"The extreme temperatures that will bear down on California over the next week are the result of a “heat dome,” a phenomenon that typically brings broiling conditions to the state as summer fades into fall. But climate change is worsening the dome’s effects and making it more lethal for people who cannot seek relief."
From the New York Times: "Britain made meteorological history on Tuesday when temperatures in some places topped 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for the first time ever recorded in the United Kingdom, as a second straight day of record-setting heat gripped parts of Europe."
Disturbing Frontline program "The Power of Big Oil".
Researchers in Alaska are trying to understand warming ocean's consequences for salmon. Washington Post story.
From the Wall Street Journal.
NY Times story on UN report.
Washington Post article: "On Friday, the government of Ecuador announced it will curb fishing in more than 20,000 square miles of ocean to the northeast of the archipelago, in essence erecting guardrails around an underwater animal freeway between the Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands and Costa Rica’s Cocos Island."
"U.N. Secretary General António Guterres called the findings 'a code red for humanity'."
Washington Post story.
President Macron of France had wanted to add to his country's constitution an amendment spelling out a commitment to protect the environment and fight climate change, but political infighting led to abandonment of the measure. From the New York Times.
Washington Post report on findings from NOAA and Scripps Institute.
New York Times article laying it out for the climate-change-hesitant.
It's hard to think of a headline more stark than the one in the Washington Post: "Intelligence forecast sees a post-coronavirus world upended by climate change and splintering societies."
The National Intelligence Council released a report predicting that the pandemic, along with climate change leading to mass migration, will be highly destabilizing over the coming two decades.
Washington Post story here.
Interesting Wall Street Journal article discussing pressure on companies to disclose climate-related risks to their investors.
“The big blind spot is the physical risk of climate change,” said David Victor, professor at the University of California, San Diego and co-author of the Brookings paper. He added that very few companies disclose specific risks, or what they are doing to mitigate their vulnerabilities.
The red coral of the Mediterranean, critical to the region's ecosystem, is threatened by illegal coral harvesting as well as by heat waves. Story in The Atlantic magazine.
Interesting New York Times story about Dr. Linda Zall, a CIA employee who used data from spy satellites to identify planetary change and to consider how it was likely to affect global security.