Monday, December 24, 2018

A Year of Climate Change Evidence:  Notes from a Science Reporter’s Journal

2018 was filled with new evidence and warnings of the high risks and costs of climate change that could help tip the world toward climate action.

Hurricane Florence was blamed for more than 50 deaths across the Carolinas and Virginia as the slow-moving storm dropped 30 inches of rain in places and sent rivers over their banks. A series of scientific reports this year warned of the rising risks as the planet warms. (Credit: Sean Rayford/Getty Images) Click to Enlarge.
Our heat-stricken planet is orbiting through the end of a year that humanity might rather forget. But several recent climate reports tell us that 2018 may be remembered as a turning point, for better or worse, in the fight to cap global warming.

2018 Year in Review
Compelling new evidence shows we will speed past a dangerous climate-risk threshold as soon as 2030 if greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current rate, potentially triggering climate change on a scale that would present grave dangers to much of the living planet.

Several reports conclude that investing in a global economic transformation now would save huge amounts of money compared to paying spiraling costs for climate disasters later.  Others outline the tremendous challenge:  We are still shoveling millions of tons of coal into furnaces every day; CO2 emissions have increased 4.7 percent since the Paris climate agreement was signed in 2015.

Read more at A Year of Climate Change Evidence:  Notes from a Science Reporter’s Journal

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