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John Lanchbery obituary

My colleague John Lanchbery, who has died suddenly of sepsis aged 71, was a physicist and climate change expert. A veteran of international climate change negotiations, John attended the Rio Earth summit in 1992, and every UN summit on climate change since, representing the RSPB and BirdLife International since 1998. Continue reading... »
23 January 2019, 20:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

The Guardian view on rising sea levels: a warning from Greenland | Editorial

Ice sheets are melting faster and in different ways than scientists expected. As well as limiting carbon emissions, we must adapt. Dramatic increases in the rate at which ice on Greenland and East Antarctica is melting are, along with the heatwave gripping Australia, among the latest manifestations of the changes our planet and its atmosphere are undergoing. »
22 January 2019, 22:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Americans’ climate change concerns surge to record levels, poll shows

Total of 72% polled now say global warming is personally important to them, Yale said, as 73% accept it is happening. Americans’ concerns about climate change have surged to record levels, new polling shows, following a year marked by devastating storms, wildfires and increasingly dire warnings from scientists. »
22 January 2019, 19:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Analysis warns of lack of progress on 2020 global emissions target

Thinktank says not enough is being done to cut coal burning and end fossil fuel subsidies. Removing coal from the global energy mix is taking too long, too many forests are still being destroyed, and fossil fuel subsidies are ongoing despite their distorting effect on the market, a study has found. »
22 January 2019, 19:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Annie Proulx on the best books to understand climate change

The novelist shares her favourite books to help us cope with how our world is changing – and inspire everyone to do something about it. Today we live with non-stop special events of fire, flood, mud slide, rising water, whirling hurricanes, toxic algae blooms, unprecedented droughts. That word “unprecedented” is coming to define our time. »
21 January 2019, 14:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate change threat to Germans’ need for speed on Autobahn

Draft environmental measures include proposal that would impose motorway speed limit. The days of unlimited speeding on Germany’s famously fast autobahns could be over if the government adopts draft proposals on climate protection put forward by its committee on the future of transport. »
18 January 2019, 16:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Fiji urges Australia not to put coal above Pacific nations battling climate change

Frank Bainimarama says the only way to guarantee the survival of Pacific islands is for Australia to shift away from fossil fuels. Australia must not put the interests of the coal industry above the lives of Pacific nations battling climate change, Fiji’s prime minister has told Scott Morrison. »
18 January 2019, 01:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

The Guardian view on warming oceans: a rising toll | Editorial

We have barely begun to explore our seas, but our impact is felt on both humans and marine life We know remarkably little about the oceans that cover most of the Earth, provide half of our oxygen and help to regulate the climate. Maps of the ocean floor are less detailed than those of Mars or the moon. »
16 January 2019, 20:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Six in 10 wild coffee species endangered by habitat loss

Kew scientists’ analysis of 124 wild species shows 60% facing possible extinction, risking viability of commercial stock. Wild coffee species are under threat, with 60% of them facing possible extinction, including Arabica, the original of the world’s most popular form of coffee, researchers say. Most coffee species are found in the forests of Africa and Madagascar. »
16 January 2019, 20:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Our oceans broke heat records in 2018 and the consequences are catastrophic

Rising temperatures can be charted back to the late 1950s, and the last five years were the five hottest on record. Last year was the hottest ever measured, continuing an upward trend that is a direct result of manmade greenhouse gas emissions. The key to the measurements is the oceans. »
16 January 2019, 14:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Global tensions holding back climate change fight, says WEF

After extreme weather-related events, there is ‘need for international cooperation’. Growing tension between the world’s major powers is the most urgent global risk and makes it harder to mobilise collective action to tackle climate change, according to a report prepared for next week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. »
16 January 2019, 11:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Trump replacement for Obama climate plan worse than doing nothing – study

Administration’s alternative to clean power plan would let emissions ‘rebound’ via coal-fired power plants, researchers find. The Trump administration’s replacement for the linchpin Obama-era plan to combat climate change would increase greenhouse gas emissions in much of the US more than doing nothing at all, according to new research. »
16 January 2019, 11:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Immediate fossil fuel phaseout could arrest climate change – study

Scientists say it may still technically be possible to limit warming to 1.5C if drastic action is taken now. Climate change could be kept in check if a phaseout of all fossil fuel infrastructure were to begin immediately, according to research. It shows that meeting the internationally agreed aspiration of keeping global warming to less than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels is still possible. »
15 January 2019, 19:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Peta Credlin's preselection could be the spark that blows up the Liberal party | Oliver Yates

Credlin has put short term political interests, and the interests of the coal industry, before the future of our country What better example is there that the Liberal party must split than the proposed nomination of Peta Credlin for the seat of Mallee. »
9 January 2019, 08:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Carbon emissions up as Trump agenda rolls back climate change work

Last year’s 3.4% jump in emissions is the largest since 2010 recession and second largest gain in more than two decades. A new analysis shows US greenhouse gas levels are increasing as the Trump administration unravels efforts to slow climate change. Carbon emissions rose sharply last year, increasing 3.4%, according to new estimates from the economic firm Rhodium Group. »
8 January 2019, 13:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Global warming of oceans equivalent to an atomic bomb per second

Seas absorb 90% of climate change’s energy as new research reveals vast heating over past 150 years. Global warming has heated the oceans by the equivalent of one atomic bomb explosion per second for the past 150 years, according to analysis of new research. »
7 January 2019, 21:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

The end of coffee: could Australia save the world's beans?

Climate change may devastate the globe’s major coffee-growing regions through extreme weather events – but Australia could be the solution. If a future of relentless fires, droughts, superstorms and rising sea levels makes you feel like you need a strong caffeinated beverage, there is some bad news: climate change is coming for the world’s coffee beans. »
7 January 2019, 02:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Katharine Hayhoe: 'A thermometer is not liberal or conservative'

The award-winning atmospheric scientist on the urgency of the climate crisis and why people are her biggest hope. Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She has contributed to more than 125 scientific papers and won numerous prizes for her science communication work. »
6 January 2019, 10:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

'Momentum is growing': reasons to be hopeful about the environment in 2019

As we reflect on a year of extreme weather and ominous climate talks, Guardian environment writer Fiona Harvey explains why 2019 could see some much-needed breakthroughs. »
2 January 2019, 08:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

California's coastal habitats face existential threat from rising seas

Climate change is transforming the state’s coast but with habitats hemmed in by cliffs, condos and farms, pre-emptive action is needed to preserve biodiversity. The sea otters of Elkhorn Slough float by on their backs, greeting the occasional kayaker with unwanted socializing that can tip a boat. »
31 December 2018, 15:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email