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Al Gore attacks CSIRO's climate cuts and praises Labor's proposals

Former US Democratic vice-president says agency’s decision will deeply affect the source of valuable research for the entire world. »
30 April 2016, 03:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Great Barrier Reef bleaching made 175 times likelier by human-caused climate change, say scientists

Such coral bleaching could be normal in 18 years, according to preliminary findings by leading climate and coral reef scientists. »
29 April 2016, 01:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Unseasonably warm weather a clear sign of climate change, say scientists

El Niño driving current spike in warm weather and May almost certain to be warmer than average from 1961 to 1990. Unseasonably warm weather across Australia, which is set to continue through the coming month, might be putting a spring in people’s step but is a clear sign of dangerous climate change, according climate scientists and meteorologists. »
28 April 2016, 22:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Turnbull warns Labor's emissions trading schemes will destroy jobs

Prime minister criticises Labor’s plan, claiming it will raise energy prices, be an ‘economic handbrake’ and do little to combat climate change. »
27 April 2016, 08:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Business council praises Labor's 'bridge' to emissions trading scheme

Surprise praise from business lobby group centres on ALP climate policy’s potential to become bipartisan, despite Coalition criticism. Labor’s climate policy has won unexpected praise from the Business Council of Australia’s chief executive, Jennifer Westacott, who said the plan could provide a platform for bipartisanship and “build a bridge” for an emission trading scheme. »
27 April 2016, 08:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

San Diego Republican mayor pushes plan to run on 100% renewable energy

California city’s bipartisan push to embrace clean energy such as solar and wind while paring back greenhouse gas emissions may be a model for rest of the US. »
26 April 2016, 16:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate scientists are now grading climate journalism | Daniel Nethery and Emmanuel Vincent

Climate Feedback provides a venue for climate scientists to evaluate the accuracy of climate news stories The internet represents an extraordinary opportunity for democracy. »
26 April 2016, 13:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Abandon hype in climate models

The economic models that are used to inform climate policy currently contain an unhealthy dose of wishful thinking. Technologies that remove carbon dioxide from the air are assumed in the models that avoid dangerous climate change – but such technologies do not yet exist and it is unclear whether they could be deployed at a meaningful scale. »
26 April 2016, 13:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Scott Morrison faces pressure to cut $7.7bn fossil fuel subsidies

Religious, education and renewable energy sector leaders gather in Canberra, urging treasurer to take action in budget. A diverse group of religious, education and renewable energy sector leaders have gathered in Canberra to pressure Scott Morrison to cut $7.7bn worth of subsidies for fossil fuels in the budget. »
26 April 2016, 04:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

CSIRO job cuts fewer than feared but climate scientists say reduction a 'con'

Thirty-five jobs saved and half of remaining 75 to 80 climate scientists to go to new centre in Hobart. About 35 climate science jobs at the CSIRO have been saved from initial cuts of 110, as part of a restructure that includes the establishment of a new climate science centre in Hobart. Of the organisation’s remaining 75 to 80 climate scientists, half will go to the Tasmanian centre. »
26 April 2016, 04:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

UK envoy: carbon pricing ‘too sluggish’ to meet climate goals

Climate Home: Sir David King favours technology development over emissions trading as a way to shift emerging economies off coal. Carbon pricing is “too sluggish a weapon” against climate change, top UK envoy Sir David King said on Monday. Speaking at a sustainability event in London, Sir David argued innovation to bring down the cost of clean technology would bring swifter results. »
25 April 2016, 18:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

The world's humanitarian burden is too big. How can we lessen it? | Robert Glasser and Stephen O'Brien

The school or hospital that ends up being most costly is the one that fails in a natural disaster. To manage disaster, we need to manage risk. Twelve months have passed since the adoption by UN member states of the Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction, a 15-year plan for reducing disaster losses from manmade and natural hazards. »
25 April 2016, 09:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

World heading for catastrophe over natural disasters, risk expert warns

With cascading crises – where one event triggers another – set to rise, international disaster risk reduction efforts are woefully underfunded. »
24 April 2016, 20:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate deal won't stop Great Barrier Reef from getting 'cooked', say Greens

Australia’s lack of action on pollution reduction targets has made the country a laughing stock on the international stage, according to senator Larissa Waters. Australia’s lack of follow-through on climate change will leave the Great Barrier Reef “completely cooked” despite it signing the Paris climate deal, the Greens say. »
23 April 2016, 03:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

World governments vow to end fossil fuel era at UN climate signing ceremony

Representatives of more than 170 countries endorse Paris agreement to cut carbon emissions, with France’s president saying: ‘There is no turning back’. More than 170 governments declared an end to the fossil fuel era on Friday, using the signing ceremony for the landmark Paris agreement as an occasion to renew their vows to fight climate change. »
22 April 2016, 20:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Why the Paris climate change goals may already be slipping beyond reach

World leaders convened at the UN this week in support of the historic deal, but epic challenges lie ahead if the promises of Paris are going to be put into action. World leaders have failed to come to grips with the epic challenge of phasing out fossil fuels and running the entire global economy almost entirely on clean energy by the middle of this century, experts said this week. »
22 April 2016, 17:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Poor countries must find $4tn by 2030 to avert catastrophe, says climate study

As Paris climate change agreement is signed in New York, developing country negotiators highlight gulf between ambition and funding. Developing countries must raise more than $4tn (£2,456bn), or roughly the entire annual budget of the US, to implement their climate change pledges by 2030, according to new research. »
22 April 2016, 14:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Leonardo DiCaprio and Fred Krupp: Five ways we can deliver on the promise of Paris climate talks

Leonardo DiCaprio and Fred Krupp: The Paris agreement was a breakthrough, but it is up to all of us to act as guardians of these new standards – and of our future Last December, world leaders convened in Paris in an extraordinary effort to find a global solution for reducing destructive carbon emissions – the indisputable driver of climate change – and to prevent our planet from a... »
22 April 2016, 08:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

What is behind the diesel cars emissions scandal?

All 93 vehicles tested in Germany and UK exceeded EU-set limits on air quality and pollution in real-world situation. The air pollution scandal that hit front pages around the world last year with VW’s admission it had been cheating emissions tests has got much bigger. »
21 April 2016, 22:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email