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Why This Matters: Experts say that this isn’t an anomaly, it’s a trend and one that will continue as climate change rages across the world. In the U.S., this trend has led to some of the largest wildfires on record, surges of heat-related deaths, and water resources plummeting. The U.S. and other signatories of the Paris Agreement countries have pledged to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, but experts say it’s becoming clear that we don’t have that long. Scientists now say that these record-breaking temperatures and the IPCC’s recent report should push all nations to increase their climate commitments before the COP26 conference in Glasgow this November.
Experts say that a phenomenon called Arctic Oscillation, a weather pattern associated with warming, helped to create the sizzling summer. Other similar weather systems have also influenced this year’s temperatures; experts say that the cooling La Niña weather pattern brought lower temperatures to early 2021. This is most likely why despite extreme temperatures in June and July, 2021 is only the sixth hottest year on record so far.
By WW0 Staff For the United States, the post-Trump, pre-COP26 road to Glasgow has been paved with ambition and humility. In a major speech, the President’s Envoy, John Kerry, previewed the results of his climate diplomacy before heading into two weeks of intense deliberations of world leaders. Speaking at the London School of Economics — […]
Next week, the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow will draw hundreds of world leaders to Glasgow to determine the path forward five years after the Paris Climate Agreement (for a primer, read this) as new science underscores the urgency. The conference aims to squeeze countries to strengthen the commitments they’ve made towards securing global net-zero […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor In a report released last week, the Department of Defense (DOD) confirmed that existing risks and security challenges in the US are being made worse due to “increasing temperatures; changing precipitation patterns; and more frequent, intense, and unpredictable extreme weather conditions caused by climate change. Now, the Pentagon is […]
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