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Scotland draft climate change bill sets 90%-by-2050 emission reduction target

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The UK Committee on Climate Change says target is currently ‘at the limit of feasibility’. Photograph: Alamy

Holyrood says ‘net-zero’ carbon emissions are ultimate aim but climate campaigners say target is disappointing

May 24, 2018 — New targets will set Scotland on course to become one of the first countries in the world to achieve a 100% reduction in carbon emissions, the Scottish government has claimed, although it has stopped short of committing to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050. Continue reading Scotland draft climate change bill sets 90%-by-2050 emission reduction target

Pollutionwatch: Air contamination drops by 30% in China

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In Beijing the modern city beyond the Imperial City’s north gate is visible under a clear sky during the period assessed, 2013-16. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

WHO database lowers Beijing’s particulate ranking from 40th worst in world to 187th, as coal plants flagged as key culprit

May 24, 2018 — Beijing is slowly shedding its image as the world’s most polluted city. In 2013, it ranked as the 40th worst city for the particulate PM2.5 in the World Health Organisation global database. Four years on, thanks in part to a crackdown on polluters, it stands in 187th place. Continue reading Pollutionwatch: Air contamination drops by 30% in China

Masbate bans coal-fired energy projects

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The Masbate provincial government will no longer authorize the development or operation of any coal-fired power plant

MANILA, Philippines – Masbate, one of the oldest settlements in the Philippines, is no longer allowing the use of coal as a source of energy in a bid to limit its carbon output. Continue reading Masbate bans coal-fired energy projects

US launches nuclear initiative to cut carbon with Canada, Japan, UK

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A nuclear power plant in Cattenom, France (Photo: Stefan Kühn)

While the Trump administration generally avoids discussion of climate change, it is participating in a coalition to promote “clean, reliable” nuclear power

May 23, 2018 — The US, Canada and Japan are to create a coalition aimed at promoting nuclear power as a carbon-free energy source around the world. Continue reading US launches nuclear initiative to cut carbon with Canada, Japan, UK

Human race just 0.01% of all life but has eradicated most other living things

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A cattle farm in Mato Grosso, Brazil. 60% of all mammals on Earth are livestock. Photograph: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace

Groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity’s surprisingly tiny part in it as well as our disproportionate impact

May 21, 2018 — Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth by a groundbreaking new assessment of all life on the planet. Continue reading Human race just 0.01% of all life but has eradicated most other living things

Clean-air campaigners call for ban on school run to cut pollution

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One in four cars on the road at peak times are on the school run, government figures show. Photograph: Teri Pengilley for the Guardian

Government urged to take steps to reduce the impact of toxic air on vulnerable children

May 21, 2018 — Clean-air campaigners have written to the government calling for a ban on parents driving their children to school in an attempt to cut down on toxic levels of air pollution. Continue reading Clean-air campaigners call for ban on school run to cut pollution

Emerging economies say rich countries must still lead on climate action

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The Basic ministers met in Durban, South Africa (Photo: Twitter/@environmentza)

Ministers from China, Brazil, South Africa and India want to see more action from the rich world, in a critical year for writing the rules of the Paris Agreement

May 21, 2018 — The biggest future carbon emitters continue to raise the heat on the polluters of the past. Continue reading Emerging economies say rich countries must still lead on climate action

Analysis: How ‘natural climate solutions’ can reduce the need for BECCS

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Tropical forest, Martinique Island, Caribbean Sea, France. Credit: David Giral / Alamy Stock Photo.

To limit global warming in 2100 to below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, many scientists assume that the large-scale use of negative emissions in the latter half of the 21st century will be needed. Negative emissions “suck” CO2 out of the atmosphere, allowing a more gradual reduction of emissions in the near-term

May 21, 2018 — Integrated assessment models (IAMs) that generate energy and emission pathways to limit warming to 1.5°C have generally relied on large amounts of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to provide the required negative Continue reading Analysis: How ‘natural climate solutions’ can reduce the need for BECCS

California, battered by global warming’s weather whiplash, is fighting to stop it

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California Gov. Jerry Brown holds a chart showing statewide average precipitation as he speaks during a news conference on January 17, 2014 in San Francisco. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Hit by record droughts and rainfall and wildfires, California leads the way in tackling global warming

May 14, 2018 — In 1988 – the same year Nasa’s James Hansen warned Congress about the threats posed by human-caused global warming – water expert Peter Gleick wrote about the wet and dry extremes that it would create for California: Continue reading California, battered by global warming’s weather whiplash, is fighting to stop it

It’s no surprise emissions keep going up. There’s no price on carbon

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‘Emissions from electricity have actually fallen but they haven’t fallen enough.’ Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

The only thing close to climate change policy is the national energy guarantee. It’s not enough

May 14, 2018 — Late last Friday, the government quietly released the latest data on greenhouse gas emissions and, as has been the case since the ending of the carbon price, they show emissions are increasing. But the figures also highlight that the government’s Continue reading It’s no surprise emissions keep going up. There’s no price on carbon