User: Genecampaign Topic: Climate Change
Category: Greenhouse Gases
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Fred Krupp: Five ways we can deliver on the promise of Paris climate talks 22.4.2016 Guardian: Environment
Leonardo DiCaprio and Fred Krupp: The Paris agreement was a breakthrough, but it is up to all of us to act as guardians of these new standards – and of our future Last December, world leaders convened in Paris in an extraordinary effort to find a global solution for reducing destructive carbon emissions – the indisputable driver of climate change – and to prevent our planet from a destructive 2C increase in global temperatures. Today, leaders gather again – this time at the United Nations in New York – to sign the landmark ...
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Record day-one signatures expected for Paris climate deal: UN 22.4.2016 DNA: Money
A Paris deal to slow climate change is set to be signed by more than 165 countries at the United Nations (UN) on Friday, the most states to endorse an international agreement on day one, a record backers hope will inspire swift implementation. Many states still need a parliamentary vote to formally approve the agreement. It will only enter into force when ratified by at least 55 nations representing 55% of man-made greenhouse gas emissions. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "wants to use the event to generate momentum around implementation and early entry into force of the Paris agreement," said Selwin Hart, director of Ban's climate change support team. Some experts predict the 55% thresholds can be reached this year. The United Nations said 13 countries, mostly small island developing states, are due to deposit instruments of ratification on Friday. The signing ceremony The United Nations expects some 60 heads of state and government at the signing ceremony. French President Francois Hollande and ...
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Keep indigenous people on their land to protect forests, say activists 22.4.2016 DNA: Money
With world leaders converging in New York to sign a landmark climate deal, activists along with actor Alec Baldwin called on Thursday for a halt to deforestation, a contributor to global warming, by giving indigenous people rights to their land. Keeping indigenous tribes from being pushed off their land would help protect forests that absorb planet-warming greenhouse gases, they told reporters in New York City. The climate change agreement, which commits world nations to lower greenhouse emissions, is slated to be signed by leaders and key officials of more than 165 nations on Friday. Rapid deforestation threatens the goal of the climate deal, negotiated last fall in Paris, to limit warming, Baldwin said.  Alec Baldwin Actor If we keep chopping down tropical forests at the rate we're doing now, we're lost. People need to hear and understand that technology alone is not going to save us from climate disaster." The responsibility lies with governments to keep indigenous people on their land, said the ...
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Nearly 170 countries likely to sign Paris climate change agreement today 22.4.2016 DNA: Money
As many as 170 countries, including India, are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change on Friday, in a symbolic triumph for a landmark deal that once seemed unlikely but now appears on track to enter into force years ahead of schedule. UN officials say the signing ceremony will set a record for international diplomacy: Never before have so many countries inked an agreement on the first day of the signing period. That could help pave the way for the pact to become effective long before the original 2020 deadline possibly this year though countries must first formally approve it through their domestic procedures. "We are within striking distance of having the agreement start years earlier than anyone anticipated," Brian Deese, an adviser to President Barack Obama, said in a speech last week at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. The US and China, which together account for nearly 40% of global emissions, have said they intend to formally join the agreement this year. It will enter into force ...
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What is behind the diesel cars emissions scandal? 22.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

All 93 vehicles tested in Germany and UK exceeded EU-set limits on air quality and pollution in real-world situation

The air pollution scandal that hit front pages around the world last year with VW’s admission it had been cheating emissions tests has got much bigger.

A UK government-sponsored trial launched in the wake of the VW revelations has found that every single one of the diesel-fuelled vehicles tested had higher emissions of nitrogen oxide pollutants than permitted under EU laws. For some models emissions were 12 times the legal limit.

