- “Tipping Points With World Climate Starting – How To Respond?” • I try to remain positive. But increasingly, evidence points to our breaching tipping points that can’t be remediated. There are ice sheets melting, ocean currents changing, record heat in Siberia. I think the answer is hope and work for the best, but prepare for the worst. [CleanTechnica]
- “Why China’s Climate Policy Matters To Us All” • China’s carbon emissions are vast and growing, dwarfing those of other countries. Experts agree that without big reductions in China’s emissions, the world cannot win the fight against climate change. China’s President Xi Jinping has said his country will aim for its emissions to peak before 2030. [BBC]
- “Landmark Report Stresses Urgency Of Climate Crisis” • The latest report from the IPCC, to be published today, August 9, stresses the urgency to protect the most ambitious target of the Paris Agreement for global temperature rise to remain below 1.5°C. It says emphatically that the action needed for a stable climate cannot be delayed. [Met Office]
- “Denver Experienced The Worst Air Quality Of Any Major City In The World Due To Smoke From Western Wildfires” • Denver had the worst air quality of any city in the world for several hours Saturday, as heavy smoke from western wildfires polluted the city. The 107 wildfires in the West have burned 2.1 million acres, about a third of the size of Vermont. [CNN]
- “Solar Challenging Nuclear As Potential Climate Change Solution” • Research suggests that we can power 80% of the US with wind, solar, and 12 hours of energy storage, but replacing the country’s nuclear power plants hasn’t been seen as financially viable. Is that about to change? Moving forward, it seems nuclear has lost its swagger. [PV Magazine]
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