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Act on climate change now, top British institutions tell governments 21.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Joint letter by 24 scientific, medical and engineering bodies say mitigation will also bring economic and health benefits

An unprecedented coalition of the UK’s most eminent scientific, medical and engineering bodies says immediate action must be taken by governments to avert the worst impacts of climate change.

But the joint communiqué, issued by 24 academic and professional institutions, also says that tackling global warming would drive economic progress, benefit the health of millions by cutting air pollution and improve access to energy, water and food. To have a reasonable chance of keeping warming below 2C, the internationally agreed danger limit, the world must end all emissions within the next few decades, the communiqué warns.

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The oceans are warming faster than climate models predicted | Dana Nuccitelli 20.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
A new study finds that climate models are doing well, but slightly under-predicting ocean warming As I have said many times on this blog, if you want to know how much “global warming” is happening, you really have to be able to measure “ocean warming”. That is because more than 90% of the excess energy coming to the Earth from greenhouse gases goes into the ocean waters. My colleagues and I have a new publication , which better characterizes this heating and also compares climate model predictions with actual measurements. It turns out models have under-predicted ocean warming over the past few decades. But how would you measure the ocean? How would you make consistent, long-term measurements that would allow people to compare ocean heat from decades ago to today? How would you make enough measurements throughout the ocean so that we have a true global ...
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Does the Bible really say that global warming will make the Earth ‘vomit us out’? | Andrew Brown 17.7.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
A clergyman’s borrowed warning of ecological doom reminds me that theology can be flexible enough to fit many times and places My ears pricked up in the Church of England’s global warming debate when a clergyman in a brightly coloured shirt announced that the Earth would “vomit us out” because we had defiled it. People should say more of this kind of thing at synod. They should say more of this in almost all dull meetings. Certainly, it is an arresting figure of ecological doom. The speaker, Richard Burridge, the dean of Kings College London, went on to describe the form this vomiting out would take: “God says: ‘I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: and your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.” What it is that angers God, and what it is he demands of workers for justice and mercy, varies from age to ...
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Polar bears can't cope with food loss by entering hibernation-like state – study 17.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Bears have no special ability to minimise energy loss during increasing periods of fasting brought on by climate change, as some previous research had suggested

A study of an Alaska polar bear population in summer concludes the bear’s biology will not help stave off starvation in the face of global warming.

The study of southern Beaufort Sea polar bears by university, federal and private researchers over three years concludes they have no special ability to minimise energy loss during increasing periods of fasting brought on by climate warming, less sea ice and fewer hunting days.

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For Tony Abbott, it's full steam ahead on coal, 'the foundation of prosperity' 17.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

It seems nothing – not even global condemnation, changing polls and falling commodity prices – can shake the Australian PM’s belief that coal is good

If, as the environment movement contends, fossil fuels are the new tobacco, then Australia has cast itself as a sort of swaggering Marlboro man, puffing away contentedly as the rest of the world looks on quizzically.

As other countries look to transition to low-carbon alternatives with one eye on crunch climate talks in Paris later this year, Australia is pushing ahead with an expansion in coal extraction that its conservative prime minister Tony Abbott insists is “good for humanity”.

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Arctic nations to bar fishing fleets from fast-thawing seas around the north pole 16.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Eight member states including US, Russia, Canada, Norway and Denmark sign accord to protect central Arctic Ocean from commercial fishing

The United States, Russia and other Arctic nations signed an agreement on Thursday to bar their fishing fleets from fast-thawing seas around the north pole.

The accord, also signed in Oslo by the ambassadors of Canada, Norway and Denmark, is a response to global warming, which is melting sea ice in the central Arctic Ocean, an area the size of the Mediterranean. The deal had been delayed by more than a year by tensions over Ukraine.

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ExxonMobil gave millions to climate-denying lawmakers despite pledge 15.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Under pressure from shareholders, company promised eight years ago to stop funding climate denial – but financial and tax records tell a different story

ExxonMobil gave more than $2.3m to members of Congress and a corporate lobbying group that deny climate change and block efforts to fight climate change – eight years after pledging to stop its funding of climate denial, the Guardian has learned.

