Humans are pushing the Earth closer to a climate cliff: self-reinforcing feedbacks could push Earth beyond planetary threshold per new study

Self-reinforcing feedbacks could push the Earth System toward a planetary threshold that, if crossed, could prevent stabilization of the climate at intermediate temperature rises and cause continued warming on a “Hothouse Earth” pathway even as human emissions are reduced. Crossing the threshold would lead to a much higher global average temperature than any interglacial in the past 1.2 million years and to sea levels significantly higher than at any time in the Holocene… In the Stabilized Earth pathway humanity commits to a pathway of ongoing management of its relationship with the rest of the Earth System.

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Heatwave and climate change having negative impact on our soil say experts

Extreme weather conditions change vegetation composition and soil moisture, which in turn impacts the soil’s underlying organisms and microbial networks

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Next 5 years predicted to be abnormally hot

Using a new method, the study shows that at the global level, 2018-2022 may be an even hotter period than expected based on current global warming.

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81-degree reading in So CA likely sets record for highest temperature ever measured in California waters

By Amy Graff, Read full SFGATE article here Two buoys off the coast of San Diego last week recorded what researchers believe could be the highest temperature ever measured in California waters. A sea-surface temperature of 81.3 degrees was logged Thursday by both the Torrey Pines buoy (7.3 miles offshore) and the neighboring Scripps Nearshore

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Carbon stored in soil is entering atmosphere faster as temps warm thanks to microbes

In the 25-year span of the study, the proportion of soil respiration that is due to microbes increased from 54 to 63 percent. Warmer temperatures can prompt more microbial action, potentially resulting in more carbon being released from carbon pools on land into the air.

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Top-performing soil microbes could be key to sustainable agriculture

variants of pea plant that were best at investing in beneficial microbes also had very high growth benefits, in contrast to other pea plant variants that did not invest as much and gained less growth benefit

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San Francisco Passes More than Just a Straw Ban

San Francisco has adopted an ordinance that will ban the sale and distribution of single-use plastic and bio-plastic straws, utensils, stirrers and similar items, in addition to foodware containers that contain fluorinated chemicals. The ordinance further requires that all single-use foodware and accessories must be compostable (accepted by the city’s composting program) or recyclable.

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Grasslands More Reliable Carbon Sink Than Trees In Wildfire-Prone California

Grasslands a Less Vulnerable Carbon Offset Than Forests

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2018 Is Shaping Up to Be the Fourth-Hottest Year. Yet We’re Still Not Prepared for Global Warming.

It’s hot. But it may not be the new normal yet. Temperatures are still rising. Globally, this is shaping up to be the fourth-hottest year on record. The only years hotter were the three previous ones.

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Factcheck: How global warming has increased US wildfires

In California, 14 of the 20 largest wildfires on record have occurred over the past 15 years. At the same time, the western US has experienced some of its warmest temperatures on record, with 10 of the past 15 years among the 15 warmest years on record, based on temperature records from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)….The recent period of large wildfires in forested areas of the western US has coincided with near-record warm temperatures.

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