Human race just 0.01% of all life but has eradicated most other living things

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A cattle farm in Mato Grosso, Brazil. 60% of all mammals on Earth are livestock. Photograph: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace

Groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity’s surprisingly tiny part in it as well as our disproportionate impact

May 21, 2018 — Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth by a groundbreaking new assessment of all life on the planet. Continue reading Human race just 0.01% of all life but has eradicated most other living things

Clean-air campaigners call for ban on school run to cut pollution

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One in four cars on the road at peak times are on the school run, government figures show. Photograph: Teri Pengilley for the Guardian

Government urged to take steps to reduce the impact of toxic air on vulnerable children

May 21, 2018 — Clean-air campaigners have written to the government calling for a ban on parents driving their children to school in an attempt to cut down on toxic levels of air pollution. Continue reading Clean-air campaigners call for ban on school run to cut pollution

Emerging economies say rich countries must still lead on climate action

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The Basic ministers met in Durban, South Africa (Photo: Twitter/@environmentza)

Ministers from China, Brazil, South Africa and India want to see more action from the rich world, in a critical year for writing the rules of the Paris Agreement

May 21, 2018 — The biggest future carbon emitters continue to raise the heat on the polluters of the past. Continue reading Emerging economies say rich countries must still lead on climate action

Analysis: How ‘natural climate solutions’ can reduce the need for BECCS

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Tropical forest, Martinique Island, Caribbean Sea, France. Credit: David Giral / Alamy Stock Photo.

To limit global warming in 2100 to below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, many scientists assume that the large-scale use of negative emissions in the latter half of the 21st century will be needed. Negative emissions “suck” CO2 out of the atmosphere, allowing a more gradual reduction of emissions in the near-term

May 21, 2018 — Integrated assessment models (IAMs) that generate energy and emission pathways to limit warming to 1.5°C have generally relied on large amounts of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to provide the required negative Continue reading Analysis: How ‘natural climate solutions’ can reduce the need for BECCS

California, battered by global warming’s weather whiplash, is fighting to stop it

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California Gov. Jerry Brown holds a chart showing statewide average precipitation as he speaks during a news conference on January 17, 2014 in San Francisco. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Hit by record droughts and rainfall and wildfires, California leads the way in tackling global warming

May 14, 2018 — In 1988 – the same year Nasa’s James Hansen warned Congress about the threats posed by human-caused global warming – water expert Peter Gleick wrote about the wet and dry extremes that it would create for California: Continue reading California, battered by global warming’s weather whiplash, is fighting to stop it

It’s no surprise emissions keep going up. There’s no price on carbon

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‘Emissions from electricity have actually fallen but they haven’t fallen enough.’ Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

The only thing close to climate change policy is the national energy guarantee. It’s not enough

May 14, 2018 — Late last Friday, the government quietly released the latest data on greenhouse gas emissions and, as has been the case since the ending of the carbon price, they show emissions are increasing. But the figures also highlight that the government’s Continue reading It’s no surprise emissions keep going up. There’s no price on carbon

11 ways the Paris climate deal is working in the real world

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Not a car in sight. Barcelona’s superblocks have created a car free space in the city centre, now other cities are copying the idea (Photo: JasonParis/Flickr)

As climate talks stall, it’s clear the UN process is no longer the major driving force of the climate transition. But does that matter?

May 15, 2018 — Like an old car that has gone as far as it can go, UN climate talks in Bonn last week stuttered, spluttered and stalled. Continue reading 11 ways the Paris climate deal is working in the real world

Climate change is already making droughts worse

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Dead cottonwood trees in the early morning light near Red Hill Marina on the south shore of the Salton Sea. Credit: Scott London/Alamy Live News

Dr Benjamin Cook is a climate scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

May 14, 2018 — Few areas of the world are completely immune to droughts and their often-devastating impacts on water resources, ecosystems and people. Continue reading Climate change is already making droughts worse

UN takes step toward global environment pact opposed by PH, US

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UNITED NATIONS. A view of the UN headquarters complex, as seen from the Visitors’ Entrance, 23 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Yubi Hoffmann/UN Photo

The resolution creates a working group tasked with identifying gaps in international environmental law and determining whether there is a need to a new regulatory structure

UNITED NATIONS (May 11, 2018) — The UN General Assembly on Thursday, May 10, took a first step to create a global pact for the environment, an initiative championed by French President Emmanuel Macron but opposed by the United States. Continue reading UN takes step toward global environment pact opposed by PH, US

Hurricane season may be even worse in 2018 after a harrowing 2017

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Flooded homes at Citrus Park in Bonita Springs, Florida on 16 September 2017, six days after Hurricane Irma. Photograph: Nicole Raucheisen/AP

The initial forecasts of an above-average season for hurricanes, beginning on 1 June, follow a punishing spate of storms last year

May 11, 2018 — The US may have to brace itself for another harrowing spate of hurricanes this year, with forecasts of an active 2018 season coming amid new research that shows powerful Atlantic storms are intensifying far more rapidly than they did 30 years ago. Continue reading Hurricane season may be even worse in 2018 after a harrowing 2017

Growing disaster resiliency in Region 12 (SOCCSKSARGEN) and the rest of Mindanao