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Britain needs to extend policies to reduce emissions - adviser

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government needs to extend policies and funding to reduce carbon emissions into the next decade to avoid increasing the cost and impact of global warming, Britain's climate change adviser said on Tuesday.

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China works for 'win-win' climate plan, poised for U.N. pledge

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - China seeks a fair, global system to tackle climate change and will deliver its pledge to the United Nations by the end of Tuesday on how much it will cut emissions, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said after talks with top European Union officials.










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Climate Change: Colder Europe after Sea Ice Retreat?

Nature World News: Will warmer climates like France, United Kingdom, and southern Europe feel chillier in the future? A new study contributes more to the idea that, contrary to the oft-publicized view that climate change means warming, melt, and palm-tree havens, retreating sea ice in the Iceland and Greenland Seas could change the circulation of warm and cold water in the Atlantic Ocean, throwing off Europe's balance of warm air from its traditional circulation of currents--and make Europe colder. "A warm western...
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Dalai Lama Endorses Pope Francis’s Encyclical on Climate Change

EcoWatch: The Dalai Lama endorsed the Pope`s encyclical on climate change yesterday while speaking at Glastonbury festival, a massive five-day festival that takes place in Somerset, England. The Buddhist leader spoke at a panel on climate change, praising the encyclical and saying it was the duty of everyone to "say more. We have to make more of an effort, including demonstrations.” Watch the @DalaiLama talk #climate action with @350 & @guardian at Glastonbury Festival http://t.co/6CMVnKbrJz -- 350 dot...
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China's Li says working 'win win' climate plan

Reuters: China is seeking a fair, global system to tackle climate change and is about to make a joint announcement on the environment, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said at talks in Brussels with EU leaders on Monday. China will work with the international community to seek a "fair, reasonable, win-win" global climate governance system, Li said, according to a translation of his speech. The world's biggest polluter, China, is expected to formally submit to the United Nations its plans to cut carbon emissions...
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Asia-Pacific countries require climate-resilient infrastructures

Daily Times: Climate Change Minister Mushahidullah Khan said growing risk of climate change-induced natural disasters is most likely to aggravate state of poverty in the Asia-Pacific region. “However, the best viable way to tackle poverty in the region is to help people, particularly farmers, adapt to changing weather patterns caused by climate altering global warming,” the minister said in a statement on Sunday. Mushahidullah suggested that boosting adaptation in climate-sensitive agriculture, water, livestock,...
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Australia in the climate change spotlight ahead of Paris summit

Morning Herald: This article is part of Climate for Change, a Fairfax Media series on global warming. Full coverage can be found here. 2nd Degree columns can be found here. The Chinese bureaucrat pushed the point. Was, he wondered, Australia expecting the world to do more to address climate change than it was prepared to do itself? Back home, the Abbott government was furiously arguing that there was nothing unusual about this – that the probe was a standard part of the laborious theatre of international...
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British Columbia is looking at a new approach to tackling climate change – adaptation

Globe and Mail: Premier Christy Clark just handed out her cabinet ministers' assignments for the coming year, laying out their responsibilities and pet projects. Balance the budget, keep government lean, secure the generational opportunity of liquefied natural gas - all the usual themes are there. But buried in the bottom of the priorities list is one new task that signals her government has started to grasp the inescapable impact of climate change. "Working with the Ministry of Environment, undertake an analysis...
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The surprisingly important climate policy moment that’s coming this week

Washington Post: White House officials confirmed Thursday that in President Obama’s meetings this coming week with the president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, they’re going to be talking about climate change. It’s unclear whether the result will be any kind of climate-related pact between the U.S. and Brazil on emissions, as we saw between the U.S. and China last year. But there’s certainly plenty of speculation about one. Brazil is a nation of more than 200 million people — the fifth most populous in the world —...
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China Ready to Go Further on Climate Change, Sources Say

Politico: China appears ready to set a more ambitious climate change pledge by moving up the timeline for peaking its carbon emissions and opening the possibility of sending money to other countries to take action, according to EU sources close to the negotiations. The declaration is expected Monday, when Chinese representatives head into parallel summits in Brussels, with the EU, and New York, with United Nations members. This follows a round of negotiations in New York over the weekend between China,...
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China's UN climate pledges 'expected': state media

