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  • Aquarela review – cracking climate crisis documentary
    on 2019-12-11 at 17:00

    The sound of splintering ice haunts this excellent and disturbing account of collapsing glaciers, violent storms, flooded landscapes and rising sea levelsVictor Kossakovsky’s Aquarela is an absorbing and disturbing spectacle, a sensory film about the climate crisis, and it begins with what might be the soundtrack to the end of the world – a persistent tinkling, crackling, trickling. This is the noise of the ice melting in Greenland and Siberia.Kossakovsky starts by following a rescue crew whose job is to save cars and people who have fallen through the ice, because these people simply do not understand that it is no longer safe to drive across it. Their rescuers’ voices rise in something like panicky resignation: “What are you doing here? Can’t you see the ice is melting?” We see cars being dragged out of the icy – actually, not so icy – waters by people who are (terrifyingly) in danger of going through the ice themselves. If this had been in a fictional film, the apparent metaphor about fossil fuel use might have been condemned as too obvious. Continue reading…

  • Australia’s use of accounting loophole to meet Paris deal found to have no legal basis
    on 2019-12-11 at 17:00

    Climate Analytics suggests Australia has reneged on a pledge to make deeper emissions cuts Australia’s plan to use an accounting loophole to meet its commitment under the Paris climate agreement has no legal basis and suggests it has reneged on a pledge to make deeper emissions cuts once a global deal was reached, a new report says.An analysis by Climate Analytics, a Berlin-based science and policy institute, found there were no grounds for Australia to claim credit towards its Paris emissions target for having beaten targets under its predecessor, the Kyoto protocol. Related: About 100 countries at UN climate talks challenge Australia’s use of carryover credits Related: UN climate talks: what’s on the agenda in Madrid and what it means for Australia Related: Angus Taylor sidesteps Australia’s carryover credit plan at UN climate talks Continue reading…

  • European Green Deal will change economy to solve climate crisis, says EU
    on 2019-12-11 at 15:30

    Everything from travel to air quality has been looked at in order to create ‘a growth that gives back’Nearly every major aspect of the European economy is to be re-evaluated in light of the imperatives of the climate and ecological emergency, according to sweeping new plans set out by the European Commission on Wednesday.The comprehensive nature of the European Green Deal – which encompasses the air we breathe to how food is grown, from how we travel to the buildings we inhabit – was set out in a flurry of documents as Ursula von der Leyen, the new commission president, made her appeal to member states and parliamentarians in Brussels to back the proposals, which would represent the biggest overhaul of policy since the foundation of the modern EU. Related: Europe must lead on the climate crisis. The European Green Deal shows how | Ursula von der Leyen The European Green Deal is the EU’s answer to what the European commission’s new president, Ursula von der Leyen, called the “existential issue” of the climate emergency. Most EU countries have signed up to goal of a climate neutral EU by 2050, a goal demanding dramatic change in energy use, farming, housing, transport, trade and diplomacy. Related: EU’s soaring climate rhetoric not always matched by action Continue reading…

  • UK’s hottest recorded day ’caused deaths of extra 200 people’
    on 2019-12-11 at 15:24

    ONS says death rate rose to 1,404 on 25 July, when mercury hit 38.7C during heatwaveThe hottest day on record in the UK, on 25 July this year, caused the deaths of more than 200 additional people than usual, according to official figures that underline the deadly impact of the climate crisis.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said more people died on 25 July than any other day in the three months from July to September this year as the thermometer hit a record-breaking 38.7C (102F). On a normal day in July, there are about 1,150-1,200 recorded deaths in the UK, but when the temperature spiked, the rate rose to 1,404. Related: Record heatwave ‘made much more likely’ by human impact on climate Continue reading…

  • On the front line of the climate emergency – in pictures
    on 2019-12-11 at 14:44

    As COP25 takes place in Madrid, this collection of photographs from Getty Images highlights the climate crisis around the world, from Greenland’s melting ice sheets to rising seal levels in Alaska and Louisiana, the forest fires in the Amazon and Indonesia, and the impact of forests and the Lobster fishery in Maine Continue reading…

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