Lethal algae blooms an ecosystem out of balance

Toxic formations across the US and the Baltic are part of a worrying trend linked to the climate crisis and farming methods On 3 August 2014, residents of Toledo, Ohio, woke to the news that overnight their water supply had become toxic. They were advised not only to avoid drinking the water, but also touching it no showers, no baths, not even hand-washing. Boiling the water would only increase its toxicity while drinking it could cause abnormal liver function, diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, numbness or dizziness, read a statement from the City of Toledo, warning residents to seek medical attention if you feel you have been exposed. Toledo sits on the shores of Lake Erie, one of North Americas five great …

Greenland’s ice sheet melting seven times faster than in 1990s

Scale and speed of loss much higher than predicted, threatening inundation for hundreds of millions of people Greenlands ice sheet is melting much faster than previously thought, threatening hundreds of millions of people with inundation and bringing some of the irreversible impacts of the climate emergency much closer. Ice is being lost from Greenland seven times faster than it was in the 1990s, and the scale and speed of ice loss is much higher than was predicted in the comprehensive studies of global climate science by the Open Water: Greenlanders on the climate crisis – video Oceans have absorbed most of the excess heat arising from our disruption of the climate to date, and much of the carbon dioxide, but …

Greta Thunberg arrives in Lisbon after three-week voyage from US

Climate activist heading to COP25 in Madrid after crossing Atlantic on familys yacht The climate activist Greta Thunberg has arrived in Lisbon after a three-week catamaran voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from the US. The Swedish teenager now plans to head to Spain to attend the UN climate conference in Madrid. Timeline Half a century of dither and denial a climate crisis timeline Show Hide Fossil fuel companies have been aware of their impact on the planet since at least the 1950s 1959 The physicist Edward Tellerwarnedthe industry: Time is running out. 1970 Shell and BP begin funding scientific research in Britain this decade to examine climate impacts from greenhouse gases. 1977 A recently filed lawsuit claims Exxon scientists told …

Climate-heating greenhouse gases hit new high, UN reports

Head of World Meteorological Organization says no sign of a slowdown, let alone a decline The concentration of climate-heating greenhouse gases has hit a record high, according to a report from the UNs World Meteorological Organization. The jumps in the key gases measured in 2018 were all above the average for the last decade, showing action on the climate emergency to date is having no effect in the atmosphere. The WMO said the gap between targets and reality were both glaring and growing. The rise in concentration of greenhouses gases follows inevitably from the continued surge in global emissions, which was described as emissions must fall by half by 2030 to give a good chance of limiting global heating to …