Agence France-Presse: China is expected to unveil its long-awaited national pledges to reduce carbon emissions beyond 2020, a state-run newspaper said Monday, as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Belgium and France ahead of a Paris climate summit. The world's number one emitter has yet to put forward its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), as the pledges are called by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Speculation has mounted that the announcement will be made during Li's visit...
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Obama asks the questions in interview with British naturalist Attenborough

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama for a change was the one asking the questions in an interview that aired on Sunday with British naturalist David Attenborough in which they agreed that combating climate change would require a global effort.

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Inter-religious march in Rome demands action on climate change

Reuters: Several thousand Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews and Moslems marched through Rome to the Vatican on Sunday to demand action on climate change and thank Pope Francis for his encyclical on the environment. They marched behind banners reading "Many Faiths - One Planet" and "The Earth - Our Common Home - Climate Action Now!" to lobby leaders to take decisive action at a United Nations summit in Paris this year to stem the effects of global warming. Speaking to crowds gathered in St....
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Inter-religious march in Rome demands action on climate change

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Several thousand Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews and Moslems marched through Rome to the Vatican on Sunday to demand action on climate change and thank Pope Francis for his encyclical on the environment.










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Get healthy for environment's sake

Independent: Banning carbon dioxide-filled fizzy drinks from schools and cutting consumption of red meat and dairy products are not only ways to make nations healthier but also key methods for tackling global warming, a new study has said. Climate change has given people a golden opportunity to improve their health, according to the report on links between lifestyles and global warming - which even said that phasing out asthma inhalers could help. Politicians, scientists, schools and the NHS must work together...
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Brazil, China, India, South Africa in push for climate financing

Agence France-Presse: Brazil, China, India and South Africa voiced disappointment Sunday over the failure of rich countries to come up with billions of dollars needed to help them sign on to a landmark climate change deal. Ministers and top negotiators from the four key countries met in New York to close ranks as talks on the climate deal head into crucial months before a Paris conference in December. In a joint statement, they expressed "disappointment over the continued lack of any clear roadmap for developed...
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Redford: Time to step up game on climate change

CNN: On Monday, I'll have the honor of addressing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and representatives from 193 countries gathered at U.N. headquarters in New York to call for immediate action on global climate change. This meeting is part of a growing groundswell being felt throughout the world with citizens, cities, religious leaders, corporations and nations demanding real action. And when world leaders meet in Paris this December, the world will be watching. I believe climate change is the...
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Pope Francis’s environmental message brings thousands on to streets in Rome

Guardian: Thousands of campaigners and religious leaders have marched through Rome, backing Pope Francis’s uncompromising environmental message ahead of a Vatican conference on climate change, and urging world leaders to take action. Holy See officials will this week discuss the environment with activists and scientists at a meeting at which Naomi Klein, a prominent social activist, will take centre stage alongside Cardinal Peter Turkson, one of the pontiff’s most senior aides. Soon after the release...
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Thousands March in Rome to Celebrate Pope Francis’s Call Urgent Climate Action

EcoWatch: People of faith, civil society groups and communities impacted by climate change marched together in Rome today to express gratitude to Pope Francis for the release of his encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si`, and call for bolder climate action by world leaders. Under the banner of "One Earth One Family," the march brought together Catholics and other Christians, followers of non-Christian faiths, environmentalists and people of goodwill. The march ended in St. Peter’s Square in time for...
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Australia: Broad coalition formed to seek common ground on tackling climate change

Conversation: Major business, union, research, environment, investor and social groups have formed the Australian Climate Roundtable in an effort to “put the climate policy debate on common ground and offer a way forward”. The group’s formation comes just weeks before the Abbott government announces Australia’s emission reduction target for post-2020, in the run-up to the United Nations climate change conference in Paris later in the year. China is expected to announce its target imminently. The organisations...
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Like the Pope says, climate change in Seattle will impact the poor most

