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Oil and Gas Producers are Setting Us on a Course for Severe Climate Change Disruption

The oil and gas industry intends to invest an estimated $4.9 trillion over the next 10 years to explore for and extract oil and gas from new fields. An analysis from Global Witness concludes that we can’t afford any production from new oil and gas fields, much less new fields, if we’re to meet the U.N. Paris Climate Agreement goals and avoid moving beyond a critical climate change tipping point.

Canadian Warming, Calving Ice Sheets, Shrinking Glaciers, Dolphins Not Getting It On as Climate Warming Continues

Sobering, unsettling, and at times startling climate change-related news emerged in Antarctica, Canada, Iceland, and Australia this past week.

Ultra-Fine Particles from Coal Power Plants Found to Change Weather, Climate Patterns

Besides warming climate by intensifying the greenhouse effect, modern coal-fired power plant emissions are the biggest source of ultra-fine particles (UFPs)

Global Banks’ Fossil Fuel Financing Continues to Lead Us Down the Path Towards Climate Disaster

Thirty-three global banks have financed the fossil fuel industry to the tune of $1.9 trillion since adoption of the U.N. Paris Climate Agreement in 2016. JPMorgan was the fossil fuel industry’s biggest banker overall, while Chinese banks financed more coal mining and power plants than others.

Meeting the commitments of the Paris Agreement by eliminating coal for the electricity generation mix

U.S. Could Meet its U.N. Paris Climate Agreement Emissions Reductions Goals by Eliminating Coal-Fired Power Generation, Researchers Find

Eliminating the use of coal to generate electricity would be the single biggest step the U.S. could take in meeting its U.N. Paris Climate Agreement GHG emissions reductions goals, according a new study from Portland State University. Accomplishing this would require a wholesale shift in the U.S. power generation mix to “natural gas, efficiency, wind, solar power and biofuels.”

Largely Ignored, High Forest Cover and Low Deforestation Nations and Supporters Meet in Paramaribo

Representatives from a small group of nations providing absolutely essential, increasingly scarce ecosystems services met in Paramaribo, Suriname Feb. 12-15. Swimming against the rising tide of tech-driven industrialization and globalization, deforestation, and a Sixth Great Extinction, the efforts of High Forest Cover and Low Deforestation (HFLD) countries go largely unacknowledged and little valued. Identifying and elaborating ways to increase international…

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Will Nature Put an End to the Global Warming Debate?

A scan of the past week’s climate news suggests this may be the case.