Weather and climate, as expected over our nation during this wet season, are going to scientific expectations. Fewer chances of tropical cyclones and above average rains with wet and cloudy conditions are expected until April. La Nina has the upper hand at the moment.

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Spreading sulphate aerosol into the atmosphere could have a cooling effect on the planet, scientists say. But adding one pollutant to temporarily counter another might not be the answer. Photo: Science Media Centre

As the world struggles with how to keep climate change to the Paris accord goal of below 2C, scientists look to technologies such as solar geoengineering as a way to cool the planet. However, new research shows suddenly ceasing the method could be more disastrous for biodiversity than never starting. Farah Hancock reports. 

Read more: A disastrous tactic against climate change


When climate diplomats from the world’s leading nations gathered in 1997 to negotiate a round of emissions cuts in Kyoto, Japan, carbon emissions had risen to some 35 billion tonnes and the global surface temperature was roughly 0.7°C above the average of the late 19th century.

IN 1988, when world leaders convened their first global conference on climate change in Toronto, the earth’s average temperature was a bit more than half a degree Celsius above the average of the last two decades of the 19th century, according to measurements by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Read more: Cold response to global warming measures


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