Co-Author Of United Nations' Climate Report Discusses Group's Findings

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/10/08 - 2:30pm

The United Nations' scientific panel released a report that paints a dire picture of the world in 2040. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with one of the co-authors, Professor William Solecki.

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Australian government backs coal in defiance of IPCC climate warning

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/08 - 2:28pm

Deputy PM Michael McCormack says policy will not change based on ‘some sort of report’

The Australian government has rejected the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report’s call to phase out coal power by 2050, claiming renewable energy cannot replace baseload coal power.

The deputy prime minister, Michael McCormack, said Australia should “absolutely” continue to use and exploit its coal reserves, despite the IPCC’s dire warnings the world has just 12 years to avoid climate change catastrophe.

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World leaders 'have moral obligation to act' after UN climate report

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/08 - 10:17am

Even half degree of extra warming will affect hundreds of millions of people, decimate corals and intensify heat extremes, report shows

World leaders have been told they have moral obligation to ramp up their action on the climate crisis in the wake of a new UN report that shows even half a degree of extra warming will affect hundreds of millions of people, decimate corals and intensify heat extremes.

But the muted response by Britain, Australia and other governments highlights the immense political challenges facing adoption of pathways to the relatively safe limit of 1.5C above pre-industrial temperatures outlined on Monday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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Disastrous Effects Of Climate Change Are Happening Now, Report Says

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/10/08 - 4:45am

The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new report. Noel King talks to Kristie Ebi, a co-author of the report, about what it says about the consequences of climate change.

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IPCC climate change report calls for urgent action to phase out fossil fuels – as it happened

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/08 - 4:16am

UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says coal-fired electricity must end by 2050 if we are to limit global warming rises to 1.5C

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Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive at UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), said:

This report from the IPCC is a wake-up call for governments and businesses across the globe. One of the goals of the international 2015 COP21 climate deal was to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognising that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change. This latest IPCC report points to the urgency and scale of action required to achieve this, which should be keenly reviewed by every single boardroom. There is no doubt that business leaders need to make bold decisions today to transition to a low/no-carbon economy that can sustain future generations.

The construction and property industry in the UK is an economic juggernaut, and our buildings account for approximately 30% of carbon emissions. It is also the industry with the most cost-effective means of reducing carbon emissions so it will be a vital catalyst for change in the wider economy. At UKGBC we know that built environment businesses can, and must, lead the charge against climate change. Our Advancing Net Zero programme is a collaborative initiative to drive the transition to a net zero carbon built environment by 2050 – which would be commensurate with the 1.5°C limit. Only by all working together to effect change at speed and at scale will we stand any chance of rising to the challenge outlined today.

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Limiting warming to 1.5C is possible – if there is political will | Christiana Figueres

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/08 - 4:01am

The UN’s climate change report shows every fraction of a degree matters but world governments now have the chance to deliver a safer future

The new 1.5C report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a sophisticated intelligence briefing on the fate of our planet. Its message is relevant to every human being on Earth.

Based on more than 6,000 scientific studies, the report was compiled by more than 80 of the world’s top climate scientists from nearly 40 countries, and calibrates 40,000 peer-review comments. It is a robust and outstanding example of international cooperation, and an extraordinary source of shared intelligence.

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The Trump administration has entered Stage 5 climate denial | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/08 - 3:00am

If we’re already doomed to disastrous climate change, then there’s no reason to cut carbon pollution, argues the Trump administration

Several years ago, I wrote about the five stages of climate denial:

In 2013 @dana1981 wrote about the 5 stages of #climatechange denial.

Stage 1: Deny the Problem Exists
Stage 2: Deny We're the Cause
Stage 3: Deny It's a Problem
Stage 4: Deny We can Solve It
Stage 5: It's too Late

Look where the Trump Administration is.https://t.co/FRQGZ8gQ4r

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Climate Report Warns Of Extreme Weather, Displacement Of Millions Without Action

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/10/08 - 2:40am

A scientific panel, convened by the U.N., lays out a challenging path to keep the global climate from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius — the red line for dangerous consequences.

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New Global Report Warns Of Climate Change Consequences

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/10/08 - 2:00am

Noel King talks to Jim Skea, co-chair of the U.N.-led Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, that called for urgent action to get climate change under control and warned of dire consequences.

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Adani given extra year to pay for water licence due to 'project delays'

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/10/07 - 8:28pm

Queensland government move branded ‘another special deal’ for Carmichael mine

The Queensland government has quietly granted the Adani mining company a year-long extension to pay $18.5m for a water extraction licence, citing Carmichael coalmine “project timetable delays”.

The extension was branded “another special deal” by environmental groups, who said the government had consistently defended granting water access to Adani in the middle of a drought by stating the company would be made to abide by strict conditions.

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Great Barrier Reef faces dire threat with 2C global warming, UN report says

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/10/07 - 6:11pm

Distinct difference in amount of coral that would remain under two climate change scenarios

Limiting global warming to 1.5C rather than 2C would likely be the difference between the survival of some Great Barrier Reef coral and its complete decline, according to the latest United Nations assessment of climate change science.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report on the impact of global warming of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, released in South Korea on Monday, found coral reefs were likely to decline between 70% and 90% if the temperature increased to that level. If global warming reaches 2C, more than 99% of coral reefs were projected to decline.

