Edition for 23 February 2020

Top Stories

U.S. blocking G20 mention of climate change in draft communique - sources (Reuters)

  • The United States is against mentioning climate change in the communique of the world’s financial leaders, G20 diplomats said, after a new draft of the joint statement showed the G20 are considering including it as a risk factor to growth.
  • The G20 expects a modest pick-up in global growth this year and next, but noted downside risks to this outlook stemming from “... geopolitical and remaining trade tensions and policy uncertainty and macroeconomic risk related to environmental sustainability”.
  • G20 sources said the United States was reluctant to accept language on climate change as a risk to the economy.

About 40 million people get water from the Colorado River. Studies show it's drying up. (USA Today)

  • Scientists have documented how climate change is sapping the Colorado River, and new research shows the river is so sensitive to warming that it could lose about one-fourth of its flow by 2050 as temperatures continue to climb.
  • The USGS scientists considered two scenarios of climate change.
  • $10 billion:Jeff Bezos will spend his own money to go after climate change Opinion:Climate change is scary, but here are 5 reasons for hope “Either of the scenarios leads to a substantial decrease in flow,” said Chris Milly, a senior research scientist with USGS.

Key Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit heads to Supreme Court (660 News (Calgary))

  • Since then, the project hasfaced one setback after another, with legal challenges brought by environmental groups — prompting the dismissal or suspension of eight permits and halting construction for more than a year.
  • But the environmental groups say the answer is no because the 2,200-mile (3,540-kilometre) scenic trail is considered a unit of the National Park System and only Congress can approve such a crossing.
  • “It’s important because Dominion has really bet its project on this crossing point,” said Greg Buppert, a senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, which sued on behalf of the Sierra Club and other environmental groups.

If You See a Tweet About the Climate Crisis, There’s a 1 in 4 Chance It’s a Bot (Mother Jones)

  • The researchers examined 6.5m tweets posted in the days leading up to and the month after Trump announced the US exit from the Paris accords on 1 June 2017.Oliver Berg/Getty This story was originally published by The Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
  • The social media conversation over the climate crisis is being reshaped by an army of automated Twitter bots, with a new analysis finding that a quarter of all tweets about climate on an average day are produced by bots, the Guardian can reveal.
  • The stunning levels of Twitter bot activity on topics related to global heating and the climate crisis is distorting the online discourse to include far more climate science denialism than it would otherwise.

There’s no silver bullet for climate change (Japan Times - Top Stories)

  • Trees can definitely absorb carbon dioxide, but alone they won’t be enough to stop global warming.
  • We saw this same mistake last summer when a paper in Science exaggerated the power of trees to soak up the carbon dioxide that’s been building up in the atmosphere.
  • The researchers, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, estimated that the Earth could handle an additional trillion trees — and that these would be enough to soak up about two-thirds of all the carbon emitted by humans from burning fossil fuels.

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