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Climate change: Oceans ‘soaking up more heat than estimated’
The world has seriously underestimated the amount of heat soaked up by our oceans over the past 25 years, researchers say.
Bitcoin: Are we really going to burn up the world for libertarian nerdbucks?
By Eric Holthaus on Oct 31, 2018
– The continued growth of power-hungry Bitcoin could lock in catastrophic climate change, according to a new study. (See also article from 1 Aug below)
15 environmental protesters arrested at civil disobedience campaign in London
– More than 1,000 campaigners blocked roads around Parliament Square calling for action on the climate emergency
‘We have a duty to act’: hundreds ready to go to jail over climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/26/we-have-a-duty-to-act-hundreds-ready-to-go-to-jail-over-climate-crisis
Facts about our ecological crisis are incontrovertible. We must take action
Humans cannot continue to violate the fundamental laws of nature or science with impunity, say 94 signatories including Dr Alison Green and Molly Scott Cato MEP
A greener life, a greener world
Telling the green news stories that need telling
Opinion: Grotesque editorial mistake by the BBC
World ‘nowhere near on track’ to avoid warming beyond 1.5C target
– Key UN report says limiting temperature rise would require enormous, immediate transformation in human activity
Climate study ‘pulls punches’ to keep polluters on board
– ‘True risks’ of warming played down to placate fossil-fuel nations
The EU needs a stability and wellbeing pact, not more growth
– 238 academics call on the European Union and its member states to plan for a post-growth future in which human and ecological wellbeing is prioritised over GDP
My fear for a future of climate change
– I have had a long and happy life, writes 90-year-old Anthea Hardy, but what am I leaving my great-grandchildren?
EU climate law could cause ‘catastrophic’ deforestation
– World’s carbon sinks are at risk because the law will count energy from burning trees as carbon neutral, say climate scientists
Warming oceans are changing the world’s rainfall
– A new study finds that warming in the Atlantic Ocean is changing rain patterns in the Amazon
High ice and hard truth: the poets taking on climate change
– Greenland poet Aka Niviana’s way of life is disappearing as her country thaws, while the subsequent meltwater threatens Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner and her fellow Marshall Islanders thousands of miles away. Their joint trip to the melting glaciers inspired a climate call to arms
The strange science of melting ice sheets: three things you didn’t know
– Melting ice sheets are a major cause of sea level rise, but they might not work in the way you expect
Gove’s farming shake-up is a missed opportunity for health and harmony – by Catherine Broomfield – We need to break the link between corporate interests and agriculture. Mixed, sustainable farming is the way forward
Fears over climate change hit highest level in a decade following heatwave, study says
– Exclusive: 72 per cent of British adults now ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ concerned about impacts of climate change
Fossil fuel dependence poses ‘direct existential threat’, warns UN chief
– A rapid global shift to clean energy is needed to prevent runaway climate change, says António Guterres
Hundreds of thousands expected to join global climate marches this weekend
– Protests against politicians’ failure to tackle the environmental crisis will take place in more than 90 countries
BBC admits ‘we get climate change coverage wrong too often’
– Briefing sent to editorial staff says ‘you do not need a denier to balance the debate’
Espinosa: Urgent action needed to avoid ‘catastrophic’ climate change
– As UN climate negotiators gather in Bangkok, UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa calls on governments to urgently step up efforts to meet Paris Agreement goals
Disempower far-right climate-change deniers. Don’t debate with them
Molly Scott Cato
– A Ukip MEP has written a shamefully ignorant climate change report for the EU – it should never have happened
UK’s green watchdog will be powerless over climate change post-Brexit
– Environmentalists accuse government of using withdrawal of EU controls to weaken regulation
What’s happening to our weather? The answers are hiding in Arctic air
– Dozens of scientists, Helen Czerski among them, are at work in the Arctic, seeking answers to questions that profoundly affect the future of everyone on the planet
French environment minister quits live on radio with anti-Macron broadside
– Nicolas Hulot says he is leaving government because president is not doing enough on climate and other environmental goals
Climate change is real. We must not offer credibility to those who deny it
– If ‘balance’ means giving voice to those who deny the reality of human-triggered climate change, we will not take part in the debate, say Jonathan Porritt, Caroline Lucas, Clive Lewis and 57 other writers, politicians and academics
Capitalism alone cannot reverse climate change
– A free-market approach won’t rescue the world from climate change, argue Richard Vernon and Dave Hunter, while Nicholas Falk says the UK can learn from China. Philip Steadman offers ideas for keeping cities cool
Capitalism can crack climate change. But only if it takes risks
– Anglo-Saxon capitalism’s drive to maximise profits in the short term won’t save the planet. Perhaps the Chinese model can?
