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Cities Can Save $17 Trillion by Preventing Urban Sprawl

Cities Can Save $17 Trillion by Preventing Urban Sprawl Comments|Add Comment|PrintNew York City. Photo by Phil Dolby/Flickr The world is vastly underestimating the benefits of acting on climate change. Recent research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that bold climate action could deliver at least $26 trillion in economic benefits through 2030. This ground-breaking research, produced by the Global Commission and more than 200 experts, highlights proof points of the...

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Explainer: Blame climate, but crowded forests also fuel California fires

With a tweet blaming California's wildfires on "gross mismanagement of the forests," President Donald Trump dismissed the role of climate change in the worsening blazes across the U.S. West - generating widespread derision in the Golden State.
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EU to cut Britain from emissions trading system in no-deal Brexit

Britain will be excluded from the European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS) and all other legislation to help limit the impact of climate change, if it leaves the bloc in March 2019 without a deal, the EU executive said on Tuesday.
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U.S. top court rejects Trump administration bid to halt climate trial

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected for now a bid by the President Donald Trump's administration to block a trial in a lawsuit filed by young activists who have accused the U.S. government of ignoring the perils of climate change.
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PODCAST: "Everything Counts": Unpacking the IPCC's 1.5° Report

PODCAST: "Everything Counts": Unpacking the IPCC's 1.5° Report Comments|Add Comment|PrintLand restoration projects like this one in Colombia can help limit warming to 1.5 degrees. (WRI) Last month the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – nearly 100 of the world’s leading climate scientists, convened by the United Nations – released a report that has been a wake-up call to many, detailing the impacts of global warming beyond 1.5°Celsius. In this podcast, Lawrence...

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5 U.S. Climate Stories to Watch as We Head into 2019

5 U.S. Climate Stories to Watch as We Head into 2019 Comments|Add Comment|PrintClimate change was on ballots across America this week. Photo by Martin Falbisoner/Wikimedia Commons Climate change was on ballots across America this week. The results were mixed but leave room for increased climate action in the next two years and beyond. The mantle of U.S. climate leadership has been carried by states, cities and the private sector since President Donald Trump’s 2017 announcement that he intends...

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Trump carbon plan attacked by coastal states, lauded by coal interests

President Donald Trump's proposal to replace an Obama-era policy to fight climate change with a weaker plan allowing states to write their own rules on emissions from coal-fired power plants was criticized by coastal states, but applauded by coal interests on Wednesday.
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IPCC 1.5° Report: We Need to Build and Live Differently in Cities

IPCC 1.5° Report: We Need to Build and Live Differently in Cities Comments|Add Comment|PrintWiping down rooftop solar panels in Mumbai. Flickr/The Climate Group Amid the barrage of news about climate-related natural disasters and climate change summits, it's important to recognize real inflection points—when there is truly cause to sit up and take note. The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC, released last month, is a genuine wake up call. We are already at 1º Celsius warming...

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China sets up station to monitor South China Sea climate, pollution: ministry

China has built a monitoring station in a disputed area of the South China Sea to track regional pollution and climate change, environment ministry spokesman Liu Youbin said on Wednesday.
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Children, activists rally in support of climate change lawsuit

Activists rallied in Oregon and other states on Monday in support of young plaintiffs whose lawsuit against the U.S. government over the impact of climate change is under review by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Curbing Climate Change and Preventing Deaths from Air Pollution Go Hand-in-Hand

Curbing Climate Change and Preventing Deaths from Air Pollution Go Hand-in-Hand Comments|Add Comment|PrintCurbing short-lived climate pollutants can also reduce air pollution-related deaths. Photo by Nicolò Lazzati/Global Panorama/Flickr More than 7 million people die prematurely every year due to air pollution. That’s like the entire population of Hong Kong dropping dead due to a cause that’s ultimately avoidable. The World Health Organization (WHO) is turning its attention to this issue...