Seattle Globalist: Pope Francis is not the first to urge humanity to change its wasteful ways. But he may have given the harshest lecture last week, when he released an encyclical condemning policymakers’ weak responses to climate change problems, calling developed countries to cut carbon emissions, and linking climate change and social inequity. “The deterioration of the environment and of society affects the most vulnerable people on the planet,” the encyclical reads. “Both everyday experience and scientific research...
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Jon Stewart Slams GOP for Criticizing the Pope’s ‘Call for Environmental Consciousness’

EcoWatch: Pope Francis released his encyclical last week, urging swift action on climate change ahead of the Paris climate talks in December. And before the ink had even dried, many conservative American politicians were criticizing the Pope for speaking out about environmental issues. The Pope “ought to stay with his job and let us stay with ours” said Sen. James Inhofe at the Heartland Institute’s 10th International Conference on Climate Change. Jeb Bush also thought the Pope needed to butt out, saying...
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Pope Francis Slams GMOs and Pesticides for Destroying the Earth’s ‘Complex Web of Ecosystems’

EcoWatch: Pope Francis’s encyclical didn’t just cover climate change, he also denounced pesticides and genetically engineered (GE) crops, declaring “the spread of these crops destroys the complex web of ecosystems, decreases diversity in production and affects the present and the future of regional economies.” Biotech companies claim their products are key to solving hunger, but the Pope knows this isn’t true. No commercial GE crops are engineered for increased yield. Five of every six acres of GE crops...
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Flood-hit Cameroon to demolish low-lying urban homes

DOUALA, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change and unregulated housing development are to blame for the devastation brought by floods that have so far killed at least 4 people and forced more than 80,000 from their homes in Cameroon’s economic capital, experts say.










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USAID backs how-to course to help Asia cope with climate change

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The U.S. government is setting up a course to train officials in the Asia-Pacific region in the basics of preparing and financing projects to help communities weather climate change, experts from the USAID development agency said on Friday.

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Good news reefs: How corals survive a heating planet

Christian Science Monitor: As concern grows over the threat coral reefs face from pollution, destructive fishing practices, and especially climate change and ocean acidification, a research team has found that heat-tolerant corals pass along that tolerance to corals adapted to cooler waters. One of the key questions regarding heat tolerance is the extent to which it is genetically inherited or whether the corals build an ability to endure heat stress through repeated exposure, a process analogous to hardening tomato plants....
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NGOs urge world leaders to harness ‘historic opportunity’

Blue and Green: World leaders have a “historic opportunity” this year to tackle climate change and eradicate poverty, according for NGOs who are calling on them to seize the opportunity. In a report, development and environmental NGOs CARE and WWF argues that two important government summits can be used to forge lasting change to reach an agreement on strong sustainable development foals and a global climate deal. However, they argue that in order for these two processes to be successful they must be mutually reinforcing....
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Which States Leaking Natural Gas at Expense of Their Taxpayers?

ThinkProgress: Oil and gas operations located on federal and tribal lands leaked $360 million worth of fuel in 2013, money which would have gone in part to taxpayers and tribes in the form of royalties, according to a new report. Tuesday`s report was commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to track fugitive methane emissions, a term referring to methane released when natural gas is leaked, vented, or flared. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, and is 86 times...
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G7 Report: Climate Change Can Fuel Political Upheaval Like Civil Wars

Vice: Climate change isn't just coming, it's already here — and the world's leading economic powers need to be ready to act before a simmering problem turns into a boiling crisis. That's the conclusion of a new report prepared for the Group of Seven nations, which at their latest summit have pledged to eliminate fossil fuels by the end of the century. But many of the effects of warming are already baked in — and the worst effects are expected to be felt in the developing world, where they can compound...
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Climate change explained with the help of Billy Nye and emoji

Independent: While Barack Obama sat down with the legendary Sir David Attenborough in the White House to pick his mind about ways to save the planet, another luminary of the science world, Bill Nye, was doing his bit to educate the masses about climate change. And the Science Guy wasn't just lecturing people - he was teaching them the basics with the help of everyone's favourite new language, emoji. Nye, the TV host, comedian and science man, who made his name with the nineties PBS show "Bill Nye the Science...
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Now there is a new way to force action on climate change - the courts

Today, something incredible happened in the Netherlands. In a landmark court case, in which NGO Urgenda along with 900 concerned Dutch citizens sued the government for failing to act on climate change, the Dutch court ruled in their favour. It was a brave and necessary verdict.

