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China 'can save $1.6 trillion by scrapping coal', report says
Beijing must close 588 coal-fired power plants in a decade to meet climate pledges, experts say.
15 April 2021, 3:16pm

COP26: Delaying key climate meeting preferable to 'messing it up'
Further postponement of the UK climate summit would be better than a failed event, says an expert.
14 April 2021, 8:52am

US envoy John Kerry woos China over climate
US envoy John Kerry will hold talks in Shanghai ahead of a climate summit hosted by President Biden.
14 April 2021, 12:41am

World's wealthiest 'at heart of climate problem'
The so-called “polluter elite” must change their lifestyles to tackle climate change, a report says.
13 April 2021, 3:49am

COP26: Greta Thunberg says Glasgow summit should be postponed
The climate campaigner is concerned about the impact of Covid on attendance at the Glasgow summit.
9 April 2021, 11:20am

Science cuts could see experts leave UK, warns Nobel laureate
Nobel laureate Sir Paul Nurse also says science is crucial for dealing with climate change.
31 March 2021, 12:53pm

Bangladesh at 50: Why climate change could destroy my ancestral home
As Bangladesh turns 50, a UK-Bangladeshi reflects on how climate change affects his parents' country.
26 March 2021, 12:12am

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‘This is it. If we don’t amp up, we’re goners’: the last chance to confront the climate crisis? - The Guardian

  1. ‘This is it. If we don’t amp up, we’re goners’: the last chance to confront the climate crisis?  The Guardian
  2. Biden's New Climate Goal: How Fast Can Emissions Fall?  NPR
  3. White House Considers Methane-Busting Vow Before Climate Summit  Bloomberg
  4. Climate is everyone's challenge — and opportunity | TheHill  The Hill
  5. US envoy John Kerry woos China over climate  BBC News
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16 April 2021, 11:00am

China vies with US for lead in global climate diplomacy - Financial Times

  1. China vies with US for lead in global climate diplomacy  Financial Times
  2. China's Xi ready to step up climate change cooperation with France, Germany  Reuters
  3. Germany and France agree on climate cooperation with China  DW (English)
  4. China calls for closer cooperation on climate change ahead of Biden's Earth Day summit  MarketWatch
  5. China will keep its word on climate agreements, Xi tells Merkel, Macron  South China Morning Post
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16 April 2021, 3:05pm

Environment minister Sussan Ley says climate action not her portfolio in stoush with states - The Guardian
Environment minister Sussan Ley says climate action not her portfolio in stoush with states  The Guardian
16 April 2021, 9:01pm

Climate Emergency Stymies Forecasts of Local Disaster Risks - Scientific American
Climate Emergency Stymies Forecasts of Local Disaster Risks  Scientific American
16 April 2021, 2:00pm

Guterres urges cities to embrace 'generational opportunity' for climate action, sustainable development - UN News
Guterres urges cities to embrace 'generational opportunity' for climate action, sustainable development  UN News
16 April 2021, 6:13pm

The Intertwined Futures of Climate Action, Fragility and Peacebuilding - World - ReliefWeb
The Intertwined Futures of Climate Action, Fragility and Peacebuilding - World  ReliefWeb
16 April 2021, 3:43pm

Science Museum faces climate pressure after Shell revealed as 'major sponsor' - City A.M.
Science Museum faces climate pressure after Shell revealed as 'major sponsor'  City A.M.
16 April 2021, 9:31am

Climate: UK is 'struggling to meet its targets and should 'look at the US' for guidance, ex UN negotiator says - Sky News
Climate: UK is 'struggling to meet its targets and should 'look at the US' for guidance, ex UN negotiator says  Sky News
14 April 2021, 7:56pm

The climate emergency is here. The media needs to act like it - The Guardian
The climate emergency is here. The media needs to act like it  The Guardian
12 April 2021, 12:45pm

Google Earth adds time lapse video to depict climate change - MarketWatch
Google Earth adds time lapse video to depict climate change  MarketWatch
16 April 2021, 2:04pm

Why West Lothian is at the forefront of new 'climate friendly' home energy - Edinburgh Live
Why West Lothian is at the forefront of new 'climate friendly' home energy  Edinburgh Live
16 April 2021, 3:18pm

Biden's climate duo of Kerry and McCarthy puts US back in global warming fight - Reuters
Biden's climate duo of Kerry and McCarthy puts US back in global warming fight  Reuters
16 April 2021, 9:09pm

Eamon Ryan to examine criticism of wording in Climate Bill - The Irish Times
Eamon Ryan to examine criticism of wording in Climate Bill  The Irish Times
17 April 2021, 1:54am

