing heatwaves in Europe: comparing health policy and practices to better understand roles, responsibilities and collaboration https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76149

Climate Threats Could Mean Big Jumps in Insurance Costs This Year https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/22/climate/flood-insurance-fema.html?smid=tw-share

Beijing records warmest February day since 1951, Chinahttps://watchers.news/2021/02/22/beijing-records-warmest-february-day-since-1951-china/

Highlights from “The cost of climate: America’s growing flood risk” https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76168

Assessing Shifts in Regional Hydroclimatic Conditions of U.S. River Basins in Response to Climate Change over the 21st Century https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2020EF001657Renewable energy could render five of Australia’s remaining coal plants unviable by 2025 https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/24/renewable-energy-could-render-five-of-australias-remaining-coal-plants-unviable-by-2025

Climate change: 5 places where global warming is a security risk https://news.trust.org/item/20210223112425-ykgvq/

Climate crisis hitting ‘worst case scenario’, warns Environment Agency head https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/23/climate-crisis-hitting-worst-case-scenarios-warns-environment-agency-head

Inventories of extreme weather events and impacts: Implications for loss and damage from and adaptation to climate extremes https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096321000140?via%3Dihub

Why the climate crisis is a humanitarian emergency https://unocha.exposure.co/why-the-climate-crisis-is-a-humanitarian-emergency

ESA Glaciers Climate Change Initiative https://catalogue.ceda.ac.uk/uuid/7ea7540135f441369716ef867d217519

A Huge Red Flag Just Popped Up in a Little-Studied Region of Antarctica https://earther.gizmodo.com/a-huge-red-flag-just-popped-up-in-a-little-studied-regi-1846345394

“We don’t have a credible climate policy:” Sport stars want stronger targets https://reneweconomy.com.au/we-dont-have-a-credible-climate-policy-sport-stars-want-stronger-targets/

Submarine Permafrost Has Been Overlooked as a Major Source of Greenhouse Gases, Scientists Warn https://e360.yale.edu/digest/submarine-permafrost-has-been-overlooked-as-a-major-source-of-greenhouse-gases-scientists-warn

Attenborough gives stark warning on climate change to UN https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-56175714

Climate change: West Antarctica’s Getz glaciers flowing faster https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56171302

As Deaths Surge, Scientists Study the Link Between Climate Change and Avalanches https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23022021/avalanche-climate-change-coronavirus/

Beyond simplistic metrics: assessing global progress on adaptation to climate change https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76206

What surveying 50 countries taught us about climate action https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2021/what-surveying-50-countries-taught-us-about-climate-action.html

Climate Change Risk Assessment for the Insurance Industry | Research report https://www.genevaassociation.org/research-topics/climate-change-and-emerging-environmental-topics/climate-change-risk-assessment