THE BRIEF [Aug 16-22 ‘21]

2B children at risk from climate impacts, a successful fusion experiment, Paris-type cities are optimal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and small town becomes first to ban new gas stations.

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‼️News you can’t miss

Here’s one important scary/bad (🙀), good (😻), interesting (😼) and fossil (💩) news item.

🙀 About half of the world’s children are at extreme risk of suffering from the impacts of the climate crisis according to a new report by UNICEF:

😻 A successful fusion experiment has gotten researchers optimistic about fusion.

😼 We will always have Paris, and according to a new study, cities like Paris are the most optimal when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

💩 Small town in California becomes the first to ban new gas stations.


This weeks highlights

[#greenland] — Last week the Greenland Ice Sheet underwent it’s second major melting event in two weeks. This time caused by rain. It’s the first time ever recorded that rain falls on the Greenland Summit Camp, which is a research station that is located near the usually frigid top of the ice shelf. Rain is bad because it weakens the ice in places that usually are not subjected to weakening.

[#2008crisis] — A new report draws strong parallels between the housing debt crisis of 2008 and the climate crisis by saying that the finance industry and politicians alike are modelling after 3-4C scenarios without really factoring in how catastrophic they would be and they’re using too optimistic models to push themselves into some sort of dream thinking that we can avoid disaster.

[#urban] — A few weeks ago we talked a bit about how high rises in large cities can create urban canyons that can become very hot. Last week a new study was released that analyzed different types of urban environments in order to figure out which are types of environments are best suited to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And it turns out that something like Paris are close to optimal. 


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