Investors Revamp Practices to Mitigate Climate Change Risk - Fitch Ratings
Investors Revamp Practices to Mitigate Climate Change Risk  Fitch Ratings
16 April 2021, 9:39am

How Climate Change Is Affecting Our Mental Health - Healthline
How Climate Change Is Affecting Our Mental Health  Healthline
16 April 2021, 10:22pm

Shell calls on investors to vote for its new climate strategy - The Guardian
Shell calls on investors to vote for its new climate strategy  The Guardian
15 April 2021, 1:58pm

Banking regulators start climate stress tests - Financial Times
Banking regulators start climate stress tests  Financial Times
15 April 2021, 4:30am

Climate crisis: Boris Johnson ‘too cosy’ with vested interests to take serious action - The Guardian
Climate crisis: Boris Johnson ‘too cosy’ with vested interests to take serious action  The Guardian
14 April 2021, 11:46am

Bottom trawling harms the ocean—and the climate - Phys.org
Bottom trawling harms the ocean—and the climate  Phys.org
16 April 2021, 6:10pm

The climate crisis: Is capitalism the problem? - Aljazeera.com
The climate crisis: Is capitalism the problem?  Aljazeera.com
16 April 2021, 11:44am

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Climate 411

The U.S. Department of Energy can marshal its innovation efforts toward beating the climate crisis. Here’s how.
This post was co-authored by Steve Capanna, Director for U.S. Climate Policy and Analysis In a new policy blueprint, EDF offers recommendations for how the Department of Energy can align its innovation budget with the climate challenge across its technology programs. President Biden has pledged to deliver the largest ever federal investment in clean energy […]
15 April 2021, 1:00pm

The Climate Commitment Act could be game-changing for Washington state and the country: Here’s what you should know
Washington has an opportunity in the Climate Commitment Act to adopt transformative climate policy. It would enable the state to slash greenhouse gas emissions at the pace and scale necessary to fight the climate crisis, help address the disproportionate and historic pollution burden in many low-income communities and communities of color, and provide a policy […]
13 April 2021, 11:01pm

The Wall Street Journal says electric vehicles are better – but underestimates how much
A recent Wall Street Journal article answers definitively YES to the question of whether electric vehicles are really better for the environment. But even this strong endorsement of electric vehicles underestimates just how good these cars, trucks and buses will be for our climate and air. The article reports findings from researchers at the University of Toronto. The researchers compared vehicle emissions for a 2021 Toyota RAV4 and a Tesla Model 3. The study is clear that operations are cleaner for electric vehicles.  […]
7 April 2021, 4:46pm

These key policies in Biden’s infrastructure plan can deliver big wins on jobs and climate
This blog was co-authored with Danielle Arostegui, Senior Analyst, U.S. Climate. This week, President Biden unveiled a far-reaching infrastructure package to build back the economy in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, while protecting existing and future generations from the most severe consequences of climate change and addressing historic inequities in access to clean air […]
1 April 2021, 9:06pm

State analysis showcases promising solution to clean up North Carolina’s power sector
North Carolina is up against a climate deadline: In 10 years, the state needs to slash carbon pollution from the power sector 70% below 2005 levels by 2030. This goal, set by an executive order from Gov. Roy Cooper in 2018, will help communities avert the worst climate damages, while moving the state toward a […]
1 April 2021, 6:15pm

A U.S. economy-wide methane target: essential, achievable, affordable
The Biden administration is preparing to announce a new U.S. greenhouse gas emissions target for 2030 under the Paris Agreement — a pledge known as a Nationally Determined Contribution, or NDC — in advance of this year’s United Nations climate talks. Given the last four years of U.S. climate inaction and denial, it is important […]
19 March 2021, 3:54pm

United Nations


UN News - Climate and Environment

Guterres urges cities to embrace ‘generational opportunity’ for climate action, sustainable development
The United Nations Secretary-General, on Friday, called for a “revolution” in urban planning and urban transport to beat back impacts of climate change and build a green and sustainable future for all. 
16 April 2021, 6:13pm

Paris goals still ‘long way off’, says President of UN climate conference
The world is “a long way off” from meeting the goals of the landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the President of the crucial upcoming UN climate conference, COP26, said on Thursday.
8 April 2021, 9:35pm

Renewable energy access key to climate adaptation in Africa: UN chief
Support for climate adaptation in Africa is crucial, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday in appealing for greater action to provide renewable energy to hundreds of millions who still lack access to reliable and affordable electricity.
6 April 2021, 5:41pm

