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#162 Weekend reads – new climate report states heating is accelerating

A big week in climate news as James Hansen and his team of global scientists publish a new peer-reviewed report – Global warming in the pipeline, published by Oxford Open Climate Change. The report states that the planet is on track to heat up at a much faster rate than scientists have previously predicted, and this means the key global warming threshold of 1.5C° could be breached this decade.

If you don’t know James Hansen, he is definitely a climate scientist worth listening too, because he operates outside of the “consensus science” which is where the IPCC sits. What I call consensus science is always more conservative, because it must meet the requirements of governments and businesses around the world, including the fossil fuel industry, and it doesn’t factor in other issues that are critical to the big picture challenge we face.

This report is causing a lot of backlash within the scientific community, and a lot of the coverage will be about this schism in the ranks of climate scientists. I definitely recommend reading all perspectives and working out what you think is right.

This report states that we are now in the early phase of a climate emergency, warning that there is a surge of heat “already in the pipeline” and this is expected to push global temperatures beyond what has been predicted, resulting in warming that exceeds 1.5C° above pre-industrial levels in the 2020s, and then above 2C° before 2050.

If you’re still hopeful that we will not pass the 1.5C° limit agreed in Paris, James Hansen and his team will tell you that this possibility is “deader than a doornail.” Hansen did say, however, that “the 2-degree limit can be rescued, only with the help of purposeful actions.” I recommend we take this warning to heart and act massively – now.

One of the biggest issues we currently face is an Earth energy imbalance. This means that more energy from the sun is coming to Earth than is being radiated back to space. Many suggest the energy imbalance is the equivalent of 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs being dropped a day, and most of that energy is being absorbed by the ocean… and well, we have seen the ocean heat records this year.

In fact, this week, October heat records have also been released – another hottest month on record – and this is what the heat anomalies look like:

Image credit Berkley Earth.

Here is the research

Global warming in the pipeline | Oxford Open Climate Change | Oxford Academic (

Here is some of the coverage to date

There is a video interview with all of the scientists involved in the paper. I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but will be sure to include it in the Weekend Reads next week.

The planet is heating up faster than predicted, says scientist who sounded climate alarm in the 1980s | CNN

New Study Warns of an Imminent Spike of Planetary Warming and Deepens Divides Among Climate Scientists – Inside Climate News

Pioneering scientist says global warming is accelerating. Some experts call his claims overheated | AP News

Comments on New Article by James Hansen | MICHAEL E. MANN (

Researchers argue that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is not enough to combat climate change (

Global heating is accelerating, warns scientist who sounded climate alarm in the 80s | Climate crisis | The Guardian (

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Grant ‘Axe’ Rawlinson is swimming around Phuket to raise money for Good Shepherd Phuket Town – have a listen to understand his motivation.

An interview with Jerome Tagger: “I also see the chasm between what professionals in ESG want, and what their institution will let them do”. | The Diversity Blog Praveen Gupta is a wonderful human being doing great work. This is one of the blogs we discussed

How much does Halloween cost the earth? – Uncommon Courage – An Invitation the record spending on Halloween confirms we’re not getting the message about reducing our consumption.

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Content to read

And here’s the content I’ve been reading, listening to or watching. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read, listen to or watch them all. It’s time to pay attention to the information that matters.

Planetary emergency

Are we in the age of the polycrisis? – Institute of Development Studies (

In 2023 we’ve seen climate destruction in real time, yet rich countries are poised to do little at Cop28 | Saleemul Huq and Farhana Sultana | The Guardian

The planet is heating up faster than predicted, says scientist who sounded climate alarm in the 1980s | CNN

An exotic tick that can kill cattle is spreading across Ohio (

This year’s potato harvest ‘worst in living memory’, says IFA (

New Study Warns of an Imminent Spike of Planetary Warming and Deepens Divides Among Climate Scientists – Inside Climate News

Pioneering scientist says global warming is accelerating. Some experts call his claims overheated | AP News

Rabies is spreading in Southeast Asia, fuelled by inequality and neglect | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific

Comments on New Article by James Hansen | MICHAEL E. MANN (

Who will fund the next wave of innovative environmental and sustainable development solutions? | LinkedIn

