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'Explore lightly': Palau makes all visitors sign pledge to respect environment

International arrivals must sign promise to children of Pacific nation that they will ‘tread lightly, act kindly’ during their stay. The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau has introduced a new law requiring visitors to sign a pledge not to harm the environment before entering the country. The pledge will be stamped into the passports of international arrivals from this month. »
15 December 2017, 11:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

EU must not burn the world's forests for 'renewable' energy

A flaw in Europe’s clean energy plan allows fuel from felled trees to qualify as renewable energy when in fact this would accelerate climate change and devastate forests. The European Union is moving to enact a directive to double Europe’s current renewable energy by 2030. »
14 December 2017, 13:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Global warming made Hurricane Harvey deadly rains three times more likely, research reveals

The unprecedented downpour and severe flooding was also 15% more intense due to climate change, which is making weather more violent around the world. Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented deluge, which caused catastrophic flooding in Houston in August, was made three times more likely by climate change, new research has found. »
13 December 2017, 15:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

EU announces €9bn in funding for climate action

EU funds will be focused on clean energy, and sustainable cities and agriculture, with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also pledging $300m towards climate adaptation. The European commission has announced funding of €9bn (£8bn) for action on climate change, one of a flurry of measures from governments, businesses and investors aimed at achieving the goals of the 2015 Paris agreement. »
12 December 2017, 17:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Calls for greater fossil fuel divestment at anniversary of Paris climate deal

Campaigners call for an end to fossil fuel finance and subsidies to avoid dangerous global warming at a meeting to mark two years since the signing of the landmark agreement. »
12 December 2017, 14:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Theresa May puts tackling climate change back on Tory agenda

Prime minister says there is a ‘moral imperative’ to help vulnerable countries as she prepares for summit in Paris. Theresa May has declared that tackling climate change and reducing its effects on poorer countries is a “moral imperative”, as the Conservative party renewed its push to portray itself as environmentally friendly. »
12 December 2017, 01:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Theresa May: It’s Britain’s duty to help nations hit by climate change

The benefits of clean growth lay at the heart of our industrial strategy. But we must be at the forefront of the effort to keep global temperature rises at manageable levels. Tackling climate change and mitigating its effects for the world’s poorest are among the most critical challenges the world faces. »
12 December 2017, 01:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Global warming will weaken wind power, study predicts

Wind farms are key to tackling climate change but warming will significantly cut wind power across US and UK, though Australia will see winds strengthen. Wind farms are key to tackling climate change but warming will significantly cut the power of the wind across northern mid-latitudes, including the US, the UK and the Mediterranean, according to new research. »
11 December 2017, 19:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

No more green rhetoric. A sustainable future is vital and possible

Climate change is at the heart of Labour’s industrial strategy, which means investing in green tech and renewable energy, and divesting from fossil fuels. The climate crisis is the most significant issue facing humanity. Natural disasters are already displacing entire communities. More intense droughts are leading to unprecedented levels of food insecurity and hunger across the globe. »
11 December 2017, 15:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

California's hellish fires: a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Future | Dana Nuccitelli

California is burning in December. Climate scientists predicted global warming will make Christmas wildfires more commonplace. In Charles Dicken’s ‘A Christmas Carol,’ the Ghost of Christmas Future appears to Ebenezer Scrooge to show what will happen if he doesn’t change his greedy, selfish life. »
11 December 2017, 12:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Meat tax ‘inevitable’ to beat climate and health crises, says report

‘Sin taxes’ to reverse the rapid global growth in meat eating are likely in five to 10 years, according to a report for investors managing over $4tn. “Sin taxes” on meat to reduce its huge impact on climate change and human health look inevitable, according to analysts for investors managing over $4tn of assets. »
11 December 2017, 09:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Australia's greenhouse gas emissions highest on record

Exclusive: Renewable energy and proper climate policy are key to dropping emissions, carbon consultancy chief says. Australia’s emissions over the past year were the highest on record, when relatively unreliable emissions from land use are excluded, according to estimates by the carbon consultancy NDEVR Environmental. »
10 December 2017, 20:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

‘Death spiral’: half of Europe’s coal plants are losing money

Air pollution and climate change policies are pushing coal-fired electricity stations to the brink, says a new report. Closing them would avoid €22bn in losses by 2030. More than half of the European Union’s 619 coal-fired power stations are losing money, according to a new report. »
8 December 2017, 08:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate change is the story you missed in 2017. And the media is to blame | Lisa Hymas

Some of Trump’s tweets generate more national coverage than devastating disasters. As the weather gets worse, we need journalism to get better Which story did you hear more about this year – how climate change makes disasters like hurricanes worse, or how President Donald Trump threw paper towels at Puerto Ricans?. If you answered the latter, you have plenty of company. »
7 December 2017, 16:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

US government report finds steady and persistent global warming | John Abraham

All of nature’s thermometers indicate a rapid rise in global temperatures. The US Global Change Research Program recently released a Climate Science Special Report. It is clearly written – an authoritative summary of the science, and easy to understand. The first main chapter deals with changes to the climate and focuses much attention on global temperatures. »
6 December 2017, 12:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Turnbull’s department head says Tony Abbott damaged public service

Martin Parkinson says Abbott sacked him for following legally mandated directions of Rudd and Gillard governments. The head of Malcolm Turnbull’s department says he has no “personal animus” towards Tony Abbott, but he says the former prime minister damaged the public service when he sacked him for following the legally mandated directions of the Rudd and Gillard governments. »
5 December 2017, 20:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

The moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party | Dana Nuccitelli

The GOP strategy on taxes and climate: reject evidence and expert opinion, lie, and wage culture wars The parallels between the Republican Party positions on taxes and climate change are striking. Both are morally appalling and reject the available evidence and expert opinion. The Initiative on Global Markets’ panel of economic experts was recently asked about the Republican tax plan. »
4 December 2017, 12:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Environmental injustice is rising in America. And minorities and the poor pay the price | Mustafa Santiago Ali

When you intentionally dismantle and deconstruct these basic environmental protections, you are placing the lives of vulnerable people at risk. »
4 December 2017, 12:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Top US firms including Walmart and Ford ignore Trump on climate change

Big businesses appear at Miami summit to show progress on sustainability‘We’ve been working on this for a long time, prior to this administration’ Since taking office, Donald Trump has pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, rolled back numerous protections against environmental pollution and espoused coal as the fuel of the future, all in the name of job creation and... »
1 December 2017, 18:20 - guardian - Search similar - Email

German court to hear Peruvian farmer's climate case against RWE

Decision to hear Saul Luciano Lliuya’s case against the energy giant is a ‘historic breakthrough with global relevance’, campaigners say. A German court has ruled that it will hear a Peruvian farmer’s case against energy giant RWE over climate change damage in the Andes, a decision labelled by campaigners as a “historic breakthrough”. »
30 November 2017, 17:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email