Environment and Climate Change

These experts say we have three years to save the planet from irreversible destruction

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A planet devastated by climate change may seem like a distant future. But Earth is already experiencing effects today. Leanna Garfield World Economic Forum Globally, the mean rate of sea level rise increased 50% in the last two decades. In 2017, temperatures have already reached their highest levels in history in some areas, from California to Vietnam. And the past three years were the hottest on record. In a new open letter, six… These experts say… Read More »

France will ‘ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040’

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Environment minister unveils five-year-plan to fulfil country’s commitments under Paris Agreement Chloe Farand    Independent France plans to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, the country’s new environment minister has announced. Nicolas Hulot made the announcement as he unveiled a series of measures as part of newly elected President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to make the country carbon neutral by… France will ‘ban… Read More »

Politics podcast: Anna Krien on the climate wars

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Melbourne-born author Anna Krien’s latest Quarterly Essay explores the debates on climate change policy in Australia and the ecological effects of not acting. Michelle Grattan The Conversation She interviewed farmers, scientists, Indigenous groups, and activists from Bowen to Port Augusta. She says climate change denialism has transformed into “climate change nihilism”. Krien says the Finkel review provides another opportunity in a… Politics podcast: Anna… Read More »

The rising stakes for ocean governance

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World oceans play the crucial role of a life support in poverty alleviation, food security, human health, and curbing climate change. Mizan R Khan The Daily Star But our oceans are increasingly being threatened and degraded by human-induced climate change, natural disasters, depletion of fisheries, loss of… Ocean governance in recent years has become an important area of global diplomacy. The process began with the UNEP-initiated Regional Seas Program (RSP) back in… The rising stakes… Read More »

Fishermen Suspect Tory Brexit Pledge Masks Betrayal on £6.3bn Fishing Zone

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The Government has committed to scrapping the Fisheries Convention of 1964, allowing Britain to take back control of its territorial waters from the EU out to twelve… Jack Montgomery Breitbart But a Fishing for Leave spokesman told Breitbart London fishermen are concerned that failure to commit to reclaiming the country’s full, 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) signals an… Designed to pave the way for Britain’s absorption into the European Economic Community, as the… Fishermen Suspect Tory… Read More »

Farmers join fight against Adani coalmine over environmental concerns

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More than 2,000 farmers and agriculture leaders express concern proposed Carmichael coalmine could affect groundwater, biodiversity and… Michael Slezak The Guardian A group of Australian farmers have joined the large coalition of groups fighting against Adani’s giant Carmichael coalmine, after they became concerned about the affects the mine would have on groundwater, biodiversity, rural communities and… Farmers for Climate Action – a group of more than 2,000 farmers and… Farmers join fight… Read More »

World food security risks growing, Chatham House says

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The world’s food security is increasingly reliant on 14 “chokepoints” for trade, a think-tank report has warned. BBC UK-based Chatham House says more needs to be done to protect key transport routes such as the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal and the Turkish… Almost 25% of the world’s food is traded on international markets. This, the report says, makes food supply and prices vulnerable to unforeseen crises or climate… World food security… Read More »

In the fight against climate change, humanity has a choice of two futures

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We must fight man-made climate change, says Patricia Scotland.* NewStatesman So here we are at this fork in the road. On one path, the risk of a future of chaos. A new world map with miles and miles of stormy ocean where there were once islands and schools and playgrounds, businesses and life. A globe with acre after acre of arid desert where there were once fertile mountains and valleys, green vegetation and… In the fight… Read More »

California activist Tom Steyer adds health care to his brand

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Joining the drug price battle could boost the political fortunes of the California billionaire. Victoria Colliver Politico SAN FRANCISCO — California billionaire activist Tom Steyer made his name as an environmental activist, worked with Democratic groups to register a million new voters and redefined green politics with high-profile campaigns on climate change and clean… Now as he weighs a run for public office, he’s adding health care — specifically drug prices — to his… California activist Tom… Read More »

Exxon, Stephen Hawking, greens, and Reagan’s advisors agree on a carbon tax

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Nearly everyone other than science-denying Republican Party leaders understands the importance of a carbon pollution tax Dana Nuccitelli The Guardian What do ExxonMobil, Stephen Hawking, the Nature Conservancy, and Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Treasury and Chief of Staff have in common? All have signed on as founding members to the Climate Leadership Council, which has met with the White House to propose a revenue-neutral carbon tax… Exxon, Stephen Hawking… Read More »

Al Gore: battle against climate change is like fight against slavery

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Former US vice-president says green revolution is bigger than industrial revolution and happening at faster pace than digital revolution Damian Carrington The Guardian The fight against global warming is one of humanity’s great moral movements, alongside the abolition of slavery, the defeat of apartheid, votes for women and gay rights, according to the former US vice-president and… The battle to halt climate change can be won, he said, because the… Al Gore: battle… Read More »

Let Us Not Ignore Our Ocean, EEZ’

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Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilvesau spoke to more than 50 Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) personnel at the RFMF Training Centre in Vatuwaqa over the weekend on Fiji’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and… FijiSun “Ideally, this topic should of concern to every Fijian as it is this important geographical feature that has given us the greater bounds within which we have derived great values and… “Fiji, like any other island state, is surrounded by the… Let Us Not… Read More »

The climate movement charges on, even without the US

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Developing nations lay claim to the mantle of leadership for a fairer, safer world. Winnie Byanyima Al Jazeera President Donald Trump has proved again how beholden our politics are to the interests of the super-rich elite. The conniving, rich oilmen that were so desperate to prevent and frustrate the Paris Agreement found cheerleaders in Mr Trump and his… They choose to protect their profits from a flailing fossil fuel industry over human lives and a… The climate movement… Read More »

UN Issues Stark Warning On Pacific Drought Threat

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The United Nations says the looming El Nino threat could impact on more than four million people in the Pacific. FijiSun The UN’s Resident Co-ordinator, Osnat Lubrani, says communities and governments need to prepare now for the extreme weather changes El Niño usually… He says some countries are already implementing or drafting drought plans and the UN is ready to help co-ordinate this and to provide technical… Issues Stark Warning… Read More »

Marine expert warns of climate emergency as fish abandon tropical waters

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Daniel Pauly is calling for a new plan to manage fishing levels as the industry’s expansion combines with global warming Helen Davidson in Darwin The Guardian As climate change pushes marine species towards cooler waters, and the fishing industry expands around the globe, the tropics are emptying out, a leading fisheries expert has warned. The federal government is expected to release its new management plan for… Marine expert warns… Read More »

Could expanding forests be the key to our climate strategy?

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Forests have been removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing carbon for more than 300 million years. William Moomaw  World Economic Forum When we cut down or burn trees and disturb forest soils, we release that stored carbon to the atmosphere. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, one-third of all carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere from human activities have come from deforestation… Could expanding forests… Read More »