The Netherlands is widely known for being progressive on social issues (gay marriage, soft drugs etc) but we are unfortunately far from that when it comes to tackling climate change. The wet and soggy lowlands have been lagging behind on renewables, with only 4% – one of the lowest in Europe.

But today's verdict is a game-changer in the fight against climate change. The Dutch court ruling is clear: The government has a legal duty to protect its people against the threat of climate change. Litigation against governments who fail to take climate change seriously will spread around the world.

The implications will be felt for years to come. The Hague Court ordered the government to cut CO2 emissions by 25% from 1990 levels by 2020. That is an additional 10% CO2 reduction in the next five years.

The Netherlands is not the only country failing to take the necessary measures to tackle dangerous climate change. The arguments made in this landmark ruling are applicable to other countries, and in the run-up to the Paris climate conference, governments around the world should take note.

And this is just the beginning. There is a case being brought in Belgium, and Greenpeace hopes to bring about a similar action in the Philippines, which suffered terribly from Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Greenpeace, the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement and other local NGOs are requesting the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines to open a critical investigation into the responsibility of big carbon polluters for human rights violations that have or will result from the impacts of climate change.

Greenpeace Southeast Asia launched the demand for the investigation on World Environment Day by asking Filipinos and others to show their support for the investigation by signing on to this petition.

Faiza Oulahsen is a Climate Campaigner at Greenpeace Netherlands.


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Climate pressures threaten political stability - security experts

Reuters: Politically fragile countries face breakdown as a result of mounting climate change pressures, and even stable ones may find coming shocks too big to manage peacefully, security and development experts warned. But work now to protect food security, reshape water sharing agreements and cut risks from worsening weather disasters could play a huge role in reducing future conflict and instability, they said in a report commissioned by G7 governments. Both at-risk and stable countries would benefit,...
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New Zealand Greenpeace protesters scale parliament roof

Guardian: Four environmental protesters have breached security at New Zealand’s parliament by scaling the roof and perching themselves on a ledge above the main entrance. The Greenpeace protesters on Thursday hauled up eight solar panels and unfurled a banner to protest what they say is the government’s lack of action in promoting renewal energy and dealing with climate change. The protest began at dawn and continued throughout the morning. Police issued the four with trespass notices, but authorities...
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How climate change is threatening our health

Union-Tribune: In several recent surveys of physicians in the United States, close to 70 percent report that they are seeing the effects of climate change in their patients, here and now. As health professionals, we have a responsibility to point out that climate change is not just a climate issue – it’s an urgent health issue. It’s no coincidence that the White House picked the hashtag #ActOnClimate for its new climate change push: It’s not just time to act; it’s overdue. Last year, the World Health Organization...
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Indiana will defy Obama on climate change plan

Associated Press: Indiana will not comply with President Barack Obama’s plan to battle climate change by requiring reductions in emissions from coal-fired power plants, Republican Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday. The proposal as currently written, known as the Clean Power Plan, will make Indiana electricity more expensive and less reliable and hurt economic growth in Indiana and across the nation, Pence wrote in a letter to Obama. The plan targets pollution from the coal-fired power plants that Indiana relies on....
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Cries of injustice from an island far away

"Why us? What did we ever do to deserve this?"

These were the words said by Claire Anterea, from Kiribati, as she narrated her terrifying experience of Cyclone Pam during a recent climate justice and human rights workshop held in Vanuatu. Claire was joined by other Pam survivors from Pacific Island countries like Kiribati, Tuvalu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Representatives from the Philippines were also there as they have had more than their fair share of devastating super typhoons.

Claire fought back tears. Earlier, she had only intended to listen, but changed her mind after learning about the latest science that paints a grim picture for vulnerable countries like Kiribati. This was followed by images and accounts of the Philippine's experience with extreme weather events like 2013's super typhoon Haiyan.

I noted how Claire shifted her composure from anguish to grit when she said, "It is our basic human rights that are now threatened by climate change." Her words were powerful. I paused to reflect on what she said: Freedom. Survival. Self-determination.

