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  • Teenage Activists Demand Climate Action on Eve of Global School Strike

    Climate Change News May 24, 2019 | 06:50 am

    Teenage Activists Demand Climate Action on Eve of Global School Strike With coordinators expecting more than a million youths to join protests in at least 110 countries, students inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg are demanding politicians and business leaders act quickly to curb greenhouse gas emissions. “We seem to have this amazing capability of forgetting horrible things and going on with our daily lives, but adults need to start acting,” said Helena Marschall, 16, who is coordinating a strike in the German financial capital Frankfurt. “If we don’t act now we will soon reach crucial tipping points of our climate system, meaning after that there’s no way out anymore,” Marschall said, taking a break from lobbying Deutsche Bank executives to divest from polluting industries at the company’s annual general meeting on Thursday. Since Thunberg began a single-handed climate protest outside the Swedish parliament in August, the Fridays for Future school strike movement has grown exponentially, with groups of friends inspired by her example rapidly clustering into larger, self-organizing networks connected across time zones by social media. Teenage Activists Demand Climate Action on Eve of Global School Strike

  • Rising Sea Levels Could Swamp Major Cities and Displace Almost 200 Million People

    Climate Change News May 24, 2019 | 06:33 am

    Rising Sea Levels Could Swamp Major Cities and Displace Almost 200 Million People With a "business as usual" approach 1to carbon emissions, the world's oceans could plausibly rise two meters by the end of the centur.yThe risk posed by rising seas may be even more dire than we thought.A provocative new study suggests that as Earth’s climate continues to warm and the planet’s ice sheets continue to melt, seas could inundate coastal cities around the world, submerging vast swaths of land and displacing almost 200 million people by the end of the century.If we continue to take a “business as usual” approach to carbon emissions, sea level rise could plausibly exceed two meters (about seven and a half feet) by 2100, the study showed. A rise of that magnitude — which is more than twice as high as the upper limit predicted in a 2013 U.N. climate assessment — would have “profound consequences for humanity,” the scientists behind the new research concluded.New York, New Orleans, Miami, Shanghai, Mumbai, and some island nations could become permanently flooded, according to that scenario, disrupting economies and displacing up to 187 million people. Almost 1.8 million square kilometers (about 700,000 square miles) of land, including some used for farming, could be permanently flooded.“It really is pretty grim,” study co-author Jonathan Bamber, a professor of physical geography at the University of Bristol in England, told CNN. “Two meters is not a good scenario.”Read more at Rising Sea Levels Could Swamp Major Cities and Displace Almost 200 Million People

  • Sunday 19

    Climate Change News May 24, 2019 | 04:07 am

    Sunday 19

  • Car Giant Plumps for Carbon Neutrality

    Climate Change News May 19, 2019 | 05:00 am

    Car Giant Plumps for Carbon Neutrality Germany’s major automotive supplier chooses to go for carbon neutrality as it joins the climate change fast lane. Bosch, the German engineering conglomerate which is the world’s largest supplier to the car industry, says it is aiming for full carbon neutrality by next year, in order to meet the challenge posed by climate change. Volkmar Denner, Bosch’s chief executive, says it’s vital that companies act now in order to stop the planet from overheating and endangering global stability. “Climate change is not science fiction; it’s really happening”, Denner said in a statement reported by Reuters news agency. “If we are to take the Paris Agreement seriously, then climate action needs to be seen not just as a long-term aspiration.  It needs to happen here and now.” Bosch says that at present it emits around 3.3 million tonnes of climate-changing carbon dioxide each year, while its annual energy consumption is equivalent to the combined total of the power used by all private households in the cities of Berlin and Munich. Read more at Car Giant Plumps for Carbon Neutrality

  • Hayhoe:  Climate Hope Comes from People

    Climate Change News May 19, 2019 | 04:30 am

    Hayhoe:  Climate Hope Comes from People Professor Katharine Hayhoe is visiting the UK and delivering a lecture as part of the Cambridge Climate Lecture Series on the 15th may at 3pm.  The lecture is open to the public and can also be watched live online.  Nick Breeze caught up with her before the event.  Nick Breeze (NB):  Here in the UK, in the last month or two, hundreds of people have been arrested and climate change is in the news.  In some ways that is good but it also creates another polarity because some people don’t agree with the methods.  How do we get past this impasse of what is a social system of high carbon consumption, that people are protesting against, and the overwhelming desire to just stop making climate change worse? Katharine Hayhoe (KH): Yes, the level of concern and urgency is growing with the Extinction Rebellion and the children’s climate strikes.  It is because the urgency is growing to the point where we scientists are standing up and saying we need to do something about it.  And then, there was the 1.5-degree report where it is shown that even a 0.5 degree of change carries quantifiable impacts that should be avoided.  The scientific urgency has increased and our personal experience of the impacts has changed rapidly in the last decade, and I think that is even more important. The vast majority of people surveyed in the US agree that climate is changing, plants and animals will be affected, future generations will be affected,[…]