Humans are pushing the Earth closer to a climate cliff
– A new study examines potential climate feedbacks that could push Earth into a ‘hothouse’ state
By John Abraham
Stop climate change, don’t ‘adapt’ to it
– Judy Hindley says we must increase the price of fossil fuels, and Iain Climie raises the issue of climate change refugees
Climate change: ‘Hothouse Earth’ risks even if CO2 emissions slashed
– It may sound like the title of a low budget sci-fi movie, but for planetary scientists, “Hothouse Earth” is a deadly serious concept.
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
Why isn’t community energy playing a bigger part in the UK’s energy system?
I won’t go on the BBC if it supplies climate change deniers as ‘balance’
– The science is not in doubt, so the corporation no longer needs to give them a platform
The Sun online 2 August:
ON THE BOIL: Global heatwave sees scores killed in wildfires, crops failing and fish suffocating in rivers as the planet sizzles:
Move over, Bitcoin bros: A green cryptocurrency is here
By Eric Holthaus on Aug 1, 2018
– To say that the cryptocurrency known as Bitcoin eats a lot of energy is an understatement
Guardian 1 August:
Was this the heatwave that finally ended climate denial?
Naomi Klein argues strongly against the piece in the NY Times (below).
“That’s also why it is so enraging that the piece is spectacularly wrong in its central thesis.”
New York Times, 1 Aug
Losing Earth – the 10-year period from 1979 to 1989: the decisive decade when humankind first came to a broad understanding of the causes and dangers of climate change
Extreme global weather is ‘the face of climate change’ says leading scientist.
– Exclusive: Prof Michael Mann declares the impacts of global warming are now ‘playing out in real-time’. Heatwave made more than twice as likely by climate change, scientists find.
The Sun online 26 July, updated 27 July:
BAKE TO THE FUTURE: Britain is braced for an epidemic of summer heatwaves lasting DECADES as temperatures set to hit a July record of 37C (99F) today
– As the nation sweated yesterday, it emerged that red-hot summers may become an annual event.
Professor Peter Stott, of the Met Office, said: “Since 1976, global temperatures have increased significantly. The risk of extreme heatwaves is increasing rapidly worldwide due to greenhouse gas emissions. This summer we are seeing an expression of that increased risk. It’s human-induced climate change that has made such a situation as we’ve seen in 2018 more likely.” ‘
Climate change denial won’t even benefit oil companies soon
– The damage caused by our addiction to burning fossil fuels will be so widespread that nobody stands to gain
Full and complete closure of the Feed in Tariff scheme in March next year, with no replacement announced; consultation into allowing permitted development for shale gas exploration.
UK judge postpones decision on landmark climate case
– The high court in London has postponed its decision on whether 11 citizens can bring their complaint that the UK’s climate targets need to be changed before the full court
Net Zero: Judge postpones decision on UK carbon target case
– Plan B Earth is seeking a judicial review of UK government’s failure to fast track more ambitious 2050 climate targets, but will have to wait on Judge’s decision
Court action to save young from climate bill
– An activist group hopes to sue the UK government over climate change, arguing that it is discriminating against the young by failing to cut emissions fast enough.
Brexit Britain’s dash for growth will be a disaster for the environment – MPs showed a Trumpian disregard for the planet by voting en masse for Heathrow expansion
UK home solar power faces cloudy outlook as subsidies are axed
– Lower costs and battery technology offer hope – but industry says it needs support
Government rejects plan for £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea
UK home solar power faces cloudy outlook as subsidies are axed
– Lower costs and battery technology offer hope – but industry says it needs support
Opposing onshore UK windfarms ‘means higher energy bills’
Ministers told there is no logical argument against turbines in areas that want them
Markets may be underpricing climate-related risk
– Shareholders reckon that their companies will not suffer—or that they will be able to get out in time
Pedal-powered HGV tackles road danger
The great challenge of the 21st century is learning to consume less. This is how we can do it
Secret UK push to weaken EU climate laws ‘completely mad’
– Plan to change timeline for energy use reduction puts Paris targets at risk, say MEPS
Slowing the Flow: Facing the drift into climate crisis
California burning: life among the wildfires
– People used to roll their eyes at my gloomy talk of climate change. Then the big blaze came. By Christina Nichol
‘We’re doomed’: Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention.