I vividly recall our very own history in the Philippines, which is filled with human rights struggles across three generations. It is disheartening that in this modern era our basic human rights, such as freedom and survival, are still being infringed upon and continue to be threatened by man-made climate change.

For a long time, no one could pinpoint who exactly was causing the climate to change and how to hold them accountable. This is no longer the case.

In a groundbreaking study by scientist Richard Heede, just 90 carbon major entities – including the worlds' largest fossil fuel companies – are responsible for an estimated 65% of all anthropogenic CO2 between 1751 and 2013. The 50 investor-owned carbon major companies contributed 315 Gt CO2e, equivalent to 21.72% of estimated global industrial emissions through 2010.

"I have been to four climate negotiations and nothing has happened. As a mother, I want to secure my children's freedom and survival, and the rest of humanity. If world leaders can't even make a commitment in these negotiations, then it would be up to citizens like myself who must take action and fight for our continued existence on this planet," concluded Claire. She later signed a People's Declaration for Climate Justice along with other workshop participants.

Climate change has become the synonymous for extreme weather events that batter vulnerable countries that have contributed very little in their creation but are facing its disproportionate impacts. It is high time to expose those liable and hold them to account for their irresponsible activities. This is an injustice that should not be inherited by our children and future generations.

The people of the Philippines are now taking climate action by holding the big carbon polluters accountable for their role in the climate crisis. In fact, today, Dutch courts, in a worldwide landmark ruling, ordered the state to reduce carbon emissions to protect its citizens from climate change.

This is a big step for a Climate Justice movement that is growing and gaining ground. Soon, many other people will follow suit in the fight to reclaim the climate and ensure humanity's own survival.

Anna Abad is a Climate Justice Campaigner with Greenpeace Southeast Asia.


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Top 10 Greenhouse Gas Emitters: Find Out Which Countries Most Responsible for Climate Change

EcoWatch: In the past couple of weeks, climate change has captured the headlines: Leaders of the G7 agreed to a decarbonization of the global economy over the course of this century; Pope Francis released his long-awaited encyclical on climate change; and Morocco and Ethiopia joined the U.S., European Union and other countries in putting forward its plans for post-2020 climate action. More countries are expected to release their own post-2020 climate commitments in the coming months, and all of these actions...
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Most extreme weather has climate change link, study says

InsideClimate: In the wake of major hurricanes, floods and heat waves, scientists are quick to say that no single weather event can be attributed to climate change until careful analysis draws that conclusion. Now, a new study argues that thinking is backwards, that all extreme weather has a link to climate change. The default position has been holding science back in connecting weather and climate, concludes the authors of a peer-reviewed paper published Monday in Nature Climate Change. This "could be a...
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Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Haiyan tied to global warming, scientists argue

Mashable: Humans are not just loading the dice in favor of extreme weather events, as many scientific studies have shown. They are also changing the characteristics and impacts of those events, be it in the form of an unprecedentedly strong and extremely deadly Typhoon Haiyan or the damaging Boulder, Colorado, floods of 2013. The way that scientists have been probing extreme events for human fingerprints is flawed, however, because it underestimates the influence that global warming is playing, argues a...
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Will humans survive the sixth great extinction?

Naitonal Geographic: In the last half-billion years, life on Earth has been nearly wiped out five times-by such things as climate change, an intense ice age, volcanoes, and that space rock that smashed into the Gulf of Mexico 65 million years ago, obliterating the dinosaurs and a bunch of other species. These events are known as the Big Five mass extinctions, and all signs suggest we are now on the precipice of a sixth. Except this time, we have no one but ourselves to blame. According to a study published last week...
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Report: power emissions to peak in 2029 as decarbonisation progress made

Blue and Green: Emissions from the power sector will peak in 2029 and “tremendous progress” will be made to decarbonise power generation over the next two and a half decades, according to forecasts from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). However, the organisation notes that more needs to be done if the world is to limit climate change. The New Energy Outlook (NEO) 2015 is the latest annual long-term forecast for global energy, looking 25 years ahead. According to the report, global electricity generation will...
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Linking Disasters to Climate Makes Skeptics Less Likely to Donate, Study Says