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COP24: The Biggest Immediate Opportunity for Countries to Step Up Climate Action

COP24: The Biggest Immediate Opportunity for Countries to Step Up Climate Action Comments|Add Comment|PrintCOP24 will take place in Katowice, Poland. Photo by Umkatowice/Wikimedia Commons The alarming report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) earlier this month made it crystal clear that every country, business and person in the world will need to step up climate action if the world is to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C (2.7°F). Breaching this temperature threshold...

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This Month in Climate Science, September 2018: Glacial Tsunamis, Warmer National Parks, and More Hurricanes

This Month in Climate Science, September 2018: Glacial Tsunamis, Warmer National Parks, and More Hurricanes Comments|Add Comment|PrintScientists recently attributed a 2015 tsunami near Tyndall Glacier to climate change. Photo by Jacob W. Frank/National Park Service Every month, climate scientists make new discoveries that advance our understanding of climate change's causes and impacts. The research gives a clearer picture of the threats we already face and explores what's to come if we don't...

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Brazil's presidential front-runner would keep country in Paris Agreement

Brazil's leading presidential candidate, right-wing Jair Bolsonaro, said on Thursday that he would not pull his country out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, reversing his earlier statements that he would exit the accord.
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Equinor CEO says it's unwise to solve climate issues in court

Solving complex energy and climate change issues in court was not a "wise approach", the chief executive of Norway's oil and gas firm Equinor said on Thursday, commenting on a U.S. lawsuit filed against ExxonMobil.
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New York sues Exxon for misleading investors on climate change risk

New York's attorney general sued Exxon Mobil Corp on Wednesday, alleging that the world's largest oil company for years misled investors about the risks of climate change regulations on its business.
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Prince Harry highlights daily threat of climate change on visit to Fiji

Britain's Prince Harry said on Wednesday climate change was a daily threat for the people of Fiji, and announced scholarships to study the problem, as he toured, with his wife Meghan, the South Pacific nation on the front line of global warming.
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Canada's Trudeau vows to impose carbon tax, opponents push back

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said he would fulfill a promise to impose a carbon tax on provinces unwilling to combat climate change, prompting instant protests from a voter-rich part of the country.
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PODCAST: Follow the Money: Climate and Development Should Be Financed Together

PODCAST: Follow the Money: Climate and Development Should Be Financed Together Comments|Add Comment|PrintA farmer in Uganda works with crops bred for resilience. (Flickr/CIAT) Climate change is hitting the poorest and most vulnerable first and hardest. To address escalating climate impacts, the world needs to drastically step up ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as designate money specifically for adapting to climate change. The kind of systemic change needed to adapt to...

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Canada's Trudeau vows to impose carbon tax despite resistance

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said he would press ahead with plans to impose a carbon tax on provinces unwilling to combat climate change despite resistance in voter-rich parts of the country.
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Trump administration asks high court to halt climate change case

President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday for a second time asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put the brakes on a lawsuit filed by young activists who have accused the U.S. government of ignoring the perils of climate change.
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Britain asks experts to advise on net zero emissions climate target

Britain has asked its climate change experts to advise on whether it should set a date to meet a net zero emissions target, the government said on Monday.
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EU lawmakers back 35 percent CO2 cut for trucks by 2030

EU lawmakers backed a 35 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions from new trucks by 2030 on Thursday, pushing for ambitious measures to limit climate change despite fears over industry competitiveness.
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Without Changing Diets, Agriculture Alone Could Produce Enough Emissions to Surpass 1.5°C of Global Warming

Without Changing Diets, Agriculture Alone Could Produce Enough Emissions to Surpass 1.5°C of Global Warming Comments|Add Comment|PrintBeef production has an outsized climate impact compared to other foods. Photo by SDA Natural Resources Conservation Service/Wikimedia Commons The global food system’s environmental impact is large and growing. Nearly a quarter of all planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions come from food production and associated land-use change. And as incomes rise and more...