Climate change top challenge over the next decade, UNESCO global survey finds
Climate change and loss of biodiversity is seen as the most pressing challenge over the decade, according to the World in 2030 Survey report published on Wednesday by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 
31 March 2021, 10:21pm

More climate action needed during ‘make-or-break year’ for people and planet 
The world needs “a major breakthrough” to slow the pace of climate change and build resilience to protect the most vulnerable from increasingly severe and frequent climate impacts, the deputy UN chief told a crucial high-level meeting on Wednesday, looking ahead to November’s COP26. 
31 March 2021, 6:24pm

Guterres calls on US to lead global vaccination plan effort, climate action, welcoming Blinken to Headquarters
The Secretary-General welcomed a recommitted and re-engaged United States administration to United Nations Headquarters on Monday, albeit virtually, calling on it to play a leadership role in drawing up a global vaccination plan to beat COVID-19, and make the upcoming COP26 a watershed moment for climate action.
29 March 2021, 7:56pm

Oceans under threat like never before, warns World Meteorological Organization 
Climate change has hit the world’s oceans hard, UN weather experts said on Monday, in a call for lifesaving monitoring and early warning services that were interrupted by COVID-19 to be ramped up again, to protect shipping and coastal communities at risk. 
22 March 2021, 1:36pm

FROM THE FIELD: Costa Rica communities fight duel COVID and climate threat
Local communities in Costa Rica are working together to fight the challenging combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, thanks to support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
22 March 2021, 3:15am

FROM THE FIELD: Saving corals in crisis
Coral reefs are in grave peril, and the consequences of their extinction could be catastrophic. They support more than a quarter of all marine life, but 90 per cent could disappear by 2050, largely as a result of climate change.  
20 March 2021, 4:05am

Recognizing ‘historic tipping point’, UN begins push towards more sustainable energy future
Renewable energy is “crucial for building a sustainable, prosperous and peaceful future”, the UN chief said on Wednesday, launching an accelerated drive for clean energy and climate action. 
10 March 2021, 5:14pm

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Science Daily

NERC

Ocean role

The Southern Ocean is one of the hardest places on Earth to carry out scientific research – but there is a growing realisation that in the era of climate change, we need to understand it better.


20 October 2020, 12:00am

Earth story

Soils are critical to the health of our planet and essential for human, animal and plant life – but are at risk from changes in climate and land use.


20 October 2020, 12:00am

Collaboration to beat climate change

With climate change having a huge impact on the decisions and policies we make, collaboration is key – and at the forefront is the NERC and Met Office collaborative Joint Weather and Climate Research Programme.


20 October 2020, 12:00am

Building resilience

Hotter summers and wetter winters will bring new challenges and opportunities. The UK Climate Resilience programme, a collaboration between UKRI and the Met Office, brings a wide range of researchers to help in this effort.
 


20 October 2020, 12:00am

The gathering storm

From rising sea level impact on coastal ecosystems to exciting new ways to reduce greenhouse emissions, marine scientist Dr Judith Wolf describes her research into the effect of climate change on the world’s oceans.


20 October 2020, 12:00am

Life stranded in ice

Scientists are currently marooned onboard the icebreaker RV Polarstern due to the COVID-19 lockdown; we hear first hand how they are coping, what life is like on the ship, and what ongoing experiments can reveal about climate change in this fascinating region.


20 October 2020, 12:00am

The Arctic

The Arctic is beautiful and awe-inspiring. It is also a vital element of the Earth's climate system, helping to regulate global temperatures.


9 July 2019, 3:44pm

Carbon Brief


Carbon Brief

Guest post: How ‘high-resolution’ climate models will help Europe plan for extreme weather

“Convective” storms cause some of Earth’s most dramatic weather, including extreme rainfall, hail, lightning and...

The post Guest post: How ‘high-resolution’ climate models will help Europe plan for extreme weather appeared first on Carbon Brief.


12 April 2021, 2:51pm

Climate change will hit ‘endemic’ plants and animals the hardest, study warns

Plants and animals that only live in one region – known as “endemic” species –...

The post Climate change will hit ‘endemic’ plants and animals the hardest, study warns appeared first on Carbon Brief.


9 April 2021, 5:00am

Mapped: How ‘proxy’ data reveals the climate of the Earth’s distant past

At any one moment in time, thousands of measurements are being taken of the world’s...

The post Mapped: How ‘proxy’ data reveals the climate of the Earth’s distant past appeared first on Carbon Brief.


30 March 2021, 3:00pm

China should ‘rapidly’ close 186 coal plants to help meet its climate goals, study says

New research has identified that 18% of China’s coal-fired power plants “can be retired first...