  • Saturday 18

    Climate Change News May 19, 2019 | 03:30 am

    Saturday 18

  • Air Pollution, Diseases, Drought, Climate Change, and Earthquakes Are Creating Risks "in a Way that We Have Not Anticipated"

    Climate Change News May 18, 2019 | 20:22 pm

    Air Pollution, Diseases, Drought, Climate Change, and Earthquakes Are Creating Risks "in a Way that We Have Not Anticipated" Increasingly complex, growing and related risks, from global warming to pollution and epidemics, threaten human survival if left to escalate, the United Nations warned on Wednesday. A biennial assessment report on how the world is dealing with disasters said the past could no longer be relied on as a guide to the future, with new risks emerging "in a way that we have not anticipated". It identified a range of major threats to human life and property, including air pollution, diseases, earthquakes, drought, and climate change. There is also growing potential for one type of disaster to produce or exacerbate another, as when heavy rains trigger mudslides after wildfires, warned the report launched at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva. "If we continue living in this way, engaging with each other and the planet in the way we do, then our very survival is in doubt," said Mami Mizutori, special representative of the U.N. secretary-general for disaster risk reduction. Extreme weather events have doubled over the last 20 years, causing economic losses that are making it "an uphill battle" to maintain development gains in low and middle-income countries, she added in a statement. Meanwhile, the gap between how well rich and poor cope with wild weather and other threats is widening due to poorly planned urbanization, environmental degradation, and population growth. That "complex cocktail of risk" is destroying homes and displacing people, or pushing them to migrate in search of a better life, Mizutori said. Air Pollution,[…]

  • ‘Extraordinary Thinning’ of Ice Sheets Revealed Deep Inside Antarctica

    Climate Change News May 18, 2019 | 20:14 pm

    ‘Extraordinary Thinning’ of Ice Sheets Revealed Deep Inside Antarctica New research shows affected areas are losing ice five times faster than in the 1990s, with more than 100m of thickness gone in some places. Ice losses are rapidly spreading deep into the interior of the Antarctic, new analysis of satellite data shows. The warming of the Southern Ocean is resulting in glaciers sliding into the sea increasingly rapidly, with ice now being lost five times faster than in the 1990s.  The West Antarctic ice sheet was stable in 1992 but up to a quarter of its expanse is now thinning.  More than 100 meters of ice thickness has been lost in the worst-hit places. A complete loss of the West Antarctic ice sheet would drive global sea levels up by about five meters, drowning coastal cities around the world.  The current losses are doubling every decade, the scientists said, and sea level rise are now running at the extreme end of projections made just a few years ago. Read more at ‘Extraordinary Thinning’ of Ice Sheets Revealed Deep Inside Antarctica

  • U.S. Democratic Hopeful Inslee Unveils Second Climate Change Plan

    Climate Change News May 18, 2019 | 18:38 pm

    U.S. Democratic Hopeful Inslee Unveils Second Climate Change Plan Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a 2020 Democratic presidential contender whose campaign is focused on climate change, unveiled a plan to invest $9 trillion in 10 years in modern manufacturing and green infrastructure to “revitalize America’s economy for the 21st century.” This is the second plank of Inslee’s broader “Climate Mission” agenda, which sets a goal of achieving 100 percent zero-emission electricity by 2035. The 38-page plan calls for $300 billion in average annual federal spending to leverage around $600 billion more each year to invest in industries and manufacturing, infrastructure, and skilled labor, which it estimates would create 8 million jobs. “America must rise to this 21st century challenge with a bold plan to:  create jobs; protect workers’ rights; repower the economy; rebuild our infrastructure; and reinvest in innovation,” according to his proposed strategy. Read more at U.S. Democratic Hopeful Inslee Unveils Second Climate Change Plan

  • California Threatens Gasoline Car Ban

    Climate Change News May 18, 2019 | 05:00 am

    California Threatens Gasoline Car Ban California might ban gasoline-powered cars if the federal government goes ahead with a plan to relax emission and fuel economy standards, Bloomberg reports, citing the chair of the California Air Resources Board. “CARB will be exploring ways to ensure communities get the reductions of air pollution they so desperately need to keep the air clean and breathable -- and continue to fight climate change,” Mary Nichols said.  “That might mean, for example, tougher requirements for low-carbon fuels, looking at tighter health-protective regulations on California refineries, doubling down on our enforcement efforts on mobile and stationary sources -- and might lead to an outright ban on internal combustion engines.” The fight over fuel economy standards has been going on since the Trump administration said it planned to freeze the standard at 2020 levels and is part of a wider confrontation between the state and the federal administration that has since Trump’s inauguration seen California file as many as 49 lawsuits against the federal government.  Of these, almost half, or 24, are against policies by the Environmental Protection Agency. Read more at California-Threatens-Gasoline-Car-Ban.html