Climate Change News Digest for 9/13/22
Updated: Oct 5, 2022
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.
World on brink of five ‘disastrous’ climate tipping points, study finds
By Damian Carrington (The Guardian)
Five dangerous tipping points may already have been passed due to the 1.1C of global heating caused by humanity to date. These include the collapse of Greenland’s ice cap, eventually producing a huge sea level rise, the collapse of a key current in the north Atlantic, disrupting rain upon which billions of people depend for food, and an abrupt melting of carbon-rich permafrost.
Reasons for (cautious) optimism: the good news on the climate crisis
By Adam Morton (The Guardian)
There is evidence that action to combat the climate crisis is belatedly accelerating. Acknowledging that every fraction of a degree of global heating avoided makes a difference, here are some things to be positive about. (Editorial Comment: As your Digest editor likes to put it, “The more we do, the less bad it will be.”)
U.S. is seriously underestimating the consequences of CO2 - study
By Gloria Dickie and Simon Jessop (Reuters)
The U.S. government is drastically underestimating the social cost of carbon dioxide emissions, which is 3.6 times higher than the estimate currently used to inform many of Washington's key climate policies, a study suggested on Thursday.
Remember That Coal Surge Last Year? It’s Over!
By Dan Gearino (Inside Climate News)
Renewable energy rose to make up nearly one-fourth of the electricity generated in the United States in the second quarter this year, while coal generation declined.
California Approves a Wave of Aggressive New Climate Measures
By Brad Plumer (New York Times)
After lobbying by the governor, lawmakers adopted $54 billion in climate spending and voted to keep open the state’s last nuclear plant.
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.