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"Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet is a 2021 documentary film directed by Jon Clay, and presented by David Attenborough and Johan Rockström."

 

 

 

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The Earth’s Crust Is Warping Due To Glacier Melt, Scientists Say

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A new study suggests melting ice from glaciers and landmasses is causing the Earth’s crust to warp. 

 

Led by Sophie Coulson of Harvard University in Massachusetts, scientists studied the effects of melting ice by looking at early 21st century ice loss from Greenland, Antarctica, mountain glaciers and ice caps using data derived from satellites, and combined it with a model of how the Earth’s crust responds to changes in mass.

 

Though there have been previous studies about the vertical response of the land in relation to ice loss, this study instead focuses on the horizontal movement of the ground.

 

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"Climate change: Young people very worried"

 

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A new global survey illustrates the depth of anxiety many young people are feeling about climate change.

 

Nearly 60% of young people approached said they felt very worried or extremely worried.

 

More than 45% of those questioned said feelings about the climate affected their daily lives.

 

Three-quarters of them said they thought the future was frightening. Over half (56%) say they think humanity is doomed.

 

Two-thirds reported feeling sad, afraid and anxious. Many felt fear, anger, despair, grief and shame - as well as hope.

 

One 16-year-old said: "It's different for young people - for us, the destruction of the planet is personal."

 

The lead author, Caroline Hickman from Bath University, told BBC News: "This shows eco-anxiety is not just for environmental destruction alone, but inextricably linked to government inaction on climate change. The young feel abandoned and betrayed by governments.

 

"We're not just measuring how they feel, but what they think. Four out of 10 are hesitant to have children.

 

"Governments need to listen to the science and not pathologise young people who feel anxious."

 

The authors of the report, to be published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health, say levels of anxiety appear to be greatest in nations where government climate policies are considered weakest.

 

There was most concern in the global south. The most worried rich nation was Portugal, which has seen repeated wildfires.

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The authors believe the failure of governments on climate change may be defined as cruelty under human rights legislation. Six young people are already taking the Portuguese government to court to argue this case.

 

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-58549373

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"Developing nations welcome US climate finance pledge but warn more is needed" 

 

"Rest of G20 should follow Joe Biden’s lead on funding commitments, says climate envoy"

 

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Developing countries and campaigners welcomed the offer of increased climate finance from the US president, Joe Biden, at the UN on Tuesday, but warned that rich countries needed to do more to ensure the poorest received the assistance they need.

 

Biden, speaking to the UN general assembly in New York, said he would ask the US Congress to double to $11bn (£8m) a year by 2024 the financial assistance the US offers to developing countries to help them cut greenhouse gas emissions and cope with the impacts of extreme weather.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/22/developing-nations-welcome-us-climate-finance-pledge-but-warn-more-is-needed

 

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" ‘Big line in the sand’: China promises no new coal-fired power projects abroad"


"Experts welcome Xi Jinping’s announcement at UN as hugely influential, but concerns remain over domestic emissions"

 

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President Xi Jinping has announced that China will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad, using his address at the United Nations General Assembly to add to pledges to deal with climate change.

 

Depending on how the policy is implemented, the move could significantly limit the financing of coal plants in the developing world.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/22/china-climate-no-new-coal-fired-power-projects-abroad-xi-jinping

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"Climate change: Whisper it cautiously... there's been progress in run up to COP26"

 

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With just five weeks left until world leaders gather in Glasgow for a critical climate summit, the BBC's Matt McGrath and Roger Harrabin consider progress made at this week's UN gathering and the outstanding issues that remain.

 

Climate change was the dominant theme at this year's UN General Assembly (UNGA) as countries recognised the seriousness of the global situation.

 

All across the planet, the hallmarks of rising temperatures are being keenly felt with intense wildfires, storms and floods taking place on scales rarely seen.

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Both the US and China used the UN platform to take important steps forward.

President Biden underlined his commitment to a multilateral approach to climate change by announcing a significant increase in the US financial contribution to climate aid.

The US will in future pay $11.4bn per annum in climate finance, doubling the amount they previously committed to at a leader's summit in April.

"It's welcome but not sufficient," said Jennifer Tollman, who's with E3G, a climate change think tank.

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The other big climate story was China's statement that it would not build any more coal plants overseas.

 

It's the second year in a row that China's President Xi Jinping has used the forum to announce significant climate policy.

 

While critics have pointed out that China was already in the process of slowing down these projects, there has been a general welcome for the step.

 

"China's overseas moratorium is a big deal," said Li Shuo from Greenpeace.

 

"Beijing has been the last man standing in supporting coal projects across the developing world. Its ban on these projects will significantly shape the global energy landscape in the years to come."

 

According to analysis carried out by E3G, some of the highlights included:

 

The US, EU and others pledging to cut methane emissions by 30% by 2030


Denmark and Costa Rica launching a Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance to phase out fossil fuels.


Turkey committing to ratify the Paris Agreement and is said to be working on a carbon cutting plan.


Brazil indicating it would not block negotiations in Glasgow on carbon markets, one of the stickiest of the outstanding issues from the Paris agreement.


India is said to be moving towards submitting a new NDC before Glasgow.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58678937

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German scientist Klaus Hasselmann (Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie in Hamburg) receives Nobel Prize in Physics for his climate change research:

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One complex system of vital importance to humankind is Earth’s climate. Syukuro Manabe demonstrated how increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere lead to increased temperatures at the surface of the Earth. In the 1960s, he led the development of physical models of the Earth’s climate and was the first person to explore the interaction between radiation balance and the vertical transport of air masses. His work laid the foundation for the development of current climate models.

 

About ten years later, Klaus Hasselmann created a model that links together weather and climate, thus answering the question of why climate models can be reliable despite weather being changeable and chaotic. He also developed methods for identifying specific signals, fingerprints, that both natural phenomena and human activities imprint in he climate. His methods have been used to prove that the increased temperature in the atmosphere is due to human emissions of carbon dioxide.

 

https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/physics/2021/press-release/

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4 minutes ago, fraufruit said:

I believe the wind in Munich is 80 kph.

I think it's stronger here, I just took the reading from the weather app...

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Wind speed has been a bit closer to, if not over, three figures here in the Eifel. Generally it's lovely living in a log cabin up a mountain, but at 5/6am this morning it felt like the whole house might take off. No unseasonal damage (as yet) though. I've just got to collect my cement mixer from the field next door (for some reason that always takes off), and gather about 10kg of walnuts from under the trees (most have already been gathered over the past few weeks).

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4 minutes ago, Wulfrun said:

I think it's stronger here, I just took the reading from the weather app...

 

Very possible. I was just using my sailor's nose with no instrument.

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It was quite a night in the Alsace. Reminiscent of 1975 in the north of England which was followed by March gales like I d never seen or heard - but then I was only just into double figures myself - which was followed by the hot summer and drought of 1976. Interested to see if there is a pattern. If there is, batten down the hatches, folks, cos you ain't seen nuffin yet.

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