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Climate change will make rice less nutritious, putting millions of world’s poor at risk

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Rice farmer in Longsheng, China. kevincure, CC BY

Few people would associate fossil fuel combustion and deforestation with the nutritional content of rice, but our research clearly shows one way in which emitting fossil fuels could worsen world hunger challenges

June 16, 2018 — Rice is the primary food source for more than 3 billion people around the world. Many are unable to afford a diverse and nutritious diet that includes complete protein, grains, fruits, and vegetables. They rely heavily on more affordable cereal crops, including rice, for most of their calories. Continue reading Climate change will make rice less nutritious, putting millions of world’s poor at risk

Leaked UN draft report warns of urgent need to cut global warming

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Countries can fight climate change and keep warming below 1.5C if they take immediate measures, says the leaked UN draft report. Photograph: David Goldman/AP

IPCC says ‘rapid and far-reaching’ measures required to combat climate change

June 15, 2018 — The world is on track to exceed 1.5°C of warming unless countries rapidly implement “far-reaching” actions to reduce carbon emissions, according to a draft UN report leaked to Reuters. Continue reading Leaked UN draft report warns of urgent need to cut global warming

Germany to pressure rich countries to pledge new climate cash

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The 2017 Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin (Photo: Axel Schmidt/OECD)

The Petersberg Climate Dialogue will start a replenishment drive for the Green Climate Fund and focus on protecting jobs in the shift to clean energy

June 15, 2018 — Germany is expected to start a drive to replenish the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at a meeting of ministers and climate negotiators in Berlin next week. Continue reading Germany to pressure rich countries to pledge new climate cash

Paris deal: a year after Trump announced US exit, a coalition fights to fill the gap

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Donald Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement on 1 June 2017. Photograph: Joyce N. Boghosian/White House Press Office

Cities, states and companies are taking their own steps on behalf of the planet. But their power to minimize Trump’s damage is limited

June 1, 2018 — Donald Trump barely had time to leave a sun-drenched Rose Garden after announcing the US exit from the historic Paris climate change agreement before the backlash began. Continue reading Paris deal: a year after Trump announced US exit, a coalition fights to fill the gap

Emerging economies say rich countries must still lead on climate action

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The Basic ministers met in Durban, South Africa (Photo: Twitter/@environmentza)

Ministers from China, Brazil, South Africa and India want to see more action from the rich world, in a critical year for writing the rules of the Paris Agreement

May 21, 2018 — The biggest future carbon emitters continue to raise the heat on the polluters of the past. Continue reading Emerging economies say rich countries must still lead on climate action

Kinder Morgan pipeline: Al Gore joins fight to block ‘destructive’ project

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Gore says he supports ‘all of the Canadians – including the First Nations – who are fighting to stop this destructive pipeline’. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Gore says pipeline expansion in Canada ‘would be a step backward in our efforts to solve the climate crisis’

May 11, 2018 — Al Gore has thrown his support behind opponents of a contentious Canadian pipeline project and condemned the planned expansion as federal officials in Canada scramble to ensure it goes ahead. Continue reading Kinder Morgan pipeline: Al Gore joins fight to block ‘destructive’ project

Methane, Climate Change, and Our Uncertain Future

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Flooded permafrost tundra in northeast Siberia. Hydrology is a key control on methane emissions in wetland and permafrost ecosystems. Credit: Joshua Dean

Methane is generally considered secondary to carbon dioxide in its importance to climate change, but what role might methane play in the future if global temperatures continue to rise

May 11, 2018 — The greenhouse gas, methane, is produced by both natural processes and human activities. While there has been much attention paid to curbing anthropogenic emissions, a changing Continue reading Methane, Climate Change, and Our Uncertain Future

New round of oil drilling goes deeper into Ecuador’s Yasuní national park

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A flame flares at the oil production facility on the border of the Yasuní national park in Ecuador. Photograph: Georg Ismar/Alamy

State oil company starts second phase of drilling in one of the world’s most biodiverse hotspots

January 10, 2018 — Ecuador’s state oil company has begun drilling the first of 97 planned wells inside a new field of the Yasuní national park, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Continue reading New round of oil drilling goes deeper into Ecuador’s Yasuní national park

Trump administration plans to allow oil and gas drilling off nearly all US coast

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Pelicans float with an offshore oil platform in the background in the Santa Barbara Channel off the California coast. The government plans to allow drilling in 90% of the outer continental shelf. Photograph: Mark J Terrill/AP

Ryan Zinke unveils plan to offer leases in Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic while environmental groups and some Republicans lead outcry

January 4, 2018 — The Trump administration has unveiled a plan that would open almost all US offshore territory to oil and gas drilling, including previously protected areas of the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans. Continue reading Trump administration plans to allow oil and gas drilling off nearly all US coast

German Greens reveal coal phase-out red line for joining government

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Open pit mine and power plant (Photo: Deposit Photos)

The Green Party will only join a coalition promising to close at least 7GW of coal power capacity by 2020, its lawmakers say, as Germany likely faces another election

November 23, 2017 — Germany’s Green Party has made the closure of seven gigawatts (GW) of coal power a deal-breaker if it is to enter government, a key negotiator has said. Continue reading German Greens reveal coal phase-out red line for joining government