EU closes in on clean energy package with Spain, Italy for higher targets

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Straubenhardt windfarm, Germany (Pic: Flickr/Marco Verch)

The EU is near agreement on measures to put its 2030 climate target into action, with a meeting of energy ministers on Monday swinging towards more ambition

June 11, 2018 — New governments in southern Europe have pushed the needle of EU clean energy talks toward ambition. Continue reading EU closes in on clean energy package with Spain, Italy for higher targets

Guest post: Climate change could heighten risk of global food production ‘shocks’

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Farmer uproots his failed maize crop to feed his cattle, Kenya, 2017. Credit: Joerg Boethling/Alamy Stock Photo.

Dr Michelle Tigchelaar is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington, currently investigating the impacts of climate change on global food security

June 11, 2018 — The 1972-74 food price crisis is the stuff of policy legend. At a time when grain prices had been declining for decades, the global price of wheat tripled in the space of just three years. Continue reading Guest post: Climate change could heighten risk of global food production ‘shocks’

Paris deal: a year after Trump announced US exit, a coalition fights to fill the gap

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Donald Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement on 1 June 2017. Photograph: Joyce N. Boghosian/White House Press Office

Cities, states and companies are taking their own steps on behalf of the planet. But their power to minimize Trump’s damage is limited

June 1, 2018 — Donald Trump barely had time to leave a sun-drenched Rose Garden after announcing the US exit from the historic Paris climate change agreement before the backlash began. Continue reading Paris deal: a year after Trump announced US exit, a coalition fights to fill the gap

Businesses will act on climate despite Trump, says ex-UN climate chief

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‘Is the White House going to stop this advance? I don’t think so’ … Christiana Figueres. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Christiana Figueres was also scathing of those who say it is inevitable that the global warming limit set out in the Paris agreement will be broken

June 1, 2018 — Businesses are moving forward faster than ever on climate change despite the intransigence of US president Donald Trump, the former climate chief of the UN has said. Continue reading Businesses will act on climate despite Trump, says ex-UN climate chief

Guest post: Seven key things to know about ‘negative emissions’

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Newly planted field of trees in plastic protective tubes, Suffolk, UK. Credit: geogphotos / Alamy Stock Photo.

Prof Jan Minx is head of the applied sustainability science working group at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and Priestley Chair of climate change and public policy at the University of Leeds; Dr Sabine Fuss is head of the sustainable resource management and global change working group at the MCC; and Prof Gregory Nemet is associate professor of public affairs and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison

June 1, 2018 — Despite the ambitious long-term climate goals of the Paris Agreement, there remains a distinct lack of success at ushering in immediate and sustained reductions in global CO2 emissions. Continue reading Guest post: Seven key things to know about ‘negative emissions’

Chile’s new sexual freedom leads to spike in AIDS cases

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POSITIVE. Chilean AIDS patient Carolina Del Real, 37, prepares coffee at her home in Santiago on April 27, 2018. Photo by MArtin Bernetti/AFP

Chile has the highest rate of HIV cases in Latin America – some 5,816 new cases registered last year, a jump of 96 percent since 2010

SANTIAGO, Chile (May 31, 2018) — The winds of change are blowing through Chile where a youthful sexual revolution is shattering taboos – but also sparking an explosion of HIV cases that has set off alarm bells in the traditionally conservative Latin American country. Continue reading Chile’s new sexual freedom leads to spike in AIDS cases

Margaret Atwood: women will bear brunt of dystopian climate future

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Margaret Atwood is speaking at the British Library as part of Under Her Eye, a women and climate festival. Photograph: Liam Sharp

Booker prize-winning author predicts climate reality will not be far from scenarios imagined in her post-apocalyptic fiction

May 31, 2018 — Climate change will bring a dystopian future reminiscent of one of her “speculative fictions”, with women bearing the brunt of brutal repression, hunger and war, the Booker prize-winning author Margaret Atwood is to warn. Continue reading Margaret Atwood: women will bear brunt of dystopian climate future

Global funds back desert solar to bring power to 250 million Africans

Villagers gathering in the Sahel Region, Burkina Faso. (Photo: Adam Jones)

Desert to Power project aims to expand solar power across the Sahel region, where electricity access remains critically low

May 31, 2018 — A quarter of a billion Africans could be provided with solar power from the desert, claim organizations behind a new partnership in the Sahel region. Continue reading Global funds back desert solar to bring power to 250 million Africans

Bohol’s no-coal ordinance ‘an important victory’ – advocate

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At the same time, advocates criticize the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001

BOHOL, Philippines (May 27, 2018) — The local government of Bohol passed an ordinance against the establishment of coal power plants in the province, as a response to the people’s demand for a coal-free Bohol. Continue reading Bohol’s no-coal ordinance ‘an important victory’ – advocate

In fight vs plastic, ‘challenge is changing people’s mindset, lifestyle’

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LESSEN PLASTIC. Environmental advocates, government officials and NGOs proudly shows their reusable CleanSeas tumblers as they urge the ban of single-use plastics. Photo by Bong Santisteban/Rappler

A study shows that the Philippines generates 2.7 million metric tons of plastic garbage every year

MANILA, Phillippines (May 27, 2018) — Government and non-governmental organizations on Saturday, May 26 launched the CleanSeas Pilipinas campaign, in hopes of addressing the country’s emerging problem of plastics in Philippine seas. Continue reading In fight vs plastic, ‘challenge is changing people’s mindset, lifestyle’

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