Yale Environment 360: Linking natural disasters to climate change makes global warming skeptics less likely to donate money to relief efforts, says a study by psychologists at the University of Massachusetts. They asked study participants to read an article about a drought-related famine; one version of the article attributed the droughts to climate change, and the other version made no mention of climate. The researchers then asked the participants why they would or would not donate money for relief, and about their...
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Study Suggests Key Role for Warming in Extreme Weather

Climate Central: When massive storms inundate coastlines or a veritable snowpocalypse keeps a city buried for days, the first question on many minds is: Was climate change to blame? It may play more of a role than previous studies have suggested, according to scientists who advocate a different approach to searching for the fingerprints of warming in extreme weather. In a new study detailed in the journal Nature Climate Change, these scientists suggest that if investigations focus on the well-known and robust...
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6 Devastating Heat Waves Hitting Planet

EcoWatch: Need proof that we`re having the hottest year on record? Scorching heat is searing parts of the world, sparking wildfires and claiming lives due to heat stroke and dehydration. 1. India. The relentless heat since mid-April has claimed about 2,330 lives, overwhelming hospitals and devastating the country. As we previously reported, officials have blamed the heat on global warming. “It’s not just another unusually hot summer--it is climate change," said Dr. Harsh Vardhan, India’s Minister of...
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Preventing 'catastrophic' climate change boost health worldwide, experts say

Independent: World leaders must “act now” to prevent a rise in global temperatures which could be “catastrophic” for human health, and undermine all of the medical advances made in the last half century, experts have warned. In a stark report on climate change, experts said that the world is headed for a 4C rise in global temperatures, which would spark a rise in extreme weather events and infectious diseases such as malaria. The document advised politicians to invest in avoiding anything above a 2C rise...
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Global Warming Could Undo 50 Years Health Gains

ClimateWire: The changing climate stands to overturn nearly half a century of gains in human longevity and well-being, but aggressive action to cut carbon could save lives and be a net benefit for humanity. That’s the message in a special publication today from The Lancet, a prestigious British medical journal. The report from the Commission on Health and Climate Change lays out the health impacts of a warming world and offers policy advice on how to address medical concerns and prevent them from getting worse....
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Climate change health risk is a medical emergency, experts warn

Reuters: The threat to human health from climate change is so great that it could undermine the last 50 years of gains in development and global health, experts warned on Tuesday. Extreme weather events such as floods and heat waves bring rising risks of infectious diseases, poor nutrition and stress, the specialists said, while polluted cities where people work long hours and have no time or space to walk, cycle or relax are bad for the heart as well as respiratory and mental health. Almost 200 countries...
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Canada’s Beaufort Sea is becoming acidic more quickly than any other ocean in the world

National Post: Research suggests Canada`s Beaufort Sea is becoming acidic more quickly than any other ocean in the world, offering a window into what a major side effect of climate change will do to waters around the globe. "As goes the Arctic, so go the rest of the oceans," said Jeremy Mathis of the U.S.-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, lead author of the new paper published in the journal Oceanography. In about 10 years, he predicts the Arctic waters off the Northwest Territories will...
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Sanders to Maher: Pope Francis’s Forceful Stance on Climate Change Is ‘Miracle for Humanity’

EcoWatch: Bernie Sanders’ presidential run is not to be underestimated. He has stunned the media with the turnout at his campaign events around the country, leaving pundits to call him the dark horse candidate who might upstage Hillary Clinton. Sanders has been speaking about the need to take meaningful action on climate change for years and it’s been a main talking point of his campaign. Last week, Clinton, in her first major campaign speech, called climate change “one of the defining threats of our time.”...
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Infographic: What Do Your Country's Emissions Look Like?

In the past couple of weeks, climate change has captured the headlines: Leaders of the G7 agreed to a decarbonization of the global economy over the course of this century; Pope Francis released his long-awaited Encyclical on climate change; and Morocco and Ethiopia joined the U.S., EU, and other countries in putting forward its plans for post-2020 climate action. More countries are expected to release their own post-2020 climate commitments in the coming months, and all of these actions set...

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