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Global warming set to pass 2°C threshold in 2050 – report

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File photo from Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

‘Climate change is happening now, and much faster than anticipated,’ says Sir Robert Watson, former head of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change

PARIS, France (Sept. 30, 2016) — Earth is on track to sail past the two degree Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) threshold for dangerous global warming by 2050, 7 of the world’s top climate scientists warned Thursday, September 29.  Continue reading Global warming set to pass 2°C threshold in 2050 – report

Why we should have fewer children, to save the planet

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Children: so cute; so bad for the environment. Photograph: Floresco Productions/Getty Images/Cultura RF

The Earth’s ability to absorb greenhouse gases without violently disrupting the climate is finite, and each additional person contributes to the total amount

September 12, 2016 — Earlier this summer, I found myself in the middle of a lively debate because of my work on climate change and the ethics of having children.  Continue reading Why we should have fewer children, to save the planet

Temperature in Kuwait hits 54 Celsius, sets possible record

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Dohuk, Iraq, Sharia camp (file). Photo: OCHA/Gwen McClure

July 27, 2016 — The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a United Nations specialized agency, will set up a committee to examine whether a 54 degrees Celsius temperature recently recorded in Kuwait, has set the new highest temperature for Asia, as well as for the entire Eastern hemisphere.  Continue reading Temperature in Kuwait hits 54 Celsius, sets possible record

Deal on cutting greenhouse gases in sight for this year

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A policeman, wearing a mask to protect from severe pollution, secures the area near the Great Hall of the People before the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

July 27, 2016 — A global agreement on cutting the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) – potent greenhouse gases used in aerosols, refrigerants and air conditioning – seems within grasp, delegates said on Sunday after ten days of talks on climate change in Vienna.  Continue reading Deal on cutting greenhouse gases in sight for this year

California Drought, Marine Heat More Likely With Warming

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A southern Californian coastline. Credit: Chad McDonald/Flickr

The marine heatwave persisted but waned during the year and then burst back to its former devastating glory a winter later, affecting the entire coast, from Mexico to Alaska.

July 14, 2016 — A persistent wash of warm waters off the West Coast, which caused wildlife die-offs and blocked drought-quenching storms from reaching California last year, was caused by the happenstance interplay of natural ocean cycles, research Continue reading California Drought, Marine Heat More Likely With Warming

UK poorly prepared for climate change impacts

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A Cumbria road destroyed in floods during storm Desmond, which scientists found had been made more likely by climate change. Photograph: Ashley Cooper / Barcroft Media

A 2,000 page report by Committee on Climate Change predicts global warming will hit UK with deadly heatwaves, more flooding and water shortages

July 12, 2016 — The UK is poorly prepared for the inevitable impacts of global warming in coming decades, including deadly annual heatwaves, water shortages and difficulties in producing food, according the government’s official advisers.  Continue reading UK poorly prepared for climate change impacts

Global warming to blame for hundreds of heatwave deaths

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A doctor carries ice cubes to help cool down a patient suffering from hyperthermia, during the Paris heatwave of August 2003. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

Manmade climate change increased the risk of heat-related deaths by about 70% in Paris and 20% in London in 2003, research shows

July 9, 2016 — Hundreds of deaths in the searing European heatwave of 2003 can be attributed to man-made climate change, say scientists.  Continue reading Global warming to blame for hundreds of heatwave deaths

Burning all fossil fuels would scorch Earth

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FOSSIL FUELS. Steam and fumes emerge from the brown coal-fired power plant Niederaussem operated by RWE near Bergheim, Germany on March 2, 2012. File photo by Oliver Berg/EPA

Researchers predict that average temperatures would climb by up to 9.5°C if all known reserves of oil, gas, and coal are burned

BONN, Germany (May 24, 2016) — Using up all known fossil fuel reserves would render Earth even more unliveable than scientists had previously projected, researchers said on Monday, May 23. Continue reading Burning all fossil fuels would scorch Earth

World could warm by massive 10C if all fossil fuels are burned

Arctic would warm by as much as 20°C by 2300 with disastrous impacts if action is not taken on climate change, warns new study

May 23, 2016 — The planet would warm by searing 10°C if all fossil fuels are burned, according to a new study, leaving some regions uninhabitable and wreaking profound damage on human health, food supplies and the global economy. Continue reading World could warm by massive 10C if all fossil fuels are burned

The time has come to turn up the heat on those who are wrecking planet Earth

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Global direct action began with hundreds of environmental activists invading the UK’s largest opencast coal mine in south Wales on Tuesday. Photograph: Kristian Buus for the Guardian

Break free and join the biggest global action against fossil fuel companies the world has ever seen

May 3, 2016 — An interesting question is, what are you waiting for?

Global warming is the biggest problem we’ve ever faced as a civilisation — certainly you want to act to slow it down, but perhaps you’ve been waiting for just the right moment. Continue reading The time has come to turn up the heat on those who are wrecking planet Earth