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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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World Bank to spend 28% of investments on climate change projects 8.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

The world’s biggest provider of public finance to developing countries will refocus its financing efforts towards tackling climate change, group said

The World Bank has made a “fundamental shift” in its role of alleviating global poverty, by refocusing its financing efforts towards tackling climate change, the group said on Thursday.

The world’s biggest provider of public finance to developing countries said it would spend 28% of its investments directly on climate change projects, and that all of its future spending would take account of global warming.

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Earth Care Awards for green firms 8.4.2016 TOI: Cities
After decades of talks, 195 nations adopted an ambitious deal in Paris last December to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and strive to prevent dangerous impacts of climate ...
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Global warming may be far worse than thought, cloud analysis suggests 7.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Researchers find clouds contain more liquid – as opposed to ice – than was previously believed, threatening greater increase in temperatures

Climate change projections have vastly underestimated the role that clouds play, meaning future warming could be far worse than is currently projected, according to new research.

Researchers said that a doubling of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere compared with pre-industrial times could result in a global temperature increase of up to 5.3C – far warmer than the 4.6C older models predict.

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Reducing food waste would mitigate climate change, study shows 7.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Scientists estimate up to 14% of emissions from agriculture in 2050 could be avoided by managing food use and distribution better

Reducing food waste around the world would help curb emissions of planet-warming gases, lessening some of the impacts of climate change such as more extreme weather and rising seas, scientists said on Thursday.

Up to 14% of emissions from agriculture in 2050 could be avoided by managing food use and distribution better, according to a new study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

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US and Canada continue climate alliance with move to curb methane emissions 7.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Meeting represents one of the last chances to grow on climate partnership agreed on by Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama before US president leaves office

The US and Canada will take their newfound climate alliance to the next level on Thursday, advancing efforts to curb emissions of methane, a powerful warming agent produced at fracking sites and tar sands, aging oil installations and pipelines.

Thursday’s meeting in Ottawa represents one of the last chances to grow on the climate partnership agreed on by US president Barack Obama and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, before the president leaves the White House.

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Teak absorbs max CO2 from air, helps check global warming 7.4.2016 TOI: Cities
Teak has the highest capacity for carbon sequestration among trees in India. This is the finding of a study conducted by the Gujarat Ecological Education and Research (GEER) to prepare a hierarchy of local trees in India that can reduce the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide traps heat and is the main villain insofar as global warming is ...
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$1tn could be wasted on 'unneeded' new coal plants, report warns 30.3.2016 Guardian: Environment
Investment in 1,500 new coal plants around the world could be wasted if action on climate change and pollution prevent them from being used Almost $1tn of investment in new coal-fired power stations could be wasted if growing concerns about climate change and air pollution leave the plants unused, according to a new report . About 1,500 new coal plants are in construction or planning stages around the world but electricity generation from the fossil fuel has fallen in recent years, the detailed report from the Sierra Club, Greenpeace and CoalSwarm found. In China, existing plants are now used just 50% of the time, coal use is falling and new permits and construction have been halted in half of the nation’s provinces , affecting about 250 ...
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