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Australia warned it has radically underestimated climate change security threat

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Fijian girl walks over flooded land in her village. Photograph: chameleonseye/Getty Images

Senate inquiry starts as report into political, military and humanitarian risks of climate change across Asia Pacific released

June 20, 2017 — As the Senate launches an inquiry into the national security ramifications of climate change, a new report has warned global warming will cause increasingly regular and severe humanitarian crises across the Asia-Pacific. Continue reading Australia warned it has radically underestimated climate change security threat

Don’t ignore young people – we’re key to fighting climate change

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Only 11% of the globe’s NGOs employ a designated part-time or full-time social media manager. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Young people are consumers, employees, employers and future leaders but few NGOs take full advantage of the best space to reach us – social media

June 13, 2017 — For the world leaders, negotiators and advisers who gathered in Paris in November 2015, the news that the US is withdrawing from the COP 21 climate accord must have felt like a body blow. Continue reading Don’t ignore young people – we’re key to fighting climate change

More people heading to court to spur action on climate change, study finds

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High tides on the Mekong delta in Vietnam. The Vietnamese government says 40% of the delta could be submerged if sea levels rise by one-meter in decades to come. Photograph: Linh Pham/Getty Images
  • Study by UN and Columbia finds ‘proliferation’ of cases instigated by citizens
  • Lion’s share of court cases are in US but number also growing around the world

May 23, 2017 — Governments around the world are increasingly being challenged in court to do more to combat the threat of climate change, with litigation ranging from a group’s attempt to stop an Continue reading More people heading to court to spur action on climate change, study finds

Pacific islanders bring desperate message to Australia

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The archipelago of Kiribati is the world’s lowest-lying country, with an average height above sea level of just two metres. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images

Kiribati and other low-lying countries are under threat from climate change, and while their people would rather stay behind, they may be left with no choice

May 18, 2017 — “Like a drop of water in a bucket, on its own is small, but if there are many, many drops, soon it is overflowing.”

Erietera Aram’s water analogy is apposite. His country faces being lost under the waves of the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading Pacific islanders bring desperate message to Australia

Climate changing at faster rate than at any time since end of ice age

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A family leaves their flooded home in Bangladesh. ‘In a crowded world subject to adverse shifts of climate, who would take care of such greenhouse refugees?’ says the film’s narrator. Photograph: Mufti Munir/AFP/Getty Images

Critics say public information film shows Shell ‘understood the threat was dire, potentially existential for civilisation, more than a quarter of a century ago’

February 28, 2017 — Climate change “at a rate faster than at any time since the end of the ice age – change too fast perhaps for life to adapt, without severe dislocation”. That was the startling warning issued by the oil giant Shell more than a quarter of a century ago. Continue reading Climate changing at faster rate than at any time since end of ice age

French minister warns of mass climate change migration if world doesn’t act

Hundreds of millions of people could be displaced by the end of the century due to conflict caused by global warming, says Ségolène Royal

May 26, 2016 — Global warming will create hundreds of millions of climate change migrants by the end of the century if governments do not act, France’s environment minister has warned. Continue reading French minister warns of mass climate change migration if world doesn’t act

Climate change is corroding our values, says Naomi Klein

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Naomi Klein argues that oil and gas extraction is causing conflict around the globe. Photograph: Anya Chibis for the Guardian

The need for fossil fuels is destroying regions and communities, causing war and famine in the process, argues the activist and author

May 5, 2016 — Climate change is spawning injustice, racism, intolerance and wars, according to author and political activist Naomi Klein. Continue reading Climate change is corroding our values, says Naomi Klein

Obama warns of ‘climate refugees’ due to rapid Arctic warming

US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has painted a stark picture of communities displaced by rising Arctic temperatures that are ‘washing away’ towns

April 31, 2016 — The Obama administration has warned the US will need to deal with a wave of “climate refugees” as the Arctic continues to warm, joining with the Canadian government to express alarm over how climate change is affecting indigenous communities. Continue reading Obama warns of ‘climate refugees’ due to rapid Arctic warming

Climate Change Disaster Top Threat to Economy in 2016

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Climate activists march in Berlin, November 2015. Credit: mw238/flickr
A catastrophe caused by climate change is seen as the biggest potential threat to the global economy in 2016, according to a survey of 750 experts conducted by the World Economic Forum.

January 18, 2016 — The annual assessment of risks conducted by the WEF before its annual meeting in Davos on January 20-23 showed that global warming had catapulted its way to the top of the list of concerns.

Continue reading Climate Change Disaster Top Threat to Economy in 2016