Tag: Climate change

Give us action on climate not just words, say developing nations ahead of Cop26

Demand for G20 to ‘step up’ with tougher emissions reduction targets and financial aid for poorest Developing countries are calling on the G20 group of advanced economies to come forward urgently with stiffer targets on greenhouse gas emissions, and financial aid, to make this month’s UN Cop26 climate summit a success. Simon Stiell, climate and […]

US and EU pledge 30% cut in methane emissions to limit global heating

Major commitment with deadline of 2030 is big advance towards reaching 1.5C goal set out in Paris agreement The US and the EU made a joint pledge on Friday to cut global methane emissions by almost a third in the next decade, in what climate experts hailed as one of the most significant steps yet […]

Facebook steps up fight against climate misinformation – but critics say effort falls short

New efforts will let vast amounts of false material slip through the cracks, according to climate advocates Facebook has announced new efforts to combat climate crisis misinformation on its platform, including by expanding its climate science center to provide more reliable information, investing in organizations that fight misinformation, and launching a video series to highlight […]

‘Larger than usual’: this year’s ozone layer hole bigger than Antarctica

Scientists say ozone hole is unusually large for this stage in season and growing quickly The hole in the ozone layer that develops annually is “rather larger than usual” and is currently bigger than Antartica, say the scientists responsible for monitoring it. Researchers from the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service say that this year’s hole is […]

If children are to live with the climate crisis, we must green the curriculum | Meryl Batchelder

It’s clear to me when I teach that sustainability and the environment should be a thread running through every subject In August 2018, the then 15-year-old Greta Thunberg started spending her school days outside the Swedish parliament calling for stronger action on climate change. It might sound perverse, a teacher supporting kids taking time off […]

The planet is in peril. We’re building Congress’s strongest-ever climate bill | Bernie Sanders

More than any other legislation in US history it will transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and into sustainable energy The latest International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is clear and foreboding. If the United States, China and the rest of the world do not act extremely aggressively to cut carbon emissions, […]

UK medical schools must teach about climate change, say students

Extreme weather events widen existing inequalities and traumatise victims while climate anxiety affects mental health Medical students are demanding their schools include climate change as a core component of the curriculum, as the intensifying climate emergency highlights the corresponding health crisis. Hannah Chase, a final year medical student at Oxford said the sense of urgency […]

Melbourne student and climate activist runs for board seat at energy giant AGL

Ashjayeen Sharif wants Australia’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter to be 100% renewable by 2030 An 18-year-old student and climate change campaigner is bidding for a seat on the board of energy company AGL, Australia’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter. Ashjayeen Sharif, from Melbourne, wants the company to phase out its “dirty coal-burning power stations” by 2030 […]

It’s now or never: Scientists warn time of reckoning has come for the planet

The IPCC is unequivocal: we must take urgent action to curb global heating and prevent catastrophe. Will our policymakers and the Cop26 conference be up to the task? At the end of the 60s sci-fi classic, The Day the Earth Caught Fire, the camera pans across the Daily Express case room to a front page […]

Weatherwatch: Carbon offsets easily wiped out by bad weather

A study suggests the risk of wildfires due to extreme weather will lead to carbon storage capacity decreasing Reaching net zero carbon is a major challenge, and many policymakers are relying in part on planting trees and restoring natural habitats to mop up emissions that are difficult to avoid. For example, the UK Environment Agency […]