Environment and Climate Change

Scientists are frantically copying U.S. climate data, fearing it might vanish under Trump

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Alarmed that decades of crucial climate measurements could vanish under a hostile Trump administration, scientists have begun a feverish attempt to copy reams of government data onto independent servers in hopes of safeguarding it from any political interference. The Washington Post Brady Dennis The efforts include a “guerrilla archiving” event in Toronto, where experts will copy irreplaceable public data, meetings at the University of Pennsylvania focused on how to download as much federal data as possible in the… Scientists are frantically copying U.S. climate… Read More »

US advances on clean energy with first offshore wind farm

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Offshore wind farms are in development across the country, but the election of Donald Trump may weaken federal support and squelch an emerging industry The Guardian Katie Fehrenbacher Several miles off the coast of Rhode Island, a clean energy landmark quietly just… US advances on… Read More »

Life on Earth is Dying. Thousands of Species Cease to Exist

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On the day that you read this article, 200 species of life on Earth (plants, birds, animals, fish, amphibians, insects, reptiles) will cease to exist. Global Research By Robert J. Burrowes Tomorrow, another 200 species will vanish forever. The human onslaught to destroy life on Earth is unprecedented in… Life on Earth is… Read More »

Ice loss spreads up Antarctic glaciers

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The scale and pace of change now taking place in West Antarctica is captured in a new, long-term satellite record. BBC News Jonathan Amos Scientists have combined nearly a quarter of a century of observations to show how the region’s great glaciers are losing height by up to 7m per year. The satellite data also traces the way this… Ice loss spreads up… Read More »

Canada has ‘achievable’ strategy to tackle climate change, Trudeau says

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Trudeau — joined by premiers, territorial leaders and indigenous leaders — to announce details of a strategy involving 11 of the 13 provinces and territories to set out how Canada will meet or beat its 2030 target pledged in Paris for curtailing greenhouse gas emissions. The Star By BRUCE CAMPION-SMITH Ottawa Bureau, TONDA MACCHARLES Ottawa Bureau reporter, ALEX BOUTILIER Ottawa Bureau Reporter OTTAWA—Canada has an “ambitious and achievable” strategy to… Canada has ‘achievable… Read More »

ECB’s quantitative easing programme investing billions in fossil fuels

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EU emissions pledge could be undermined by bank’s investments in oil, gas and auto industries, new analysis shows The Guardian Arthur Neslen in Brussels The European Central Bank’s (ECB) quantitative easing programme is systematically investing billions of euros in the oil, gas and… ECB’s quantitative easing… Read More »

Climate refugees in South Asia need protection, advocates say

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South Asia is the world’s most disaster-prone region according to the United Nations Thomson Reuters Foundation News Sebastien Malo NEW YORK, Dec 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – People forced to leave their homes because of climate change in South Asia should get the same protections given to political refugees, advocates said on Thursday. Governments in South Asia have failed to… Climate refugees in South Asia need… Read More »

Is cycling really cheaper than public transport?

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For city-dwellers, it makes sense that cycling is always cheaper than driving or taking public transport. BBC News Nick Busca But is that actually the case? On the first day I commuted to work by… Is cycling really cheaper than… Read More »

Four major cities move to ban diesel vehicles by 2025

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The leaders of four major global cities say they will stop the use of all diesel-powered cars and trucks by the middle of the next decade. BBC By Matt McGrath The mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens say they are implementing the… Four major cities… Read More »

Fires and drought cook Tennessee – a state represented by climate deniers

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Climate change intensified the extreme weather in Tennessee, but its legislators deny the science The Guardian John Abraham With my new hope that deniers of climate change will take ownership of the… Fires and drought… Read More »

This is the most dangerous time for our planet

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We can’t go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it The Guardian Stephen Hawking As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around… This is the most dangerous time for… Read More »

EU in ‘Mexican standoff’ over independent checks on car emissions

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Leaked documents reveal EU pledge to carry out tests deleted from draft as governments come under pressure from carmakers The Guardian Arthur Neslen Plans for independent checks of how much pollution new cars emit are being killed off by EU member states, according to leaked documents seen by the… EU in ‘Mexican… Read More »

Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’

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Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding as the president-elect seeks to shift focus away from home in favor of deep space exploration Oliver Milman in New York Donald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a… Trump to scrap… Read More »

The War On The Law: Who’s Afraid Of Green Lawfare?

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Government and media are trying to have their environmental vandal cake, and eat it too. By Nicola Silbert  Nicola Silbert explains. As the canon of court cases regarding the Adani Coalmine continue to expand, the… The War On The… Read More »

Climate vulnerable nations aim for 100 per cent renewable energy at talks in Marrakech

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More than 45 countries, among the most vulnerable to climate change, have said they will switch entirely to renewable energy as soon as possible. The announcement was made at climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, where negotiators have been hammering out the details of an… Climate vulnerable nations… Read More »

Trump fears push nations at Morocco talks to call climate action an ‘urgent duty’

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Fears that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will pull out of the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming pushed almost 200 nations at climate talks in Morocco on Nov. 17 to declare action an “urgent duty.” MARRAKESH, Morocco – Reuters Trump has called man-made global warming a hoax and has said he… Trump fears push… Read More »