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Are Chinese businesses responsible for helping China achieve its climate goals? 20.4.2016 Guardian: Environment
With only 10% of Chinese firms carrying out sustainability initiatives, the country’s business sector will need to step up its game if China is to meet its emissions target China’s offshore oil drilling firm and the country’s largest oil producer with $98.53bn in revenue in 2014, China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) inevitably disturbs marine life as it probes seabeds around the world for resources. Like other big oil firms, the company has caused its share of environmental disasters, including a 2011 oil spill that contaminated 840 sq km (324 sq miles) of Bohai Bay, off China’s northeastern shore. CNOOC got in trouble with government regulators for initially concealing the spill and has since been named in a lawsuit ...
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Switch to low-carbon transport could 'save UK billions' 20.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Reducing global oil demand would drive down prices and free up funds for oil importing countries to spend on other areas of the economy, report finds

A switch to low-carbon transport such as electric cars would save countries including the UK billions of pounds a year, a report has suggested.

Global policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector would reduce demand for oil, driving down prices and cutting global spending on the fossil fuel by £232bn a year worldwide between 2020 and 2030.

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Great Barrier Reef: 93% of reefs hit by coral bleaching 20.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Comprehensive aerial survey reveals full extent of the devastation caused by abnormally warm ocean temperatures

Almost 93% of reefs on the Great Barrier Reef have been hit by coral bleaching, according to a comprehensive survey revealing the full extent of the devastation caused by abnormally warm ocean temperatures sweeping the globe.

There have only been three mass bleaching events recorded on the reef , and all of them have happened since 1998. Scientists say this episode is the worst they’ve ever seen.

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Justin Trudeau to lobby for quick approval of Paris climate deal 19.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Canadian prime minister seeks to bring global agreement into force as soon as possible in bid to reverse reputation as ‘carbon bully’

Justin Trudeau will lobby governments to approve the Paris climate agreement and bring it into force as soon as possible, reversing Canada’s past reputation as a “carbon bully”.

The Canadian prime minister will join 155 other countries at the United Nations on Friday for a symbolic signing ceremony.

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Why Limits to Growth's forecasts are still relevant today | James Dyke 19.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
The 1970s study which predicted civilisation would collapse some time this century was wrong on resources, but right on pollution Forty-four years ago, the size of the global economy was £20tn in today’s prices. In 2014 it was £55.18tn . It’s certainly been a rocky road at times, but the trend of economic growth has been robust. Only four years over this period have shown a contraction of economic output. Consequently, one should feel foolish for suggesting that there are not only limits to growth, but that such limits are already affecting the global economy. That’s one evaluation of the book Limits to Growth , which was published in 1972 and contained the central, controversial conclusion that the seemingly never-ending increase in population, industrial output, food production, and resource use would rapidly unravel at some point around the middle of the 21st ...
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US and China lead push to bring Paris climate deal into force early 18.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Early start date would add momentum for deeper emissions cuts and lock a future US president into the deal for four years

The US and China are leading a push to bring the Paris climate accord into force much faster than even the most optimistic projections – aided by a typographical glitch in the text of the agreement.

More than 150 governments, including 40 heads of state, are expected at a symbolic signing ceremony for the agreement at the United Nations on 22 April, which is Earth Day.

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Emissions from new cars sold in Europe fell 3% last year 14.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Figures show average carbon dioxide levels from new vehicles sold in 2015 met EU targets but data is based on outdated official tests

Average carbon dioxide emissions from new cars sold in the European Union fell 3% last year, meeting EU targets for 2015 as part of efforts to slow climate change, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Thursday.

The agency’s research guides EU policymakers, who are reviewing proposals by the European commission to tighten laws on air quality, emission limits and new vehicle authorisations following the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

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Green deal scheme did not deliver energy savings, audit finds 14.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Only 1% of households took out loans under now abandoned scheme, which auditors say failed to deliver ‘meaningful benefit’

An abandoned government programme to insulate UK homes cost taxpayers nearly £400m and did not deliver energy or carbon savings, a report by official auditors has found.

The green deal scheme was launched in January 2013 with the intention of handing out loans to improve domestic energy efficiency. It folded in July 2013 despite claims by David Cameron that his would be “the greenest government ever”.

