DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the international forest conservation scheme known as REDD+ first came to Tanzania in 2008, it brought hopes of slowing deforestation and curbing climate change.
Globe and Mail: Last year, the Paris climate talks rightly drew enormous scrutiny as the world’s leaders once again hammered out a deal to try and halt the creeping disaster that is climate change. After the dismal failure of Copenhagen, it was a relief to small island nations like the Maldives that genuine progress was made. We are running out of time: The oceans are rising, and without direct and immediate international action, our nation may not exist in a matter of decades. But we cannot do anything about this...
ScienceDaily: From a quarter to half of Earth's vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on April 25.
An international team of 32 authors from 24 institutions in eight countries led the effort, which involved using satellite data from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Advanced Very...
Telesur: "Climate change is a trigger on the social tensions and injustices we already have,' proclaims climate change activist Tim DeChristopher.
Chris Hedges, in the latest episode of Days of Revolt, sat down with DeChristopher, who is also founder of the Climate Disobedience Center, to talk about the industrial world's lack of action in tackling climate change and the moral imperative that should compel us to respond to this crisis.
In the clip, DeChristopher is stunningly honest about the realities...
Eurasia Review: In 1442, 50 years before Columbus "sailed the ocean blue," Shinto priests in Japan began keeping records of the annual freeze dates of a nearby lake. Along a Finnish river, starting in 1693, local merchants recorded the date the ice broke up each spring. These observations are among the oldest inland water ice records in human history, and now they are contributing to modern understanding of climate change.
According to a new study published in Nature Scientific Reports, the meticulous record...
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: The Federal Opposition has released a climate change policy involving two emissions trading schemes (ETS), more expensive, but better fuel economy cars by 2025, and a "climate trigger" to prevent the states from allowing the clearing of large tracts of land.
There will be an ETS for electricity generators and a separate one for businesses in other industries who emit more than 25,000 tonnes of carbon pollution per year.
The latter scheme will be rolled out in two phases.
Under phase one,...
SBS: The Opposition has taken a gamble before the July 2 poll, and opened itself up to attacks from the Coalition, by announcing its climate change pledge. Under the plan, an ALP government would commit to a 45 per cent emissions reduction target (on 2005 levels) by 2030. That's compared to the 26-28 per cent target set by the Federal Government. Labor is also pledging that a Labor government would by 2030 make sure 50 per cent of Australia's electricity is sourced by renewable energy. Opposition...
Reuters: Stanford University's announcement on Monday that it will not rid its $22 billion endowment of oil and gas companies has raised the ire of campus climate activists, who said on Tuesday they will protest the decision.
Activists felt they had momentum on their side after Stanford two years ago said it would no longer invest in coal mining companies, whose products are a major contributor to global climate change.
But the Stanford Board of Trustees said on Monday it was not clear that the social...
Phys.Org: Greenland is one of the fastest-warming regions of the world, according to climate change experts at the University of Sheffield.
New research, led by Professor Edward Hanna from the University's Department of Geography, has identified changes in weather systems over Greenland that have dragged unusually warm air up over the western flank of Greenland's Ice Sheet.
These weather systems are also linked to extreme weather patterns over...
Bloomberg: The U.K. government should adopt the advice of its climate-change adviser and seek to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 57 percent in the four decades through 2030, a panel of lawmakers said.
Ministers should also limit the so-called carbon intensity of Britain’s power plants to 100 grams of carbon dioxide per kilowatt-hour of electricity, down from about 450 grams now, the cross-party Energy and Climate Change Committee said in a report published Wednesday.
“Decarbonizing our power sector is,...
EcoWatch: CNN aired almost five times as much oil industry advertising as climate change-related coverage in the one-week periods following the announcements that 2015 was the hottest year on record and February 2016 was the most abnormally hot month on record.
Specifically, CNN aired 23.5 minutes of American Petroleum Institute ads during its morning, afternoon and primetime coverage over those two weeks, compared to just five minutes of coverage about climate change or the temperature records. That disparity...
Phys.Org: Flaring of waste natural gas from industrial oil fields in the Northern Hemisphere is a potential source of significant amounts of nitrogen dioxide and black carbon to the Arctic, according to a new NASA study.
Nitrogen dioxide is a well-known air pollutant and health hazard, and black carbon, also known as soot, is an agent of global warming that is critical for understanding climate change effects in the Arctic. In addition to absorbing sunlight while aloft, which heats the air, black carbon...
Christian Science Monitor: By delving into the mysteries of Earth's climate 50 million years ago, scientists hope to understand how our planet may cope with global warming, providing independent insight into today's climate models.
