As we hurtle toward November, the month the U.S. would formally exit the Paris agreement and the month of COP26, the critical annual international climate conference, climate change looks set to remain firmly on the election agenda. The science is telling us loud and clear that we have very limited time to tackle the global climate breakdown. He has now set his sights on going to the source of water pollution, the world's most polluted rivers. Part of HuffPost Impact. ― where environmental arguments are used to further fascist aims. 9 Positive Environmental Stories from March Wow. 0 min read, Address: 145 Pine Haven Shores Rd #1000DShelburne, Vermont, 05482, US. According to Heinz Frei from the Berkley Lab, “There are two challenges that have not yet been met. If created in large amounts, this could be a crucial step towards mitigating climate change. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. 7. A boy got another chance at life. And the destruction looks set to continue as Bolsonaro works to make it easier for soy, cattle, timber and mining companies to raze swaths of forest. Here is a look at some of the most bizarre stories of the year. And they’re having an impact, generating headlines and increasing awareness. The reelection of Donald Trump ― who has consistently denied the climate crisis, rolled back environmental protections and plans to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement ― would make the radical international action needed to turn the crisis around seem extraordinarily unlikely. While bad news seems to pile up, 2020 has also brought some very good news to the world. Today is National Voter Registration Day! A CNN poll in April 2019 found that climate change was a “very important election” issue for 82% of them. hese many animals included wild hippos, which over the years multiplied from four to eighty. With his organization The Ocean Cleanup, Slat decided to include rivers in their mission after research revealed that, "1,000 of the world’s rivers are responsible for depositing 80% of all the trash that is currently swirling in the ocean. “Extreme heat is among the deadliest weather hazards society faces,” reads the “Killer Heat” report published by the UCS. . Rainforest will become savanna, releasing billions of ton of carbon dioxide and rapidly escalating the climate crisis. And an exceptionally beautiful autumnal spectacle is definitely one of the good things that happened in 2020. March has been a doozy. Conditions in the city of nearly 19 million people were “worse than hell,” according to the country’s Supreme Court in November. From small acts of kindness to new albums that got us dancing, here are 50 good things that happened in 2020 so far, compiled by USA TODAY's Life staff, in no particular order. ... we did a comparative study on the good and the bad things that have … The climate crisis is still being ignored by those in power, and we cannot go on like this.”. across the globe during the climate strikes in September 2019 ― the movement has grown exponentially in scale. It has been linked to a host of health problems including asthma, lung disease, strokes, cancer and mental health problems. , where levels of destruction push the Amazon to a place from which it cannot recover. And we need to adapt to what’s already happening by having plans on how to keep people safe. Polls show Americans are starting to care more about climate change, with the most important motivator being a desire to “provide a better life for our children and grandchildren.”, However, Thunberg remains frustrated. Don’t believe us? A CNN poll in April 2019 found that climate change was a “very important election” issue for 82% of them. More than 90% of people globally breathe toxic air. India has been hit by a record wave of choking air pollution, due to a mix of factors including industrial pollution and farmers burning their crops outside the city, all exacerbated by still, hot weather. The world experienced blistering temperatures in 2019, with the hottest July ever recorded. The largest rainforest in the world is more than 2 million square miles in size, covers around 40% of South America and tracks through eight countries, with 60% in Brazil. Here’s a short list of positive stuff happening all over the world. The plan is set to plant on 5,000 acres of land each year to eventually increasing to 10,000 acres per year in order to hopefully meet their mark of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. At points, the quality of the air was so toxic that some experts said it was equivalent to smoking 50 cigarettes a day. Extreme heat seems to be here to stay. January 20, 2021 The climate crisis is still being ignored by those in power, and we cannot go on like this.”, She is also trying to shift attention to more marginalized voices who are already facing the brunt of climate change impacts, such as, Since its inception as a small grassroots organization, the Sunrise Movement has expanded fast and now has almost, endorsing a number of progressive Senate candidates who support the Green New Deal. Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost's next chapter. Around 7 in 10 Americans (69%) think climate change is happening, more than half understand it’s human-caused, and around 6 in 10 are at least “somewhat worried” about its impacts, according to a Yale survey in April. One Tree Planted is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. Some experts, including acclaimed Brazilian climate scientist Carlos Nobre, believe that 17% of the Amazon has been lost so far. Because of the worldwide and unprecedented levels of ‘staying inside’, levels of air pollutants and warming gases are down almost 50% compared to this time last year. Pablo Escobar’s Invasive Hippos are Helping the Planet. 2. But because it’s in the air and you can’t see it, it’s sort of an insidious killer.”. Dec. 17, 2020 — The SARS-CoV-2 virus, like many viruses before it, is bad news for the brain. According to the European Space Agency (via The Guardian), that had a shocking impact on pollution levels over China.When they compared air pollution and levels of nitrogen dioxide to the levels in the air at the same time the previous year, they found a huge drop. A new study concludes that restoring a protecting our soil could remove the equivalent of the United States' annual greenhouse gas emissions. In November, Fox News host Tucker Carlson used his professed climate concern to make anti-immigrant statements: “Isn’t crowding your country the fastest way to despoil it, to pollute it, to make it, you know, a place you wouldn’t want to live?” For some, this marks a worrying echo of eco-fascism ― where environmental arguments are used to further fascist aims. Unfortunately, after the events of the year 2020, instead of clarity, it forever will be associated with death, loneliness, and outrage. Due to international cooperation in phasing out ozone depleting chemicals, the southern jet stream is returning to its normal state. We need to be strengthening our response to climate change—but Trump and his administration are running away from our responsibilities. 20 Good And Bad Things That Happened Due To The Pandemic In 2020. Dutch Man Cleans Rivers in Addition to Ocean Cleanup Efforts, The young engineer Boyan Slat made history when he removed two shipping containers worth of garbage from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Because it’s in the air and you can’t see it, it’s sort of an insidious killer. rolled out their plans to tackle the crisis, , many based on the concept of a Green New Deal. The solutions are twofold, says Licker: We need to cut emissions as quickly as possible to prevent further increases in extreme heat. The benefits gained from soil restoration includes water regulation, water quality, stabilizing production, and resilience in ecosystems. While young people talking about climate change is not new, Dana Fisher, a sociologist at the University of Maryland in College Park told Nature, this generation of climate kids is more organized and louder: “Young people are getting so much attention that it draws more young people into the movement.”. From January to July of 2019, deforestation, The largest rainforest in the world is more than 2 million square miles in size, covers around 40% of South America and tracks through eight countries, with 60% in Brazil. We made it easy for you to exercise your right to vote! Because we could all use some joy right now. Supporting the arts – Arts Council of Ireland will be given government funding for 2021 of €130m Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us via Getty Images, Extreme heat seems to be here to stay. Delhi is extreme, but it’s far from the only place where breathing has become hazardous. Restoring Soils Could Remove 5.5 Billion Tonnes of CO2 a Year. Wildfires, droughts, floods, heat waves, warming seas and melting ice ― it was a year dominated by stories of the unfolding climate crisis. Under the watch of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who swept to power in 2018 on pledges to open the Amazon up to business, the Amazon has lost nearly 3,800 square miles of forest cover through July 2019. HuffPost’s “This New World” series is funded by Partners for a New Economy and the Kendeda Fund. Some experts, including acclaimed Brazilian climate scientist Carlos Nobre, believe that 17% of the Amazon has been lost so far. The real deal is that there are so many good and positive things happening and are not picked up by media. It’s estimated that this tipping point will come, when between 20% to 25% of the rainforest is destroyed. We plant trees on 4 continents around the world. A post shared by Butter& (@butter_and) on Mar 14, 2020 at 4:17pm PDT As restrictions on bars, restaurants, and shops increase, small businesses are evolving.