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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

California, battered by global warming’s weather whiplash, is fighting to stop it

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California Gov. Jerry Brown holds a chart showing statewide average precipitation as he speaks during a news conference on January 17, 2014 in San Francisco. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Hit by record droughts and rainfall and wildfires, California leads the way in tackling global warming

May 14, 2018 — In 1988 – the same year Nasa’s James Hansen warned Congress about the threats posed by human-caused global warming – water expert Peter Gleick wrote about the wet and dry extremes that it would create for California: Continue reading California, battered by global warming’s weather whiplash, is fighting to stop it

Climate change is already making droughts worse

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Dead cottonwood trees in the early morning light near Red Hill Marina on the south shore of the Salton Sea. Credit: Scott London/Alamy Live News

Dr Benjamin Cook is a climate scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

May 14, 2018 — Few areas of the world are completely immune to droughts and their often-devastating impacts on water resources, ecosystems and people. Continue reading Climate change is already making droughts worse

Climate sensitivity study suggests narrower range of potential outcomes

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New calculation of greenhouse gases’ effect on temperature reduces range of possible outcomes by more than half, researchers say.
Photograph: Ryan Tong/EPA

Findings should not be seen as taking pressure off need to tackle climate change, authors warn

January 18, 2018 — Earth’s surface will almost certainly not warm up four or five degrees Celsius by 2100, according to a study which, if correct, voids worst-case UN climate change predictions. Continue reading Climate sensitivity study suggests narrower range of potential outcomes

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’

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

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

COP23: Plea for ‘urgent action’ on climate shadowed by Trump

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PASSING THE HAMMER. Salaheddine Mezouar (C-R), Moroccan Foreign Minister and President of COP22, hands over a symbolic hammer to Frank Bainimarama (C-L), Prime Minister of Fiji and President of the COP23, during the opening session of the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on November 6, 2017 in Bonn, western Germany. Patrik Stollarz/AFP

The concern is more whether other leaders who were already reluctant to foreswear fossil fuels as the main engine of economic growth for their countries will lose resolve

BONN, Germany (Nov. 7, 2017) — Following a cascade of grim reports on the gathering pace of global warming, Fiji’s prime minister on Monday, November 6, appealed for “urgent action” on climate change at UN negotiations in Bonn. Continue reading COP23: Plea for ‘urgent action’ on climate shadowed by Trump

Syria signs Paris climate agreement and leaves US isolated

syria’s surprise decision to sign the paris climate agreement comes against the background of a brutal civil war
Syria’s surprise decision to sign the Paris climate agreement comes against the background of a brutal civil war. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Syria’s decision means America will be the only country outside the landmark deal if it follows through with Donald Trump’s vow to leave

November 7, 2017 — Syria has decided to sign the Paris agreement on climate change, the world’s final functioning state to do so. The surprise decision, taken amid a brutal civil war in the country, will leave the US as the only country outside the agreement if it follows through on President Donald Trump’s vow to leave. Continue reading Syria signs Paris climate agreement and leaves US isolated

2017 set to be one of top three hottest years on record

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Activists hold giant balloons labeled ‘CO2’ in front of the Neurath coal power plant ahead of the Bonn climate summit. Photograph: Philipp Guelland/EPA

Data so far this year points to 2017 continuing a long-term trend of record breaking temperatures around the world, says World Meteorological Organization

November 6, 2017 — 2017 is set to be one of the hottest three years on record, provisional data suggests, confirming yet again a warming trend that scientists say bears the fingerprints of human actions. Continue reading 2017 set to be one of top three hottest years on record