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Five big gaps in national climate plans – and how to close them

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Response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas, US: rich countries are not immune from climate change impacts (Pic: Army National Guard/Lt Zachary West)

The Paris climate deal is based on pledges from 165 countries, but there are major omissions that need addressing before the next round in 2020

January 3, 2018 — The 165 national climate action plans submitted by countries to the UN climate negotiations are key to implementing the Paris Agreement. Continue reading Five big gaps in national climate plans – and how to close them

2017 was the hottest year on record without an El Niño, thanks to global warming

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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

Keep global warming under 1.5C or ‘quarter of planet could become arid’

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Aridification is a serious threat – as well as leading to droughts and wildfires it can also have an impact on agriculture, water quality, and biodiversity. Photograph: Javier Blasco/EPA

A global temperature rise to 2°C above pre-industrial levels could see many regions facing an increased threat of drought and wildfires, study suggests

January 3, 2018 — More than a quarter of the planet’s surface could become significantly drier if global temperatures rise 2°C above pre-industrial levels, scientists predict. Continue reading Keep global warming under 1.5C or ‘quarter of planet could become arid’

Oceans under greatest threat in history, warns Sir David Attenborough

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The leatherback turtle is the largest turtle on the planet. David Attenborough travels to Trinidad to meet a community trying to save these giants. Photograph: Gavin Thurston

Blue Planet 2 producers say final episode lays bare shocking damage humanity is wreaking in the seas, from climate change to plastic pollution to noise

December 5, 2017 — The world’s oceans are under the greatest threat in history, according to Sir David Attenborough. The seas are a vital part of the global ecosystem, leaving the future of all life on Earth dependent on humanity’s actions, he says. Continue reading Oceans under greatest threat in history, warns Sir David Attenborough

Why climate change is creating a new generation of child brides

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Young teenage brides in the village of Nataka on the east coast of Mozambique, left to right: Carlina Nortino, 15, Muacheia Amade, 14, Lucia Eusebio, 15, and Fatima Amisse, 14.
Photograph: Gethin Chamberlain/Gethin Chamberlain.

As global warming exacerbates drought and floods, farmers’ incomes plunge – and girls as young as 13 are given away to stave off poverty

November 26, 2017 — It was the flood that ensured that Ntonya Sande’s first year as a teenager would also be the first year of her married life. Up to the moment the water swept away her parents’ Continue reading Why climate change is creating a new generation of child brides

Why climate change is one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century

studies show that climate change can undo more than 50 years of gains in global health and development work
HEALTH. Studies show that climate change can undo more than 50 years of gains in global health and development work.

The roles and responsibilities of health professionals go way beyond treating diseases

MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 23, 2017) — What makes climate change one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century? Continue reading Why climate change is one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century

Australia facing climate disaster on its doorstep, government’s white paper warns

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Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop at the launch of the foreign policy white paper. The foreign affairs minister said Australia would resist the ‘false hope of protectionism and isolationism’. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP

Foreign policy paper says climate-related conflict and migration could put Australia’s economic interests under pressure

November 23, 2017 — Climate change is creating a disaster on Australia’s doorstep, with environmental degradation and the demand for sustainable sources of food undermining stability in Continue reading Australia facing climate disaster on its doorstep, government’s white paper warns

How Earth’s Orbit Affected Ice Sheets Millions of Years Ago

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Temperature difference between the two interglacial periods, showing the opposite differences in surface temperatures over Greenland and Antarctica. Credit: Caroline Prescott

A new study of the late Pliocene era could help scientists predict future sea level rise

November 22, 2017 — When Earth’s atmosphere warms, the vast sheets of ice over Antarctica and Greenland melt. This melting, in addition to the thermal expansion of water, leads to rising sea levels. Although it’s clear that seas are rising at an increasing rate, Continue reading How Earth’s Orbit Affected Ice Sheets Millions of Years Ago

Climate groups lament lack of loss and damage finance pledges in COP 23

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SUMMIT. The 23rd UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) concludes on Saturday morning in Bonn, Germany. Photo courtesy of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Climate groups agree that the loss and damage finance agenda has been sidelined in the COP 23 negotiations

BONN, Germany (Nov. 21, 2017) — The 23rd UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) wrapped up on Saturday, November 19, at Bonn, Germany. But for the climate groups, the work is far from over. Continue reading Climate groups lament lack of loss and damage finance pledges in COP 23

Battered by extreme weather, Americans are more worried about climate change

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A home is surrounded by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey in Spring, Texas. Photograph: David J. Phillip/AP

After months of intense hurricanes, heat waves, and droughts, a survey finds a record number of Americans worried about climate change

November 20, 2017 — The latest climate change survey from Yale and George Mason Universities is out, and it shows that Americans are still poorly-informed about the causes of global warming. Only Continue reading Battered by extreme weather, Americans are more worried about climate change