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Climate Change News Digest for 5/20/22

Updated: Oct 5

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.


How 12 key industries can cut emissions in line with 1.5C

Dr. Sven Teske and Kriti Nagrath (Carbon Brief)

New research sets out energy-related carbon budgets for each of 12 key industry and service sectors, including aluminum, power, cement, steel and aviation. The work shows for the first time how much carbon dioxide (CO2) each sector can emit while likely keeping warming below 1.5C. For example, the model suggests both coal and internal combustion engine cars should be phased out by 2030 in wealthy countries if warming is to be limited to less than 1.5C.


In Chelsea, Mass. cooling an urban heat island one block at a time

By Martha Bebinger (WBUR)

A city block just behind the industrial waterfront in Chelsea is typical for urban heat islands across the U.S. Nearly every foot is covered by a roof or pavement. The Cool Block project is loading the area with pretty much every heat fighting tool in use around the country. There are 47 new elm, crabapple, cherry and hawthorn trees. Sidewalks are being ripped up to add planters, porous pavers or white concrete. Dark asphalt will be replaced with gray.


Temperatures in parts of Spain reach highest on record for May

By Sam Jones (The Guardian)

Parts of Spain are experiencing their hottest May since records began, as a mass of hot, dry air blows in from Africa, bringing with it dusty skies and temperatures of more than 40C (104F). Spain’s state meteorological agency has warned of a weekend heatwave of an “extraordinary intensity”, with temperatures between 10C and 15C above the seasonal average and more akin to high summer than mid-May.


International Commission Votes to Allow Use of More Climate-Friendly Refrigerants in AC and Heat Pumps

By Phil McKenna (Inside Climate News)

A secretive vote in the arcane and Byzantine world of international safety standards late last month may lead to a dramatic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from home heating and cooling systems in the coming years. The new guidelines could save the equivalent of billions of metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, but the U.S. could prove slow to adopt them.


Tiny Arctic town in Lapland warming nearly three times faster than rest of the planet

By Nada Farhoud (Mirror)

The residents of Salla in Finland are so worried about their future they made a fake bid to host the summer Olympics to raise awareness about the climate crisis. Here temperatures have dropped as low as -50C in the past, often breaking records for the coldest Finnish winters. But recently the weather in Salla has become far more unpredictable.


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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