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August 11, 2021

Dear Reader,

There's no doubt in the primary conclusions of a major report released this week by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: our global climate emergency is a result of human activity, and we must halt this activity and effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero immediately to deter or postpone the worst weather, fire, flood and sea-level rise events of the coming decades. Some details of climate forecasting still pose mysteries, including the carbon contribution of microbes that consume buried organisms increasingly exposed as permafrost thaws in the Arctic. See the breadth of coverage below for more insights into the IPCC report and the science of carbon feedback loops.

Robin Lloyd

Climate Change

How Much Worse Will Thawing Arctic Permafrost Make Climate Change?

Global warming is setting free carbon from life buried long ago in the Arctic’s frozen soils, but its impact on the climate crisis is unclear

By Jordan Wilkerson

Climate Change

Here's How Climate Change Will Stress Your Homeland

Hotter Asia, drier Alps, stormier U.S., saltier island nations

By Sara Schonhardt,E&E News

Climate Change

Walling Off One Coastal Area Can Flood Another

Seawalls and levees may simply shift rising water elsewhere—often into disadvantaged communities

By Robin Meadows

Renewable Energy

Wave Power Charges Ahead with Static Electricity Generators

An ocean-powered buoy brings technology closer to the dream of obtaining energy from the sea

By Maddie Bender


Indigenous Amazon Communities Fight Deforestation with New Early-Alert Tool

A pilot program reveals that deforestation declined when Peruvian Indigenous communities use an early-alert-system app to detect forest loss

By Annie Sneed

Climate Change

Earth Is Warmer Than It's Been in 125,000 Years

A landmark assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change says greenhouse gases are unequivocally driving extreme weather, but nations can still prevent the worst impacts

By Jeff Tollefson,Nature magazine


Can Intense Thunderstorms Alter the Stratosphere? NASA Intends to Find Out

Evidence suggests severe storms can send vapor and pollutants into the stratosphere, upsetting its chemistry

By Maria Jimenez Moya,E&E News


Climate Change Is Hitting Farmers Hard

Insurance claims for crop losses are soaring

By Avery Ellfeldt,E&E News

Climate Change

Let's Start Naming Climate-Related Disasters for Polluters and Their Enablers

The Marathon Oil Megadrought has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

By Drew Shindell

Climate Change

New Climate Report Will Detail Grim Future of Hotter, Extreme Weather and Rising Seas

The first assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change in eight years will sound the alarm on soaring temperatures and other effects of unchecked carbon pollution

By Jeff Tollefson,Nature magazine


Tree by Tree, Scientists Try to Resurrect a Fire-Scarred Forest

To return native trees to the landscape, researchers must make them hardy enough for a hotter, drier climate

By April Reese

Climate Change

Meet the New Yorkers Mapping the City's Heat Islands

Similar work in San Francisco, Atlanta and other locations is revealing which parts of a city get hottest and why

By Chelsea Harvey,E&E News

The Science of Climate Change

As evidence for human interference in the Earth’s climate continues to accumulate, scientists have gained a better understanding of when, where and how the impacts of global warming are being felt. In this eBook, we examine those impacts on the planet, on human society and on the plant and animal kingdoms, as well as effective mitigation strategies including resourceful urban design and smart carbon policies.

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"You know you're dealing with a drought when you're seeing desert plants falling over from lack of water."

Helen Fairley, archaeologist



Forever Chemicals Are Widespread in U.S. Drinking Water

Experts hope that with the incoming Biden administration, the federal government will finally regulate a class of chemicals known as PFASs


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