Like anything worthwhile, when greed gets involved, change is slowed down. Corporate structures depend completely upon market share and pleasing it's shareholders, and the only way they can do that is buy suppressing anything that makes them lose points. Oil companies are selling less and less, the cost per barrel is going down, and countries like Kuwait that depend upon oil revenues are stating that they will be broke in less than 10 years, at the current rate. Thus they will spend their current billions in an attempt to slow the decay, lobbying, bribing or anything that they can get away with.
"We, the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts - not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution." - A. Lincoln
Species in the north are more vulnerable to climate change. For the first time, researchers have proposed the hypothesis that animals that live in climate zones at a safe distance from both the poles as well as the tropics have the most to gain from acclimating to changes in climate. The findings contradict previous research in the field. Source 4y.
Human impacts on forests and grasslands much larger and older than previously assumed. Human biomass utilization reduces global carbon stocks in vegetation by 50%, implying that massive emissions of CO2 to the atmosphere have occurred over the past centuries and millennia. The contribution of forest management and livestock grazing on natural grasslands to global carbon losses is of similar magnitude as that of deforestation. Currently, these effects are underappreciated in existing global carbon models and assessments of the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from land-based production. Without full consideration of land management effects, global climate forecasts and calculations of the GHG effects of future bioenergy policies are error prone, seriously jeopardizing the robust evaluation of measures that would help achieving the 1,5°C target of the Paris Agreement. Source 5a.
Humidity may prove breaking point for some areas as temperatures rise, says study. Climate scientists say that killer heat waves will become increasingly prevalent in many regions as climate warms. However, most projections leave out a major factor that could worsen things: humidity, which can greatly magnify the effects of heat alone. Now, a new global study projects that in coming decades the effects of high humidity in many areas will dramatically increase. Source 5t.
As we have seen from recent (Past decade) weather patterns, the extremes of humidity are also causing extremes of other kinds. Droughts, excessive rainfall, excessive snow fall, concurrent hurricanes, mutli-headed tornado, record breaking storms. All these can be attributed to the accelerated climate change, caused my mankind's ill-advised technologies. Only now are we gradually weaning ourselves off the fossil fuel addition, and into cleaner technologies. Hopefully we can recover from the damage we've caused before we make our own planet uninhabitable to humanity.
Spotty coverage: Climate models underestimate cooling effect of daily cloud cycle. Researchers have found that the climate models scientists use to project future conditions on our planet underestimate the cooling effect that clouds have on a daily basis, which results in warmer, drier conditions than might actually occur. The researchers found that inaccuracies in accounting for the daily cloud cycle did not seem to invalidate climate projections, but did increase the margin of error for understanding how climate change will affect us. Source 5x.
Rising CO2 is causing trouble in freshwaters too, study suggests. As carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere rise, more CO2 gets absorbed into seawater. As a result, the world's oceans have grown more acidic over time, causing a wide range of well-documented problems for marine animals and ecosystems. Now, researchers present some of the first evidence that similar things are happening in freshwaters too. Source 4p.