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California's hellish fires: a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Future | Dana Nuccitelli

California is burning in December. Climate scientists predicted global warming will make Christmas wildfires more commonplace. In Charles Dicken’s ‘A Christmas Carol,’ the Ghost of Christmas Future appears to Ebenezer Scrooge to show what will happen if he doesn’t change his greedy, selfish life. »
11 December 2017, 12:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Meat tax ‘inevitable’ to beat climate and health crises, says report

‘Sin taxes’ to reverse the rapid global growth in meat eating are likely in five to 10 years, according to a report for investors managing over $4tn. “Sin taxes” on meat to reduce its huge impact on climate change and human health look inevitable, according to analysts for investors managing over $4tn of assets. »
11 December 2017, 09:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Australia's greenhouse gas emissions highest on record

Exclusive: Renewable energy and proper climate policy are key to dropping emissions, carbon consultancy chief says. Australia’s emissions over the past year were the highest on record, when relatively unreliable emissions from land use are excluded, according to estimates by the carbon consultancy NDEVR Environmental. »
10 December 2017, 20:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

‘Death spiral’: half of Europe’s coal plants are losing money

Air pollution and climate change policies are pushing coal-fired electricity stations to the brink, says a new report. Closing them would avoid €22bn in losses by 2030. More than half of the European Union’s 619 coal-fired power stations are losing money, according to a new report. »
8 December 2017, 08:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate change is the story you missed in 2017. And the media is to blame | Lisa Hymas

Some of Trump’s tweets generate more national coverage than devastating disasters. As the weather gets worse, we need journalism to get better Which story did you hear more about this year – how climate change makes disasters like hurricanes worse, or how President Donald Trump threw paper towels at Puerto Ricans?. If you answered the latter, you have plenty of company. »
7 December 2017, 16:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

US government report finds steady and persistent global warming | John Abraham

All of nature’s thermometers indicate a rapid rise in global temperatures. The US Global Change Research Program recently released a Climate Science Special Report. It is clearly written – an authoritative summary of the science, and easy to understand. The first main chapter deals with changes to the climate and focuses much attention on global temperatures. »
6 December 2017, 12:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Turnbull’s department head says Tony Abbott damaged public service

Martin Parkinson says Abbott sacked him for following legally mandated directions of Rudd and Gillard governments. The head of Malcolm Turnbull’s department says he has no “personal animus” towards Tony Abbott, but he says the former prime minister damaged the public service when he sacked him for following the legally mandated directions of the Rudd and Gillard governments. »
5 December 2017, 20:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

The moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party | Dana Nuccitelli

The GOP strategy on taxes and climate: reject evidence and expert opinion, lie, and wage culture wars The parallels between the Republican Party positions on taxes and climate change are striking. Both are morally appalling and reject the available evidence and expert opinion. The Initiative on Global Markets’ panel of economic experts was recently asked about the Republican tax plan. »
4 December 2017, 12:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Environmental injustice is rising in America. And minorities and the poor pay the price | Mustafa Santiago Ali

When you intentionally dismantle and deconstruct these basic environmental protections, you are placing the lives of vulnerable people at risk. »
4 December 2017, 12:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Top US firms including Walmart and Ford ignore Trump on climate change

Big businesses appear at Miami summit to show progress on sustainability‘We’ve been working on this for a long time, prior to this administration’ Since taking office, Donald Trump has pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, rolled back numerous protections against environmental pollution and espoused coal as the fuel of the future, all in the name of job creation and... »
1 December 2017, 18:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

German court to hear Peruvian farmer's climate case against RWE

Decision to hear Saul Luciano Lliuya’s case against the energy giant is a ‘historic breakthrough with global relevance’, campaigners say. A German court has ruled that it will hear a Peruvian farmer’s case against energy giant RWE over climate change damage in the Andes, a decision labelled by campaigners as a “historic breakthrough”. »
30 November 2017, 17:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Banks warned of 'regulatory action' as climate change bites global economy

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority says it is quizzing companies about their actions to assess climate risks. Australia’s financial regulator has stepped-up its warning to banks, lenders and insurers, saying climate change is already impacting the global economy, and flagged the possibility of “regulatory action”. »
29 November 2017, 12:31 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Australian shareholders should be told of climate risk to profits, says thinktank

Centre for Policy Development urges companies to adopt standardised analysis of climate’s impact on business. Australian companies need to start developing sophisticated scenario-based analyses of climate risks, and incorporating them into their business outlooks so shareholders know how climate change will affect profitability, a thinktank has said. »
28 November 2017, 20:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

American leaders should read their official climate science report | John Abraham

The United States Global Change Research Program report paints a bleak picture of the consequences of climate denial The United States Global Change Research Program recently released a report on the science of climate change and its causes. The report is available for anyone to read; it was prepared by top scientists, and it gives an overview of the most up to date science. »
27 November 2017, 13:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

The eco guide to yoga

Mindfulness helps us deal with the stress of climate trauma, and seek solutions. Make sure your kit’s sustainably sourced and exercise outside. Daily yoga sessions were the unexpected hit at the recent Cop23 climate talks in Bonn. Delegate demand was so high that the organisers (the Indian delegation) ran out of mats. »
26 November 2017, 08:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

How soon will the 'ice apocalypse' come?

An emotive article on the ‘ice apocalypse’ by Eric Holthaus describes a terrifying vision of catastrophic sea level rise this century caused by climate change and the collapse of the Antarctic ice sheet. But how likely is this – and how soon could such a future be here?. »
23 November 2017, 14:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Battered by extreme weather, Americans are more worried about climate change | Dana Nuccitelli

After months of intense hurricanes, heat waves, and droughts, a survey finds a record number of Americans worried about climate change. The latest climate change survey from Yale and George Mason Universities is out, and it shows that Americans are still poorly-informed about the causes of global warming. »
20 November 2017, 13:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

'We should be on the offensive' – James Hansen calls for wave of climate lawsuits

Veteran climate scientist says litigation campaign against government and fossil fuels companies is essential alongside political mobilisation in fighting ‘growing, mortal threat’ of global warming. »
17 November 2017, 12:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Nicholas Stern: ministers must pass 'Trump test' at Bonn climate talks

Leading climate economist says world leaders must move forward without the US on crucial issues in the closing days of the UN summit. Ministers from governments around the world meeting in Bonn for the final days of the UN climate talks must prove they can pass “the Trump test” by moving on without the US on issues crucial to combating global warming, a leading climate economist has said. »
16 November 2017, 11:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Commonwealth Bank says its lending for coal will continue to decline

Analysts say a test of the bank’s withdrawal from coal will come when Adani’s Abbot Point terminal comes up for refinancing. The Commonwealth Bank has told its shareholders to expect its support of the coal industry to decline as it helps finance the transition to a low-carbon economy, indicating the bank is unlikely to lend to new large coal projects. »
16 November 2017, 04:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email