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Spain plans switch to 100% renewable electricity by 2050

Ambitious scheme also aims to fully decarbonise country’s economy shortly after. Spain has launched an ambitious plan to switch its electricity system entirely to renewable sources by 2050, and completely decarbonise its economy soon after. By mid-century, greenhouse gas emissions will be slashed by 90% from 1990 levels under the draft climate change and energy transition law. »
13 November 2018, 17:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

World has no capacity to absorb new fossil fuel plants, warns IEA

Watchdog says new projects must be low carbon or existing plants must be cleaned up. The world has so many existing fossil fuel projects that it cannot afford to build any more polluting infrastructure without busting international climate change goals, the global energy watchdog has warned. »
13 November 2018, 01:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Craig Kelly MP mocks climate change 'exaggeration' in presentation to Liberal party members

Fossil fuels make us ‘safe from’ climate change, says MP who is working with Tony Abbott to move Liberals to the right. Coral bleaching has been happening for centuries, threats of rising sea levels to countries such as the Maldives and Tuvalu are greatly exaggerated and temperature gains have been grossly exaggerated by scientists. »
9 November 2018, 02:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Milestone carbon pollution plan rejected by Washington state voters

Measure known as Initiative 1631 would have put a $15 fee on each ton of carbon dioxide emitted in the state. »
7 November 2018, 22:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Ozone layer finally healing after damage caused by aerosols, UN says

Upper layer above northern hemisphere should be completely repaired in 2030s. The ozone layer is showing signs of continuing recovery from man-made damage and is likely to heal fully by 2060, new evidence shows. »
6 November 2018, 11:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

'It's a ghost page': EPA site's climate change section may be gone for good

Material that said humans were warming the planet was taken down last year for an ‘update’. More than a year after the US Environmental Protection Agency took down information on climate change from its website for an “update”, it now seems uncertain whether it will ever reappear. »
1 November 2018, 23:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

'We feel like hermit crabs': Myanmar's climate dispossessed

In the coastal town of Khindan, the catastrophic effect of rising sea levels is all too apparent. On a stiflingly hot morning, Daw Mya Htay rolls up her longyi, a Burmese sarong, ready to wade into the sea. “The well used to be the centre of our village,” Mya Htay says, grasping the side of a cement water well. But it no longer holds fresh water. Continue reading... »
1 November 2018, 14:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Democrats have no broad climate plan even as they prepare to win the House

The party is wary of wading into a tough political fight, despite an intensifying environmental crisis Democrats don’t have a plan to address climate change comprehensively – or even to a significant degree – if they regain control of the US government in the near future, despite criticizing Republicans as the party of pollution. »
1 November 2018, 07:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Trump climate plan will break law by worsening pollution, states say

Fourteen states oppose EPA’s effort to replace Obama measure and encourage more efficient coal plants Environmentally minded US states say the Trump administration’s biggest climate change rollback could increase pollution, violating federal law, according to a preview of how they will fight the federal government. »
1 November 2018, 01:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Glasgow's major roads, railways and hospitals at risk from climate change – study

Exclusive: Storms, flooding and heatwaves could severely impact the city by 2050, an in-depth study reveals. Vital roads, bridges, rail lines and hospitals in the Glasgow area are at significant risk of being damaged or closed by climate change, a major study has found. »
31 October 2018, 16:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

There are three options in tackling climate change. Only one will work | Mayer Hillman

We’re now at a fork in the road: either we cut out fossil fuels completely, or we pass on a dying planet to our children The world faces a near-impossible decision – one that is already determining the character and quality of the lives of the generations succeeding us. »
30 October 2018, 17:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Conservationists to target 'middle Australia' in election climate push

ACF aims to pour resources into three marginal seats to inflict electoral pain on major parties for policy failures. The Australian Conservation Foundation will target three marginal seats in Victoria and Queensland in a bid to push “middle Australia” to demand more action on climate change, its chief executive has said. »
30 October 2018, 08:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Scientists warn of trawler damage to coastal waters

Crucial role of Britain’s shelf seas in absorbing carbon dioxide is under threat, says report The shallow seas around Britain absorb tens of million of tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year, scientists have discovered. This plays a critical role in stabilising the country’s ecology and in lessening the impact of carbon emissions. »
28 October 2018, 12:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Canada passed a carbon tax that will give most Canadians more money | Dana Nuccitelli

By rebating the revenue to households, disposable income rises, which can be a boon for the Canadian economy. Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, Canada will implement a revenue-neutral carbon tax starting in 2019, fulfilling a campaign pledge he made in 2015. »
26 October 2018, 10:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Rising sea levels will claim homes around English coast, report warns

Third of coastline cannot be affordably protected, government climate change advisers say, with current plans ‘not fit for purpose’. Rising sea levels will claim homes, roads and fields around the coast of England, the government’s official advisers have warned, and many people are unaware of the risks they face. »
26 October 2018, 10:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Great Barrier Reef forecast warns entire system at risk of bleaching and coral death this summer

US oceanographic agency forecasts 60% chance of extreme heat stress and bleaching. Mass bleaching and coral death could be likely along the entire Great Barrier Reef this summer, according to a long-range forecast that coral experts say is “a wake-up call” for the Australian government. »
26 October 2018, 07:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Australia urged to model economic effects of 1.5C and 2C climate increases

Thinktanks and investor groups want economic implications examined as Lancet open letter attacks dismissal of IPCC report. Progressive thinktanks and investor groups want the Australian government to model the economic effects climate change will have on Australia under 1.5C and 2C warming scenarios. »
25 October 2018, 09:01 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Lawsuit alleges ExxonMobil deceived shareholders on climate change rules

Legal action claims the company hid the true extent of its financial risk to laws that would curb greenhouse gas emissions. New York is suing the oil giant ExxonMobil in a lawsuit that claims the company engaged in a “longstanding fraudulent scheme” to downplay the risks posed to its business by climate change regulations. »
24 October 2018, 23:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Whitehaven Coal: activist shareholders to force vote on climate strategy

Proxy firm secures support from major investors for three resolutions calling for company to align policy to Paris agreement. Activist shareholders in Australia’s largest independent coalminer are expected to vote in record numbers on Thursday to demand Whitehaven Coal aligns its long-term company strategy with the Paris climate agreement. »
24 October 2018, 20:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Hawaiian island erased by powerful hurricane: ‘the loss is a huge blow’

East Island has vanished after coming into contact with Hurricane Walaka, an intense storm that hit Hawaii earlier this month. A piece of the United States has been dramatically wiped off the map after an island in Hawaii was washed away by a powerful hurricane. »
24 October 2018, 14:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email