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News from the Earth — renewable energy

Magic corals spawning off the coast of Cairns, Queensland

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

Coral spawning is one way in which corals reproduce. During most of the year, the jellyfish-like animals reproduce asexually. But, once every year, they send tiny balls containing sperm and eggs up into the water. These balls break apart, the sperm and eggs bump into each other and new coral babies are born.  This year, billions of babies were born.  The millions of new coral babies are good news for the reef after a difficult few years. The climate crisis has had a severe impact on the 2,600 kilometers (approximately 1,616 miles) of coral as warmer than usual ocean temperatures encourage coral bleaching, when the coral expel...

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COP26 final considerations

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

Glasgow was meant to deliver on firmly closing the gap to 1.5C and that didn’t happen, but in 2022 nations will now have to come back with stronger targets. The only reason we got what we did is that young people, Indigenous leaders, activists and countries on the climate frontline forced concessions that were grudgingly given. Without them, these climate talks would have flopped completely. Our once stable climate is now breaking down around us, you see it every day in wildfires, hurricanes, droughts and melting ice. Time’s up, we’ve run out of road, and as a matter of self-survival...

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Cop26, steps forward and problems to be solved in the first draft of the agreement

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

November 10: the first draft of the final declaration at Cop26 was published.  For the first time, a reference appears to the need to abandon coal and stop fossil fuel subsidies.The decision to adopt a work plan to revise the short-term commitments and not to lose the possibility of meeting the 1.5 degree target has been included. The Parties state that they "welcome" the first part of the new report of the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, according to which many effects of global warming caused by human activities are now irreversible. And expressly ask the heads of...

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Cop26, 100 nations pledge to stop deforestation by 2030

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

100 nations said at Cop26 in Glasgow that they will halt deforestation by 2030. This is a significant commitment, especially because of the countries that have made it: the list includes the United States, China, Russia, Germany, France, United Kingdom and, above all, Brazil, which hosts a large part of the Amazon forest, Canada (boreal forest) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (tropical forest). Together, the states in question account for more than 85% of the Planet's forests.As part of the agreement, 12 nations have also committed to jointly allocate $12 billion in public funds between 2021 and 2025 for forest protection projects. At...

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G20 and COP26 talks

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

Like a boa constrictor that slowly squeezes its prey to death, climate change has gone from being an uncomfortable low-level issue, to a life-threatening global emergency in the past three decades. Although there have been new and updated commitments made by countries ahead of COP26, the world remains on track for a dangerous global temperature rise of at least 2.7°C this century even if Paris goals are met. The science is clear: a rise of temperatures of that magnitude by the end of the century could mean, among other things, a 62% increase in areas scorched by wildfires in the...

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