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U.S. government, but not Trump, can be sued over climate: judge

A group of young Americans suing the federal government over lack of action to fight climate change can proceed with their lawsuit, but U.S. President Donald Trump cannot be named as a defendant, a federal judge ruled on Monday.
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Blockbuster Climate Report Tells Us It's Vital to Remove Carbon from the Air

Blockbuster Climate Report Tells Us It's Vital to Remove Carbon from the Air Comments|Add Comment|PrintCommunity tree planting in Ethiopia. Carbon removal by trees will be vital to meeting climate goals. Flickr/USAID This article was originally posted at CNN. For decades, the fight against climate change has focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But it is now clear that these measures on their own—however rapidly they accelerate—will no longer be enough to prevent dangerous...

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Beer lovers face price spikes, shortages as climate changes: study

Climate change will brew trouble for beer lovers in coming decades as it shrinks yields of barley, the top grain used to make the world's most popular alcoholic drink, a study published on Monday said.
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Banks, insurers must have credible plans for climate change: BoE

Britain's banks and insurers must come up with credible plans for protecting themselves against risks from climate change and may need to hold more capital, the Bank of England said on Monday.
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UK would be excluded from EU's emissions trading system in no-deal Brexit

Britain will be excluded from the European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS), a mechanism for helping to limit the impact of climate change, if the country leaves the bloc in March 2019 without a deal, the government said on Friday.
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OPEC Secretary-General questions 'misguided' renewables debate after climate report

OPEC's Secretary-General on Thursday criticized a report calling for radical action to fight climate change, saying the idea that renewable energy was the world's only future was misguided and that a "bombardment" of green advocacy could be harmful.
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Climate Change is Transforming Agriculture. Adaptation Must Be Transformative, Too.

Climate Change is Transforming Agriculture. Adaptation Must Be Transformative, Too. Comments|Add Comment|PrintCoffee farmer in Nicaragua. Photo by CIAT/Flickr Climate change is already and will continue to impact agriculture and the world’s food supply. As the new report from the IPCC illustrates, the higher the temperature climbs, the more costly and dangerous the impacts—from flooded homes and deadly heat waves to devastated supply chains and crop failure. These changes can undermine global...

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U.S. oil CEO says corporations should work to stem climate change

Corporations around the world should work together to reduce carbon emissions and stem climate change rather than wait for government mandates, the chief executive of U.S. oil producer Occidental Petroleum Corp said on Wednesday.
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Governments must change tack to contain global warming, says Big Oil

Governments not energy firms need to take the lead in achieve U.N. targets to contain global warming, with policies that will change fuel and other energy consumption habits, oil and gas companies said.
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Natural gas here to stay beyond energy transition, Big Oil says

Energy companies are betting demand for natural gas will rise at break-neck pace for decades, undermining warnings that tackling climate change would require a rapid switch to renewable energy.
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U.S. top court rebuffs appeal of Kavanaugh ruling nixing climate rule

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned aside appeals of a 2017 lower court ruling by its newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh, that struck down an environmental rule imposed under former President Barack Obama regulating a potent greenhouse gas linked to climate change.
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Nothing is worse for climate than burning coal: ex U.S. EPA chief

Science shows that nothing does more to cause climate change than burning coal, a former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Tuesday, a position in contrast to President Donald Trump's pro-fossil fuel policies.
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Rapid, unprecedented change needed to halt global warming - U.N

Keeping the Earth's temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius means making rapid, unprecedented changes in the way people use energy to eat, travel and live or we risk even more extreme weather and loss of species, a U.N. report said on Monday.
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U.N. warns world must take "unprecedented" steps to avert worst effects of global warming

Society would have to enact "unprecedented" changes to how it consumes energy, travels and builds to meet a lower global warming target or it risks increases in heat waves, flood-causing storms and the chances of drought in some regions as well as the loss of species, a U.N. report said on Monday.
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Factbox: U.N. report on keeping global warming down to 1.5 degrees Celsius

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a report on Monday saying temperatures were likely to rise by 1.5 degrees Celsius between 2030 and 2052 if global warming continues at its current pace.
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Massive societal changes needed to meet lower global warming target world needs: U.N.

