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Debt for dolphins: Seychelles creates huge marine parks in world-first finance scheme

An innovative exchange of sovereign debt for marine conservation, backed by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, could pave the way to saving large swaths of the world’s oceans. The tropical island nation of Seychelles is to create two huge new marine parks in return for a large amount of its national debt being written off, in the first scheme of its kind in the world. »
22 February 2018, 14:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate change 'will push European cities towards breaking point'

Study highlights urgent need to adapt urban areas to cope with floods, droughts and heatwaves. Major British towns and cities, including Glasgow, Wrexham, Aberdeen and Chester, could be much more severely affected by climate change than previously thought, according to new research. »
21 February 2018, 03:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Scientists race to explore Antarctic marine life revealed by giant iceberg

British Antarctic Survey is trying to reach a newly revealed ecosystem that had been hidden for 120,000 years below the Larsen C ice shelf. »
20 February 2018, 11:41 - guardian - Search similar - Email

South Australia election: Jay Weatherill criticised over fossil fuel expansions

Premier’s position on oil drilling and fracking described as ‘disingenuous’ after debate The South Australian premier, Jay Weatherill, did not oppose some of the country’s largest fossil fuel expansions during an environment-focused election debate, prompting conservation groups to question his government’s leadership on climate change. »
20 February 2018, 08:31 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Trees for Trump: one million plants pledged to offset U-turn on climate change

Environmentalists say forest the size of Kentucky could compensate for ‘monumental stupidity’ of US withdrawal from Paris climate agreement. More than one million trees have been pledged for Trump Forest, a bid by environmentalists to offset the US president’s curtailing of Obama-era clean energy initiatives by planting 10 billion trees around the globe. »
20 February 2018, 08:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate change spells turbulent times ahead for air travel

From rising temperatures preventing take-off to rising seas flooding runways, aviation needs to adapt to changes already grounding flights around the world. Phoenix gets hot. But not usually as hot as last June, when the mercury at the airport one day soared above 48C. That exceeded the maximum operating temperature for several aircraft ready for take-off. They didn’t fly. »
19 February 2018, 13:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

News network climate reporting soared in 2017 thanks to Trump | Dana Nuccitelli

But the networks need to improve reporting on climate events unrelated to Trump. In 2016, US TV network news coverage of climate change plummeted. News coverage was focused on the presidential election, but the corporate broadcast networks didn’t air a single segment informing viewers how a win by Trump or Hillary Clinton could affect climate change or climate policy. »
15 February 2018, 14:31 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Balearics launch pioneering plan to phase out emissions

Green manifesto for 2050 includes measures for transport and clean energy but could put islands on a path to confrontation with Madrid. The Balearic islands’ government has launched a pioneering plan to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, potentially setting itself on a collision course with the Spanish government. »
15 February 2018, 14:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Decline in krill threatens Antarctic wildlife, from whales to penguins

Climate change and industrial-scale fishing is impacting the krill population with a potentially disastrous impact on larger predators, say scientists. »
14 February 2018, 16:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Melting ice sheets are hastening sea level rise, satellite data confirms

Research shows that pace of melting in Antarctica and Greenland has accelerated. Melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are speeding up the already fast pace of sea level rise, new satellite data shows. »
13 February 2018, 11:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Weatherwatch: Extreme flooding on rise in Europe over past 20 years

Scientists track global statistics and conclude past events are not reliable predictors for future risk. For the inhabitants of the Cumbrian village of Glenridding, the winter of 2015/16 was a miserable one. »
12 February 2018, 23:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

The EPA debunked Administrator Pruitt’s latest climate misinformation | Dana Nuccitelli

Until Pruitt deleted the EPA climate webpages. Last week, a Las Vegas news station interviewed Trump’s EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. The interviewer brought up the topic of climate change, and virtually everything Pruitt said in response was wrong, and was often refuted on his own agency’s website, until he started deleting it. Continue reading... »
12 February 2018, 13:41 - guardian - Search similar - Email

National governments neglecting development needs of cities: report

Only one quarter of the world’s governments have urban development policies and most are not enough to make cities sustainable. National governments around the world are neglecting the needs of their major cities with non-existent or inadequate development policies, a new report has found. »
9 February 2018, 03:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate change is increasing flood risks in Europe | John Abraham

A new study finds strong agreement that flood risks in central and western Europe are rising due to global warming. As humans continue to emit greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, the world continues to warm. We see that warming everywhere – in the atmosphere, in the oceans, with rising sea levels, and melting ice. »
8 February 2018, 14:41 - guardian - Search similar - Email

EPA head Scott Pruitt says global warming may help 'humans flourish'

EPA administrator says ‘There are assumptions made that because the climate is warming that necessarily is a bad thing’. Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has suggested that global warming may be beneficial to humans, in his latest departure from mainstream climate science. »
7 February 2018, 19:41 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate change: Tourism is Australia's least prepared industry, report says

Beaches, wildlife, the Great Barrier Reef, unspoilt natural wilderness and national parks all considered threatened by climate change. Tourism is Australia’s most vulnerable and least prepared industry to deal with climate change despite the fact it is already feeling its effects, according to an advocacy group report. »
7 February 2018, 19:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Cricket and golf join snowsports under threat from climate change

Skiing industry in Scotland could be finished within 50 years Cricket hit by increased rainfall while links suffer coastal erosion. The future of snowsports is under threat, according to a report into the impact of climate change on grassroots and elite sport. Related: Cape Town faces Day Zero: what happens when the city turns off the taps?. Continue reading... »
7 February 2018, 03:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

How Bill Gates aims to clean up the planet

It’s a simple idea: strip CO2 from the air and use it to produce carbon-neutral fuel. But can it work on an industrial scale? »
4 February 2018, 12:31 - guardian - Search similar - Email

January becomes hottest month ever recorded in New Zealand

Average temperature for the month was 20.3C, more than three degrees higher than normal. January was the hottest month ever recorded in New Zealand, according to figures released on Friday, and experts say climate change is one factor. Related: Met Office warns of global temperature rise exceeding 1.5C limit. Continue reading... »
2 February 2018, 09:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

‘Silver bullet’ to suck CO2 from air and halt climate change ruled out

Scientists say climate targets cannot be met using the technologies, which either risk huge damage to the environment or are very costly. Ways of sucking carbon dioxide from the air will not work on the vast scales needed to beat climate change, Europe’s science academies warned on Thursday. »
1 February 2018, 08:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email