FIRES raged, ice sheets melted, nation after nation declared emergencies and children cried. As people struggled their way through soaring temperatures amid a new chorus demanding action on climate crisis, it was obvious that something frighteningly extraordinary was happening. Now, officials are all but agreed. July is on the brink of being declared world’s hottest month on record; ever.
Herald 3rd Aug 2019 read more »
Maps used by ramblers and cyclists will need to be redrawn over the coming decades to reflect rising sea levels caused by global warming, a leading Scottish mountaineer said. Scientists predict that climate change could raise temperatures by as much as two degrees over the next 30 to 50 years, with sea levels around the UK climbing by more than a metre.
Times 4th Aug 2019 read more »
Jeremy Clarkson: forgive me, but if a group of activists can’t get the right banners or the right address, why should we trust them when they tell us precisely what the weather will be doing 50 years from today? And why should we care? Temperatures have been going up and down for millions of years, so why should we all get in a tizzy about what’s happened in the past century? Because that’s what God would call “a jiffy”. You see, I’m doing it again. I can’t help myself. Whenever I see these frizzy-haired halfwits blocking roads, or I listen to their exciting plans for flying drones over Heathrow, I’m filled with an urgent need to fire up both my Range Rovers and buy another patio heater.
Times 4th Aug 2019 read more »
Attempts to solve the climate crisis by cutting carbon emissions from only cars, factories and power plants are doomed to failure, scientists will warn this week. A leaked draft of a report on climate change and land use, which is now being debated in Geneva by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), states that it will be impossible to keep global temperatures at safe levels unless there is also a transformation in the way the world produces food and manages land. Humans now exploit 72% of the planet’s ice-free surface to feed, clothe and support Earth’s growing population, the report warns. At the same time, agriculture, forestry and other land use produces almost a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, about half of all emissions of methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases, come from cattle and rice fields, while deforestation and the removal of peat lands cause further significant levels of carbon emissions. The impact of intensive agriculture – which has helped the world’s population soar from 1.9 billion a century ago to 7.7 billion – has also increased soil erosion and reduced amounts of organic material in the ground.
Observer 3rd Aug 2019 read more »
Murugan Sundaramurthy’s water business is buoyant. His fleet of tanker trucks have been fanning out across the countryside around Chennai for two decades, sucking water from boreholes and delivering it to homes to quench the city’s thirst. But demand today is as high as he can remember, prompting him to add 500 more vehicles to his existing fleet of 4,500. The public water supply, the supposed alternative for his customers, has been reduced to a trickle by a withering drought, but the shortages also reflect a pervasive problem across India: water management by the authorities that has been inadequate for years.
FT 4th Aug 2019 read more »