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Is climate change Hollywood's new supervillain?

Eco-thriller Geostorm, with Gerard Butler as a weather-busting scientist, is the latest movie to battle the environment. From Blade Runner 2049 to Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, film are turning up the heat on the big screen. »
19 October 2017, 15:51 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Are flatulent shellfish really contributing to climate change?

Scientists investigating marine life in the Baltic Sea have found mussels, oysters and clams are emitting greenhouse gases – but cows still trump them. Swedish scientists have found that flatulent shellfish are creating vast amounts of greenhouse gases, leading to a predictable slew of comments about farting cockles and clams. But beneath the schoolboy humour, there is a serious point. »
16 October 2017, 18:11 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Why Tony Abbott’s climate snow job mistakes Australia for Europe | Greg Jericho

Conservatives cheering climate change always ignore how Australia’s economy will be among the hardest hit. It was well that Tony Abbott gave his climate change denying speech this week in London, because his thinking betrays a bizarre Euro-centric conservative outlook that constantly ignores multiple studies that show Australia’s economy will suffer greatly from climate change. »
15 October 2017, 01:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Geoengineering is not a quick fix for climate change, experts warn Trump

Leading researchers and campaigners express concern that geoengineering research could be used as an excuse not to reduce CO2 emissions. Leading climate scientists have warned that geoengineering research could be hijacked by climate change deniers as an excuse not to reduce CO2 emissions, citing the US administration under Donald Trump as a major threat to their work. »
14 October 2017, 09:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

UK climate change masterplan – the grownups have finally won

Government’s clean growth strategy unequivocally states that tackling climate change and a prosperous economy go hand in hand. The grownups have finally won and everyone in the UK, from those in cold homes to those on polluted streets and in flooded towns, will benefit. »
12 October 2017, 16:02 - guardian - Search similar - Email

World will need 'carbon sucking' technology by 2030s, scientists warn

New methods to capture and store emissions, such as planting more forests and pumping carbon underground, are currently costly and need testing. As efforts to cut planet-warming emissions fall short, large-scale projects to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere will be needed by the 2030s to hold the line against climate change, scientists have said. »
11 October 2017, 05:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Tony de Brum obituary

Climate change campaigner and Marshall Islands politician who was instrumental in securing the Paris agreement To live on one of the Pacific atolls is to come face to face with climate change on a daily basis. Few people in the world had such personal experience as Tony de Brum of the realities of sea level rises and storm surges, of warmer seas, receding beaches and abandoned land. »
10 October 2017, 19:41 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Fightback begins over Trump's 'illegal and irresponsible' clean power repeal

NY attorney general to sue administration for scrapping Clean Power PlanMajor companies including Apple and Google support Obama-era initiative The US is set for a fresh battle over climate change after the Trump administration moved to tear up the country’s primary policy to lower emissions and stave off dangerous global warming. »
10 October 2017, 19:41 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Tony Abbott dares us to reject evidence on climate, but reveals a coward | Graham Readfearn

The former Australian prime minister’s misleading speech to a London thinktank was full of climate denial mythology. Tony Abbott titled his London speech on climate change “Daring to Doubt” – a challenge, if you will, to reject mountains of evidence and instead lick your fingers and shove them into the plug socket of denial. Go on, I dare you. Continue reading... »
10 October 2017, 19:41 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Tony Abbott says climate change is 'probably doing good'

Former Australian PM delivers speech in London comparing global warming action to ‘killing goats to appease volcano gods’. Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has suggested climate change is “probably doing good” in a speech in London in which he likened policies to combat it to “primitive people once killing goats to appease the volcano gods”. »
10 October 2017, 00:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Nate heralds latest US destruction as 2017 poised for record clean-up bill

Nate follows hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in quick successionDecade of disaster: a timeline of $1bn extreme weather damage in the US As Hurricane Nate crossed the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, it brought with it the prospect of yet more destruction in a storm-battered year that is shaping up to be the most costly on US record. »
7 October 2017, 22:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Trump EPA plan will roll back Obama standards on power plant emissions

Measures expected soon are part of promise to revive coal industryEx-EPA chief: ‘This administration has no intention of following the law’ The Trump administration is moving to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s attempt to slow global warming, seeking to ease restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. »
7 October 2017, 15:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate change in the Caribbean – learning lessons from Irma and Maria

Increasingly unfamiliar and unpredictable weather events mean that business as usual is not an option for these islands to survive. As a Caribbean climate scientist, I am often asked to speak about how climate change affects small islands. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, one of two category five storms to batter the eastern Caribbean in just a week, three words resonate in my mind. »
6 October 2017, 14:23 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Queensland tree clearing wipes out federal emissions gains

Accelerating rates of land clearing in Queensland are undermining Australia’s Direct Action greenhouse gas cuts. Accelerating rates of tree clearing in Queensland are wiping out any cuts to greenhouse gas emissions the federal government has made through its $2.55bn Direct Action fund, according to the latest data released by the Queensland government. »
6 October 2017, 08:01 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Carbon emissions from warming soils could trigger disastrous feedback loop

26-year study reveals natural biological factors kick in once warming reaches certain point, leading to potentially unstoppable increase in temperatures. »
5 October 2017, 22:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Sweltering September smashes Australia's temperature records

Climate change blamed as continent logs hottest September day on record, with average maximum temperature of 33.47C. Australian temperature records tumbled again in September this year, with the country experiencing the hottest day since records began, and New South Wales breaking that record twice within a few days. As always, particular weather events caused the records to be broken. »
5 October 2017, 06:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Australian cities to have 50C summer days by 2040, study says

Researchers say Sydney and Melbourne would have unprecedented temperatures even if Paris target met. Even if the Paris agreement to limit the global temperature rise to below 2C is met, summer heatwaves in major Australian cities are likely to reach highs of 50C by 2040, a study published on Wednesday warns. »
3 October 2017, 19:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Methane emissions from cattle are 11% higher than estimated

Bigger livestock in larger numbers in more regions has led to methane in the air climbing faster than predicted due to ‘out-of-date data’. Emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from livestock are larger than previously thought, posing an additional challenge in the fight to curb global warming, scientists have said. »
29 September 2017, 14:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate and energy are becoming focal points in state political races | John Abraham

The latest example, Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto has a strong clean energy proposal As soon as Donald Trump won the presidential election, people in the US and around the world knew it was terrible news for the environment. Not wanting to believe that he would try to follow through on our worst fears, we held out hope. »
28 September 2017, 13:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Do more to help poor nations cope with climate change, IMF tells rich countries

World faces disaster if those who contributed ‘lion’s share’ to global warming don’t aid low-income countries. IMF says. The International Monetary Fund has told rich countries they must do more to help poor nations cope with climate change or suffer from the weaker global growth and higher migration flows that will inevitably result. »
27 September 2017, 15:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email