Global warming has already begun to alter the world perceptibly, with rising heat changing daily life for millions of people. Over more than half the planet’s land surface, nights are now warming at a rate faster than the days, with unpredictable consequences for plant and animal life. Warmer winters now mean that in Europe, Asia and North America, lakes that would once have frozen over are now increasingly sometimes ice-free even at the darkest moments of the year. And ever-higher temperatures encourage the spread of infectious diseases, and unexpectedly with that, the hazard of yet more warming. Increasing parasitic activity among farm animals could mean that infected cattle, sheep and goats can produce up to a third more methane. This natural gas is around 30 times more potent, as a greenhouse gas, than the same volume of carbon dioxide.
Climate News Network 20th Oct 2020 read more »
This year has seen wildfires of unprecedented scale, from California and the Amazon rainforest to remote corners of the Arctic. More than 4 million acres have burned in California alone in 2020, a record for one year. In the US west, dozens of people have been killed, and thousands more are now homeless and displaced. Intense wildfires have swept across the Arctic Circle, surpassing 2019, amid record carbon emission levels. In Brazil’s Amazon fires are at the highest levels in a decade.
Independent 21st Oct 2020 read more »