A tool developed by Carbon Brief lets you check how climate is likely to change specifically where you live. The tool combines observed temperature changes with future climate model projections to show how the climate has changed so far and how it might change in the future anywhere in the world.
Study: Warm Atlantic Ocean caused record 2017 storms
A new study says 2017’s record hurricanes (Harvey, Irma, Maria) were predominantly driven by high sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the Atlantic than other possible causes such as La Niña, a natural hurricane trigger. Such hurricanes may get 1.5-2 times more frequent by 2080, the study says.
Meanwhile, a separate study says the Arctic sea ice summer minimum in 2018 is the sixth lowest on record since scientists began keeping a record 40 years ago. Melting faster than it ever has, the Arctic sea could be ice-free in the next few decades, says the study by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in the US.
Seeking 1.5C target
Top climate scientists will weigh-in every word of a crucial UN report next week in Incheon, South Korea, which recommends stricter cuts on emissions that cause global warming. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) report recommends cuts that are twice as steep as the International Energy Agency’s boldest projections, allowing only a third of the coal to be consumed by 2030, than today, to keep the warming since industrial era to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The report, drawn from the work of hundreds of climate scientists across 195 nations, says there is still a chance to avoid the worst impacts if we make radical emissions cuts now. But it also shows just how little time we have left before we are locked into runaway climate change.
Meanwhile, experts have denied ‘offensive claims’ that US, Saudi Arabia and Australia tried to dilute the landmark report.