THE BRIEF [Mar 21-27 ‘22]
Arctic sea ice winter at 10th lowest peak, #okdoomer, does Putin’s war exist because of fossil fuels? and a new term: Peacewashing.
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🙀 Arctic winter sea ice at 10th lowest peak.
💩 Here’s a new term for you: Peacewashing
This week’s highlights
[#antarctica] — For the first time ever (since we began observing Antarctica with satellites) has an iceshelf broke off in the Eastern part of Antarctica. The 1200km2 Conger Ice Shelf collapsed into the ocean back in the middle of March. It is said that record shattering heat on the Eastern part of the continent is said to have had a detrimental effect on the ice shelf. Just last week temperatures reported in that part of the continent was roughly 40C higher than usual. 40C still means that temperatures reaches “only” -11C, but it’s still a pretty big difference from “normal”. Furthermore, the Arctic sea ice winter peak this year was the 10th lowest on record.
[#russianfossilfuels] — As nations around the world scramble to get off Russian fossil fuels UN Chief Antonio Gutierrez warns that politicians hastened “all of the above” kind of strategy runs the risk of committing to multiple years of increased fossil fuel production. In his words: “Countries could become so consumed by the immediate fossil fuel supply gap that they neglect or knee-cap policies to cut fossil fuel use”.
[#pinkhydrogen] — Get ready for a new color of hydrogen: Pink hydrogen! It’s hydrogen produced using the power generated by nuclear reactors. A Swedish company is looking into that.
[#oilgasproducers] — A new report suggests that rich nations must stop producing oil and gas already by 2034 to give the world a 50% change of reaching 1.5C. Poorer nations should be given until 2050 to do the same to allow for a just transition for them.
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