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Climate change threat to Germans’ need for speed on Autobahn

Draft environmental measures include proposal that would impose motorway speed limit. The days of unlimited speeding on Germany’s famously fast autobahns could be over if the government adopts draft proposals on climate protection put forward by its committee on the future of transport. »
18 January 2019, 16:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Fiji urges Australia not to put coal above Pacific nations battling climate change

Frank Bainimarama says the only way to guarantee the survival of Pacific islands is for Australia to shift away from fossil fuels. Australia must not put the interests of the coal industry above the lives of Pacific nations battling climate change, Fiji’s prime minister has told Scott Morrison. »
18 January 2019, 01:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

The Guardian view on warming oceans: a rising toll | Editorial

We have barely begun to explore our seas, but our impact is felt on both humans and marine life We know remarkably little about the oceans that cover most of the Earth, provide half of our oxygen and help to regulate the climate. Maps of the ocean floor are less detailed than those of Mars or the moon. »
16 January 2019, 20:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Six in 10 wild coffee species endangered by habitat loss

Kew scientists’ analysis of 124 wild species shows 60% facing possible extinction, risking viability of commercial stock. Wild coffee species are under threat, with 60% of them facing possible extinction, including Arabica, the original of the world’s most popular form of coffee, researchers say. Most coffee species are found in the forests of Africa and Madagascar. »
16 January 2019, 20:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Our oceans broke heat records in 2018 and the consequences are catastrophic

Rising temperatures can be charted back to the late 1950s, and the last five years were the five hottest on record. Last year was the hottest ever measured, continuing an upward trend that is a direct result of manmade greenhouse gas emissions. The key to the measurements is the oceans. »
16 January 2019, 14:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Global tensions holding back climate change fight, says WEF

After extreme weather-related events, there is ‘need for international cooperation’. Growing tension between the world’s major powers is the most urgent global risk and makes it harder to mobilise collective action to tackle climate change, according to a report prepared for next week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. »
16 January 2019, 11:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Trump replacement for Obama climate plan worse than doing nothing – study

Administration’s alternative to clean power plan would let emissions ‘rebound’ via coal-fired power plants, researchers find. The Trump administration’s replacement for the linchpin Obama-era plan to combat climate change would increase greenhouse gas emissions in much of the US more than doing nothing at all, according to new research. »
16 January 2019, 11:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Immediate fossil fuel phaseout could arrest climate change – study

Scientists say it may still technically be possible to limit warming to 1.5C if drastic action is taken now. Climate change could be kept in check if a phaseout of all fossil fuel infrastructure were to begin immediately, according to research. It shows that meeting the internationally agreed aspiration of keeping global warming to less than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels is still possible. »
15 January 2019, 19:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Peta Credlin's preselection could be the spark that blows up the Liberal party | Oliver Yates

Credlin has put short term political interests, and the interests of the coal industry, before the future of our country What better example is there that the Liberal party must split than the proposed nomination of Peta Credlin for the seat of Mallee. »
9 January 2019, 08:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Carbon emissions up as Trump agenda rolls back climate change work

Last year’s 3.4% jump in emissions is the largest since 2010 recession and second largest gain in more than two decades. A new analysis shows US greenhouse gas levels are increasing as the Trump administration unravels efforts to slow climate change. Carbon emissions rose sharply last year, increasing 3.4%, according to new estimates from the economic firm Rhodium Group. »
8 January 2019, 13:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Global warming of oceans equivalent to an atomic bomb per second

Seas absorb 90% of climate change’s energy as new research reveals vast heating over past 150 years. Global warming has heated the oceans by the equivalent of one atomic bomb explosion per second for the past 150 years, according to analysis of new research. »
7 January 2019, 21:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

The end of coffee: could Australia save the world's beans?

Climate change may devastate the globe’s major coffee-growing regions through extreme weather events – but Australia could be the solution. If a future of relentless fires, droughts, superstorms and rising sea levels makes you feel like you need a strong caffeinated beverage, there is some bad news: climate change is coming for the world’s coffee beans. »
7 January 2019, 02:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Katharine Hayhoe: 'A thermometer is not liberal or conservative'

The award-winning atmospheric scientist on the urgency of the climate crisis and why people are her biggest hope. Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She has contributed to more than 125 scientific papers and won numerous prizes for her science communication work. »
6 January 2019, 10:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

'Momentum is growing': reasons to be hopeful about the environment in 2019

As we reflect on a year of extreme weather and ominous climate talks, Guardian environment writer Fiona Harvey explains why 2019 could see some much-needed breakthroughs. »
2 January 2019, 08:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

California's coastal habitats face existential threat from rising seas

Climate change is transforming the state’s coast but with habitats hemmed in by cliffs, condos and farms, pre-emptive action is needed to preserve biodiversity. The sea otters of Elkhorn Slough float by on their backs, greeting the occasional kayaker with unwanted socializing that can tip a boat. »
31 December 2018, 15:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Cabinet papers 1996-1997: how Australia worked to water down Kyoto climate targets

The cabinet papers reveal growing concern and urgent diplomacy to avoid steep emissions cuts. Like the Keating government before it, the Howard government of 1996 and 1997 was deeply resistant to taking any action on climate change that could harm the Australian economy. »
31 December 2018, 15:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Fewer people, fewer flights – to save the planet | Letter

Harold M Hastings, Tai Young-Taft and Chris Coggins on reducing population to cut emissions, Diana Heeks on flying less, Allan McRobert on drones, and Laura Clout on our time on Earth Population expert Sarah Harper, of the University of Oxford, says falling total fertility rates are to be embraced, and that countries should not worry if their population is not growing (Expert dismisses fears over... »
28 December 2018, 20:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Karen Castor named to lead restored House panel on climate change

Nancy Pelosi revives special committee axed by RepublicansProgressive Democrats have pushed for a ‘Green New Deal’ The House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi, has appointed the Florida representative Kathy Castor to lead a special committee on climate change that will be reinstated in the new Congress. Related: Trump administration to consider changes to Obama-era mercury rule. »
28 December 2018, 20:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Scott Pruitt never gave up EPA plans to debate climate science, records show

White House denied administrator’s ‘red team, blue team’ ideaEmails: staff considered questioning greenhouse gases finding In Scott Pruitt’s final weeks as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, his political advisers were still considering ways to formally raise doubts about climate change science, agency records show. »
22 December 2018, 09:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Brazil’s leadership on climate change | Letters

Brazil is absolutely opposed to double counting when it comes to carbon credits, and has consistently supported efforts to prevent double counting, says Thiago de Araujo Mendes of Brazil’s environment ministry Throughout the COP24 climate summit, Brazil urged all parties to work together to enable greater private-sector climate action. »
21 December 2018, 20:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email