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 Air bubbles floating up through blue sea water, Galapagos Islands, 2015. Credit: Watchtheworld/Alamy Stock Photo. Prof Andreas Oschlies is head of the marine biogeochemical modelling group and speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 754 at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR) and Kiel University, Prof Peter Brandt is professor of physical oceanography at GEOMAR and Kiel University, and Dr Lothar Stramma and Dr Sunke Schmidtko are senior scientists in the physical oceanography group at GEOMAR
June 15, 2018 — Direct measurements show the amount of oxygen in the global oceans has decreased by around 2% over the past 50 years.
Continue reading Guest post: How global warming is causing ocean oxygen levels to fall ‘Is the White House going to stop this advance? I don’t think so’ … Christiana Figueres. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images Christiana Figueres was also scathing of those who say it is inevitable that the global warming limit set out in the Paris agreement will be broken
June 1, 2018 — Businesses are moving forward faster than ever on climate change despite the intransigence of US president Donald Trump, the former climate chief of the UN has said.
Continue reading Businesses will act on climate despite Trump, says ex-UN climate chief Newly planted field of trees in plastic protective tubes, Suffolk, UK. Credit: geogphotos / Alamy Stock Photo. Prof Jan Minx is head of the applied sustainability science working group at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and Priestley Chair of climate change and public policy at the University of Leeds; Dr Sabine Fuss is head of the sustainable resource management and global change working group at the MCC; and Prof Gregory Nemet is associate professor of public affairs and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison
June 1, 2018 — Despite the ambitious long-term climate goals of the Paris Agreement, there remains a distinct lack of success at ushering in immediate and sustained reductions in global CO2 emissions.
Continue reading Guest post: Seven key things to know about ‘negative emissions’ Dead cottonwood trees in the early morning light near Red Hill Marina on the south shore of the Salton Sea. Credit: Scott London/Alamy Live News Dr Benjamin Cook is a climate scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
May 14, 2018 — Few areas of the world are completely immune to droughts and their often-devastating impacts on water resources, ecosystems and people.
Continue reading Climate change is already making droughts worse New calculation of greenhouse gases’ effect on temperature reduces range of possible outcomes by more than half, researchers say. Photograph: Ryan Tong/EPA Findings should not be seen as taking pressure off need to tackle climate change, authors warn
January 18, 2018 — Earth’s surface will almost certainly not warm up four or five degrees Celsius by 2100, according to a study which, if correct, voids worst-case UN climate change predictions.
Continue reading Climate sensitivity study suggests narrower range of potential outcomes View on the sun over inversion from Jested, Jested-Kozakov ridge, Czech Republic. Credit: Nataliya Hora / Alamy Stock Photo Scientists have presented a new, narrower estimate of the “climate sensitivity” – a measure of how much the climate could warm in response to the release of greenhouse gases
January 17, 2018 — The latest assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that climate sensitivity is close to 3°C, with a “likely” range of 1.5 to 4.5°C.
Continue reading New study ‘reduces uncertainty’ for climate sensitivity Representatives from Fiji perform a traditional ceremony, known as the Qaloqalovi, to open the meeting, 06/11/17. Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth. Climate change was again placed at the centre of global diplomacy over the past two weeks as diplomats and ministers gathered in Bonn, Germany, for the latest annual round of United Nations climate talks
November 19, 2017 — COP23, the second “conference of the parties” since the Paris Agreement was struck in 2015, promised to be a somewhat technical affair as countries continued to negotiate the finer details of how the agreement will work from 2020 onwards.
Continue reading COP23: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Bonn White House officials and business leaders appear at the event, titled The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA The US administration’s attempt to portray fossil fuels as vital to reducing poverty and saving US jobs is ridiculed in Bonn
November 13, 2017 — The Trump team was heckled and interrupted by a protest song at the UN’s climate change summit in Bonn on Monday after using its only official appearance to say fossil
Continue reading ‘Tobacco at a cancer summit’: Trump coal push savaged at climate conference How Shanghai would look with a rise of just 2C: the UN warned this week of a potential 3C scenario. Photograph: Nickolay Lamm/Courtesy Climate Central An elevated level of climate change would lock in irreversible sea-level rises affecting hundreds of millions of people, Guardian data analysis shows
November 3, 2017 — Hundreds of millions of urban dwellers around the world face their cities being inundated by rising seawaters if latest UN warnings that the world is on course for 3°C of global warming come true, according to a Guardian data analysis.
Continue reading From Miami to Shanghai: 3C of warming will leave world cities below sea level