Extreme weather renews focus on climate change as scientists update forecasts

A child looks on as water floods through a fence in Wessem, Netherlands, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Eva Plevier/File PhotoJuly 26 (Reuters) – As scientists gather online to finalize a long-awaited update on global climate research, recent extreme weather events across the globe highlight the need for more research on how it will play out, especially…

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Thawing Permafrost Is Artificially Chilled to Stabilize Alaska Oil Pipeline

Thawing permafrost threatens to undermine the supports holding up an elevated section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, jeopardizing the structural integrity of one of the world’s largest oil pipelines and raising the potential of an oil spill in a delicate and remote landscape where it would be extremely difficult to clean up. The slope of permafrost…

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The current drought is worldwide. Here’s how different places are fighting it

The world is facing unprecedented levels of drought. In the U.S., nearly half the mainland is currently afflicted, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. The situation is especially dire in the Northwest, which is facing some of its driest conditions in over a century following a heat wave that killed hundreds of people.…

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Western Heat Wave ‘Virtually Impossible’ without Climate Change

The blistering heat wave that scorched the Pacific Northwest last month would have been “virtually impossible” without the influence of climate change, scientists say. In fact, it was nearly impossible even with it. That’s according to a new study from World Weather Attribution, a climate research initiative that investigates the influence of climate change on…

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Record June temperatures point to more ‘extraordinary’ extremes

By Justin RowlattChief environment correspondentmedia captionWatch: Canadians say the conditions are “unbearable”North America experienced its warmest June on record, according to the EU’s Earth observation programme.That will come as no surprise given the unprecedentedly high temperatures recently recorded during the heatwave that hit Canada and parts of the US.But UK residents may be startled to…

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Unprecedented Heat Wave in Pacific Northwest Driven by Climate Change

A blistering heat wave obliterated high temperature records in Oregon and Washington over the weekend, ratcheting up risks for deaths and fires, and underscoring the dangers of climate change. Portland, Oregon’s biggest city, hit a sweltering all-time high of 112 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday at its international airport, the National Weather Service said. That broke a…

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Climate lawsuits undermined by a failure to utilize scientific evidence

Lawyers are using outdated data, or no data at all, in climate change litigation, which researchers say is lowering the potential success of the lawsuits. File Photo by tlegend/Shutterstock June 28 (UPI) — The lawyers litigating climate-related lawsuits aren’t keeping up with the science, according to a new survey, hindering their ability to hold governments…

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Amazon ramps up purchases of renewable energy amid worker battle on climate change

Amazon is now the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in Europe, after establishing new wind and solar energy projects in Sweden, the retail giant announced Monday. The company became the world’s largest buyer of renewable energy last year.The company now has 206 renewable energy projects worldwide that can generate 8.5 GW of electricity to…

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