Society would have to carry out "unprecedented" changes to the way it operates to keep global temperatures from rising by less than targeted or it risks increases in heat waves and flood-causing storms and the chances of drought in some regions, a U.N. report said on Monday.
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Half a Degree and a World Apart: The Difference in Climate Impacts Between 1.5˚C and 2˚C of Warming

Half a Degree and a World Apart: The Difference in Climate Impacts Between 1.5˚C and 2˚C of Warming Comments|Add Comment|PrintThe IPCC finds that limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C will bring less severe impacts than if the world warms by 2°C. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Ramsey/U.S. Navy A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that half a degree of warming matters—a lot. As part of the historic Paris Agreement on climate...

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STATEMENT: IPCC 1.5°C Report: A “Wake-Up Call” for World Leaders

STATEMENT: IPCC 1.5°C Report: A “Wake-Up Call” for World Leaders WASHINGTON (October 8, 2018)—The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. The report, Global Warming of 1.5°C, was prepared in response to an invitation from the UNFCCC’s Conference of the Parties in 2015 (COP21) when the Paris Agreement was signed. Below is a statement from Dr. Andrew Steer, President & CEO,...

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By the Numbers: The Value of Tropical Forests in the Climate Change Equation

By the Numbers: The Value of Tropical Forests in the Climate Change Equation Comments|Add Comment|PrintCommunity groups visit a site of tree clearing in Riau, Indonesia. Flickr/WRI Protecting tropical forests is essential for achieving the climate goals of the Paris Agreement. Global Forest Watch Climate recently released estimated carbon dioxide emissions associated with the 2017 tropical tree cover loss data, and the numbers demonstrate more of what we already knew. If tropical tree cover...

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Swiss cow feed causes fewer farts - and puts the squeeze on global warming

Cows burp and fart more than they need to, says a Swiss firm that has developed a feed that cuts methane emissions from livestock - helping to combat global warming into the bargain.
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Denmark embraces electric car revolution with petrol and diesel ban plan

Denmark has proposed a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 and hybrid from 2035, joining international efforts to promote electric-only vehicles to reduce air pollution and combat climate change.
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3 Charts Explain One of the Most Overlooked Opportunities to Address Climate Change and Poverty

3 Charts Explain One of the Most Overlooked Opportunities to Address Climate Change and Poverty Comments|Add Comment|PrintAir conditioning units in Hong Kong. Flickr/Niall Kennedy Most people associate climate change with carbon dioxide, a long-lived greenhouse gas (GHG). But scientists estimate that carbon dioxide (CO2) is only responsible for about half of the world's current warming. The other half comes from lesser known but highly potent short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), such as...

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Sunk costs: Airports taking action against rising seas, storms as climate changes

Global airport operators, faced with rising sea levels and more powerful storms as the climate changes, are starting to invest in measures including higher runways, seawalls and better drainage systems to future-proof immovable assets.
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Unlocking Climate Action: When Nations, States and Cities Reinforce Each Other, Everybody Wins

Unlocking Climate Action: When Nations, States and Cities Reinforce Each Other, Everybody Wins Comments|Add Comment|PrintBiking in Copenhagen. Flickr/Mikael Colville Andersen As the recent Global Climate Action Summit underscored, we're seeing a steady rise in the number of commitments by cities, states and provinces to address climate change, with over 17,500 actions registered on the NAZCA Climate Action Portal. Not only are these efforts curbing greenhouse gas emissions within their...

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Bank of England tells banks to speed up plans for climate change risks

Only a small fraction of banks in Britain are planning properly to mitigate risks to their businesses from climate change, the Bank of England said on Wednesday, adding it would push lenders to take action.
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Making Food Production and Land Use More Sustainable Could Yield $2.3 Trillion in Economic Benefits

Making Food Production and Land Use More Sustainable Could Yield $2.3 Trillion in Economic Benefits Comments|Add Comment|PrintHarvesting oil palm in Indonesia. Photo by Aul Rah/Flickr The world is vastly underestimating the benefits of acting on climate change. Recent research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that bold climate action could deliver at least $26 trillion in economic benefits through 2030. This ground-breaking research, produced by the Global Commission...

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