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Letter signed by 154 Australian experts demands climate policy match the science

Leading climate and environmental scientists urge Malcolm Turnbull to take urgent action ‘while there is still time’. More than 150 Australian experts have signed on open letter to the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, demanding urgent action on climate change that matches the dire warnings coming from climate scientists. »
25 August 2016, 03:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate scientists write another letter warning of unfolding crisis for Turnbull to ignore

More than 150 leading climate scientists at universities and government agencies ask for cuts to coal exports, saying: ‘There is no Planet B’. I’m guessing that Malcolm Turnbull gets a fair few letters on any given day. You wonder how he has the time to read them all. »
25 August 2016, 03:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Human-induced climate change began earlier than previously thought

Signs of warming appear as early as 1830 say researchers, whose analysis will help build accurate baseline of temperature before influence of human activity. Continents and oceans in the northern hemisphere began to warm with industrial-era fossil fuel emissions nearly 200 years ago, pushing back the origins of human-induced climate change to the mid-19th century. »
25 August 2016, 00:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Investors controlling $13tn call on G20 leaders to ratify Paris climate agreement

Investors say countries that move first will attract investments and call for regulators to force disclosure of climate-related risks. A group of 130 institutions that control US$13tn of investments have called on G20 nations to ratify the Paris agreement this year and accelerate investment in clean energy and forced disclosure of climate-related financial risk. »
24 August 2016, 05:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

‘Next year or the year after, the Arctic will be free of ice’

Scientist Peter Wadhams believes the summer ice cover at the north pole is about to disappear, triggering even more rapid global warming. Peter Wadhams has spent his career in the Arctic, making more than 50 trips there, some in submarines under the polar ice. »
21 August 2016, 11:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

The Guardian view on the heatwave: still hope on climate change | Editorial

Ira Glass the radio show host says global warming may not be amusing or surprising but it is still the most important thing that’s happening The documentary broadcaster Ira Glass, the man behind the hit radio programme This American Life, is in Britain this week with his theatre show, Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host. »
17 August 2016, 21:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

World's hottest month shows challenges global warming will bring

July was hotter than any month globally since records began – but some areas, such as the Middle East, suffer more than others. In Siberia, melting permafrost released anthrax that had been frozen in a reindeer carcass for decades, starting a deadly outbreak. In Baghdad, soaring temperatures forced the government to shut down for days at a time. »
16 August 2016, 23:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Why aren't ships using wind-power to cut their climate footprint?

Industry claims to have no control over its rising emissions, blaming the growth in global trade, but low-carbon alternatives such as wind power do exist MS Estraden looks, on first glance, like a normal cargo ship. Just another one of the 50,000 vessels transporting pretty much everything we buy, sell and consume. »
16 August 2016, 10:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

July 2016 was world's hottest month since records began, says Nasa

Nasa’s results, which combine sea-surface temperature and air temperature on land, show July was 10th month in a row to break monthly temperature record. Last month was the hottest month in recorded history, beating the record set just 12 months before and continuing the long string of monthly records, according to the latest Nasa data. »
16 August 2016, 04:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

As the mercury soars, fear grows over ‘air-con effect’

Energy experts warn more reliance on air conditioning, particularly in China, will accelerate climate change. Most of the world will have air conditioning in their homes, workplaces and cars within 20 years, requiring thousands of power stations to be built and potentially accelerating climate change, energy experts say. »
15 August 2016, 12:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Agriculture and overuse greater threats to wildlife than climate change – study

Efforts to address climate change must not overshadow more immediate priorities for the survival of the world’s flora and fauna, say researchers. Agriculture and the overexploitation of plants and animal species are significantly greater threats to biodiversity than climate change, new analysis shows. »
11 August 2016, 04:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Dairy groups blast methane reductions: ‘Cows expel gas so they don’t explode’

California wants to limit the amount of greenhouse gas emitted by belching and farting of 5.5 million cows, but the industry is hitting back with a dose of reality. California’s attempt to curb emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, is facing vocal opposition from a dairy industry that fears government meddling in the flatulence of its cows. »
10 August 2016, 21:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Scientists warn world will miss key climate target

Grim backdrop to vital global emissions talks as new analysis shows 1.5C limit on warming is close to being broken. Leading climate scientists have warned that the Earth is perilously close to breaking through a 1.5C upper limit for global warming, only eight months after the target was set. »
7 August 2016, 02:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Britain shouts about immigration but is silent on one of the root causes: climate change | Andrew Simms

The Brexit campaign pivoted around migration but its politicians are sceptical of action on global warming that is a key driver of displacement. What happens as large-scale migration becomes inevitable due to a combination of environmental, economic and humanitarian reasons? »
3 August 2016, 12:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Environmental records shattered as climate change 'plays out before us'

Temperatures, sea levels and carbon dioxide all hit milestones amid extreme weather in 2015, major international ‘state of the climate’ report finds. »
2 August 2016, 17:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

A climate scientist and economist made big bucks betting on global warming | Dana Nuccitelli

Chris Hope and James Annan took £2,000 from two GWPF advisors who were foolish enough to bet against global warming Climate scientist James Annan and climate economist Chris Hope made a nice sum this year for a bet they made on global warming in 2008. As Hope tells the story:. The record warmth of 2015 just made me £1,334 richer. »
1 August 2016, 13:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Britain’s energy dilemma: if not nuclear power, then what?

The delay to the construction of the controversial Hinkley point plant raises a question: what else can provide baseload power without polluting? Britain faces a problem in coping with its complex energy demands. »
30 July 2016, 23:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

EPA ruling on aircraft emissions paves way for new regulations

US agency’s declaration that jet engine exhaust endangers public health represents key milestone, reports Climate Central. The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday declared that jet engine exhaust endangers public health by contributing to climate change, a key milestone as it works to develop regulations that will cut carbon emissions from commercial aircraft. »
26 July 2016, 14:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Disasters linked to climate can increase risk of armed conflict

Research found that 23% of violent clashes in ethnically divided places were connected to climate disasters. Climate-related disasters increase the risk of armed conflicts, according to research that shows a quarter of the violent struggles in ethnically divided countries were preceded by extreme weather. »
26 July 2016, 01:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

China's coal peak hailed as turning point in climate change battle

Study by economists say achievement by world’s biggest polluter may be a significant milestone, rather than a blip. The global battle against climate change has passed a historic turning point with China’s huge coal burning finally having peaked, according to senior economists. »
25 July 2016, 19:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email