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We must reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero or face more floods | Nicholas Stern

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/10/07 - 6:00pm

The world heating up by even 1.5C would have a brutal impact on future generations

The authoritative new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sets the world a clear target: we must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to net zero by the middle of this century to have a reasonable chance of limiting global warming to 1.5C.

Every government should read this report and recognise the clear choice we now have.

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Energy sector's carbon emissions to grow for second year running

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/10/07 - 6:00pm

IEA head says growth in renewables needs to be paired with coal plant closures

Carbon emissions from the energy sector are on track to grow for the second year running, in a major blow to hopes the world might have turned the corner on tackling climate change.

Preliminary analysis by the world’s energy watchdog shows the industry’s emissions have continued to rise in 2018, suggesting that an increase last year was not a one-off.

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How the UN climate panel got to 1.5C threshold – timeline

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/10/07 - 6:00pm

Five reports and an agreement: the IPCC has been raising the climate alarm for 30 years

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is set up by the UN and the World Meteorological Organisation, bringing together the world’s leading climate scientists to assess knowledge of climate change and provide scientific advice to policymakers.

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World leaders told they must act over climate change 'cliff-edge'

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/10/07 - 6:00pm

Christiana Figueres, who led the 2015 Paris accord, stresses urgency of meeting 1.5C target

Political leaders have been urged to act on the landmark special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which has warned that strong efforts would be required to prevent disastrous consequences from dangerous levels of climate change.

Christiana Figueres, the former UN climate chief who led the historic Paris agreement of 2015, said: “There is nothing opaque about this new data. The illustrations of mounting impacts, the fast-approaching and irreversible tipping points are visceral versions of a future that no policy-maker could wish to usher in or be responsible for.”

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'Ick': rats, roaches and rank smells dampen New York's compost program

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/10/07 - 1:03pm

Plans to expand program are on hold as bad smells and vermin are holding back New Yorkers from saving food scraps

It was meant to be an ambitious environmental program, but efforts at composting in New York are breaking down amid rats, roaches and rank smells.

Related: We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN

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The Observer view on fracking fissures obscuring the need to embrace green technologies | Observer editorial

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/10/06 - 10:00pm
Even as we argue about the controversial drilling, we risk overlooking the urgent need for new sources of energy

Within a few days, the UK shale industry’s long-delayed bid to frack for gas beneath the English countryside is set to begin in earnest. Cuadrilla, the company that is currently leading the charge to use fracking technology in Britain, has confirmed that it plans to start working on a well in Lancashire later this week. The response of anti-fracking protesters – some having already been given lengthy prison sentences for their protests against the company’s operations – can be expected to be intense, vociferous and prolonged. One local businessman has already filed an injunction to try to further delay drilling, though it is unclear how long this manoeuvre will slow down Cuadrilla’s plans.

Opponents of fracking point out that Britain is committed to halting the combustion of all fossil fuels as a means of generating electricity by the 2030s. After that, we will have to rely on only carbon-free technologies, such as solar, wind and nuclear plants, in order to provide power for our homes and factories. So why, ask green protesters, are we creating a new industry that will only make it easier for us to obtain gas and oil? Why bring these fossil fuels to the surface now? Why not invest more in green technologies, such as tide and wave power?

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Thousands of anti-coal protesters celebrate German forest's reprieve

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/10/06 - 10:41am

Court victory halts utility firm RWE’s plan to raze Hambach woodland and expand an opencast mine

Thousands of anti-coal demonstrators descended on Germany’s Hambach forest on Saturday to celebrate an unexpected court victory that suspended an energy company’s planned razing of the woodland to expand a giant opencast mine.

The ancient forest near Cologne has been occupied by activists for the past six years and has become a symbol of resistance against coal energy in Germany, a country that despite its green reputation remains heavily reliant on this dirty fossil fuel.

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The frackers are back: but will there ever be a British shale gas boom?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/10/06 - 8:00am
Pending a legal challenge, Cuadrilla will start work on a well this week – and answer key questions about the industry’s viability

Fracking is due to return to the UK this week, as the shale gas company Cuadrilla prepares to start operations at a well in Lancashire – provided it can see off a last-minute legal challenge.

It will be the first horizontal shale well to be fracked in the UK. The drills have penetrated two kilometres deep and later this week Cuadrilla will pump in water, sand and chemicals at high pressure to fracture the rock and release the gas.

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Protesters march in Preston for jailed anti-fracking activists

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/10/06 - 7:57am

Supporters demonstrate against ‘outrage and scandal’ of three men’s imprisonment

Hundreds of supporters of the three environmental activists who became the first people to be jailed for an anti-fracking protest have demonstrated outside the prison where they are being held after an appeal against their imprisonment was lodged.

Protesters marched across Preston chanting “Free the three”, “Protest is not a crime”, and “We said no”, in reference to the local council’s decision to ban fracking in the county that was later overturned by Sajid Javid.

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