Ancient climates can help us understand the dynamics of future climate change, the impacts of global warming, and the accuracy of current climate models, say scientists.
In a recent study, published Monday in the journal Nature, researchers delved into the character of Earth's climate during...
Edie: Caroline Lucas: Brexit is a frightening prospect for Britain's environment Energy policies would be rolled back, demand for environmental experts would drop and Britain's voice on international climate change negotiations would be lost if the nation votes to leave the EU in the upcoming referendum, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has said.
Green Party MP Caroline Lucas spoke exclusively with edie after featuring in a panel debate about the impact of EU membership on UK environmental policy. Photo:...
26 April 2016 - Gland, Switzerland
The third edition of WWF's We Love Cities digital campaign begins today. As part of the global contest, WWF invites social media users to show their support for cities that are going above and beyond to create a more sustainable, climate-friendly future.
The social media component of WWF's Earth Hour City Challenge, the We Love Cities campaign showcases existing, real-world solutions for global issues such as climate change. WWF urges urban dwellers, suburbanites and rural residents to vote for their favorite city among the 46 chosen by We Love Cities for setting the pace for environmentally-friendly innovation.
"Today, people are increasingly connected with each other and eager to come together as a community to find solutions to improve their lives and protect the places they live in," said Barbara Evaeus, Global Campaign Manager, We Love Cities. "The We Love Cities campaign is about using an engaging social media platform to connect citizens with local leaders so that they can work together to build climate resilient cities."
Cities are home to more than half of our planet's population. That's over 3.5 billion people who can tip the scales in favor of sustainability and critical climate action. Through innovation in energy systems, transport and infrastructure, cities can help power the global transition toward a climate-friendly future. We Love Cities invites their biggest stakeholders – people – to play a part in their efforts.
For the next eight weeks, WWF's We Love Cities campaign will help the public learn more about what cities are doing to become more sustainable. People can vote for cities that they think are leading the charge and boast about them through photos and videos shared on Twitter and Instagram. Voters can also submit suggestions on additional actions they believe cities can take to make a mark on sustainability.
"Sustainability needs to become a part of our day-to-day lives and these cities are showing extraordinary vision to make that happen," continued Evaeus. "From providing housing, transport, food and energy, there is so much that cities can do to reduce harmful carbon emissions while improving quality of life."
With more than 70 per cent of the world's carbon emissions generated by cities, smart solutions like making public transport reliable and widely available can create co-benefits like better air quality and time savings while helping to take on climate change.
The Earth Hour City Challenge aims to mobilize action and support from cities to create a sustainable future for all. Working closely with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability to enlist cities to report their emissions through the carbonn Climate Registry, the challenge now draws applications from more than 125 cities in 21 countries in a competition to identify the world's most climate-friendly cities.
The winner of the We Love Cities campaign, along with the national and global winners of the Earth Hour City Challenge will be announced on Wednesday 22 June 2016. Awards will be presented to the winning cities in October this year in conjunction with Habitat lll, United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.
Notes to editor:
46 We Love Cities Participants
Brazil: Belo Horizonte, Recife, Rio de Janeiro
Canada: Edmonton, Saanich, Vancouver
Colombia: Bogotá, Cali, Monteria
Finland: City of Lappeenranta
France: Bordeaux, Paris,Toulouse
India: Coimbatore, Pune, Rajkot
Indonesia: Balikpapan, Bogor, Jakarta
Malaysia: Melaka, Penang Island, Petaling Jaya
Peru: Miraflores, San Isidro
Philippines: Makati, San Carlos, Santa Rosa
Rwanda: Musanze, Nyagatare, Nyarugenge
Singapore: City of Singapore
Spain: Murcia, Palma de Mallorca
South Africa: Cape Town, Tshwane
Sweden: Eskilstuna, Lund, Umeå
Thailand: Chiangrai, Thungsong
USA: Boulder, Burlington, Evanston
Vietnam: Huế City
For more information, please contact:
Barbara Evaeus, Global Communications Manager, We Love Cities, WWF
Tel: +46 70 393 9030, Email: email@example.com
Carina Borgström-Hansson, PhD, Lead, Earth Hour City Challenge, WWF
Tel: +46 708 855 185, Email: Carina.Borgstrom-Hansson@wwf.se
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About the Earth Hour City Challenge
The Earth Hour City Challenge was created in 2011 to mobilize action and support from cities in the global transition towards a climate friendly one-planet future. The challenge invites cities to report ambitious commitments and big win climate actions, in terms of GHG reductions as well as the co-benefits they provide in relation to food, water and energy security challenges.
