Portugal has scrambled to find solutions to wildfires that have ravaged the country in recent years. Part of Portugal’s problem is that inland villages have shed their populations. The absence of shepherds, goatherds and farmers has left forest lands overgrown, allowing fires to spread and burn faster.
July 2019 was the hottest month ever recorded globally. The previous hottest month on record was July 2016. Nine of the 10 hottest Julys have occurred since 2005. The record warmth also shrank the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to historic lows. Average Antarctic sea-ice coverage was 4.3 per cent below the 1981-2010 average.
Global meat consumption must fall to curb global warming, reduce growing strains on land and water and improve food security, health and biodiversity, a UN report said. Plant-based foods and sustainable animal-sourced food could free up several million sq km of land by 2050 and cut 0.7-8.0 Gt year of carbon dioxide equivalent.
The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned that efforts to limit global warming while feeding a booming population could be wrecked without swift and sweeping changes to how we use the land we live off. Humanity faces increasingly painful trade-offs between food security and rising temperatures within decades.
July 2019 was the warmest month across the globe ever recorded. With continued greenhouse gas emissions and the resulting impact on global temperatures, records will continue to be broken in the future, said Jean-Noel Thepaut, head of the Copernicus Climate Change Service.
Nearly a quarter of the world's population lives in 17 countries facing extremely high water stress, close to "day zero" conditions when the taps run dry. Agriculture, industry, and municipalities are drinking up 80 per cent of available surface and groundwater in an average year in the 17 worst affected countries, as per a report.
The heatwave that smashed high temperature records in five European countries a week ago is now over Greenland, accelerating the melting of the island’s ice sheet. The area of the Greenland ice sheet that is showing indications of melt has been growing daily, and hit a record 56.5% for this year on Wednesday.
"Climate change is real. If India says something on climate change on global platform, it is on your (industries) behalf. I believe climate change and global warming should not be government's business alone. Each one of us has a selfish interest in why we should do it," environment secretary C K Mishra said.
Britain’s weather service says the country’s 10 hottest years since the 19th century have all occurred since 2002. The Met Office said in its State of the UK Climate report on Wednesday that 2014 was the warmest year in records going back to 1884. The runners-up are 2006, 2011, 2007, 2017, 2003, 2018, 2004, 2002 and 2005.
Natural disasters, some linked to climate change, caused $9.0 billion more damage in the first half of 2019 than last year. Between January and June, material damage mounted to $42 billion from 370 natural disasters around the globe. But both half-year totals remain well below the 30-year average of $69 billion.
Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager whose social media-savvy activism has inspired tens of thousands of students in Europe to skip classes and protest for faster action against climate change, plans to take her message to America the old-fashioned way: by boat. The 16-year-old tweeted Monday that she'll sail across the Atlantic aboard a high-tech racing yacht, leaving Britain next month.
Underwater melting of tidewater glaciers is occurring much faster than previously thought, according to a study which could lead to improved forecasting of climate-driven sea level rise. The study, published in the journal Science, shows that the prevailing theory for melt significantly underestimates melt rates.
With studies showing extreme impact of climate change, negotiators have a fast-closing window to try to turn the aspirations agreed in the 2015 Paris agreement into meaningful outcomes. With emissions currently on track to push temperatures more than three degrees higher, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is working to wrest bigger commitments from governments ahead of a summit in New York in September.
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