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Guest post: Climate change could heighten risk of global food production ‘shocks’

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Farmer uproots his failed maize crop to feed his cattle, Kenya, 2017. Credit: Joerg Boethling/Alamy Stock Photo.

Dr Michelle Tigchelaar is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington, currently investigating the impacts of climate change on global food security

June 11, 2018 — The 1972-74 food price crisis is the stuff of policy legend. At a time when grain prices had been declining for decades, the global price of wheat tripled in the space of just three years. Continue reading Guest post: Climate change could heighten risk of global food production ‘shocks’

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

Death toll climbs in Karachi heatwave

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Residents sleep on the pavement in Karachi to escape the heat and frequent power outages. Photograph: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

Charity says at least 65 people have died in Pakistani city as temperatures exceed 40°C

May 22, 2018 — An intense heatwave across south Asia has killed dozens of people with sustained temperatures in excess of 40°C (104°F) coinciding with power cuts and Ramadan, when many Muslims avoid eating or drinking water. Continue reading Death toll climbs in Karachi heatwave

Australia had third-hottest year ever in 2017, weather bureau says

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he national mean temperature of 22.76C was the third-highest since records began in 1910. Photograph: Glenn Campbell/AAP

Bureau says despite the lack of El Niño, Queensland and New South Wales experienced their hottest year on record

January 9, 2018 — Queensland and New South Wales experienced their warmest years on record in 2017 as the trend of warmer than average temperatures across Australia continued, the Bureau of Meteorology said. Continue reading Australia had third-hottest year ever in 2017, weather bureau says

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

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 hottest non-El Niño year, says UN

2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record
2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record except for two warmed by El Nino phenomena, says the UN’s World Meteorological Organization

The UN’s World Meteorological Organization says some 30 percent of the world’s population now experience ‘extreme hot temperatures’ for at least several days each year

BONN, Germany (Nov. 6, 2017) — 2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record except for two warmed by El Niño phenomena, the UN’s World Meteorological Organization said Monday, November 6. Continue reading 2017 set to be hottest non-El Niño year, says UN

How India’s battle with climate change could determine all of our fates

rajesh stands beside a solar light installed in his home by a student group – one of two functioning lights in the entire village of rajghat
Rajesh stands beside a solar light installed in his home by a student group – one of two functioning lights in the entire village of Rajghat. Photograph: Michael Safi for the Guardian

India’s population and emissions are rising fast, and its ability to tackle poverty without massive fossil fuel use will decide the fate of the planet

November 6, 2017 — “It’s a lucky charm,” says Rajesh, pointing to the solar-powered battery in his window that he has smeared with turmeric as a blessing. “It has changed our life.” Continue reading How India’s battle with climate change could determine all of our fates

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

activists hold giant balloons labeled ‘co2’ in front of the neurath coal power plant ahead of the bonn climate summit
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

The COP23 climate change summit in Bonn and why it matters

the people of kiribati are under pressure to relocate due to sea-level rise
The people of Kiribati are under pressure to relocate due to sea-level rise. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images

Halting dangerous global warming means putting the landmark Paris agreement into practice – without the US – and tackling the divisive issue of compensation

November 5, 2017 — What is happening?

The world’s nations are meeting for the 23rd annual “conference of the parties” (COP) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which aims to “prevent dangerous Continue reading The COP23 climate change summit in Bonn and why it matters