A new study published in the journal Nature has revealed that oceans are remarkably resilient and could be restored to health by 2050 if “major pressures—including climate change—are mitigated.” As the BBC reported, the researchers identified nine components that are key to rebuilding the oceans: salt marshes, mangroves, seagrasses, coral reefs, kelp, oyster reefs, fisheries, […]Continue Reading 417 words
Yesterday was World Water Day and the focus this year was on the interconnectedness of water and climate change. As 2020 was set to be a critical year for climate action (though the coronavirus outbreak could change that), it’s timely to bring attention to how a warming planet affects the world’s water supplies and exacerbates […]Continue Reading 392 words
We wrote last week that we wished the mainstream media would cover the devastating health effects of climate change in much the same way that they’ve been covering the COVID-19 outbreak. And now that shutdowns, work-from-home protocols, canceled flights, and shuttered factories are driving down global emissions, the question is, will coronavirus wake us up […]Continue Reading 822 words
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Throughout this week we’ve written about what biodiversity means, what’s driving its loss and how it relates to climate change. It’s been pretty somber content so we also wanted to talk about what’s being done to ensure that we don’t see the worst biodiversity loss scenarios. Last year marked the 25th anniversary of the […]Continue Reading 497 words
The Paris Climate Agreement mentions climate mitigation (reducing our emissions) and adaptation (learning to live with the damage done) but nowhere does the agreement broach the subject of climate restoration: as Quartz explained, the idea of rehabilitating the atmosphere to its pre-industrial state. However last week at the UN, an event convened by the Foundation […]Continue Reading 359 words
The Amazon Rainforest is still on fire. This fact comes as Brazil’s newly-elected president Jair Bolsonaro addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time and told the world (as the New Yorker reported) that the forest was “practically untouched,” and blamed a “lying and sensationalist media” for propagating fake news about their destruction. […]Continue Reading 331 words
Greta Thunberg’s speech to the UN Climate Action Summit sent shockwaves through the Twittersphere. Her candor, anger, and deep frustration summed up the reason that we’ve gotten to this point in terms of climate change quite simply: the fossil fuel industry has for 30 years–since the science became available–thwarted political action to significantly curb greenhouse […]Continue Reading 383 words
By Monica Dean and Justin Kenney, UN Foundation The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is expected to release its first special report dedicated to the link between climate change and the ocean and cryosphere on Wednesday. This begs the question, what is the cryosphere? It is all of Earth’s frozen water: snow, glaciers, ice […]Continue Reading 220 words
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Climate Change and Land was released today and makes it clear that the way we use our land and cultivate our food must quickly become more sustainable if we’re going to limit the rise of global temperatures to 1.5°C and meaningfully act on climate change. Agriculture […]Continue Reading 607 words
This week we’re taking a deeper dive into the IPCC in anticipation of their new report on climate change and land which will come out this Thursday. Check out our previous stories on the history of the IPCC and how their comprehensive reports are written. Today we’ll explore how the IPCC’s climate reports have shaped […]Continue Reading 488 words
In anticipation of the IPCC’s new Special Report on Climate Change and Land we’re taking a look into the IPCC and how its scientists write their reports. Yesterday we explained the IPCC’s history and structure and today we’ll explain how their reports are written and the rigor behind them. The Basics: As Scientific American […]Continue Reading 444 words
If you read about climate change then likely you have come across data cited from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or the IPCC. In fact, there’s a forthcoming special report from the panel to be released later this week but we decided to spend some time leading up to it to take a deeper […]Continue Reading 458 words