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Climate optimism has been a disaster. We need a new language – desperately

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A flooded home in Houston. ‘Major parts of the dominant global superpower have been decimated by two Katrina-dwarfing storms in less than a month.’ Photograph: David J Phillip/AP

The extreme weather of the past months is a game-changer: surely now the world is ready to talk about climate change as a civilisation-collapsing catastrophe

September 21, 2017 — In 1988, when the scientist James Hansen told a senate committee that it was “time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong that the greenhouse effect Continue reading Climate optimism has been a disaster. We need a new language – desperately

Somaliland’s women show kindness and leadership in the face of a humanitarian crisis

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‘If we are to respond effectively to these impending crises—if we are, like the women of Gorgeysa and Saylabari, to ensure that nobody goes without, especially those most vulnerable—we must take action now to ensure that women are equally represented in leadership positions’ Photograph: Holly Miller, ActionAid Australia

As in any emergency, women are most affected by the drought in Somaliland. There is much that Australia could learn from how they respond to the disaster

September 7, 2017 — For three years now, Somaliland, like much of East Africa, has experienced extreme drought. Drought that has become more and more severe, until earlier this year, with Continue reading Somaliland’s women show kindness and leadership in the face of a humanitarian crisis

World on track for 3C of warming under current global climate pledges

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Glacial retreat in Western Antarctica. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Current climate commitments are insufficient to reduce emissions by the amounts needed to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, says UNEP report

November 3, 2016 — The commitments made by governments on climate change will lead to dangerous levels of global warming because they are incommensurate with the growth of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report.  Continue reading World on track for 3C of warming under current global climate pledges