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Climate news stories to May 20

    This page will be updated each Saturday with selected items
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Frequency of coastal flooding will double globally in coming decades.
The frequency and severity of coastal flooding throughout the world will increase rapidly and eventually double in frequency over the coming decades even with only moderate amounts of sea level rise, according to a new study released in “Nature Scientific Reports.”  Until now, global-scale estimates have not considered elevated water levels due to waves, and thus have underestimated the potential impact  -  enn.com
  

  • US, Canada indigenous tribes to declare Keystone opposition - TheHill
  • FERC stops work on a natural-gas pipeline after Dakota pipeline company reports 18 leaks and spills more than 2 million gallons of drilling materials – WashingtonPost
  • The ‘ancient carbon’ of Alaska’s tundras is being released earlier than thought – ClimateProgress

 

Antarctica is greening due to global warming. Plant life is growing on Antarctica like never before in modern times, fueled by global warming which is melting ice and transforming the landscape from white to green. The polar regions are warming more rapidly than the rest of the Earth, as greenhouse gasses from fossil fuel burning build up in the atmosphere and trap heat. The Arctic is warming the fastest, but Antarctica is not far behind, with annual temperatures gaining almost one degree Fahrenheit  each decade since the 1950s – SpaceDaily

Coal - as world cuts back, Africa embraces coal. According to data compiled by CoalSwarm, an industry watchdog, more than 100 coal-generating units with a combined capacity of 42.5GW are in various stages of planning or development in 11 African countries outside of South Africa. Nearly all are fueled by foreign investment, and roughly half are being financed by the world’s largest coal emitter: China. Africa’s embrace of coal is in part the result of its acute shortage of power. Although the continent’s economy has doubled in size since 2000, more than two thirds of residents south of the Sahara still live without electricity and most states lack the grid capacity to drive the expansion of job-creating industries (Pictured: Middelburg coal mine, S. Africa)NationalGeographic

Energy savings cancelled by buying ‘bigger’. The desire for more spacious cars and houses is cancelling out energy savings made by environmentally friendly improvements to heating and transport. Advances made in the energy efficiency of heating and transport are lost because of people’s desire to have bigger houses and cars, two research papers have shown - ClimateNewsNetwork

Korean coal plants face shutdown to clear air. Outdated coal-fired plants aged 30 years or over, will be temporarily closed down as part of emergency measures to combat fine dust. Under the plans, 10 out of 59 coal-fired plants will stop operating for a month in June. The government also plans to shut down the 10 plants for four months next year, from March to June, when  fine dust level is high – KoreaHerald


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