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What steps can the UK take to reach net zero emissions by 2050?

The government has pledged to review its long-term climate targets. Renewable energy, housing and and transport are just some areas where new policies could cut emissions fast. More wind farms, solar power and electric cars: these are likely to be the future of the UK, under government plans announced this week to seek a zero-carbon economy in the next 30 years. »
20 April 2018, 18:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

The Commonwealth can kickstart a global offensive on climate change | Jacinda Ardern

The task ahead is immense, but New Zealanders know it can be achieved. We have a proud history of this kind of leadership. Leaders of Commonwealth nations are meeting in London this week instead of the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu because things did not go according to plan. »
18 April 2018, 09:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

To lead on climate, countries must commit to zero emissions | Isabella Lövin

The UK’s climate laws forged a path for others to follow. But as progressive nations commit to zero emissions, it must reclaim its leading role, writes Sweden’s deputy prime minister What does it mean for a nation to be a “climate leader” in 2018? At the very least, it must mean having a firm plan in place to deliver your nation’s fair share of the Paris agreement. »
17 April 2018, 14:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

UK to review climate target raising hopes of a zero emissions pledge

The government pledged in 2016 to enshrine a zero target in law to meet its Paris commitments, but has yet to pass any legislation. The UK is to review its long-term target to cut climate emissions as part of global efforts to curb rising temperatures, the government has announced. »
17 April 2018, 14:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

National energy guarantee will 'lock in' poor climate outcomes, ACT says

ACT will push for improvements as federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg urges states and territories to get behind scheme Sign up to receive the top stories every morning. »
17 April 2018, 11:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Labor states urged to reject 'woefully inadequate' emissions reduction target

Environment group says states must not rubber stamp Malcolm Turnbull’s government’s national energy guarantee. A key environment group is urging the Labor states not to rubber stamp the Turnbull government’s national energy guarantee at Friday’s meeting of energy ministers. »
16 April 2018, 22:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

'Lightweight PR and greenwash' – BP's low-carbon plan dismissed

Environmentalists call strategy ‘20th century response to a 21st century problem’. Environmental leaders have dismissed BP’s new low-carbon strategy as “greenwash” and a lightweight response to climate change and the energy market’s rapid switch to renewables. »
16 April 2018, 16:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

The courts are deciding who's to blame for climate change | Dana Nuccitelli

Oil companies? The government? The public? All of the above share the blame. There are numerous ongoing legal challenges in an effort to determine who’s responsible for climate change. »
16 April 2018, 13:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Hurricane-hit islands need debt relief | Letters

Those who have contributed the most to climate change are the real debtors so it is unfair that small island states be indebted as a result, write Keith Mitchell, prime minister of Grenada, and Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda. »
15 April 2018, 21:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Carbon dioxide from ships at sea to be regulated for first time

Shipping firms to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 as part of historic agreement. Carbon dioxide from ships at sea will be regulated for the first time following a historic agreement reached after two weeks of detailed talks in London. »
13 April 2018, 21:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

'Avoid at all costs': Gulf stream’s record weakening prompts warnings

How close the world is to a catastrophic collapse of giant ocean currents is unknown, making halting global warming more critical than ever, scientists say. Serious disruption to the Gulf Stream ocean currents that are crucial in controlling global climate must be avoided “at all costs”, senior scientists have warned. »
13 April 2018, 15:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

New satellite to spot planet-warming industrial methane leaks

Multimillion dollar project will scan and make public methane leaks from oil and gas plants that are a major contributor to global warming Methane leaking from oil and gas facilities around the world – a major contributor to global warming – is set to be spotted from space. »
12 April 2018, 17:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Critical Gulf stream current weakest for 1,600 years, research finds

Warm current that has historically caused dramatic changes in climate is experiencing an unprecedented slowdown and may be less stable than thought - with potentially severe consequences. The warm Atlantic current linked to severe and abrupt changes in the climate in the past is now at its weakest in at least 1,600 years, new research shows. »
11 April 2018, 19:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Cement industry urged to reduce 'invisible' global emissions

Report warns carbon footprint of heavy emitter cement companies must be reduced sharply in order to meet Paris climate goals. Greenhouse gas emissions from cement production must be reduced sharply if the world is to meet the climate change goals set out in the Paris agreement, a new report has suggested. »
9 April 2018, 13:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Mark Carney warns of climate change threat to financial system

Bank of England governor says firms must acknowledge risks to avoid ‘catastrophic impact’. The governor of the Bank of England has warned of the “catastrophic impact” climate change could have for the financial system unless firms do more to disclose their vulnerabilities. »
6 April 2018, 18:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Scientists suggest a giant sunshade in the sky could solve global warming

Scholars from developing countries call for greater say in solar geoengineering research, arguing poor nations have most at stake. It sounds like the stuff of science fiction: the creation, using balloons or jets, of a manmade atmospheric sunshade to shield the most vulnerable countries in the global south against the worst effects of global warming. »
5 April 2018, 11:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

You don't have to be a climate science denier to join the Monash coal forum, but it helps | Graham Readfearn

The Coalition’s backbench group of coal fans have a history of attacking climate science. There seems to be three rules for membership of the Coalition’s new backbench Monash Forum that wants taxpayer subsidies for new coal fired power stations. »
4 April 2018, 22:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Shell threatened with legal action over climate change contributions

Friends of the Earth demands the oil firm move away from fossil fuels to comply with Paris deal. The global flurry of legal campaigns against “big oil” has widened, with Royal Dutch Shell being threatened with legal action unless it steps up efforts to comply with the Paris climate agreement. »
4 April 2018, 13:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Scientists examine threats to food security if we meet the Paris climate targets | John Abraham

Even with aggressive climate policies to limit global warming, food security in some areas will be threatened We have delayed action for so long on handling climate change, we now can no longer can “will it happen?” Rather we have to ask “how bad will it be?” and “what can be done about it?” As our society thinks about what we should do to reduce our carbon pollution and the... »
3 April 2018, 14:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Only revolutionary new laws can stop Brexit harming the environment | Michael Jacobs

Michael Gove has promised an independent watchdog but not what is required – legally enforceable targets As the EU withdrawal bill inches its way through parliament, the environmental implications of Brexit are being revealed. Leaving the European Union could be the single most environmentally damaging act taken by government in the past half-century. »
3 April 2018, 14:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email