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Originally Published on Al Jazeera On a recent afternoon in New Delhi, as the temperature touched 45 degrees Celsius during one of India’s worst heat waves in decades, a construction site supervisor watched while a group of workers, mostly women, filed past him carrying loads of fresh concrete on their heads. “We’re building a fountain,” the supervisor, Kalicharan (who only goes by one name) told Al Jazeera. “It’s not possible to continue work in so much heat,” he…

Originally Published The Guardian Climate crisis disasters are happening at the rate of one a week, though most draw little international attention and work is urgently needed to prepare developing countries for the profound impacts, the UN has warned. Catastrophes such as cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique and the drought afflicting India make headlines around the world. But large numbers of “lower impact events” that are causing death, displacement and suffering are occurring much faster than predicted, said Mami Mizutori,…

Originally published in the Washington Post Ice is melting in unprecedented ways as summer approaches in the Arctic. In recent days, observations have revealed a record-challenging melt event over the Greenland ice sheet, while the extent of ice over the Arctic Ocean has never been this low in mid-June during the age of weather satellites. Greenland saw temperatures soar up to 40 degrees Fahrenheit above normal Wednesday, while open water exists in places north of…

Originally published on Weather.com Scientists studying climate change expected layers of permafrost in the Canadian Arctic to melt by the year 2090. Instead, it’s happening now. A new study published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters revealed that unusually warm summers in the Canadian High Arctic between 2003 and 2016 resulted in permafrost melt up to 240% higher than previous years. Louise Farquharson, a researcher at the Permafrost Laboratory at the University of Alaska Fairbanks…

Originally published on UN Global Impact On 17 May, the UN Global Compact Academy hosted a special briefing on how business leaders can get involved in the lead-up to the UN Climate Summit 2019 — and beyond — in order to support ambitious political outcomes towards a just, resilient and zero-carbon future. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h08fzTk_vx0&feature=youtu.be Speakers include: UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy, Ambassador Luis Alfonso De AlbaLise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global CompactPaul…

Originally published in National Geographic by Alejandra Barunda CITIES CAN PLAY a major role in the global effort to curb climate change, a new report says—and a major step they can take is helping their inhabitants consume a whole lot less stuff by making changes in the way cities are run. Even the most forward-thinking cities have a long way to go to neutralize their carbon emissions, the report says. That’s partly because for years, cities…

Originally published in the NY Times Opinion, written by Nicholas Kristoff To understand why President Trump’s new sanctions and other flailing to end Central American immigration aren’t working, step into the dark, melancholy hovel of Ana Jorge Jorge. She lives in Guatemala’s western highlands in the hillside village of Canquintic, near the town of Nentón, and she’s a widow because of the American dream. Her husband, Mateo Gómez Tadeo, borrowed thousands of dollars and migrated…

Originally Published in the Carbon Brief Dr Karsten Haustein and Dr Friederike Otto are scientists at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute; Zeke Hausfather is the US analyst for Carbon Brief; Peter Jacobs is a PhD student at George Mason University. The role of variability due to natural ocean cycles in global warming is a long-standing debate in climate science. The scientific community overwhelmingly agrees that human activities are responsible for the observed increase in temperatures for the last half-century. However, the relative influences of natural…

Originally Published in Canada’s National Observer Governments that fail to provide responses to the global climate crisis are doing so “at their own peril,” former United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres said during a visit to Toronto. Figueres, a central figure behind the 2015 Paris Agreement, made the comments as she called for governments and tech companies to “go exponential” in their efforts to tackle the global climate emergency. Her remarks come weeks after several…

Originally published in Science Alert Yet another alarming milestone of humanity’s damaging effect on the environment has now officially been reached – crossing a barrier into a hot, polluted future like the planet hasn’t witnessed in millions of years. This weekend, sensors in Hawaii recorded Earth’s atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) passing 415 parts per million (ppm) for the first time since before the ancient dawn of humanity. On Saturday, CO2 concentration recorded at…