– The 86-year-old social scientist says accepting the impending end of most life on Earth might be the very thing needed to help us prolong it.
The courts are deciding who’s to blame for climate change
Oil companies? The government? The public? All of the above share the blame. Dana Nuccitelli.
A judge asks basic questions about climate change. We answer them – California judge William Alsup put out a list of questions for a climate change ‘tutorial’ in a global warming case
Land degradation threatens human wellbeing, major report warns – More than 3.2bn people are already affected and the problem will worsen without rapid action, driving migration and conflict
Zero Carbon Plans for Northern Europe
AirClim has published two studies 2,3 this month that describe a vision for reaching zero carbon in eight Nordic and Baltic countries by 2030 (page 20-21)…
UK farmers to be given first ever targets on soil health
New bill will be first step by ministers to protect and restore soil as fears grow over a future soil fertility crisis
Climate change ‘will push European cities towards breaking point’
– Study highlights urgent need to adapt urban areas to cope with floods, droughts and heatwaves
Ten years on, it’s time to celebrate the Climate Change Act
– Lord Howard of Lympne
Jeremy Corbyn vows to tackle ‘climate catastrophe’ by putting energy system in public hands
– Labour leader says his government must be ‘at least as radical’ as the post-war Attlee administration which built the NHS and the welfare state
Negative emissions have ‘limited potential’ to help meet climate goals – CarbonBrief.org 31 January 2018
How Bill Gates aims to clean up the planet – It’s a simple idea: strip CO2 from the air and use it to produce carbon-neutral fuel. But can it work on an industrial scale?
UK to miss legal climate targets without urgent action, official advisers warn – Vague ambitions, such as banning new petrol cars by 2040, must be turned into solid plans, says the Committee on Climate Change
Lloyd’s of London to divest from coal over climate change
– Firm follows other big UK and European insurers by excluding coal companies from 1 April
Global warming set to exceed Paris agreement’s 1.5C limit by 2040s, according to draft UN report – Rough paper suggests ‘very high risk’ target will be surpassed by middle of century
Is your recycling being incinerated? It’s time to watch our waste
Great Barrier Reef: rising temperatures turning green sea turtles female
Coral reef bleaching ‘the new normal’ and a fatal threat to ecosystems
Which works better: climate fear, or climate hope? Well, it’s complicated
Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950, scientists warn
Tips and inspiration for the new year, new you cyclist
2017 was the hottest year on record without an El Niño, thanks to global warming
On its 100th birthday in 1959, Edward Teller warned the oil industry about global warming
Research shows that certain facts can still change conservatives’ minds
Top doctors back legal action against Government on carbon emissions
Human impacts on forests and grasslands much larger and older than previously assumed
December 21, 2017, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
‘Planet at a crossroads’: climate summit makes progress but leaves much to do
– the UN negotiations in Bonn lay the groundwork for implementing the landmark Paris deal, but tough decisions lay ahead
Nasa map of Earth’s seasons over 20 years highlights climate change
– the visualization shows spring coming earlier and the Arctic ice caps receding over time
Survey highlights challenges for fracking, support for renewables
Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere hit alarming new high, says UN.
The unprecedented levels of CO2 could lead to dangerous rises in sea levels and temperatures.
BBC apologises over interview with climate sceptic Lord Lawson
Our cities need fewer cars, not cleaner cars
Wild is the wind: the resource that could power the world
Eating meat and climate change
Proof that sustainable meat and dairy farming can work
Why the 97% climate consensus is important
Some have argued that consensus messaging is counter-productive. Here’s why they’re wrong.
Ministers who fail to cut greenhouse gas emissions should face legal action, says former chief government scientist
– Professor Sir David King says ‘if it takes legal action to force ministers to behave properly, then so be it – I’ll support it’
Climate and energy are becoming focal points in state political races
The latest example, Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto has a strong clean energy proposal
When media sceptics misrepresent our climate research we must speak out – Myles Allen and Richard Millar
Climate deniers want to protect the status quo that made them rich
It’s a fact: climate change made Hurricane Harvey more deadly | Michael E Mann
Climate change sets the world on fire
Dealing with climate migration: ‘what matters are our actions’
Alaska’s permafrost is thawing
Three years to safeguard our climate
Floods in India, Nepal and Bangladesh Aug 2017
Energy efficiency in traditional buildings
British Columbia greenhouse gas emissions tripled by forest fires