As the Arctic is 30 C warmer than what it should be, finding solutions to cool down the poles does not seem far-fetched anymore.
While some people still want to deny climate change or that Mankind has anything to do with it, the facts are stubborn: our planet is warming fast and it is our handy work.
This is such a huge win for the environment and such a huge loss for oil companies, especially Shell. The company announced recently that it was withdrawing its oil platform from the Arctic, where it was drilling for oil.
As you perhaps know, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is publishing in 2014 its fifth Assessment Report. If the fourth, published in 2007, was a strong warning against business as usual, the latest one is even more serious. Today the Working Group II considered ” the vulnerability and exposure of human and natural systems,… Continue reading IPCC fifth report is a stark warning
Here are good news, as according to Grist : ” The Arctic will be safe from drilling efforts by accident-prone Shell this year, and the oil company says it is reconsidering its very future in the region.” ” (…) The company announced on Thursday that it won’t pursue exploratory drilling in the Arctic this year,… Continue reading Shell to keep from drilling the Arctic one more year
If you have been away from Twitter and your environmental news sources for all summer, here is the perfect article to know what were the most important news besides the ones I covered here. Given this selection I believe it is safe to say we are reaching tipping points for both the seriousness of our… Continue reading Worth an article : My July & August 2013 tweets
To a recent study, global warming could cause a 50 percent increase in violent conflict. To another, a warming arctic could cost the world economy around $60 TRILLION.
Temperatures in northern Europe and parts of the United States are currently colder than average – see these articles from The Independant, Der Spiegel and the Washington Post. Given this, one can reasonably ask : Did the record Arctic melt triggered this cold winter ? To climatologists, it seems likely as previous studies have shown.… Continue reading Is global warming causing a cold spring ?
In the last few years the ice of the Arctic has been melting increasingly fast. This has increased the willingness of oil companies of all colors and stripes to dig there. Among them, the Royal Dutch Shell. Given how Arctic oil would be difficult to retrieve safely and how little they would ease the pressure… Continue reading Shell stops drilling in the Arctic
According to the most comprehensive research on the subject, soot – also known as black carbon – may have a significantly higher role in climate change than previously estimated. According to a BBC article quoting the study : ” (soot) dark particles are having a warming effect approximately two thirds that of carbon dioxide, and… Continue reading Soot’s underestimated role in climate change
We have seen it this year quite a few times : the arctic has been melting this year at an unprecedented rate to a never seen before low level. Indeed, the new low level is 18 percent below the previous record, which dated from 2007. This has led a scientist from Cambridge to believe that the… Continue reading Arctic ice 18 percent below previous records
I have been committed since January 2007 to bring you each month a selection of the latest headlines and best researches on sustainable development, climate change and the world energy sector. However, I don’t blog as much as I would like to and generally write around 25 posts per month. But many more news are… Continue reading Worth an article – my August 2012 tweets