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To take on climate change, we need to change our vocabulary

When we talk about saving the planet, we employ the narrative of war. Does it only deepen our divisions? Each dead house fly was worth a quarter, my mom told us kids, but I never earned any money. Every time I cornered a fly, I pictured goo marks left on the wall – spots splayed with tiny black guts and twisted legs. My halfhearted swats gave even the most sluggish fly time to escape. »
16 December 2018, 10:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Progress and problems as UN climate change talks end with a deal

Nations agree on implementing 2015 Paris agreement, but put trickiest issues on back burner. The UN climate change talks ended late on Saturday night in Poland with a deal agreed on how to put the 2015 Paris agreement into action, but with other contentious problems left to be resolved next year. »
16 December 2018, 01:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Alaska's vanishing ice threatens to destroy cultures – including our own | Victoria Herrmann

Climate change is putting the very existence of one remote indigenous community in doubt but we are all feeling the effects of a warming Arctic. There’s a line in the 2018 Arctic Report Card that I keep coming back to. Released this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it notes with alarm the record low extent for virtually the entire ice season in the Bering Sea. »
14 December 2018, 14:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

UK bids to host 2020 UN climate change summit

Chile and Costa Rica thought to be considering alternative bids after Brazil withdrew offer. Britain is bidding to host the UN climate change conference in 2020, the biggest since the Paris agreement was signed in 2015, as part of the government’s aim to be seen as a green leader. »
13 December 2018, 22:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

China demands developed countries 'pay their debts' on climate change

Key sticking point at UN negotiations is how countries should account for their greenhouse gas emissions. China called on rich countries to “pay their debts” on climate change at global talks on Thursday, criticising developed countries for not doing enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide finance to help poor countries do the same. »
13 December 2018, 22:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

'Global heating' more accurate to describe risks to planet, says key scientist

Rising temperatures have passed comfort zone for humanity, says lead expert. “Global heating” is a more accurate term than “global warming” to describe the changes currently taking place to the world’s climate, according to a key scientist at the UK Met Office. »
13 December 2018, 13:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Australia turns back on allies as it refuses to cut emissions above Paris pledge

EU and 27 countries vow to toughen commitments as environment minister’s address at COP24 UN climate change summit accused of flying in face of reality. Australia will not commit to larger carbon emissions reductions above its Paris agreement target, despite a coalition of former allies and Pacific neighbours urging greater cuts. »
13 December 2018, 00:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

The Guardian view on global warming: time is running out | Editorial

Rightwing nationalism threatens the global solidarity needed to avoid a climate catastrophe Global warming is a crisis for civilisation and a crisis for life on Earth. Human-caused climate change was behind 15 deadly weather disasters in 2017, including droughts, floods and heatwaves. »
12 December 2018, 21:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

UN chief attempts to revive flagging climate change talks

António Guterres returns to Katowice to urge China to intervene as globe is ‘running out of time’. The UN secretary general, António Guterres, has made a dramatic intervention to revive flagging climate talks in Katowice, Poland by flying back to the conference and preparing a personal call to the Chinese president, Xi Jinping. »
12 December 2018, 18:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Australia likely to use controversial Kyoto loophole to meet Paris agreement

New Zealand urges others not to meet emissions pledge with ‘dodgy accounting’, but UN rules unlikely to prohibit using carryover credits. Australia appears likely be allowed to exploit a controversial climate loophole, using carryover carbon credits from the Kyoto protocol to meet its Paris agreement targets. »
12 December 2018, 05:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Five ways to talk to your family and friends about the climate crisis this Christmas | Simon Black

Compelling stories steeped in emotion and backed with facts – that’s the way to talk about global warming Climate marches, raging and unseasonal bushfires, the Adani coal mine. It seems like climate change and global warming is a conversation that’s going to be hard to avoid this Christmas. But some ways of talking are better than others. »
12 December 2018, 05:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

US accused of obstructing talks at UN climate change summit

Vanuatu’s foreign minister says worst offenders on global warming are blocking progress. The United States and other high carbon dioxide-emitting developed countries are deliberately frustrating the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland, Vanuatu’s foreign minister has said. »
11 December 2018, 23:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

East Antarctica glacial stronghold melting amid climate change

Nasa detects ice retreat linked to probable ocean changes in region once thought stable. A group of glaciers spanning an eighth of the East Antarctica coastline, are being melted by the warming seas, scientists have discovered. »
11 December 2018, 16:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

'Window is narrowing': scientists urge action at UN climate talks

Gilet jaunes protests cast shadow as concerns raised over backlash against rapid change. Scientists have laid down the gauntlet for political leaders as the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland, wrestles with the challenge of cutting emissions without sparking social tensions like those seen recently in France. »
11 December 2018, 16:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Protesters disrupt US panel's fossil fuels pitch at climate talks

Official event praising coal, oil and gas met with laughter and chants of ‘shame on you’. A Trump administration presentation extolling the virtues of fossil fuels at the UN climate talks in Poland has been met with guffaws of laughter and chants of “Shame on you”. »
10 December 2018, 18:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Tackle climate or face financial crash, say world's biggest investors

UN summit urged to end all coal burning and introduce substantial taxes on emissions. Global investors managing $32tn issued a stark warning to governments at the UN climate summit on Monday, demanding urgent cuts in carbon emissions and the phasing out of all coal burning. Without these, the world faces a financial crash several times worse than the 2008 crisis, they said. »
10 December 2018, 02:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Australia's silence during climate change debate shocks COP24 delegates

Country accused of tacitly supporting oil allies’ rejection of the latest science. As four of the world’s largest oil and gas producers blocked UN climate talks from “welcoming” a key scientific report on global warming, Australia’s silence during a key debate is being viewed as tacit support for the four oil allies: the US, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait. »
9 December 2018, 23:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

If Democrats want seek truth they must investigate ExxonMobil | Julian Brave NoiseCat

Our era is defined by interlocking crises of truth, democracy and ecology – and ExxonMobil is a major actor at that intersection. Now that Democrats have won control of the House of Representatives, the days of unchecked conservative power and liberal despair may be waning. »
9 December 2018, 20:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Largest ever group of global investors call for more action to meet Paris targets

The group of 414 institutional investors with $31 trillion under management say governments must take serious steps to cut emissions. The largest ever group of institutional investors has called on governments around the world to urgently increase their efforts to meet the Paris climate change agreement goals. »
9 December 2018, 20:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

US and Russia ally with Saudi Arabia to water down climate pledge

Move shocks delegates at UN conference as ministers fly in for final week of climate talks. The US and Russia have thrown climate talks into disarray by allying with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to water down approval of a landmark report on the need to keep global warming below 1.5C. »
9 December 2018, 17:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email