Storm Ciaran whips western Europe, blowing record winds in France and leaving millions without power | Euronews

The wildfires that led to mass extinction: a warning from California’s Ice Age history – podcast (

Storm Ciaran turns deadly in northern Europe, as 100-mph winds knock out power for millions (

Global warming in the pipeline | Oxford Open Climate Change | Oxford Academic (

A Smoking Gun for Biden’s Big Climate Decision? | The New Yorker

Researchers argue that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is not enough to combat climate change (

Global heating is accelerating, warns scientist who sounded climate alarm in the 80s | Climate crisis | The Guardian (

Former Australian PM Tony Abbott says climate warnings are ‘ahistorical and implausible’ | Tony Abbott | The Guardian

Dr Gail Bradbrook, Extinction Rebellion co-founder, ‘at peace’ with guilty verdict for breaking department of transport window – Extinction Rebellion UK

In Brazil town turning to desert, farmers fight to hang on (

Global evidence of rapid urban growth in flood zones since 1985 | Nature

Assessing the size and uncertainty of remaining carbon budgets | Nature Climate Change

The ‘flickering’ of Earth systems is warning us: act now, or see our already degraded paradise lost | George Monbiot | The Guardian

Scientists believe they have finally uncovered what killed off dinosaurs (

Vanessa Nakate On Navigating Climate Activism As A Young Woman | Glamour UK (

Halloween sales climb to $12.2 billion in candy, decor spending binge (

It’s record Halloween spending, from pet costumes to candy : NPR

Extreme weather is outpacing even the worst-case scenarios of our forecasting models (

Five modern-day ghost towns created by the climate crisis | CNN

ORG ASX: Origin in box seat to import LNG through South Australia (

Climate journalists are struggling. Newsrooms should develop a mental health strategy to help them cope | Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (

Soy expansion in Brazil linked to increase in childhood leukemia deaths (

Climate crisis: carbon emissions budget is now tiny, scientists say | Climate crisis | The Guardian

Climate change raises concerns for future of marathons: Analysis – ABC News (

Climate crisis: carbon emissions budget is now tiny, scientists say | Climate crisis | The Guardian

Obituary: Saleemul Huq, climate voice of the Global South (

Millions of Baby Birds Are Dying from Extreme Heat – Scientific American

Heat-related heart deaths projected to increase in the US, especially among seniors and Black adults | CNN

Opinion | El Niños Are Predictable. We Should Prepare for Them. – The New York Times (

They went hunting for fossil fuels. What they found could help save the world | CNN

Wildlife rescuers warn of ‘catastrophe’ as key groups omitted from national disaster summit – ABC News

Recent acceleration in global ocean heat accumulation by mode and intermediate waters | Nature Communications

We discovered three new species of marsupial. Unfortunately, they’re already extinct (

‘Silent killer’: more than half of heatwave deaths are in disadvantaged areas – now Australian councils are fighting back | Australia weather | The Guardian

When Idiot Savants Do Climate Economics (

Day of Judgement is already here, and verdict is—guilty – The Week (

Current Climate: Humanity Is Close To Multiple Environmental Tipping Points (

CoreLogic pegs Hurricane Otis insurable loss at $10bn to $15bn – Reinsurance News

Hurricane Otis death toll rises to 48, missing now number 36 as search and recovery work continues | AP News

Chemical crisis: The unseen toxic threat contaminating wildlife worldwide  | The Hill

Warmer oceans have bleached corals at depths previously thought impossible | Euronews

Climate Change and its Impact on Mental Health – One Green Planet

Accelerating Progress on Sustainable Development Goals | BCG

The Scientists Watching Their Work Disappear From Climate Change – The New York Times (

Maryland river turns orange for alarming reason: ‘The pollution from this site is so bad you can see it from space’ (

UK weather: heavy showers could bring flooding to already soaked areas | UK weather | The Guardian

The ferocity of Hurricane Otis stunned hurricane experts and defied forecast models. Here’s why. – CBS News

Hurricane Otis: Dozens killed in Mexico’s Guerrero state – BBC News

Food waste in US landfills produces emissions equal to 12 million cars | New Scientist

