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Ex-Nasa scientist: 30 years on, world is failing 'miserably’ to address climate change

James Hansen, who gave a climate warning in 1988 Senate testimony, says real hoax is by leaders claiming to take action. Thirty years after a former Nasa scientist sounded the alarm for the general public about climate change and human activity, the expert issued a fresh warning that the world is failing “miserably” to deal with the worsening dangers. »
19 June 2018, 09:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Flooding from sea level rise threatens over 300,000 US coastal homes – study

Climate change study predicts ‘staggering impact’ of swelling oceans on coastal communities within next 30 years. Sea level rise driven by climate change is set to pose an existential crisis to many US coastal communities, with new research finding that as many as 311,000 homes face being flooded every two weeks within the next 30 years. »
18 June 2018, 08:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Inside the AEF, the climate denial group hosting Tony Abbott as guest speaker

The Australian Environment Foundation has secured a former prime minister to speak. But what does it actually do? Securing a former prime minister to speak at your organisation is no doubt a coup for many groups. Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy recently got Kevin Rudd. Australia’s Nelson Mandela Day committee has snaffled Julia Gillard for their next annual lecture. »
14 June 2018, 22:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Antarctic ice melting faster than ever, studies show

Rate of melt has accelerated threefold in last five years and could contribute 25cm to sea-level rises without urgent action. Ice in the Antarctic is melting at a record-breaking rate and the subsequent sea rises could have catastrophic consequences for cities around the world, according to two new studies. »
13 June 2018, 20:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate change is wiping out the baobab, Africa’s ‘tree of life’ | Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

The trees are a scientific wonder, once capable of living for thousands of years, but now becoming endangered species Giant African baobab trees die suddenly after thousands of years. Morondava in Madagascar, the skyline in Senegal and Kruger national park all have something in common. »
13 June 2018, 14:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Australia's emissions reduction target 'unambitious, irresponsible'

New Australia Institute paper finds neither Coalition nor Labor’s pollution reduction targets would see us doing our fair share. Pollution reduction targets for 2030 proposed by the Coalition and Labor will not see Australia contributing its fair share to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris climate agreement, according to new research. »
11 June 2018, 21:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

The Wall Street Journal keeps peddling Big Oil propaganda | Dana Nuccitelli

The WSJ disguises climate misinformation as “opinion”. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) Opinion page has long had a conservative skew, and unfortunately that has extended to politicizing climate change with biased and factually inaccurate editorials. Over the past several weeks, the WSJ’s attacks on climate science have gone into overdrive. »
11 June 2018, 15:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Pope Francis tells oil bosses world must reduce fossil fuel use

Pontiff says clean energy is needed as climate change risks destroying humanity. Pope Francis has told oil company chiefs that the world must switch to clean energy because climate change risks destroying humanity. “Civilisation requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilisation,” he said at the end of a two-day conference at the Vatican. Continue reading... »
9 June 2018, 15:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Heathrow third runway protesters vow to go on hunger strike

Activists to escalate action in opposition to environmental impact of proposed expansion. Activists opposed to the government’s Heathrow expansion plans have vowed to escalate their protests in the coming weeks to avoid what they say would be an “environmental catastrophe”. »
8 June 2018, 14:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

It's time for Ireland to deliver a credible climate plan | Peter Thorne

A recent Citizens’ Assembly ballot shows that there is a huge public appetite for strong action on emissions. Last week the Irish Environmental Protection Agency confirmed that Ireland will miss its 2020 international emissions target by a wide margin. The goal is 20% cuts on 2005 levels; in reality we’re on track for 1%. Continue reading... »
8 June 2018, 11:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Move to renewables a 'good thing', says Nationals' agriculture minister

David Littleproud says climate is changing and Australia must ‘use the best science available’. The agriculture minister, David Littleproud, says the climate is changing and the transition in the energy market – with renewables displacing traditional power generation sources – is “exciting, not only for the environment but for the hip pocket”. »
7 June 2018, 22:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Flooding from high tides has doubled in the US in just 30 years

Shoreline communities may be inundated in the next two years as ocean levels rise amid serious climate change concerns. »
6 June 2018, 17:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

National party comments on drought and climate 'a disservice' to farmers

The majority of farmers and National party voters say they are ‘increasingly frustrated’ at the lack of action on climate change at a federal level. Farmers have challenged National party claims that conditions in drought-stricken regions in eastern Australia should not be politicised by attributing them to climate change. »
6 June 2018, 11:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

What is the carbon bubble and what will happen if it bursts?

As the world moves towards a low-carbon economy, fossil fuel investments worth trillions of dollars, from oil wells to cars, will lose their value. Read more: ‘Carbon bubble’ could spark global financial crisis, study warns. »
4 June 2018, 18:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

'Carbon bubble' could spark global financial crisis, study warns

Advances in clean energy expected to cause a sudden drop in demand for fossil fuels, leaving companies with trillions in stranded assets. Plunging prices for renewable energy and rapidly increasing investment in low-carbon technologies could leave fossil fuel companies with trillions in stranded assets and spark a global financial crisis, a new study has found. »
4 June 2018, 18:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

'No doubt our climate is getting warmer,' Malcolm Turnbull says

Despite the PM’s declaration, it is unclear how current climate policy will ensure Australia reaches its Paris commitment. Malcolm Turnbull, on a tour of drought-stricken areas in New South Wales and Queensland, has declared there is “no doubt that our climate is getting warmer”. »
4 June 2018, 12:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Don't turn to the military to solve the climate-change crisis

Warning about conflicts, wars and mass migration is the wrong way to approach things. The Australian Senate’s declaration last month that climate change is a “current and existential national security risk” was clearly intended to inject much-needed urgency into the country’s climate policy stalemate. »
3 June 2018, 20:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Paris deal: a year after Trump announced US exit, a coalition fights to fill the gap

Cities, states and companies are taking their own steps on behalf of the planet. But their power to minimize Trump’s damage is limited. Donald Trump barely had time to leave a sun-drenched Rose Garden after announcing the US exit from the historic Paris climate change agreement before the backlash began. Continue reading... »
1 June 2018, 08:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Margaret Atwood: women will bear brunt of dystopian climate future

Booker prize-winning author predicts climate reality will not be far from scenarios imagined in her post-apocalyptic fiction. Climate change will bring a dystopian future reminiscent of one of her “speculative fictions”, with women bearing the brunt of brutal repression, hunger and war, the Booker prize-winning author Margaret Atwood is to warn. »
31 May 2018, 09:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email