Climate denial – from Republicans in Congress and lobby groups operating at the state level – is seen as a major obstacle to US and global efforts to fight climate change, closing off the possibility of federal and state regulations cutting greenhouse gas emissions and the ability to plan for a future of sea-level rise and extreme weather.

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Global warming is causing rain to melt the Greenland ice sheet | John Abraham 14.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
Higher temperatures are melting Greenland ice directly, but also indirectly via increased rainfall Greenland, one of the largest ice sheets in the world, is melting. In fact, it is melting ahead of schedule as the world warms. Scientists are working hard to deepen their understanding of this ice sheet’s behavior so that we can predict how fast and how much of the ice sheet will melt in the coming decades and centuries. It might seem obvious that in a warming world, the Greenland ice sheet will melt. But, what seems obvious and simple can be more complex when investigated more deeply. With respect to Greenland, it is expected that warmer temperatures increase melting but warmer temperatures can also mean more snowfall, as there is more moisture in warm air which can then fall as snow. So, it has been a question of which of these two competing processes would win out. Would Greenland get smaller because of melting or would it grow as more snow ...
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Climate change threat must be taken as seriously as nuclear war – UK minister 13.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

In foreword to Foreign Office report, Baroness Joyce Anelay highlights holistic risks of global warming, including food security, terrorism and lethal heat levels

The threat of climate change needs to be assessed in the same comprehensive way as nuclear weapons proliferation, according to a UK foreign minister.

Baroness Joyce Anelay, minister of state at the Commonwealth and Foreign Office, said the indirect impacts of global warming, such as deteriorating international security, could be far greater than the direct effects, such as flooding. She issued the warning in a foreword to a new report on the risks of climate change led by the UK’s climate change envoy, Prof Sir David King.

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Benefits far outweigh costs of tackling climate change, says LSE study ... - The Guardian 13.7.2015 google news
Benefits far outweigh costs of tackling climate change, says LSE study ... The Guardian Improved air quality, energy efficiency and energy security, plus falling cost of renewables among extra gains of reducing global emissions, says Fergus Green. Commuters struggle through the smog in Delhi. India's air pollution costs an estimated one ...
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Fossil fuel industry must 'implode' to avoid climate disaster, says top scientist 10.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

‘The age of carbon is over’ and a transition to a greener economy is inevitable, says Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, adviser to the German government and Pope Francis

An “induced implosion” of the fossil fuel industry must take place for there to be any chance of avoiding dangerous global warming, according to one of the world’s most influential climate scientists.

Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, an adviser to the German government and Pope Francis, told a summit in Paris on Friday: “In the end it is a moral decision. Do you want to be part of the generation that screwed up the planet for the next 1,000 years. I don’t think we should make that decision.”

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Fossil fuel firms risk wasting billions by ignoring climate change, says IEA 9.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Energy companies are making a ‘strategic mistake’ and could waste billions of dollars of investment by thinking they are immune to climate policy, says IEA chief economist Fatih Birol

The world’s fossil fuel companies risk wasting billions of dollars of investment by not taking global action to fight climate change seriously, according to the chief economist of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Fatih Birol, who will take the top job at the IEA in September and is one of the world’s most influential voices on energy, warned that companies making this mistake would also miss out on investment opportunities in clean energy.

