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Fracking risk compared to thalidomide and asbestos in Walport report

Historic innovations that have been adopted too hastily with grave unforeseen impacts provide cautionary examples for potential side effects of fracking, says report by government’s chief scientist Mark Walport. Fracking carries potential risks on a par with those from thalidomide, tobacco and asbestos, warns a report produced by the government’s chief scientific adviser. »
28 November 2014, 15:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

UN climate change deal must have legally binding targets, says EU

Time is running out for agreeing legal framework for emissions cuts, EU official warns. An international deal on global warming must have legally binding targets, Europe will argue at a UN climate summit in Peru next week. »
27 November 2014, 17:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Ageing population will compound deadly effects of heatwaves caused by climate change

A combination of global warming and population growth means more people will be exposed to extreme weather systems, with an ageing population particularly at risk from heatwaves, says Royal Society. Continue reading... »
27 November 2014, 01:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Ships must measure CO2 emissions under new EU law

Ships will have to start monitoring emissions from 2018, in a first step towards curbing growing pollution from the sector. Continue reading... »
26 November 2014, 19:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Watering down the Climate Act would be headline-chasing populism

British politicians need the cross-party, long-term vision that made the Climate Act possible six years ago, if they are to stay the course on climate change. The British political landscape at the end of 2014 is fraught with uncertainty, distrust and fragmentation. Parties are struggling to bolster support as political debates become ever more divisive. »
26 November 2014, 15:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Geoengineering could offer solution of last resort against climate change

Despite ‘terrifying’ risks of geoengineering, the urgent nature of climate change means research must continue into the controversial technology, say scientists. Continue reading... »
26 November 2014, 09:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate change is an obvious myth – how much more evidence do you need?

Many people just refuse to accept the facts that surround them, even if we saw 100 more years of it plain and apparent. Continue reading... »
25 November 2014, 11:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Australian Foreign Minister says reef not in danger but what do her own scientists say?

World leading coral scientist attacks Foreign Minister saying Australians deserve better representation at international climate meeting. Continue reading... »
25 November 2014, 08:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Obama’s climate change envoy: fossil fuels will have to stay in the ground

Todd Stern claims the world will have to forgo developing reserves of oil, coal and gas in order to solve global warming Continue reading... »
25 November 2014, 01:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

World bank to focus future investment on clean energy

World Bank will only fund coal projects in cases of ‘extreme need’ due to the risk climate change poses to ending world poverty, says Jim Yong Kim. Continue reading... »
24 November 2014, 00:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Six vital steps world leaders must agree to take to protect Earth

International talks in Paris in 2015 could see the world’s nations agree to limit global warming to a rise of 2C. Actually achieving that target will require huge commitments – not least by developed nations Continue reading... »
22 November 2014, 23:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate change is not just about science – it’s about the future we want to create

Climate scientist Chris Rapley and his co-author of the acclaimed play 2071 explain why the 2015 Paris climate summit cannot be allowed to fail – for all our sakes. Graphic: consequences of climate change Six steps world leaders must agree to take to protect Earth Continue reading... »
22 November 2014, 23:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Political consensus on climate change has frayed, says Ed Miliband

In a passionately delivered address to the Green Alliance, the Labour party leader says global warming is an issue of equality, as it hits the poor abroad and at home. “The political consensus on climate change has frayed,” said Labour party leader Ed Miliband on Thursday evening, who as energy and climate change secretary guided the Climate Change Act through parliament virtually unopposed. »
21 November 2014, 15:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Countries pledge $9.3bn for Green Climate Fund

Thirty nations meeting in Berlin pledge just short of $10bn target for fund to help developing countries deal with global warming. Continue reading... »
20 November 2014, 17:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Merchants of Doubt film exposes slick US industry behind climate denial

Robert Kenner’s forthcoming documentary lifts the lid on the ‘professional deceivers’ manipulating US debate on climate change. Who remembers that climate change was a top priority early in George W Bush’s first term as US president? »
20 November 2014, 14:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Why we need to talk about the scientific consensus on climate change

A new paper examines the evidence for the effectiveness of communicating the expert consensus on human-caused global warming Continue reading... »
20 November 2014, 11:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

UK pledges £720m to climate change fund for poor countries

Energy secretary Ed Davey warns against ‘little Englander’ approach as donation to UN’s Green Climate Fund announced Continue reading... »
20 November 2014, 01:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

CO2 emissions must be zero by 2070 to prevent climate disaster, UN says

‘Negative emissions’ are needed globally by second half of century to stave off dangerous climate change, say UN scientists. The world must cut CO2 emissions to zero by 2070 at the latest to keep global warming below dangerous levels and prevent a global catastrophe, the UN warns. »
19 November 2014, 19:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

President Obama's climate leadership faces the Keystone XL challenge

President Obama has shown great leadership in tackling global warming, but his legacy may hinge on Keystone XL Continue reading... »
18 November 2014, 17:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

The Green Climate Fund is not a charity but an investment in our shared future

Supporting developing countries, through the GCF, to help reduce their emissions is an essential step in international efforts to tackle climate change. Continue reading... »
18 November 2014, 17:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email