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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

Paris climate deal bound to fail with current commitments

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STEP UP EFFORTS. In this file photo, negotiators await the final announcement during the COP21 in Paris, France in 2015. Photo by Arnaud Bouissou/MEDDE

With the current emission reduction targets set us on a pathway to 2.7-3.1 degrees Celsius, the report illustrates the urgent need for country leaders to step up their efforts to reach the targets set in the Paris climate agreement

MANILA, Philippines (Dec. 3, 2017) — The climate battle is an uphill trek. With our current commitments to reduce our carbon emissions, we are not on track to achieve the principal aim of the Paris climate agreement: keeping global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, while pursuing 1.5 degrees Celsius. Continue reading Paris climate deal bound to fail with current commitments

Extreme El Niño events more frequent even if warming limited to 1.5C – report

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The risk of extreme El Niño events would rise from five events per century to 10 by 2050 under a scenario that presumes warming peaks at 1.5C by that year. Photograph: Alamy

Modelling suggests Australia would face more frequent drought-inducing weather events beyond any climate stabilisation

July 25, 2017 — Extreme El Niño events that can cause crippling drought in Australia are likely to be far more frequent even if the world pulls off mission improbable and limits global warming to 1.5°C. Continue reading Extreme El Niño events more frequent even if warming limited to 1.5C – report

Australian health groups urge coal phase-out and strong emissions reduction

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‘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

Paris climate deal: what was agreed and does it matter if US withdraws

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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

John McCain urges action on Great Barrier Reef and Paris climate deal

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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

Sky-high carbon tax needed to avoid climate catastrophe, say experts

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The aim of a steep tax on carbon would be essential to meet the targets set by the Cop21 Paris Agreement in 2015, the experts said. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Economists, including Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern, say taxes of $100 per metric tonne could be needed by 2030

May 29, 2017 — A group of leading economists warned on Monday that the world risks catastrophic global warming in just 13 years unless countries ramp up taxes on carbon emissions to as much as $100 (£77) per metric tonne. Continue reading Sky-high carbon tax needed to avoid climate catastrophe, say experts

Senate to OK Paris climate deal before March 18 – Legarda

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CLIMATE TREATY. Senator Loren Legarda says she is confident that the Senate will concur in the ratification of the Paris climate deal before session adjourns on March 18. Photo by Camille Elemia

Senator Loren Legarda, who is set to sponsor the measure, is confident they have the numbers to concur with the ratification of the Paris climate deal

MANILA, Philippines (Mar 1, 2017) — The Senate eyes to complete the final step to make the Philippines a signatory to the Paris climate deal before session adjourns on March 18. Continue reading Senate to OK Paris climate deal before March 18 – Legarda

Duterte signs Paris climate deal

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TALKING CLIMATE CHANGE. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the Climate Change Commission Board Meeting on January 31, 2017. File photo by Rolando Mailo/Presidential Photo

The Office of the President submits the signed ‘Instrument of Accession’ to the Senate for concurrence on Wednesday, March 1

MANILA, Philippines (Mar 1, 2017) — Despite his misgivings, President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Continue reading Duterte signs Paris climate deal

We may be closer than we thought to dangerous climate thresholds

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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