Irish Examiner: When growth is strong, governments are urged to allow its exploitation, and when growth is weak they are urged not to worsen matters, says Simon Upton
IN the 30 or so years that climate change has been a global concern, governments have optimistically assumed that a green transition would happen naturally, as rising fossil fuel prices nudged consumers toward low-carbon alternatives.
The impediment, it was believed, was on the production side, as gushing returns on oilfield investments spurred...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer's super PAC launched a $25 million youth voter drive on Monday in seven political battleground states to help elect candidates that champion climate change policies in November's general election.
Climate Home: Sir David King favours technology development over emissions trading as a way to shift emerging economies off coal
Sir David King is the UK foreign office permanent representative on climate change
Carbon pricing is “too sluggish a weapon” against climate change, top UK envoy Sir David King said on Monday.
Speaking at a sustainability event in London, Sir David argued innovation to bring down the cost of clean technology would bring swifter results.
“I don’t think it [carbon pricing]...
CurBed: Rising temperatures from climate change pose numerous challenges to cities, including coastal flooding, rising sea levels, and droughts. But a new report by the Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR) of the American Institute of Architects New York addresses an often overlooked, but seemingly obvious issue head-on: the danger of higher and higher temperatures.
Extreme Heat suggests that cities, and the way we build and design them, needs to adapt and evolve to deal with the coming...
Bellona: Renewed vows to the Paris Accord can`t be derailed by a new US president, say analysts
More than 170 governments including the United States and China boldly declared an end to fossil fuels on Friday as they gathered at the United Nations to sign the milestone Paris agreement and renew their pledges to fight climate change.
Renewed vows to the Paris Accord can`t be derailed by a new US president, say analystss
US Secretary of State John Kerry addressing the UN Friday prior to the Paris Agreement...
PhysOrg: The research, published in the journal Nature Communications, sheds important new light on the role seed dispersal by animals plays in mitigating climate change, and how this role can vary in tropical forests across the world.
In tropical forests of the Americas, Africa and South Asia, a large majority of tree species depend on animals for seed dispersal. Tree species with large seeds attain greater adult sizes than those having smaller seeds. Using simulations, the researchers showed that declines...
Inter Press Service: In a semiarid region in the northeast Argentine province of Chaco, small farmers have adopted a simple technique to ensure a steady water supply during times of drought: they harvest the rain and store it in tanks, as part of a climate change adaptation project.
It's raining in Corzuela, a rural municipality of 10,000 inhabitants located 260 km from Resistencia, the provincial capital, and the muddy local roads are sometimes impassable.
But it isn't always like this in this Argentine region...
Economic Times: Charles Dickens dubbed the heady days of the French Revolution as the best of times and the worst of times. And so it is with us today. It is the worst of times because our earth has experienced the three hottest months ever and is on course to experience the hottest year in a century.
Global warming is no longer a controversy and climate change has become very real. And yet, it is also the best of times, because in spite of major differences in approach, and after years of negotiation, 196 nations...
Project Syndicate: During most of the roughly three decades since climate change became a global concern, governments optimistically assumed that a green transition would happen naturally over time, as rising fossil-fuel prices nudged consumers toward low-carbon alternatives. The impediment, it was believed, was on the production side, as gushing returns on oilfield investments spurred ever more ambitious exploration.
Today, the tables have turned. With oil prices languishing around $40 a barrel, fossil-fuel companies...
Energy Live: UK ministers have the “false impression” that solar power no longer requires financial support for deployment in the UK.
That’s “deeply worrying”, according to the Solar Trade Association (STA) and Lightsource, with reference to statements made by Energy Minister Lord Bourne who gave evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) last month.
In a letter to ECC Chair Angus MacNeil, STA quotes Lord Bourne as saying: 'We are withdrawing subsidy where it is not necessary and the evidence...
aaj.tv: Pakistan is strengthening its institutional structures to step up action to stave off the most drastic effects of climate change, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told the international community on Saturday.
Speaking after the signing of the Paris climate agreement at the UN General Assembly, he said Pakistan, a country profoundly vulnerable to global warming, would establish a climate change council and climate change authority, adding that more than 5% of its annual budget was allocated...
Inqusitr: During the United Nations gala celebrating the signing of the climate change treaty, Leonardo DiCaprio took it upon himself to speak a few more words addressing the dire need for action against climate threats.
