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The missing maths: the human cost of fossil fuels | Ploy Achakulwisut

We should account for the costs of disease and death from fossil fuel pollution in climate change policies. While the climate policy world is littered with numbers, three of them have dominated recent discourse: 2, 1000, and 66. At the 2015 U.N. climate summit in Paris, world leaders agreed to limit global warming below 2°C to avoid catastrophic impacts of human-caused climate change. »
26 April 2018, 13:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

'We're doomed': Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention

The 86-year-old social scientist says accepting the impending end of most life on Earth might be the very thing needed to help us prolong it. “We’re doomed,” says Mayer Hillman with such a beaming smile that it takes a moment for the words to sink in. “The outcome is death, and it’s the end of most life on the planet because we’re so dependent on the burning of fossil fuels. »
26 April 2018, 07:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate change to drive migration from island homes sooner than thought

Low-lying atolls around the world will be overtaken by sea-level rises within a few decades, according to a new study Hundreds of thousands of people will be forced from their homes on low-lying islands in the next few decades by sea-level rises and the contamination of fresh drinking water sources, scientists have warned. »
25 April 2018, 22:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

America's best scientists stood up to the Trump administration | John Abraham

Over 600 NAS members called out ‘the Trump Administration’s denigration of scientific expertise’ Anyone who has read this column over the past five years knows that I tend to be unfettered in my criticism of people who lie and distort climate science to further their political ideologies. »
25 April 2018, 12:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

What steps can the UK take to reach net zero emissions by 2050?

The government has pledged to review its long-term climate targets. Renewable energy, housing and and transport are just some areas where new policies could cut emissions fast. More wind farms, solar power and electric cars: these are likely to be the future of the UK, under government plans announced this week to seek a zero-carbon economy in the next 30 years. »
20 April 2018, 18:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

The Commonwealth can kickstart a global offensive on climate change | Jacinda Ardern

The task ahead is immense, but New Zealanders know it can be achieved. We have a proud history of this kind of leadership. Leaders of Commonwealth nations are meeting in London this week instead of the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu because things did not go according to plan. »
18 April 2018, 09:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

To lead on climate, countries must commit to zero emissions | Isabella Lövin

The UK’s climate laws forged a path for others to follow. But as progressive nations commit to zero emissions, it must reclaim its leading role, writes Sweden’s deputy prime minister What does it mean for a nation to be a “climate leader” in 2018? At the very least, it must mean having a firm plan in place to deliver your nation’s fair share of the Paris agreement. »
17 April 2018, 14:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

UK to review climate target raising hopes of a zero emissions pledge

The government pledged in 2016 to enshrine a zero target in law to meet its Paris commitments, but has yet to pass any legislation. The UK is to review its long-term target to cut climate emissions as part of global efforts to curb rising temperatures, the government has announced. »
17 April 2018, 14:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

National energy guarantee will 'lock in' poor climate outcomes, ACT says

ACT will push for improvements as federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg urges states and territories to get behind scheme Sign up to receive the top stories every morning. »
17 April 2018, 11:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Labor states urged to reject 'woefully inadequate' emissions reduction target

Environment group says states must not rubber stamp Malcolm Turnbull’s government’s national energy guarantee. A key environment group is urging the Labor states not to rubber stamp the Turnbull government’s national energy guarantee at Friday’s meeting of energy ministers. »
16 April 2018, 22:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

'Lightweight PR and greenwash' – BP's low-carbon plan dismissed

Environmentalists call strategy ‘20th century response to a 21st century problem’. Environmental leaders have dismissed BP’s new low-carbon strategy as “greenwash” and a lightweight response to climate change and the energy market’s rapid switch to renewables. »
16 April 2018, 16:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

The courts are deciding who's to blame for climate change | Dana Nuccitelli

Oil companies? The government? The public? All of the above share the blame. There are numerous ongoing legal challenges in an effort to determine who’s responsible for climate change. »
16 April 2018, 13:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Hurricane-hit islands need debt relief | Letters

Those who have contributed the most to climate change are the real debtors so it is unfair that small island states be indebted as a result, write Keith Mitchell, prime minister of Grenada, and Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda. »
15 April 2018, 21:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Carbon dioxide from ships at sea to be regulated for first time

Shipping firms to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 as part of historic agreement. Carbon dioxide from ships at sea will be regulated for the first time following a historic agreement reached after two weeks of detailed talks in London. »
13 April 2018, 21:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

'Avoid at all costs': Gulf stream’s record weakening prompts warnings

How close the world is to a catastrophic collapse of giant ocean currents is unknown, making halting global warming more critical than ever, scientists say. Serious disruption to the Gulf Stream ocean currents that are crucial in controlling global climate must be avoided “at all costs”, senior scientists have warned. »
13 April 2018, 15:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

New satellite to spot planet-warming industrial methane leaks

Multimillion dollar project will scan and make public methane leaks from oil and gas plants that are a major contributor to global warming Methane leaking from oil and gas facilities around the world – a major contributor to global warming – is set to be spotted from space. »
12 April 2018, 17:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Critical Gulf stream current weakest for 1,600 years, research finds

Warm current that has historically caused dramatic changes in climate is experiencing an unprecedented slowdown and may be less stable than thought - with potentially severe consequences. The warm Atlantic current linked to severe and abrupt changes in the climate in the past is now at its weakest in at least 1,600 years, new research shows. »
11 April 2018, 19:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Cement industry urged to reduce 'invisible' global emissions

Report warns carbon footprint of heavy emitter cement companies must be reduced sharply in order to meet Paris climate goals. Greenhouse gas emissions from cement production must be reduced sharply if the world is to meet the climate change goals set out in the Paris agreement, a new report has suggested. »
9 April 2018, 13:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Mark Carney warns of climate change threat to financial system

Bank of England governor says firms must acknowledge risks to avoid ‘catastrophic impact’. The governor of the Bank of England has warned of the “catastrophic impact” climate change could have for the financial system unless firms do more to disclose their vulnerabilities. »
6 April 2018, 18:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Scientists suggest a giant sunshade in the sky could solve global warming

Scholars from developing countries call for greater say in solar geoengineering research, arguing poor nations have most at stake. It sounds like the stuff of science fiction: the creation, using balloons or jets, of a manmade atmospheric sunshade to shield the most vulnerable countries in the global south against the worst effects of global warming. »
5 April 2018, 11:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email