Firefighters lighting backfires as they try to contain the Thomas wildfire in Ojai, California on on December 09, 2017. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images Climate scientists predicted the rapid rise in global surface temperatures that we’re now seeing
January 3, 2018 — 2017 was the second-hottest year on record according to Nasa data, and was the hottest year without the short-term warming influence of an El Niño event:
Continue reading 2017 was the hottest year on record without an El Niño, thanks to global warming ‘We are conducting a planetary-scale experiment with uncontrolled dumping of CO2 at a rate that is truly frightening. We have to stop,’ Nobel laureate Peter Doherty says. Photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters World-first climate and health framework from 30 health and medical groups calls for recognition of citizens’ ‘right to health’
June 22, 2017 — To save hundreds of lives and billions of dollars, Australia should rapidly phase out coal power stations and establish strong emissions reduction targets, according to a coalition of 30 major health and medical groups.
Continue reading Australian health groups urge coal phase-out and strong emissions reduction A message on the Eiffel Tower after Paris was chosen to host climate talks in 2015. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images The US is the only country to argue that the accord demands too much of signatory nations
June 1, 2017 — The Paris climate pact agreed at the end of 2015 was a historic achievement after more than two decades of failed efforts to reach a global consensus on climate change. It became legally
Continue reading Paris climate deal: what was agreed and does it matter if US withdraws A diver checking bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef – around half has now been bleached. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images Speaking in Sydney, US senator says he is ‘afraid about what the world is going to look like for our children’
May 30, 2017 — The death of the Great Barrier Reef is one of the “great tragedies of our lives”, US senator John McCain has said, arguing America should uphold its commitment to the Paris climate agreement, or accede to it with minor modifications.
Continue reading John McCain urges action on Great Barrier Reef and Paris climate deal Amina Mohammed: ‘The US coming out of the agreement does put the track for the ambition of attaining the target in jeopardy.’ Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters Amina Mohammed says president seems to be avoiding making decision on whether US will renege on historic agreement
May 23, 2017 — The UN’s deputy secretary general has accused President Donald Trump of “treading water” over a decision on the future of the Paris climate change agreement, on which the fate of millions of people depend.
Continue reading Trump treading water over climate change deal, says deputy UN chief The felling of commercial forests in the North Yorkshire Dales, National Park, UK. Land use change like deforestation was a significant early human contributor to global warming. Photograph: Mar Photographics/Alamy A new study identifies an extra 0.1°C of human-caused warming
January 26, 2017 — We don’t want the Earth to warm more than 1.5–2°C (2.7-3.6°F) compared to the pre-industrial climate. These targets are not magical; they are expert judgements about what it
Continue reading We may be closer than we thought to dangerous climate thresholds Jemaa el-Fnaa square in Marrakech, Morocco, where global leaders are meeting for the 22nd UN climate summit (Cop22). Photograph: Mosa’ab Elshamy/AP The world will never again build cities as rapidly as it does this century. If we are serious about limiting global warming, tackling air pollution and promoting innovative, resource-efficient growth, there is a narrow window of opportunity
November 8, 2016 — Almost as staggering as the current enormous influx into cities across the globe is the dramatic slowdown in urbanisation that will follow it. The world is literally going to town on urbanisation – but it is a project that is both immense and historically fleeting.
Continue reading This is humankind’s ‘great urbanisation’. We must do it right, or the planet will pay Flags from different countries are displayed at the World Climate Change Conference 2016 (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco, November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal The immediate challenge for negotiators is that, by law, countries that have ratified the deal must start agreeing the rules to implement it at the next UN climate conference
LONDON (Nov. 6, 2016) — Efforts to build a new global deal to tackle climate change were for many years criticized for moving at a glacial pace. But this week climate negotiators meeting in Morocco find themselves facing an entirely new problem: a deal that, astonishingly, has come into effect more than three years ahead of schedule.
Continue reading After years of delay, climate talks face a new problem: speed Australia is heading to the meeting in Morocco without having ratified the Paris agreement to limit global warming, which comes into force on Friday. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA Climate Institute says the speed with which the Paris agreement has come into force has caught the country by surprise
November 3, 2016 — Australia’s lack of progress on climate change policy is increasingly at odds with global momentum and risks leaving Australia’s economy behind, according to a new report.
Continue reading Australia being ‘left behind’ by global momentum on climate change CATASTROPHE. A ship is washed ashore on November 25, 2013, crushing houses in Tacloban, Leyte, after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) swept over the central Philippines. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP Former president Fidel V. Ramos wants President Rodrigo Duterte to approve the climate deal so the Senate may ratify it, because it would ‘advance the interests’ of Filipinos
MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 30, 2016) — Former president Fidel Ramos urged the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to approve and ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, as any further delays would make Filipinos more prone to the effects of typhoons.
Continue reading Ramos to gov’t: Ratify climate deal or Filipinos will suffer