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4 November 2018, 18:00 - climatiq - Search similar - Email

U.S. top court rejects Trump administration bid to halt climate trial

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected for now a bid by the President Donald Trump's administration to block a trial in a lawsuit filed by young activists who have accused the U.S. government of ignoring the perils of climate change. »
3 November 2018, 01:20 - reuters - Search similar - Email

Reducing US coal emissions through biomass and carbon capture would boost employment

While the need for solutions for the impending consequences of rising global temperatures has become increasingly urgent, many have expressed concerns about the loss of jobs as current technologies like coal-fired power plants are phased out. »
1 November 2018, 23:50 - sciencedaily - 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

The Oceans Are Heating Up Faster Than Expected

The planet may be more sensitive to warming that previously thought, making climate goals more difficult to meet -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. »
1 November 2018, 17:40 - scientificamerican - 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

Earth's oceans have absorbed 60 percent more heat than previously thought

Since 1991, the world's oceans have absorbed an amount of heat energy each year that is 150 times the energy humans produce as electricity annually, according to a new study. The strong ocean warming the researchers found suggests that Earth is more sensitive to fossil-fuel emissions than previously thought. »
31 October 2018, 23:10 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Controlling future summer weather extremes still within our grasp

Continued burning of fossil fuels is likely to fuel even more extreme summers than that of 2018 because of its impact on the jet stream. »
31 October 2018, 23:10 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Plastic-busting fungi may help tackle major man-made problems – UN Environment

When it comes to helping green our world, organic mushrooms from the local market may be just the tip of the iceberg. A new United Nations-backed report reveals that fungi could help ween the world off its plastic addiction, by degrading polyurethane in just a matter of weeks. »
31 October 2018, 17:30 - UN - 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

Big Oil outspends billionaires in Washington state carbon tax fight

The U.S. oil industry has spent a record $30 million to fight a ballot measure in Washington state that would create the nation’s first carbon tax, double what an alliance of green groups and billionaire activists has spent to support it, according to state data reviewed by Reuters. »
31 October 2018, 13:10 - reuters - Search similar - Email

Weekly migration of 1.4m to cities can contribute to ‘disasters’

The migration of some 1.4 million people every week to cities around the world “can strain local capacities, contributing to increased risk from natural and human made disasters’” according to the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. »
30 October 2018, 23:00 - UN - Search similar - Email

Who Needs Halloween?

Climate change will bring plenty of tricks and very few treats -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. »
30 October 2018, 22:30 - scientificamerican - Search similar - Email

Bitcoin can push global warming above 2 degrees C in a couple decades

The electricity requirements of Bitcoin have created considerable difficulties, and extensive online discussion, about where to put the facilities or rings that compute the proof-of-work of Bitcoin. A somewhat less discussed issue is the environmental impacts of producing all that electricity. »
30 October 2018, 22:30 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Increasing frequency of ocean storms could alter kelp forest ecosystems

A future with stormier seas may bring strong changes to the biodiversity of coastal sea life, according to new research. »
30 October 2018, 22:30 - sciencedaily - 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

U.N. sets out massive benefits from air pollution action in Asia

Asia could reap massive benefits in health, environment, agriculture and economic growth if governments implement 25 policies such as banning the burning of household waste and cutting industrial emissions, according to a U.N. report. »
30 October 2018, 15:00 - reuters - 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
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