"Adding Hollywood stardust to the signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement on counteracting global warming, the Oscar-winning actor, who has previously spoken at the UN on climate change, gave an impassioned five-minute address first quoting Abraham Lincoln and then giving real examples...
Des Moines Register: Iowa teachers may be split on how to educate students about climate change despite strong scientific evidence of human-caused climate change, an IowaWatch survey with the Cedar Falls High School Tiger Hi-Line newspaper shows. Students also have mixed opinions on the subject, the survey showed. Results of the survey of 133 science teachers from 54 public and private schools and one Area Education Agency in Iowa are anecdotal because the sample was not large enough to demonstrate a trend. But they...
Inquisitr: Climate change has meant global warming for most Americans, making them less inclined to see the need for action on the issue, so says a new study by researchers at two U.S. universities. By the time the public feels the sting of climate change later this century, it will be too late to put policies in place that will have any effect.
Patrick J. Egan, an associate professor in NYU`s Wilf Family Department of Politics, authored the study with Megan Mullin, an associate professor at Duke University`s...
Deutsche Welle: Climate change is the single biggest threat to polar bear survival, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The animals depend on seasonal sea ice, which they use as a platform to hunt seals.
Polar bears have been losing weight as Arctic sea ice melts, a recent study out of Canada found. Female polar bears weighed about 10 percent less in 2009 than they did in 1984, scientists found. As retreating sea ice shrinks their habitat, starvation threatens the species.
Providence Journal: There are at least three things wrong with the April 18 editorial ("Climate of freedom") criticizing my position on possible fraud in the fossil fuel industry's climate change denial operation. The Journal insinuates, though does not state, that I am seeking criminal prosecutions, using both the words "prosecution" and "crime" in its editorial. The tobacco lawsuit by the Department of Justice was a civil proceeding, and the Department of Justice won it. The editorial page repeatedly has insinuated...
Sun Times: Leonardo DiCaprio addressed world leaders on climate change at the United Nations "High-Level Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement" on Friday, the day before Earth Day.
China, the world's top carbon emitter, will ratify the Paris deal by September, Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli said yesterday. The signing sets a record for the number of countries signing an agreement on the first available day, according to the Associated Press. But world leaders made clear more action is needed, and quickly,...
New York Times: The World Bank and International Monetary Fund are pressing governments to impose a price tag on planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions, using economic leverage and technical assistance that institutions like the United Nations cannot muster.
The campaign by two of the largest international lenders comes as world leaders have begun to sign the Paris agreement on climate change, the United Nations accord that is supposed to commit nearly every country to take action to reduce emissions of greenhouse...
Sun Times: French President Francois Hollande was the first to sign the agreement which will enter into force once 55 countries representing at least 55% of global emissions have formally joined it. Although the deal is expected to take place in 2020, it seems it will be enforced faster than anticipated.
Under the agreement, countries set their own targets for reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett signed the agreement at a ceremony at the...
Seattle Times: QUINAULT tribal members can attest to the urgency of climate change from an up-close and personal perspective. We’re being forced to relocate part of our village of Taholah on the Washington coast. Ocean encroachment, increasingly severe storm surges and flooding are forcing more than 1,000 of our people to permanently move to higher ground.
Tribes are not primary contributors to weather changes. Blame it on industrial smoke stacks, thousands of cars that clog the freeways and exploiters who destroy...
Inquisitr: World scientists are all geared up for a historic scientific expedition around the southern continent of Antarctica later this year. The expedition will involve researchers looking to circumnavigate the entire southern continent over a three-month journey in order to study the impact of climate change in the region for the first time. The Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition, or ACE, will involve over 50 scientists from 30 countries who will embark on the Russian vessel Akademik Treshnikov in December...
ScienceDaily: The redwood and sequoia trees in California, the baobab trees in Madagascar, and the rose gum Eucalyptus trees in northeastern Australia are only a few of the spectacular large, old trees still growing today. Protecting these trees, some hundreds or thousands of years old, requires thinking long-term about concerns such as their unique habitat needs and the impacts of climate change, researchers write in a Forum published April 22, Earth Day, in Trends in Ecology & Evolution.
"How many of us as...
ScienceDaily: A new study has found that the very corals responsible for establishing today's reefs are now some of the most threatened coral species due to climate change and other human-made stressors.
Professor John Pandolfi from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at the University of Queensland (UQ) says the fast-growing, reef-building, branching Acropora, or 'staghorn', corals are responsible for the vast amount of modern reef growth. Although they have been around for at least...
Independent: Leonardo DiCaprio has told leaders "the world is watching" as they sign an historic agreement to combat climate change.
