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Sharp rise in methane levels threatens world climate targets

Experts warn that failure to act risks spike in global temperatures. Dramatic rises in atmospheric methane are threatening to derail plans to hold global temperature rises to 2C, scientists have warned. »
17 February 2019, 09:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Harrison Ford: leaders who deny climate change are 'on the wrong side of history'

Actor attacked Trump and other leaders at World Government Summit for denying science to justify not facing the ‘moral crisis’. Harrison Ford has launched a scorching attack on Donald Trump and other world leaders, for denying science in order to justify doing nothing to face the “moral crisis” of climate change. »
12 February 2019, 18:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Humanity faces an existential crisis – Labour must join the fightback | Owen Jones

Amid the threat of social and environmental catastrophe, our politicians could learn from the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Here’s the bad news. We are quite in a lot of trouble. A new study by the Institute for Public Policy Research suggests that a series of crises – from global warming to soil infertility – are set to hit us at the same time. »
12 February 2019, 15:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

What is the Green New Deal and how would it benefit society?

Republicans call it a ‘social manifesto’, environmental groups hail it, and some say it doesn’t go far enough. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, along with dozens of co-sponsors, have introduced a vision for the Green New Deal. One Republican called it a “socialist manifesto”. »
11 February 2019, 13:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Australia is the canary, and the coalmine, for the world when it comes to water stress | R Keller Kopf

As extreme climate events happen around the world, Australian communities are running out of water. “The skies are brass and the plains are bare, Death and ruin are everywhere- Related: Is deep freeze the latest sign climate change is accelerating?. Related: For centuries the rivers sustained Aboriginal culture. Now they are dry, elders despair. »
11 February 2019, 01:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Floods, fire and drought: Australia, a country in the grip of extreme weather bingo

Amid record temperatures, severe flooding and devastation of wilderness, the political message from the government is business as usual. The people of Townsville know about heavy rain, but this was new. »
9 February 2019, 23:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Court rules out Hunter Valley coalmine on climate change grounds

Judge rejects Rocky Hill mine near Gloucester, NSW, because of its impact on the town and ‘dire consequences’ of increasing emissions. The controversial Rocky Hill coalmine in the Hunter Valley will not go ahead after a landmark ruling in the land and environment court on Friday that cited the impact it would have had on climate change. »
8 February 2019, 03:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Green New Deal: Ocasio-Cortez unveils bold plan to fight climate change

Blueprint for a carbon-neutral economy has been embraced by prominent Democrats and evokes FDR’s famous legacy. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is releasing a broad outline of a vision for the Green New Deal, a plan to battle economic and racial injustice while also fighting climate change. »
7 February 2019, 14:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

2018 was world's fourth hottest year on record, scientists confirm

World 1.5F hotter than average set between 1951 and 1980Current five-year stretch the warmest since records began Global temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest on record, US government scientists have confirmed, adding to a stretch of five years that are now collectively the hottest period since modern measurements began. »
6 February 2019, 19:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Virginia crisis deepens as attorney general also admits to wearing blackface – live

Mark Herring, second in line of succession to be Virginia governor, says he wore blackface at a college party in 1980. Sign up for the US morning briefing for a fresh perspective 6.27pm GMT. »
6 February 2019, 19:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Met Office: global warming could exceed 1.5C within five years

Lowest Paris agreement target may temporarily be surpassed for first time between now and 2023. Global warming could temporarily hit 1.5C above pre-industrial levels for the first time between now and 2023, according to a long-term forecast by the Met Office. »
6 February 2019, 19:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Trump speech: climate change omission 'ignorant and irresponsible', experts say

Top scientists condemn State of the Union address and say future presidents must confront climate change as urgent priority. A climate scientist and a former government expert in the audience for Donald Trump’s annual address to Congress said this will probably be the last administration that can forego talking about climate change in the State of the Union speech. »
6 February 2019, 16:41 - guardian - Search similar - Email

UK chips an inch shorter after summer heatwave – report

Increase in extreme weather due to climate change is damaging fruit and vegetable growing. The British chip has been left an inch shorter by the 2018 heatwave, according to a report on the risks to UK fruit and vegetable growing from climate change. The spell of baking summer weather was made 30 times more likely by global warming and left spuds substantially smaller than usual. »
5 February 2019, 09:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

A third of Himalayan ice cap doomed, finds 'shocking' report

Even radical climate change action won’t save glaciers, endangering 2 billion people. At least a third of the huge ice fields in Asia’s towering mountain chain are doomed to melt due to climate change, according to a landmark new report, with serious consequences for almost 2 billion people. »
4 February 2019, 14:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Can the left unite to make a Green New Deal a reality?

Several 2020 hopefuls are already embracing the nascent effort – but success will require overcoming legislative hurdles. Carl Shoupe, a 71-year-old who lives in Benham, Kentucky, at the foot of the tallest mountain in the state, does not feel well served by America. When he came back from Vietnam, he went to work in the coal mines. At 22, he was nearly killed by a roof collapse. »
3 February 2019, 12:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

How to change the minds of climate deniers

Recent polls have found the number of people who believe climate change is real has jumped. What convinced them? For some people, the awakening comes in science class. In the Reddit thread titled “Former climate change deniers, what changed your mind?” the most popular comment comes from chucklesthe2nd (probably not his real name). »
3 February 2019, 12:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Using the big freeze to deny climate change... stupidity or cynicism? | Michael M Mann

The reaction to the polar vortex reminds us it is important to have a citizenry who can distinguish between scientific fact and fiction. The winters of the early 1970s were very cold and snowy in the northeastern United States where I grew up – as elsewhere around the US and Europe. I remember snowfalls that came up to my chin (though, of course, I was only a few feet tall back then). »
3 February 2019, 00:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

‘The devastation of human life is in view’: what a burning world tells us about climate change

I was wilfully deluded until I began covering global warming, says David Wallace-Wells. But extreme heat could transform the planet by 2100. I have never been an environmentalist. I don’t even think of myself as a nature person. I’ve lived my whole life in cities, enjoying gadgets built by industrial supply chains I hardly think twice about. »
2 February 2019, 11:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate change a burning issue (again) in voters' minds | Katharine Murphy

The Coalition has no choice but to try and fix the self-created disaster that is its climate policy. This piece of backroom intelligence shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the summer we are all still enduring. Record high temperatures, the hottest January on record; storms; floods in some places, droughts in others; mass fish kills in ailing rivers. »
1 February 2019, 22:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

European colonization of Americas helped cause climate change

Research finds killing of native people indirectly contributed to a colder period by causing deaths of around 56 million by 1600. European colonization of the Americas resulted in the killing of so many native people that it transformed the environment and caused the Earth’s climate to cool down, new research has found. »
31 January 2019, 21:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email