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Exxon knew of climate change in 1981, email says – but it funded deniers for 27 more years 9.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
A newly unearthed missive from Lenny Bernstein, a climate expert with the oil firm for 30 years, shows concerns over high presence of carbon dioxide in enormous gas field in south-east Asia factored into decision not to tap it ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, knew as early as 1981 of climate change – seven years before it became a public issue, according to a newly discovered email from one of the firm’s own scientists. Despite this the firm spent millions over the next 27 years to promote climate denial. The email from Exxon’s in-house climate expert provides evidence the company was aware of the connection between fossil fuels and climate change, and the potential for carbon-cutting regulations that could hurt its bottom line, over a generation ago – factoring that knowledge into its decision about an enormous gas field in south-east Asia. The field, off the coast of Indonesia, would have been the single largest source of global warming pollution at the ...
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A quantum of carbon: scientists devise new way to observe greenhouse effect 8.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Technique to unravel how each molecule of CO2 absorbs light allows more accurate predictions about how much the Earth is likely to warm, reports Climate News Network

British scientists have devised a new way to observe the greenhouse world, enabling researchers to measure with exquisite accuracy how atmospheric carbon dioxide builds up, migrates, evolves and absorbs radiation.

The technique will allow more accurate predictions about how much the Earth is likely to warm over the next few decades as a result of the inexorable rise in atmospheric CO2 – from car exhausts, power station chimneys and burning forests – that drives global warming and climate change.

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Argentina still has no strategy for Paris climate change summit 8.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

National pledge to reduce carbon emissions remains a mystery as government focuses energy development on Vaca Muerta shale reserves, reports Clarin

It’s been 11,000 years since temperatures were this high on Earth, thanks to our burning of oil and gas, releasing carbon emissions, trapping the heat in the atmosphere and warming up the planet.

If we continue our current activities at this pace, we would have spent all of our so-called ‘carbon budget’ – that cannot be exceeded if we are to stay within the 2C limit scientists say is necessary to avoid catastrophic global warming – within the next three decades.

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Do you have to be a vegan to help fix climate change? – video 8.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
What causes more global warming: every vehicle on the planet or the meat and dairy produce we eat? Raising livestock – cows farts and all – is responsible for 14.5% of total emissions. Beef is 14 times more climate warming than chicken. The good news is you don't need to stop eating meat and dairy all together to make a big difference – you can help save the planet by simply cutting down

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Pope strongly bats for protection of environment 8.7.2015 DNA: Recent Columns
Pope Francis on Tuesday appealed to the world not to turn its back on the "reality" of environmental decay and its effects on the poor, saying protecting the planet was no longer a choice but a duty. The pope, in a speech to university professors and students on the third day of his trip to Ecuador, made his first full-court press on environmental issues since the publication last month of his ecology encyclical "Laudato Si." Francis has said he wants the encyclical to influence a United Nations climate change summit in Paris in December and has now effectively taken his campaign to convince governments on the road. In September, he visits the United States and the United Nations. "One thing is certain: we can no longer turn our backs on reality, on our brothers and sisters, on Mother Earth," he said at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. While he did not specifically mention climate change or its causes, he quoted often from the encyclical, which said there was a "very solid scientific ...
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Major polluter pledges not enough to meet emissions targets, says report 7.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

New Climate Economy study recommends actions at local level could bridge huge gap of between two-thirds and 96% of extra carbon cuts needed to avoid dangerous global warming

A landmark climate change conference in Paris this December has triggered commitments on carbon emissions curbs from most of the world’s major polluters – but those pledges will still not be enough to bring about the reductions scientists say are necessary.

A new report published on Tuesday shows that the remainder of the needed reductions in carbon can be found if actions are taken at a local level, deforestation is halted, and other greenhouse gases are tackled.

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No plan B if Paris climate summit ends in failure, says EU climate chief 6.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Exclusive: Miguel Cañete urges world leaders to force their ministers to agree a deal

There is “no plan B” if the Paris climate conference ends in failure, Europe’s climate chief has warned, urging world leaders to intervene to force their ministers to agree a landmark deal this December.

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Miguel Cañete, commissioner for climate action, said he was very concerned about the lack of negotiating time remaining before the conference.

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Children gather to maintain garden 6.7.2015 Hubli - City - The Times of India
A group of children in Hubballi have shown that the future of the world is in safe hands, and if their counterparts across the globe emulate them, one need not have to worry about ecological threats like global warming.
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