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After decades of growth, global CO2 emissions plateaued between 2014 and 2016, and there were hopes they had peaked. But fossil fuel emissions rose by 1.7% in 2017 and are set to rise 2.7% this year, to 37.1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), according to figures published today.

Source: Global Carbon Budget 2018: Emissions to hit all-time high – CNN

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There is a 75-80% chance of a climate-warming El Niño event by February, according to the latest analysis from the UN’s World Meteorological Organization.The last El Niño event ended in 2016 and helped make that year the hottest ever recorded by adding to the heating caused by humanity’s carbon emissions. The 2019 event is not currently forecast to be as strong as in 2016.

Source: Climate-warming El Niño very likely in 2019, says UN agency | Environment | The Guardian

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Investigators don’t know exactly how much oil has been spilled into the Gulf at the Taylor site. According to The Washington Post, “Between 300 and 700 barrels of oil per day have been spewing from a site 12 miles off the Louisiana coast since 2004, when an oil-production platform owned by Taylor Energy sank in a mudslide triggered by Hurricane Ivan.”

Source: The Oil Spill You’ve Never Heard of May Rival BP

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Last month, the Ocean Cleanup foundation launched the world’s first ocean cleanup system out of San Francisco to take on the notorious “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” a giant floating trash pile between San Francisco and Hawaii that is twice the size of Texas. It’s the largest of five ocean trash piles on Earth.

Source: This floating pipe is trying to clean up all the plastic in the ocean – CNN

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Climate change may bring with it a grim harm: Researchers report that rising temperatures might trigger a spike in suicides in the United States and Mexico.

“When talking about climate change, it’s often easy to think in abstractions. But the thousands of additional suicides that are likely to occur as a result of unmitigated climate change are not just a number, they represent tragic losses for families across the country,” said study author Marshall Burke, an assistant professor of earth system science at Stanford University.

In the study, his team analyzed several decades of temperature and suicide data in the two countries. They also sifted through more than half a billion Twitter messages to see whether words such as “lonely,” “suicidal,” and “trapped” were used more often during heat waves. (more…)

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The “dog days of summer” take place between July 3 and August 11th. They are named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the Canis Major constellation. The ancient Greeks blamed Sirius for the hot temperatures, drought, and sickness that occurred during the summer.

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Masses Of Seaweed Threaten Fisheries And Foul Beaches

If you’ve been to a beach this summer, anywhere from Texas to the Carolinas, you’ve likely seen it. Masses of brown seaweed, sometimes a few clumps, often big mounds, line the shore. It’s sargassum, a floating weed that’s clogging bays and piling up on beaches in the Gulf and Caribbean.

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