Global politics

Israel says it has completed the encirclement of Gaza City | Euronews

Israel-Gaza war: Three reasons Egypt tightly controls the Rafah crossing – BBC News

Strikes on south Gaza: BBC verifies attacks in areas of ‘safety’ – BBC News

J’Accuse – An Open Letter to Hamas Apologists | LinkedIn

Dear world: I don’t care | Avi Lewis | The Blogs (

Why Netanyahu Must Go | Foreign Affairs

Mob storms Dagestan airport in search of Jewish passengers from Israel | Russia | The Guardian (

Dagestan: Mob storms Russian airport in search of Jews – BBC News

Analysis: US is mounting a frantic effort to head off a wider Middle East war | CNN Politics (

UN General Assembly calls for ‘humanitarian truce’ in Gaza as humanitarian crisis worsens | Euronews

Opinion | Where Hamas Is Winning – The New York Times (

The future of Hamas after October 7 – Part 1 | Gershon Baskin | The Blogs (

Vladimir Putin signs Russia’s withdrawal from the treaty banning nuclear tests | Euronews

House Speaker Mike Johnson Widens Partisan Climate Change Divide – Bloomberg

Mike Pence: Former US Vice President withdraws from 2024 presidential race – BBC News

Three former senior Lib Dems sue Sun and NoW publisher over phone hacking | News UK | The Guardian

This is how floating female voters in the UK could decide the next general election | Euronews

Business and technology

Russians book 50% of Phuket high-end suites for New Year (

Adobe is selling fake AI images of war in Israel-Palestine (

Elon Musk’s net worth drops $41 billion on Tesla earnings amid EV souring | Fortune

I Was Axed As Oatly’s Creative Director – Here Are 5 Arguably Useful Lessons | The Drum

Elon Musk’s X Is Now Worth $19B—a Cool $25B Less Than He Paid for It: Report (

Big Tech Is Inflating Fears About AI’s Risk to Humanity: Google Brain Cofounder (

‘Hamas has created additional demand’: Wall Street eyes big profits from war | Arms trade | The Guardian

NASA Terrified of Space Station Careening Out of Control and Crashing Into People (

Social issues

Shore principal John Collier says Lilie James accused killer was ‘not a monster’ (

Psilocybin and LSD: What I learnt after experiencing ‘psychedelic flashbacks’ – BBC Future

China’s Male Leaders Push to Get Women to Stay Home for Family – The New York Times (

King Charles’s ‘deep regret’ for colonial atrocities was a ‘miss’, Kenyans say | Global development | The Guardian

Cognitive decline in older adults in the UK during and after the COVID-19 pandemic: a longitudinal analysis of PROTECT study data – The Lancet Healthy Longevity


Erin Patterson charged over alleged mushroom lunch that left three dead in Leongatha | 7NEWS

Suspected mushroom poisoning: Australian woman charged with three murders – BBC News

Scientists seriously believe we could live forever by the 2030s (

More Chinese Migrants Are Journeying to the U.S. Border to Seek Asylum | TIME

When you go sober for even a month, your body will change. Here’s how. (

Why I Get Sick Selling A Curriculum To Homeschool Parents | HuffPost HuffPost Personal

Tourist Plunges to Their Death After Glass Bridge Shatters (

Biggest independent children’s care providers in England made £300m profit last year | Social care | The Guardian

The Good Bloke Effect: Men and Violence Against Women (

‘They treated me like an animal’: how Filipino domestic workers become trapped | Philippines | The Guardian

Escape from the rabbit hole: the conspiracy theorist who abandoned his dangerous beliefs | Society | The Guardian

Stephen King Reacts to the Mass Shooting in His Home State of Maine – NowThis (


‘Bridgerton’ Actor Calls Out Netflix For Lack Of Emotional Support (

Matthew Perry: Friends stars ‘devastated’ by death – BBC News

Matthew Perry’s life in pictures – BBC News

Adele Honors Matthew Perry: ‘Best Comedic Character of All Time’ (

Friends star Matthew Perry dies at 54 – BBC News

‘Friends’ Star Matthew Perry Dead at 54 After Apparent Drowning (

So, what did you read? What jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!



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