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Global carbon emissions stood still in 2016, offering climate hope

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All of the world’s biggest emitting nations, except for India, saw falling or static carbon emissions last year. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

The new data is a welcome sign of progress in the battle against global warming but many challenges remain, including methane from cattle

September 28, 2017 — Global emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide remained static in 2016, a welcome sign that the world is making at least some progress in the battle against global warming by halting the long-term rising trend. Continue reading Global carbon emissions stood still in 2016, offering climate hope

California Adopts New Laws to Fight Climate Change, Despite New Government Policy

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Being the world’s sixth largest economy, California keeps implementing the most strict laws against climate change and the greenhouse gas effect. Its major aim is towards decreasing the carbon emission by focusing on transportation

January 21, 2017 — Against all odds, California keeps fighting for a green future. Thirty seven minutes after Trump got sworn into the U.S. Presidency, California released new measures to take action against climate change. The measures will aim towards the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent of 1990 levels by 2030. Continue reading California Adopts New Laws to Fight Climate Change, Despite New Government Policy

Conservative media can’t stop denying there was no global warming ‘pause’

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July 2016 Was the Hottest Month on Record In 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). Photograph: GISS/NASA

In the Spectator, the GWPF keeps denying facts and reality

January 10, 2017 — Scientists have proven time and time again that global warming continues unabated. Most recently, a study published last week showed that over the past two decades, the Continue reading Conservative media can’t stop denying there was no global warming ‘pause’

Japan ratifies Paris Agreement after the pact enters into force

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bows before praying at the altar during the funeral of late Prince Mikasa, uncle of the current Emperor Akihito, at the Toshimagaoka cemetery in Tokyo, Japan, November 4, 2016. REUTERS/Toru Hanai – RTX2RU0K

Japan aims to play a leading role in crafting arrangements that raises transparency in each country’s emission cuts to help accomplish the spirit of the Paris agreement

November 8, 2016 — Japan on Tuesday ratified the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement to cut emissions and prevent climate change, four days after the global pact officially entered into force.  Continue reading Japan ratifies Paris Agreement after the pact enters into force

This is humankind’s ‘great urbanisation’. We must do it right, or the planet will pay

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Jemaa el-Fnaa square in Marrakech, Morocco, where global leaders are meeting for the 22nd UN climate summit (Cop22). Photograph: Mosa’ab Elshamy/AP

The world will never again build cities as rapidly as it does this century. If we are serious about limiting global warming, tackling air pollution and promoting innovative, resource-efficient growth, there is a narrow window of opportunity

November 8, 2016 — Almost as staggering as the current enormous influx into cities across the globe is the dramatic slowdown in urbanisation that will follow it. The world is literally going to town on urbanisation – but it is a project that is both immense and historically fleeting.  Continue reading This is humankind’s ‘great urbanisation’. We must do it right, or the planet will pay

The Guardian view on air pollution: ministers must act

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Smog in New Delhi, India, on Sunday. ‘Air pollution is at crisis levels in cities around the world.’ Photograph: Shams Qari/Barcroft Images

Adults who grew up in less polluted days can cope with pollution. But when a child’s lungs are damaged, they are damaged for life

November 8, 2016 — On Sunday, the capital city of one of the world’s fastest growing economies was effectively shut down in an emergency act. The reason was not terrorism, but air pollution. The Continue reading The Guardian view on air pollution: ministers must act

EU lagging on climate targets – study

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The EU as a bloc has pledged to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels

PARIS, France (Nov. 8, 2016) — Despite progress, the European Union is still behind the curve in its program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, particularly in industry and transport, a study said Tuesday, November 8.  Continue reading EU lagging on climate targets – study

Marrakech climate talks: giving the fossil fuel lobby a seat at the table

fossil fuel companies such as exxon mobil and rio tinto will be represented by groups such as the world coal association
Fossil fuel companies such as Exxon Mobil and Rio Tinto will be represented by groups such as the World Coal Association through their ‘observer status’. Photograph: Pat Sullivan/AP

Is it a conflict of interest to have representatives of coal and oil companies at the climate change discussions?

November 6, 2016 — As the world gathers in Morocco for the historic first meeting under the Paris agreement – called “COP22” but now also “CMA1” – it does so with the unprecedented Continue reading Marrakech climate talks: giving the fossil fuel lobby a seat at the table

Nicholas Stern: cost of global warming ‘is worse than I feared’

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Nicholas Stern: ‘With hindsight, I now realise that I underestimated the risks. I should have been much stronger in what I said.’ Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images

Ten years ago the leading economist warned about climate change in a landmark report – he says while there is cause for optimism, the picture is still grim

November 6, 2016 — A lot has happened since Nicholas Stern, then a permanent secretary at the Treasury, produced his landmark review of the impact of climate change 10 years ago. His work was Continue reading Nicholas Stern: cost of global warming ‘is worse than I feared’

What’s in store at the Marrakech climate talks – and will Australia still back coal

55 tents that will make up the site of the 2016 climate talks in Marrakech will host a cast of thousands for the next two weeks
They’re quiet now, but the 55 tents that will make up the site of the 2016 climate talks in Marrakech will host a cast of thousands for the next two weeks. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The US presidential race is guaranteed to prove a distraction at the Morocco COP22 gathering, where action is on the agenda

November 5, 2016 — The Australian government takes a delegation to the United Nations climate change talks in Morocco starting Monday – two weeks that are sure to be dominated by, well, who knows?  Continue reading What’s in store at the Marrakech climate talks – and will Australia still back coal