The actor, who used his Oscar acceptance speech in February to highlight the seriousness of climate change, addressed world leaders at the UN headquarters in New York before they signed the Paris Agreement, a treaty which requires them to cut carbon emissions.
"Our planet cannot be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground where they belong," DiCaprio said.
Hill: Senate Republicans think they’ve found a powerful way to hobble President Obama's participation in international climate diplomacy through the decades old Israel-Palestine conflict.
More than two dozen GOP senators told the Obama administration this week it has to cut off the hundreds of millions in contributions to the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund.
They are also demanding that the administration cut off its $10 million annual contribution to the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change...
Yahoo: How clean is the air in your city? In its annual 'State of the Air' report for 2016, the American Lung Association reports that despite the continued improvement in air quality, there are still over 166 million Americans at risk of averse health effects on account of unhealthy air throughout the country.
"Thanks to cleaner power plants and cleaner vehicles, we see a continued reduction of ozone and year-round particle pollution in the 2016 'State of the Air' report. However, climate change has...
Gosport Times: The United Nations said 175 states took the first step of signing the deal on Friday, the biggest day one endorsement of a global agreement.
The historic global deal also marks a significant step that has brought together developing and developed nations for action on cutting down greenhouse gas emissions to combat global warming.
The agreement was reached in Paris in December 2015.
Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett signed the agreement at a ceremony at the United Nations in NY.
Morning Herald: When Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull rose to address the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris late last year, he told the world Australia would meet the challenges of global warming "with confidence and optimism".
Australia's carbon emissions target - slicing 2000 levels by about 19 per cent by 2030 - would halve pollution on a per capita basis, "one of the biggest reductions" of any G20 nation, Turnbull said.
The government would also double "clean energy innovation" investment...
Guardian: More than 170 governments declared an end to the fossil fuel era on Friday, using the signing ceremony for the landmark Paris agreement as an occasion to renew their vows to fight climate change.
The outpouring of support – the largest ever single-day turn-out for a signing ceremony – underscored strong international commitment to deliver on the promises made in Paris last December to avoid a climate catastrophe, the leaders said.
“There is no turning back,” François Hollande, the French president,...
Times Argus: While 175 countries signed an agreement on climate change on Friday, the president of the Sierra Club called the agreement a “cop-out.” “The fawning and applause over a signing of an agreement, it’s not ...” Aaron Mair, president of the Sierra Club, said Friday at an appearance at the Vermont Law School in honor of Earth Day, “It’s just not enough and the need to build a movement and the need to shock America into action is dire,” he said. Mair said his biggest objection to the agreement, sometimes...
Inter Press Service: - As countries came together at the United Nations this week to sign the Paris Climate Change Agreement, partnerships were forged between countries of the global South to support the implementation of the global treaty.
On Thursday, the eve of the signing of the Paris agreement, UN member States, UN officials and civil society representatives met to discuss how South-South cooperation can help developing countries tackle climate change.
"South-South cooperation is a manifestation of solidarity...
Guardian: Australia’s lack of follow-through on climate change will leave the Great Barrier Reef “completely cooked” despite it signing the Paris climate deal, the Greens say.
The federal environmental minister, Greg Hunt, has joined leaders from 170 other countries in New York to sign the Paris Agreement to limit global warming by at least 2C.
Hunt says Australia will beat its Kyoto emission reduction targets by 78m tonnes and meet a 2030 target of reducing emissions by 26% to 28% below 2005 levels....
First Post: United Nations: Representatives from 175 countries met on Friday at the UN to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and made clear the urgency of taking action to stop global warming.
In order for the accord to take effect, at least 55 countries responsible for 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions must complete the ratification process, Efe news reported.
At least 15 countries, mostly small island states, have already done so on Friday.
The two countries leading the world in...
Conversation: According to a new report published in “Nature” on April 20, 2016 by Patrick Egan and Megan Mullin, weather conditions have “improved” for the vast majority of Americans over the past 40 years. This, they argue, explains why there has been little public demand so far for a policy response to climate change. Egan and Mullin do note that this trend is projected to reverse over the course of the coming century, and that Americans will become more concerned about climate change as they perceive more...
Voice of America: The White House says the United States is leading global efforts in addressing climate change. But with President Obama's last term coming to an end, where do the presidential hopefuls stand on climate change?
NBC News reported that Republican candidates Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz have said they do not believe in climate change. While Ohio Governor John Kasich said humans contribute to it.
Meanwhile on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders both agree that climate...