The Week in Stories Around the Globe

Climate-related changes to Earth’s ice and oceans are now ‘irreversible for centuries to millennia,’ a new report says

That aggregated research paints a dismaying portrait of both our planet’s long-term future and the short-term impacts of climate change, including increasingly extreme weather. In burning fossil fuels, humans have pumped so much carbon dioxide into Earth’s atmosphere that it would continue heating the planet even if the world’s emissions dropped to net zero today.

#climatechange #climatecrisis #ClimateEmergency

Organisers report 26 new Games-related COVID-19 cases

Organisers of the Tokyo Olympics reported 26 new Games-related COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total since July 1 to 430 cases.

#Olympics #Japan #COVID19

California is burning. Again

The key point here is this – fire in California is unavoidable, but it can be controlled and used, as native people did for thousands of years. Fire is a critical part of our ecosystem. The iconic Matilja poppy – which was almost made our state flower – can’t germinate its seeds without fire. And for (at least) six thousand years our our native ecosystem was guided and shaped by regular controlled burns.

#california #wildfire #NativeAmerican #history

‘Everything is on fire’: Siberia hit by unprecedented burning

Locals have blamed various factors for the fires, from the climate crisis to poor government preparedness, to a ban on purging dry grass, budget cuts to forestry services, alleged arsons, and, in particular, the hot summers.

#Siberia #Russia #climatechange #ClimateEmergency

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