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Stop talking right now about the threat of climate change. It’s here; it’s happening

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Flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, southeast Texas 31 August 2017. Photograph: UPI / Barcroft Images

Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, flash fires, droughts: all of them tell us one thing – we need to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and fast

September 11, 2017 — For the sake of keeping things manageable, let’s confine the discussion to a single continent and a single week: North America over the last seven days. Continue reading Stop talking right now about the threat of climate change. It’s here; it’s happening

Cut fossil fuel use ‘dramatically’ to meet climate goals, says Shell-backed report

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The use of fossil fuel, particularly coal and oil, must decline “sharply” if the world is to meet the goals of the Paris accord, according to a new report backed by energy giants Shell and BHP Billiton

April 25, 2017 — Global coal use must be cut by 70% within 25 years, oil use must fall 30% and gas can increase by only 2% out to 2040. The growing global population will instead get its energy from Continue reading Cut fossil fuel use ‘dramatically’ to meet climate goals, says Shell-backed report

Great Barrier Reef: why are government and business perpetuating the big lie

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An aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday islands, along the central coast of Queensland. Photograph: Sarah Lai/AFP/Getty Images

Despite the government’s protests, it’s not possible to save the Great Barrier Reef without tackling global warming first

November 1, 2016 — At the core of the Australian government’s failure to protect our Great Barrier Reef is the big lie.  Continue reading Great Barrier Reef: why are government and business perpetuating the big lie

US drives rainforest destruction by importing Amazon oil, study finds

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A woman shows crude oil from a well in Amazonian Peru. Photograph: Rodrigo Buendia/AFP/Getty Images

The report found that California, despite its green reputation, is refining the majority of crude oil – with one facility accounting for 24% of the US total

September 28, 2016 — US imports of crude oil from the Amazon are driving the destruction of some of the rainforest ecosystem’s most pristine areas and releasing copious amounts of greenhouse gases, according to a new report.  Continue reading US drives rainforest destruction by importing Amazon oil, study finds

China’s coal peak hailed as turning point in climate change battle

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Beijing, China. The country’s coal consumption peaked in 2014 and began falling in what economists call a permanent trend. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

Study by economists say achievement by world’s biggest polluter may be a significant milestone, rather than a blip

July 27, 2016 — The global battle against climate change has passed a historic turning point with China’s huge coal burning finally having peaked, according to senior economists.  Continue reading China’s coal peak hailed as turning point in climate change battle

How China could peak CO2 emissions by 2022

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Detailed policy proposals by influential Chinese and US researchers show potential to speed up low carbon shift

July 9, 2016 — China could speed up its climate plans to peak carbon dioxide emissions in six years, under proposals presented to policymakers this week.  Continue reading How China could peak CO2 emissions by 2022

Paris climate deal needs fossil fuel giants to ‘implode’

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The view of the 12 Pipestill at sundown at BP’s Whiting Refinery outside of Chicago, USA (Pic: BP/Flickr)

Research shows that a “controlled implosion” of the fossil fuel industry and a technological explosion of renewable energy are needed to meet climate targets

July 6, 2016 — National promises made late last year to contain carbon dioxide emissions will not be nearly enough to meet the global warming target agreed last December by 195 nations, according to a new assessment.  Continue reading Paris climate deal needs fossil fuel giants to ‘implode’

Let’s find balance between coal and renewables

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FINDING A BALANCE. ‘We lack capacity for dependable power. We can’t just merely rely on renewables for now,’ DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi says. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

‘We have to help one another find that solution. I’m sure Ms. Gina Lopez is open to a solution to adequate power supply,’ says Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi

MANILA, Philippines (July 4, 2016) — “We cannot just discount coal,” Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said in reaction to Environment Secretary Gina Lopez’s advocacy to stop coal-fired power plants. Continue reading Let’s find balance between coal and renewables

CO2 Emissions Are Causing Earth to ‘Hyperventilate’

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Data: Scripps Institute of Oceanography (Climate Central)

February 13, 2016 — Every year, plants inhale and exhale carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It’s a natural seasonal cycle that has played out over millennia.

Continue reading CO2 Emissions Are Causing Earth to ‘Hyperventilate’