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Five ways to take action on climate change

The world’s leaders have promised to take urgent action on climate change. But that was the easy part. Here’s what they need to do next The Paris agreement has been ratified. Only one year after negotiating this historic treaty, it has come into force. This signals that the vast majority of governments around the world remain committed to fighting climate change. »
3 December 2016, 12:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Fires and drought cook Tennessee - a state represented by climate deniers | John Abraham

Climate change intensified the extreme weather in Tennessee, but its legislators deny the science With my new hope that deniers of climate change will take ownership of the consequences, I am sad to report that this week, terrible wildfires have swept through Tennessee, a southeastern state in the USA. This state is beset by a tremendous drought, as seen by a recent US Drought Monitor map. »
2 December 2016, 14:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Four of world's biggest cities to ban diesel cars from their centres

Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City will ban the most polluting cars and vans by 2025 to tackle air pollution. Four of the world’s biggest cities are to ban diesel vehicles from their centres within the next decade, as a means of tackling air pollution, with campaigners urging other city leaders to follow suit. »
2 December 2016, 14:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Quitting UN climate change body could be Trump's quickest exit from Paris deal

Lawyer on president-elect’s transition team says leaving UNFCCC is ‘most practical way’ way to quit agreement, a process that normally takes four years. The US should completely quit the United Nations forum to tackle climate change in order to quickly exit the Paris climate agreement, according to a conservative lawyer who is part of Donald Trump’s transition team. »
2 December 2016, 11:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

EU on track to meet 2020 renewable energy target, report shows

Energy and climate targets are ‘well within reach’ but the transport sector is lagging behind. EU countries are on track to meet their 2020 targets for renewable energy and emissions cuts but could fall short of ambitious longer-term goals, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Thursday. »
1 December 2016, 16:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Obama's dirty secret: the fossil fuel projects the US littered around the world

Through the Export-Import Bank, the Obama administration has spent nearly $34bn on dirty energy plants in countries from India to Australia to South Africa. Seemingly little connects a community in India plagued by toxic water, a looming air pollution crisis in South Africa and a new fracking boom that is pockmarking Australia. And yet there is a common thread: American taxpayer money. »
1 December 2016, 13:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Megacity planning must change in four years to limit global warming

High-carbon infrastructures lock planet into irreversible greenhouse gas emissions, says campaign group. By the end of this decade it may be too late to limit global warming to scientifically guided limits, if the infrastructure built in the next four years is constructed along the same lines as currently planned. »
1 December 2016, 10:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate change will stir 'unimaginable' refugee crisis, says military

Unchecked global warming is greatest threat to 21st-century security where mass migration could be ‘new normal’, say senior military. Climate change is set to cause a refugee crisis of “unimaginable scale”, according to senior military figures, who warn that global warming is the greatest security threat of the 21st century and that mass migration will become the “new normal”. »
1 December 2016, 10:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Direct Action review could bring changes to renewable targets, says PM

Malcolm Turnbull says ‘mechanisms’ to meet 2030 Paris emission reduction targets may need to be examined. Malcolm Turnbull has acknowledged the looming review of the Direct Action climate policy in 2017 “may result in some changes” to the federal renewable energy target. »
1 December 2016, 03:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Trump and the GOP may be trying to kneecap climate research | Dana Nuccitelli

While Trump claims to be open-minded on climate, there are ominous signs that Republicans will try to slash climate research Last week, Donald Trump’s space policy advisor Bob Walker made headlines by suggesting that the incoming administration might slash Nasa’s climate and earth science research to focus the agency on deep space exploration. »
30 November 2016, 15:01 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Why land rights for indigenous peoples could be the answer to climate change | Bruce Parry

Preventing deforestation is central to curbing carbon emissions – and a case study on the Amazon shows the most cost-effective way of doing it I’ve spent a lot of time with indigenous peoples in remote places. »
29 November 2016, 10:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Shrinking glaciers cause state-of-emergency drought in Bolivia

Climate News Network: Three main dams supplying water to La Paz and El Alto are no longer fed by Andean glaciers and have nearly run dry. The government of Bolivia, a landlocked country in the heart of South America, has been forced to declare a state of emergency as it faces its worst drought for at least 25 years. »
28 November 2016, 12:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Scientists rate Canadian climate policies | James Byrne and Catherine Potvin

Canada has made significant progress in its climate policy, but has further yet to go The Paris Agreement was ratified globally in November. This is unprecedented amongst international agreements for how quickly it has come into force. The Agreement allows each country to decide how it will tackle climate change, and requires as of 2020, regular reporting on progress. »
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Heathrow third runway 'may break government's climate change laws'

Airport expansion plans may breach climate change legislation if other sectors do not make big cuts to emissions, warns Committee on Climate Change. Plans to build a third runway at Heathrow may breach the Government’s own climate change legislation if other sectors do not make big cuts to emissions, an independent advisory body has warned. »
25 November 2016, 11:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Arctic ice melt could trigger uncontrollable climate change at global level

Scientists warn increasingly rapid melting could trigger polar ‘tipping points’ with catastrophic consequences felt as far away as the Indian Ocean. Arctic scientists have warned that the increasingly rapid melting of the ice cap risks triggering 19 “tipping points” in the region that could have catastrophic consequences around the globe. »
25 November 2016, 08:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Hottest year ever – but no mention of climate change by Hammond | Letters

It is staggering that in 2016, the hottest year on record, the chancellor can present a budget that has no mention of climate change (Report, 24 November). Indeed, most policies and spending plans are heading in the wrong direction. »
24 November 2016, 22:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Direct Action carbon reduction policy running out of steam

With 83% of the fund spent, the government’s central climate policy is almost exhausted, with no further funding committed. The federal government’s Direct Action carbon reduction policy appears to be running out of steam, with participation from industry dropping, the cost of the program rising and the budget for emissions reduction nearly exhausted. »
24 November 2016, 10:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

What businesses want Trump to know about climate change

Nearly 400 companies and nonprofits signed a letter to express support for Paris climate agreement. We asked a handful to tell us why. Many businesses that supply the goods and services we use every day understand that they have a role to play in keeping global warming in check. Their profits depend on it. »
23 November 2016, 15:11 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Trump is a threat to the Paris agreement. Can states like California defend it? | Adam McGibbon

The world is counting on the climate movement in the US to keep action on fossil fuel going. Here is one way we can do that. Related: Trump’s dilemma: to please his friends by trashing the Paris climate deal, or not? | Bill McKibben. There’s no point hiding from it – Donald Trump’s election should give us all concern for our future and the future of our children. Continue reading... »
21 November 2016, 15:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

On climate change policy, neither time nor Trump are on Turnbull's side | Lenore Taylor

Australia cannot hail the Paris accord as a turning point and simultaneously rejoice in a great long-term economic future for coal. When Malcolm Turnbull was dumped by the Liberal party in 2009 because he refused to renounce support for emissions trading, the man now about to assume responsibility for implementing Donald Trump’s evisceration of US climate change policy was elated. »
19 November 2016, 00:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email