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2017 was the hottest year on record without an El Niño, thanks to global warming

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Firefighters lighting backfires as they try to contain the Thomas wildfire in Ojai, California on on December 09, 2017. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Climate scientists predicted the rapid rise in global surface temperatures that we’re now seeing

January 3, 2018 — 2017 was the second-hottest year on record according to Nasa data, and was the hottest year without the short-term warming influence of an El Niño event: Continue reading 2017 was the hottest year on record without an El Niño, thanks to global warming

Concentration of CO2 in atmosphere hits record high – UN

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EMISSIONS. The report also says that the last time Earth experienced similar CO2 concentration rates was 3 to 5 million years ago. Image from Shutterstock.

The report also said that the last time Earth experienced similar CO2 concentration rates was 3 to 5 million years ago, when the sea level was up to 20 meters higher than now

GENEVA, Switzerland (Nov. 1, 2017) — The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has hit a new high, the UN said Monday, October 30, warning that drastic action is needed to achieve targets set by the Paris climate agreement. Continue reading Concentration of CO2 in atmosphere hits record high – UN

Sea levels to rise 1.3m unless coal power ends by 2050, report says

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The extra contribution to sea level rise from Antarctica will not kick in if warming is kept at less than 1.9C above preindustrial levels, the researchers found. Photograph: IceBridge/Nasa

University of Melbourne paper combines latest understanding on Antarctica and current emissions projection scenarios

October 27, 2017 — Coastal cities around the world could be devastated by 1.3m of sea level rise this century unless coal-generated electricity is virtually eliminated by 2050, according to a Continue reading Sea levels to rise 1.3m unless coal power ends by 2050, report says

Regreening the planet could cut as much carbon as halting oil use – report

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Planting trees is one of the best ways to harness the power of nature to cut carbon emissions, says study. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

Natural solutions such as tree planting, protecting peatlands and better land management could account for 37% of all cuts needed by 2030, says study

October 17, 2017 — Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris agreement, an international study showed on Monday. Continue reading Regreening the planet could cut as much carbon as halting oil use – report

US environment chief signs draft rollback on Obama climate plan

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In this file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks during a briefing at the White House June 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Repealing the Clean Power Plan (CPP) was a campaign promise by President Donald Trump and follows his decision in June to withdraw from the 2015 Paris agreement

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Oct. 11, 2017) — The head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency signed on Tuesday, October 10, a draft decision to roll back Obama-era measures to counter climate change. Continue reading US environment chief signs draft rollback on Obama climate plan

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

Ambitious 1.5C Paris climate target is still possible, new analysis shows

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New research suggests the aspirational 1.5°C goal is more hopeful than thought. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

Goal to limit warming to 1.5°C to avoid the worst impacts of climate change was seen as unreachable, but updated research suggests it could be met if strong action is taken

September 18, 2017 — The highly ambitious aim of limiting global warming to less than 1.5°C remains in reach, a new scientific analysis shows. Continue reading Ambitious 1.5C Paris climate target is still possible, new analysis shows

Climate change could flip European peak power demand to summer, study says

High rise public building exterior with air conditioning units, Belgrade, Serbia, 07/2016. Credit: Marco Secchi / Alamy Stock Photo.
GDJA5F High rise public building exterior with air conditioning units in Belgrade Serbia. Image shot 07/2016. Exact date unknown.

Climate change could push peak electricity demand from winter to summer in most European countries, a new study says

August 29, 2017 — If global greenhouse gases aren’t curbed, rising temperatures will lead to increased use of air conditioners in the summer and less need for heaters in the winter. Continue reading Climate change could flip European peak power demand to summer, study says

Finkel clean energy target too weak for Paris climate goal, analysis shows

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Research commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation on the clean energy target says the trajectory of emissions reduction is not strong enough. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Target will transfer pressure to other sectors of the economy to reduce their emissions, research shows

August 29, 2017 — The clean energy target recommended by Australia’s chief scientist, Alan Finkel, won’t deliver Australia’s obligations under the Paris agreement and will only transfer Continue reading Finkel clean energy target too weak for Paris climate goal, analysis shows

Electricity demand in southern Europe to soar with air con – scientists

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Climate change is likely to see an increased reliance on air conditioners in southern Europe. Photograph: AKP Photos/Alamy

Study predicts power consumption to rise with hotter temperatures, increasing need for renewable sources, while northern Europe’s demand may fall

August 28, 2017 — Demand for electricity is set to soar in southern Europe as climate change takes hold, research has revealed, with the effect likely to be down to a boom in the use of air conditioning. Continue reading Electricity demand in southern Europe to soar with air con – scientists