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Climate Change News Digest for 10/20/22

This digest provides a selection of recent news articles relating to climate change and other environmental issues. Click on the title to read the full article from its original source.

By Paul Brown (The Guardian)

Fossil fuel emissions are the easiest to curb yet plans to expand the sector are in the pipeline

The amount of methane in the atmosphere is two and a half times pre-industrial levels and increasing steadily. There is little hope of keeping below the 1.5C target unless methane emissions are drastically reduced in this decade.

By Leyland Cecco (The Guardian)

With 10% of Canadian homes now uninsurable due to extreme weather, the climate crisis forces people to make hard choices about where they live

Over the past 15 years, insurance claims from severe weather events in Canada – windstorms, flooding, wildfire and drought – have more than quadrupled. Seven of the country’s costliest disasters occurred in the last decade. Insurers now expect to disburse C$2bn (£1.3bn) in disaster-related payouts annually, with costs only expected to rise.

By Eric Lipton

The oil and gas industry is already setting priorities for at least partial G.O.P. control in Congress, with a particular focus on undercutting a Biden administration program to shift away from gas for home heating.

By Janet Ranganathan, Richard Waite, Tim Searchinger and Craig Hanson (World Resources Institute)

There is a big shortfall between the amount of food we produce today and the amount needed to feed everyone in 2050. There will be nearly 10 billion people on Earth by 2050—about 3 billion more mouths to feed than there were in 2010. As incomes rise, people will increasingly consume more resource-intensive, animal-based foods. At the same time, we urgently need to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agricultural production and stop conversion of remaining forests to agricultural land.

By Jon Hurdle (Inside Climate News)

New Jersey became the latest U.S. state to sue the fossil fuel industry over climate change, alleging it knew for decades that emissions from its products contributed to global warming, but lied to protect its profits and deter efforts to curb greenhouse gases. ExxonMobil calls the lawsuit a waste of taxpayers’ money that won’t help curb global warming.

About the Digest: Articles included here are selected from several organizations which consolidate climate change related news from many sources around the world. These organizations include Carbon Brief and Inside Climate News. Accessing the full articles from the links provided here may sometimes not be possible due to access restrictions of the originating publications.

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