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Drastic cooling in North Atlantic beyond worst fears, scientists warn

Climatologists say Labrador Sea could cool within a decade before end of this century, leading to unprecedented disruption, reports Climate News Network. For thousands of years, parts of northwest Europe have enjoyed a climate about 5C warmer than many other regions on the same latitude. »
24 February 2017, 18:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Government pension scheme begins ditching oil and gas investments

National Employment Savings Trust to move investments into new climate change fund and scale back shares in firms such as Shell and ExxonMobil A giant pension scheme with more than 4 million members is shifting almost 10% of its investments into a new climate change fund designed to move people’s money out of fossil fuels and into renewable energy. »
24 February 2017, 12:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Government 'watering down' pollution limits to meet Heathrow pledge

MPs say ministers are not doing enough to demonstrate how third runway would meet obligations on noise and air quality. The government is set to “water down” limits on aviation emissions and is shifting targets to meet its pledge to mitigate the environmental impact of expanding Heathrow, MPs have said. »
23 February 2017, 01:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Australian coal 'risks being caught out' by Trump climate U-turn

The president could spring a surprise with a carbon price, making renewables cheaper, US Republican warns. Fossil fuel industries in Australia could be left behind by improvements in renewables and the possibility Donald Trump changes tack on a carbon tax, a former US Republican congressman has warned. »
22 February 2017, 09:51 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Trump's potential science adviser William Happer: hanging around with conspiracy theorists | Graham Readfearn

The Princeton atomic physicist is no climate scientist – and he’s pushing the same old denier myths. William Happer is a physicist at Princeton University – one of those US academic institutions with brand recognition for academic excellence that travels the globe. Happer is well known for his contrarian views (that’s the polite term) on human-caused climate change. Continue reading... »
21 February 2017, 05:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate scepticism is a far-right badge of honour – even in sweltering Australia

It’s up to progressives to fight back against this idiocy-promoting rhetoric and save the Earth It hits you in the face and clings to you. It makes tall buildings whine as their air conditioning plants struggle to cope. It makes the streets deserted and the ice-cold salons of corner pubs get crowded with people who don’t like beer. It is the Aussie heatwave: and it is no joke. »
20 February 2017, 19:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Fish under threat from ocean oxygen depletion, finds study

Oxygen levels in oceans have fallen 2% in 50 years due to climate change, affecting marine habitat and large fish such as tuna and sharks. The depletion of oxygen in our oceans threatens future fish stocks and risks altering the habitat and behaviour of marine life, scientists have warned, after a new study found oceanic oxygen levels had fallen by 2% in 50 years. »
20 February 2017, 16:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Expect to see more emergencies like Oroville Dam in a hotter world | Dana Nuccitelli

Scientists predicted decades ago that climate change would add stress to water management systems like Oroville Dam The evacuation of nearly 200,000 people near Oroville Dam is the kind of event that makes climate change personal. »
20 February 2017, 13:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Apra says companies must factor climate risks into business outlook

Climate change threatens the financial system and companies should no longer view it as a future problem, regulator warns. Australia’s financial regulator has warned that climate change poses a material risk to the entire financial system, and has urged companies to start adapting. »
17 February 2017, 09:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Scientists study ocean absorption of human carbon pollution | John Abraham

Knowing the rate at which the oceans absorb carbon pollution is a key to understanding how fast climate change will occur As humans burn fossil fuels and release greenhouse gases, those gases enter the atmosphere where they cause increases in global temperatures and climate consequences such as more frequent and severe heat waves, droughts, changes to rainfall patterns, and rising seas. »
16 February 2017, 14:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate change doubled the likelihood of the NSW heatwave – let’s be clear, this is not natural

Rapid warming trend sees heat records in Australia outnumber cold records by 12 to one over the past decade. The heatwave that engulfed southeastern Australia at the end of last week has seen heat records continue to tumble. »
16 February 2017, 05:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Electricity pricing is bloody confusing. That's why they're using it to mislead us | Greg Jericho

One of the more frustrating aspects of energy policy is that it begins and ends with electricity prices and the over-arching issue of climate change is a side issue. »
16 February 2017, 01:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

MEPs approve overhaul of EU carbon emissions trading scheme

European parliament accused of failing in its commitment to Paris climate deal with compromise measures to reduce emissions. An overhaul of a trading scheme to cut carbon emissions by European industries has been approved in a knife-edge vote by MEPs, although environmental campaigners have been quick to denounce the legislation for not going far enough. »
15 February 2017, 19:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Trump's likely science adviser calls climate scientists 'glassy-eyed cult'

William Happer, frontrunner for job of providing mainstream scientific opinion to officials, backs crackdown on federal scientists’ freedom to speak out. The man tipped as frontrunner for the role of science adviser to Donald Trump has described climate scientists as “a glassy-eyed cult” in the throes of a form of collective madness. »
15 February 2017, 16:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Antarctic sea ice shrinks to smallest ever extent

Data contradicts climate change sceptics, who have pointed to earlier increases in areas of sea ice to support their views. Sea ice around Antarctica has shrunk to the smallest annual extent on record after years of resisting a trend of manmade global warming, preliminary US satellite data has shown. »
15 February 2017, 00:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Act now before entire species are lost to global warming, say scientists

Climate change is threatening about 700 endangered species and policymakers must act urgently to lessen impact. The impact of climate change on threatened and endangered wildlife has been dramatically underreported, with scientists calling on policymakers to act urgently to slow its effects before entire species are lost for good. »
13 February 2017, 20:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Health fund HCF divests from fossil fuels, saying industry harms members

In Australia-first move, private fund to pull $20m out of fossil fuel companies in acknowledgement climate change harms health. HCF has become the first Australian private health fund to divest from fossil fuels, having decided that the industry harms the health and wellbeing of its members, pulling about $20m out of fossil fuel companies in Australia and overseas. »
9 February 2017, 21:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Republican elders call for new national carbon tax to replace federal regulations

GOP elder statesmen urge Donald Trump’s administration to impose a ‘free market, limited government’ response to rising global temperatures. A group of senior Republicans will meet with White House officials on Wednesday to call for a new national carbon tax to replace federal regulations as a way to combat climate change. »
8 February 2017, 19:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Could restoring ancient water tanks help build peace in Sri Lanka?

After decades of violence, a programme to bolster water security weaves climate resilience into Sri Lanka’s postwar recovery. After almost three decades of civil war, Sri Lanka has the daunting task of nurturing cohesion in its multi-faith and multi-ethnic community while also addressing the increasing impacts of climate change. »
7 February 2017, 12:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Floods and erosion are ruining Britain’s most significant sites

From Wordsworth’s gardens to the south’s white cliffs and salmon rivers in Wales, climate change is wrecking historic sites, finds report. Climate change is already wrecking some of Britain’s most significant sites, from Wordsworth’s gardens in Cumbria to the white cliffs on England’s south coast, according to a new report. »
7 February 2017, 08:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email