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Capitalism can crack climate change. But only if it takes risks | Larry Elliott

Anglo-Saxon capitalism’s drive to maximise profits in the short term won’t save the planet. Perhaps the Chinese model can? This summer’s heatwave has provided a glimpse of the future, and it is not a pretty one. On current trends, the years to come will see rising temperatures, droughts, a fight to feed a growing population, and a race against time to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. »
16 August 2018, 08:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Sydney rock oysters getting smaller as oceans become more acidic

NSW oysters are shrinking and fewer in number, and academics fear the cause is climate change. The famous Sydney rock oyster is shrinking as oceans become more acidic, new research has found. In news that will rock seafood lovers, a study released overnight by academics in the UK found oysters in New South Wales have become smaller and fewer in number because of coastal acidification. »
16 August 2018, 08:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Enough with the fairy tales about the Paris agreement. It's time for facts | Erwin Jackson

A select and uninformed few have been railing against the Paris objectives. Let’s debunk some of their tallest tales. The Paris climate change agreement has been in the news again recently, due to a small rump of the federal Coalition railing against the national energy guarantee. »
15 August 2018, 06:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Extreme temperatures 'especially likely for next four years'

Cyclical natural phenomena that affect planet’s climate will amplify effect of manmade global warming, scientists warn. The world is likely to see more extreme temperatures in the coming four years as natural warming reinforces manmade climate change, according to a new global forecasting system. »
14 August 2018, 18:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Great Barrier Reef: former board member describes $444m grant as 'unthinkable'

Michael Myer says size of grant ‘unheard of’ as Josh Frydenberg refuses to say where idea originated The environment minister, Josh Frydenberg, would not say whose idea it was to award a $444m government grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, on the same day a former member of the foundation’s board described the allocation as “unthinkable”. »
9 August 2018, 11:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

With the world on fire, we must act now to tackle climate change | Letters

Kim and Nick Hoare fear for their son’s future after his farm was destroyed by wildfires, and Prof Tom Spencer calls for a much deeper debate about how to deal with rising sea levels On Monday we received the distressing news that the agro-forestry farm where our son and his partner live in Portugal has been destroyed by wildfires. Thankfully no lives were lost. »
8 August 2018, 19:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Reflecting sun's rays would cause crops to fail, scientists warn

Research shows geoengineering method intended to combat climate change would have adverse effect on agriculture. Proposals to combat climate change by reflecting the sun’s rays back into space would cause widespread crop failure, cancelling out any benefits to farming from the reduction in warming, according to new research. »
8 August 2018, 19:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

NSW declared 100% in drought as farmers fear relief package ‘too late’

A total of 77% of the state is either in drought or drought affected, while 23% is experiencing intense drought. The entire state of NSW is now impacted by drought, official figures show. A drier-than-expected June and July has left many farmers with failing crops, a short supply of water and diminishing livestock feed. Continue reading... »
8 August 2018, 06:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Caribbean states beg Trump to grasp climate change threat: 'war has come to us'

As warming temperatures caused by climate change is strengthening hurricanes, leaders in the region plead with Trump to rejoin the Paris climate deal. »
7 August 2018, 15:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Don’t despair – climate change catastrophe can still be averted | Simon Lewis

The future looks fiery and dangerous, according to new reports. But political will and grassroots engagement can change this This is the summer when, for many, climate change got real. The future looks fiery and dangerous. Hot on the heels of Trump, fake news and the parlous state of the Brexit negotiations, despair is in the air. »
7 August 2018, 15:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Domino-effect of climate events could push Earth into a ‘hothouse’ state

Leading scientists warn that passing such a point would make efforts to reduce emissions increasingly futile. A domino-like cascade of melting ice, warming seas, shifting currents and dying forests could tilt the Earth into a “hothouse” state beyond which human efforts to reduce emissions will be increasingly futile, a group of leading climate scientists has warned. »
6 August 2018, 23:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

US wildfires: smoke billows and we're stuck indoors – this is how we live now

The pool is closed, the kids can’t play outside – we’re all trying to avoid harmful smoke from wildfires burning far away. Last week my kids went to a nature daycamp in Klamath Falls, Oregon, near the California border, where we live. It was meant to be a week of roaming the hills, learning about local species like fence lizards and sagebrush. »
6 August 2018, 16:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

The GOP and Big Oil can't escape blame for climate change | Dana Nuccitelli

The New York Times magazine blames ‘human nature,’ but the true culprits have already been fingered Last week’s issue of the New York Times magazine was devoted to a single story by Nathaniel Rich that explored how close we came to an international climate agreement in 1989, and why we failed. »
6 August 2018, 13:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Pollution is slowing the melting of Arctic sea ice, for now | John Abraham

Human carbon pollution is melting the Arctic, but aerosol pollution is slowing it down The Arctic is one of the “canaries in the coal mine” for climate change. Long ago, scientists predicted it would warm quicker than other parts of the planet, and they were right. Currently, the Arctic is among the fastest-warming places on the planet. »
3 August 2018, 12:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

5,500 UK churches switch to renewable energy

Churches estimated to have diverted £5m from fossil fuels to clean energy providers. More than 5,500 churches including some of the UK’s most famous cathedrals have converted to renewable power to help tackle climate change. »
3 August 2018, 03:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

EPA moves to scrap Obama-era clean car rules and sets up fight with California

Critics say plan will worsen climate change and hike gas pricesAdministration to weaken California’s emissions standards The Trump administration has moved to weaken US vehicle emissions standards and has set up a major confrontation with California by scrapping its ability to enact stricter pollution standards and mandate the sale of electric cars. »
2 August 2018, 17:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Last year was warmest ever that didn't feature an El Niño, report finds

State of the climate report found 2017 was the third warmest with a record high sea level and destructive coral bleaching. »
1 August 2018, 19:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Was this the scorcher that finally ended climate denial? | Michael McCarthy

The blazing summer of 2018 has led to a shift in tone from some rightwing sceptics who can no longer deny the obvious. It’s not always easy to recognise a historical tipping point when you see one, but I believe I spotted one when I walked into my local newsagent last Wednesday and saw the front page of the Sun. »
1 August 2018, 07:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Unsurvivable heatwaves could strike heart of China by end of century

The most populous region of the biggest polluter on Earth – China’s northern plain – will become uninhabitable in places if climate change is not curbed. The deadliest place on the planet for extreme future heatwaves will be the north China plain, one of the most densely populated regions in the world and the most important food-producing area in the huge nation. »
31 July 2018, 18:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate change denial won’t even benefit oil companies soon | Phil McDuff

The damage caused by our addiction to burning fossil fuels will be so widespread that nobody stands to gain The year 2018 is on track to be the fourth warmest on record, beaten only by 2016, 2015 and 2017. In other words, we have had the warmest four-year run since we started measuring. »
31 July 2018, 12:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email