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Climate change legislation approaches pivotal showdown with oil industry

California Democrats’ push to curb emissions and promote clean energy would alter how the state does business and change the way residents live. With only a few days left in the current session of the California legislature, an aggressive political and public relations fight between the oil industry and top lawmakers over climate change legislation is moving into a final round. »
28 August 2015, 16:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Ocean warming and acidification needs more attention, argues US

Concern growing over climate change-induced warming on marine lifeUS to raise issue in Paris climate talks and call for more research The US government has urged the international community to focus more on the impact of climate change on the oceans, amid growing concern over changes affecting corals, shellfish and other marine life. »
27 August 2015, 18:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

European ‘extreme weather belt’ linked to worst drought since 2003

Severe droughts that stretched across a central European band this summer are consistent with climate models for a warming continent, experts say. A swathe of central Europe has suffered the most severe drought since 2003 in what EU climate experts see as a harbinger of climate changes to come. »
27 August 2015, 18:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Lord Stern hits out at claims about cost of climate cuts

There is no conflict between economic growth and action on climate change, ambassadors told in Paris The eminent climate economist Nicholas Stern has condemned the counterposing of economic growth with climate action as a false and diversionary tactic that could damage prospects for agreement at the Paris climate talks in December. »
26 August 2015, 14:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Top campaigners call for mass climate action ahead of Paris conference

Noam Chomsky, Desmond Tutu, Naomi Klein and Vivienne Westwood among group calling for mass mobilisation on the scale of slavery abolition and anti-apartheid movements. Desmond Tutu, Vivienne Westwood, Naomi Klein and Noam Chomsky are among a group of prolific figures who will issue a mass call to action on Thursday ahead of the UN’s crunch climate change conference in Paris in December. »
26 August 2015, 11:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Bushfires, heatwaves and early deaths: the climate is changing before our eyes | Tim Flannery

In an exclusive extract from his new book, Atmosphere of Hope, Tim Flannery argues that recent events in Australia and around the world show how global warming is much more than a debate about scientific projections. When I wrote The Weather Makers, I laid out the state of climate science as it was understood in 2005. »
26 August 2015, 01:31 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Australia must face up to cost of carbon reductions – European climate expert

Former European commissioner Connie Hedegaard agrees with Tony Abbott that wind turbines are not ‘beautiful’, but calls power plants ‘visually awful’. The former European commissioner for climate action Connie Hedegaard has urged countries to acknowledge the cost of reducing emissions to fight climate change, and called on politicians to shift away from short-term thinking. »
26 August 2015, 01:31 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Here’s what happens when you try to replicate climate contrarian papers | Dana Nuccitelli

A new paper finds common errors among the 3% of climate papers that reject the global warming consensus. Those who reject the 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming often invoke Galileo as an example of when the scientific minority overturned the majority view. »
25 August 2015, 12:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Tropical forests totalling size of India at risk of being cleared, study warns

Washington-based Center for Global Development predicts 289m hectares (714m acres) of tropical forests will be felled by 2050 based on current trends. Tropical forests covering an area nearly the size of India are set to be destroyed in the next 35 years, a faster rate of deforestation than previously thought, a study warned on Monday. »
25 August 2015, 06:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Great Barrier Reef: climate change is biggest threat to native species – study

Tropical species with narrower ranges were more likely to die out in a rapidly warming climate, scientists say, as ‘invaders’ encroach on established lifeforms. Species native to the Great Barrier Reef are more likely to face extinction through climate change than marine life elsewhere that can adapt by “invading” new regions, according to new research. »
25 August 2015, 00:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Heatwaves are on the rise in Algeria due to climate change, says specialist

Mahi Tabet-Aoul says Algeria is not responsible for a large amount of greenhouse gases, but it will still suffer greatly from the impact of climate change, reports El Watan de Algerie While there has been a gradual drop in temperatures, this summer Algerians experienced a heatwave over 40 days. Is this normal? »
24 August 2015, 21:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Kyoto protocol's carbon credit scheme ‘increased emissions by 600m tonnes’

Major UNFCCC carbon trading scheme hit by serious corruption allegations involving organised crime in Russia and Ukraine. A key carbon offsetting scheme was so open to abuse that three quarters of its allowances lacked environmental integrity, a new report says. »
24 August 2015, 17:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Adapting to air pollution with clean air stands in China

As with climate change, both mitigation and adaptation are needed to tackle air pollution in China To adapt or to mitigate? That is the question that faces governments and industries across the globe as the impacts of climate change and pollution become ever clearer. It turns out, we will need to do both. »
24 August 2015, 14:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

The world has noted Australia's lack of ambition on climate change | Connie Hedegaard

Australia’s politicians seem to have accepted that climate change is happening and must be addressed urgently. So why are they delaying? For an outsider to understand another country’s climate policy is never easy. Australia is certainly no exception. As a European observer, the recent debate about climate action in Australia is particularly puzzling. »
24 August 2015, 08:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Kiribati president says Australia's loyalty to coalmines 'selfish and unjust'

Anote Tong, whose island nation is threatened by rising seas caused by climate change, says Australia has moral obligation to worry about at-risk countries. The president of Kiribati has criticised Australia’s commitment to new coalmines on economic grounds as a “very selfish perspective” that illustrates the “fundamentally unjust” dynamics of climate change. »
24 August 2015, 05:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

'Both sides are unhappy': Obama's Arctic drilling green light heightens tensions

State Department official says administration’s stance on oil drilling program continues to spur criticism as Hillary Clinton joins list of opponents. A senior official at the State Department has admitted there is an “obvious tension” between the US’s commitment to combat climate change and its approval of Shell’s oil drilling in the Arctic. »
21 August 2015, 20:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Clean, green New Zealand falls behind Australia on climate change

Even the carbon tax-scrapping Australians will do more than New Zealand to address climate change, reports Emission-slashing pledges by countries including the United States have experts questioning if New Zealand’s recently-announced climate change target is as fair and ambitious as it was described to be. »
21 August 2015, 13:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Long-suffering California can blame drought on global warming – scientists

Latest report finds climate change intensified the drought in California from 2012 to 2014 and predicts ‘enhanced drought’ throughout 21st-century. Global warming has increased the severity of the ongoing drought in California, as part of a larger trend of human-caused climate change intensifying dry weather spells, scientists said on Thursday. »
20 August 2015, 22:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

BP lobbied against EU support for clean energy to favour gas, documents reveal

BP was part of oil and gas lobby that successfully undermined EU renewable energy targets and subsidies in favour of gas as a climate fix in 2011. The fossil fuel giant BP helped spur a concerted industry push to curb EU policy support for renewable energies such as wind and solar in favour of gas, the Guardian has learned. »
20 August 2015, 15:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate stance of Australian politicians 'disturbing' – US Geological Survey chief

Chief scientist Virginia Burkett says: ‘I thought it was just a US problem but it’s not, apparently, it’s a global problem’. A senior US government official has decried a “disturbing” rejection of climate science by Australian politicians. »
20 August 2015, 06:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email