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Restricting global warming to 1.5°C would ‘halve’ risk of marine heatwaves

Marine heatwaves could become 41 times more likely across the globe by 2100 than in pre-industrial times if little is done to stop greenhouse gas emissions, a new study finds — Such a surge in heatwaves could push “marine organisms and ecosystems to the limits of their resilience and even beyond, which could cause irreversible …

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What would a heat-proof city look like

Cities are already up to 10°C hotter than surrounding areas. As temperatures rise, here are four ways to cool cities down – saving both lives and energy — If you’ve felt uncomfortably hot in a city this summer, chances are it’s not just because of the weather. Look around any urban centre and you’ll see …

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Sydney’s bushfire season starts in winter: ‘We may have to rethink how we live’

Hotter, drier summers in Australia mean longer fire seasons – and urban sprawl into bushland is putting more people at risk — At first the smoke on the horizon “didn’t look like anything major,” says Joe Mercieca of that day in 2013. But then the wind picked up. His house in the Blue Mountains, an …

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Sea life in ‘peril’ as ocean temperatures hit all-time high in San Diego

Between 1982 and 2016, the number of ‘marine heatwaves’ doubled, and likely will become more common and intense as the planet warms, study finds — Even the oceans are breaking temperature records in this summer of heatwaves. Off the California coast near San Diego, scientists in early August recorded all-time high seawater temperatures since daily …

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World weatherwatch: Iberia’s terral blows in with oppressive heat

Hot dry air from Africa nudged up the mercury and then came flash floods and thunderstorms — In the first week of August the heatwave conditions in Iberia broke up. Described in Spain as a terral wind, such oppressive heatwaves occur when hot, dry, air advances from north Africa. There was speculation that maximum temperature …

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Humans are pushing the Earth closer to a climate cliff

A new study examines potential climate feedbacks that could push Earth into a ‘hothouse’ state — A new paper, just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has received a lot of media attention. The attention is justified because the paper paints a very grim picture of the climate and what humans …

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Extreme temperatures ‘especially likely for next four years’

Cyclical natural phenomena that affect planet’s climate will amplify effect of manmade global warming, scientists warn — The world is likely to see more extreme temperatures in the coming four years as natural warming reinforces manmade climate change, according to a new global forecasting system. Following a summer of heatwaves and forest fires in the …

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Heavy monsoon rain expected in Northern, Central Luzon

Rain from the southwest monsoon will mostly be in Ilocos, Cordillera, Batanes, the Babuyan Group of Islands, Zambales, and Bataan on Tuesday, August 14 — (MANILA, Philippines) A low pressure area (LPA) will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat on Tuesday, August 14. The southwest monsoon is affecting Luzon. In a bulletin …

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The US’ hidden methane problem

Unregulated, unnoticed coal mines across the US are leaking a potent greenhouse gas with the same greenhouse effect as 13 million cars — Across the US, a major, uncontrolled leak of a potent greenhouse gas is going unregulated and largely unnoticed. Climate Home News analysis of government data has identified roughly 300 active and 200 …

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India doesn’t report its carbon emissions clearly, so we did

India’s carbon inventories lack clarity and up-to-date information, but a new research effort shows where its biggest challenges lie — India has ambitious climate change targets. However, existing inventories of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions don’t cover recent years and lack clarity about methodologies and data sources, hampering the design of effective climate policies. To …

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