Climate Brief: June 2022 Edition
New beginnings, moving camp, and combatting climate denialism.
June 30th, 2022
Welcome to the inaugural monthly newsletter from Climate of Change!
June has been a big month with the launch of the independent climate change, sustainability, and environmental science publication, Climate of Change.
On June 8th, Climate of Change was announced to the world as a home for scientifically-written articles on the latest in climate change news, tips and tricks on how to live more sustainably, and updates on current advancements in environmental science.
Climate Brief is an extension of the Climate of Change publication, bringing you monthly roundups of our top stories, synopses of the latest in climate news, plus additional content that you won’t normally get during the regular publishing schedule.
June brought us stories on the shocking (though perhaps expected) decision to move the Mount Everest Base Camp to a lower elevation to escape climate change, as well as five scientific arguments that can be used to dispel misbeliefs about climate change.
As we look ahead to July, a month that is increasingly becoming related to a variety of extreme weather events, including floods, heatwaves, drought, hurricanes, wildfires, and losses of glacial ice, we prepare ourselves to endure those climate change events as we also prepare ourselves to become better informed about climate change, sustainable living, and advances in environmental science.
Top Stories in June
Climate of Change’s first editorial welcomes you to our new publication and your new home for independent coverage of news, insights, and stories on all things climate change, sustainable living, and environmental science.
On June 17th, Nepal announced that it is preparing to move the Everest base camp to a lower altitude because global warming and human activity are making it unsafe for climbers to use.
A science-backed piece bringing you five arguments you can use to combat climate denialism and to correct common misbeliefs concerning climate change.
Climate News from June
June 10th, 2022: Green Ghana Day prompts the annual planting of millions of trees to combat rainforest losses
The second annual Green Ghana Day (June 10th) brings with it the call to plant millions of trees to save rainforests depleted by climate change and illegal mining. 2021’s Green Ghana Day resulted in the planting of 7 million trees, with the 2022 national day looking to plant 20 million trees.
June 17th, 2022: Western Europe hit by an early summer heatwave
Temperatures in Europe reached 40 degrees Celsius, prompting the cancellation of outdoor events, increasing the risk of drought, and resulting in the hottest summer temperatures seen in Spain in the last four decades. Mediterranean nations are becoming more worried about how climate change may affect their future.
June 20th, 2022: Full ban on six single-use plastics coming in Canada by end of 2025
The Canadian government is banning companies from importing, making, and selling plastic bags, takeout containers, single-use plastic straws, stir sticks, plastic cutlery, and six-pack rings by the end of 2025. The government is seeking to ban the easiest items to replace first and will look to ban further items in the future. By 2030, the currently-in-power Liberal government is looking to eliminate all plastic waste from ending up in landfills or as litter in the environment.
June 23rd, 2022: Rare “triple” La Niña climate event looks likely
Meteorologists are forecasting a third straight year of La Niña, a phenomenon that has only occurred twice since 1950 but could become more common as the planet warms. Increased La Niña events would increase the chance of flooding in southeast Asia, increase the risk of drought and wildfires in the southwestern United States, would create different patterns in the hurricane, cyclone, and monsoon seasons of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and would cause other regional changes.
On June 30th, 2022, by a 6–3 vote with conservatives in the majority, the United States Supreme Court decided that the Clean Air Act does not give the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) overriding authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. With power plants in the United States accounting for approximately 30% of CO2 output, the decision complicates the Biden administration’s goal of cutting the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by the end of the decade and having an emissions-free energy sector by 2035.
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