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'Abrupt thaw' of permafrost beneath lakes could significantly affect climate change models

Methane released by thawing permafrost from some Arctic lakes could significantly accelerate climate change, according to a new study. Unlike shallow, gradual thawing of terrestrial permafrost, the abrupt thaw beneath thermokarst lakes is irreversible this century. »
17 Aug, 05:00 - sciencedaily -  - 

Texas, refineries urged to plan storm shutdowns to cut pollution

Texas environment regulators should coordinate shutdowns of oil refineries and other petrochemical plants during major storms to avoid big releases of air pollution like during last year's Hurricane Harvey, a report said on Thursday. »
16 Aug, 08:00 - reuters -  - 

Capitalism can crack climate change. But only if it takes risks | Larry Elliott

Anglo-Saxon capitalism’s drive to maximise profits in the short term won’t save the planet. Perhaps the Chinese model can? This summer’s heatwave has provided a glimpse of the future, and it is not a pretty one. On current trends, the years to come will see rising temperatures, droughts, a fight to feed a growing population, and a race against time to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. »
16 Aug, 08:00 - guardian -  - 

Sydney rock oysters getting smaller as oceans become more acidic

NSW oysters are shrinking and fewer in number, and academics fear the cause is climate change. The famous Sydney rock oyster is shrinking as oceans become more acidic, new research has found. In news that will rock seafood lovers, a study released overnight by academics in the UK found oysters in New South Wales have become smaller and fewer in number because of coastal acidification. »
16 Aug, 08:00 - guardian -  - 

Next 5 years predicted to be abnormally hot

This summer's worldwide heatwave makes 2018 a particularly hot year. As will be the next few years, according to a new study. Using a new method, the study shows that at the global level, 2018-2022 may be an even hotter period than expected based on current global warming. »
15 Aug, 22:10 - sciencedaily -  - 

We Need to Capture Carbon to Fight Climate Change

Grabbing CO2 as it exits smokestacks is key to fighting climate change -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. »
15 Aug, 16:00 - scientificamerican -  - 

Enough with the fairy tales about the Paris agreement. It's time for facts | Erwin Jackson

A select and uninformed few have been railing against the Paris objectives. Let’s debunk some of their tallest tales. The Paris climate change agreement has been in the news again recently, due to a small rump of the federal Coalition railing against the national energy guarantee. »
15 Aug, 06:40 - guardian -  - 

Warming Is Worsening Wildfires, but Not Everywhere or Every Time

Human development patterns can be a larger influence on blazes in some places -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. »
14 Aug, 21:30 - scientificamerican -  - 

Extreme temperatures 'especially likely for next four years'

Cyclical natural phenomena that affect planet’s climate will amplify effect of manmade global warming, scientists warn. The world is likely to see more extreme temperatures in the coming four years as natural warming reinforces manmade climate change, according to a new global forecasting system. »
14 Aug, 18:00 - guardian -  - 

California water managers vary in use of climate science

Lack of climate change adaptation among water utilities can put water supplies and the people dependent on them at risk, especially in marginalized communities, a new article suggests. »
14 Aug, 15:20 - sciencedaily -  - 

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