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Can game theory help solve the problem of climate change? 13.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
Applying the mathematical principle of studying models of conflict and cooperation between groups could help us rein in global warming Can’t we all just get along. Play nicely? Share? Such laments could be applied to many economic, political and social problems today. Perhaps the thorniest of them all is, climate change. Despite the relative success of the Paris COP21 in November, we are still far from effectively controlling greenhouse gas emissions. Could game theory help us rein in our impacts on the climate? Game theory is the mathematical study of conflict and cooperation between actors or groups: animals, people, businesses, countries or even computer algorithms. It became a formal topic of study in the 1950s and has since made significant impact on economics, political science and evolutionary biology and ecology ...
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Oil industry knew of 'serious' climate concerns more than 45 years ago 13.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Researchers warned American Petroleum Institute in 1968 that the release of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels could lead to ‘worldwide environmental changes’

The oil industry’s knowledge of dangerous climate change stretches back to the 1960s, with unearthed documents showing that it was warned of “serious worldwide environmental changes” more than 45 years ago.

The Stanford Research Institute presented a report to the American Petroleum Institute (API) in 1968 that warned the release of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels could carry an array of harmful consequences for the planet.

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Climate scientist James Hansen: 'I don't think I'm an alarmist' 12.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
James Hansen has crossed the classic divide between research and activism. In an interview with Yale Environment 360 , he responds to critics and explains why he believes the reality of climate change requires him to speak out Climate scientist James Hansen has been a prominent figure in the global climate conversation for more than 40 years. His 1988 congressional testimony on climate change helped introduce the problem of rising greenhouse gas emissions to the American public, and he has led study after study examining exactly how our world will change as a result of global warming. Eight years ago, however, Hansen made the rare decision to begin engaging in climate activism, and he has since protested mountaintop removal in West Virginia and gotten arrested outside the White House in a rally against the Keystone XL pipeline. His actions have earned him both praise and criticism from the media and scientific community. Recent scientific endeavors of his — including a study last month that was ...
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We must close the loopholes in Britain's carbon budget | Damien Morris 12.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
This is our opportunity to fix the accounting rules and keep national emissions within UK carbon budgets Last month the government made a landmark decision to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions to zero sometime this century . This makes Britain the first country to commit to one of the key pledges in the Paris climate agreement reached last December . This decision was prompted by a tireless, non-partisan campaign led by former Labour leader Ed Miliband, the UK’s first ever secretary of state for energy and climate change. Securing this commitment is an important new climate milestone for Miliband, who played a key role in establishing the UK Climate Change Act when he was in ...
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BP to face flak over green targets and pay at AGM 10.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

ShareAction says that BP has fallen well short of the environmental commitments it made at last year’s meeting

Campaigners claim BP has failed to do enough on environmental pledges made at last year’s annual general meeting (AGM) and will hold bosses to account at the oil company’s shareholder gathering on Thursday.

At last year’s AGM, BP worked with groups under the “Aiming for A” banner on a resolution committing it to greater openness about its impact on climate change. The resolution, supported by the board, received 98% shareholder approval and the company’s new environmental awareness won wide praise.

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Cost of Solar energy is less than that of conventional energy says Power Minister Shri Piyush Goyal - makes a strong plea for adopting solar in rural areas 10.4.2016 Govt of india: PIB
Shri Piyush Goyal Minister of State (IC) for Power ,Coal and New & Renewable Energy has said that energy is important part of our ecosystem and the setting up of a multilateral Agency
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Great Barrier Reef: new chapter opens in the fight to save natural wonder from mining 10.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Landmark case may force minister to consider coal’s impact on reef and block new fossil fuel projects

Here on Heron Island, you could be forgiven for thinking everything is calm on the Great Barrier Reef. There are kilometres of gorgeous coral and a bustling ecosystem around it – huge schools of colourful fish, turtles, rays and sharks.

It is the reef you grew up seeing on documentaries.

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