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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 Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor With less than one week left until COP26, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has moved his government to the left on climate change, committing for the first time to a net zero target by 2050, but questions remain about the details and many remain frustrated by Morrison’s refusal to […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have hit a three-million-year high, according to a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) report published yesterday. Despite a brief dip in emissions in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the overall trend of increasing emissions continues, indicating last year’s dip had little to no impact on […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A report in the Dasgupta Review shows that by using a fiscal lens to view Earth’s growing biodiversity loss, we can see how it links to economic development. By viewing nature as an asset like “produced capital (roads, buildings and factories)” or “human capital (health, knowledge and skills)” — […]
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