The post China should ‘rapidly’ close 186 coal plants to help meet its climate goals, study says appeared first on Carbon Brief.


25 March 2021, 3:43pm

Guardian


Climate change | The Guardian

Environment minister Sussan Ley says climate action not her portfolio in stoush with states

Ley understood to have told state counterparts coordinating with them on climate mitigation beyond her portfolio

The environment minister, Sussan Ley, has rebuffed a push by her state counterparts to be kept in the loop about the Morrison government’s plans for climate action ahead of international talks in Glasgow in November– telling them she is not responsible for mitigation efforts.

Several sources have confirmed to Guardian Australia there was a stoush in Thursday’s meeting between Ley and a number of state ministers, both Liberal and Labor.

Related: Morrison government can’t conceal inaction on climate from US with ‘smoke and mirrors’

Related: Failure is not an option. Australia must radically scale up its climate targets now | Will Steffen for the Conversation

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16 April 2021, 9:00pm

The race for rare earth minerals: can Australia fuel the electric vehicle revolution?

China dominates supply of the elusive metals, which are vital to modern technology, but finding new sources is becoming a global priority

There are an estimated 1.4bn cars on the world’s roads today. Around 78m new cars are sold every year. To head off the worst effects of climate change, every single one will need to go electric eventually.

Whether it rolls off a production line in Fremont, California, or comes together in a vast megafactory in Qinghai, China, a colossal amount of human effort must go into building the components and obtaining their base minerals. In each car, for instance, there is roughly a kilogram of magnet providing the motion needed to fire engines and electrify windows. Roughly 30% of this material is made up of rare earth material known as neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr).

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16 April 2021, 9:00pm

Cop26 preparations to intensify after compromise on virtual talks

Governments to hold three-week virtual meeting next month before climate summit in November

Preparations for vital UN climate talks to take place this year in Glasgow are set to intensify next month, after nations compromised over how to conduct virtual negotiations ahead of the summit.

The climate talks, called Cop26, are set for November after being postponed for a year owing to the coronavirus pandemic. The summit is viewed as one of the last chances to put the world on track to fulfil the 2015 Paris climate agreement, and tackle the climate emergency.

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16 April 2021, 12:19pm

‘This is it. If we don’t amp up, we’re goners’: the last chance to confront the climate crisis?

When it comes to addressing the climate emergency, there have been hopeful moments before that ultimately led to nothing. Now, hope rises again

The Earth’s climate has always been a work in progress. In the 4.5bn years the planet has been spinning around the sun, ice ages have come and gone, interrupted by epochs of intense heat. The highest mountain range in Texas was once an underwater reef. Camels wandered in evergreen forests in the Arctic. Then a few million years later, 400 feet of ice formed over what is now New York City. But amid this geologic mayhem, humans have gotten lucky. For the past 10,000 years, virtually the entire stretch of human civilization, people have lived in what scientists call “a Goldilocks climate” – not too hot, not too cold, just right.

Now, our luck is running out. The industrialized nations of the world are dumping 34bn tons or so of carbon into the atmosphere every year, which is roughly 10 times faster than Mother Nature ever did on her own, even during past mass extinction events. As a result, global temperatures have risen 1.2C since we began burning coal, and the past seven years have been the warmest seven years on record. The Earth’s temperature is rising faster today than at any time since the end of the last ice age, 11,300 years ago. We are pushing ourselves out of a Goldilocks climate and into something entirely different.

Related: The climate emergency is here. The media needs to act like it

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16 April 2021, 11:00am

Before Covid, giving up flying was taking off. We need to get that momentum back

Interest in low-carbon living, including pledges not to fly, was high before the pandemic. After lockdown, we must not allow climate action to fall off the radar

It’s hard to remember what life was like before the pandemic hit. A year and a half ago, 2019 was drawing to a close with something like a promise. It had been the year of Greta Thunberg, Extinction Rebellion and the school climate strikes, and the momentum was with climate activism. And 2020 promised to be the year of change.

Helped by Thunberg’s yacht journey across the Atlantic, the spotlight was on aviation’s role in the climate crisis. An airline ticket is about the most carbon-heavy thing consumers can buy, and for those of us fortunate enough to be able to access air travel, our flights can quickly put us among the top polluters in the world.

Related: Climate crisis: Boris Johnson ‘too cosy’ with vested interests to take serious action

Someone texted Radio 2 saying: 'Usually we’d be in Zante – but we couldn’t have asked for a better holiday in Whitby'

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16 April 2021, 6:30am

Whitest-ever paint could help cool heating Earth, study shows

New paint reflects 98% of sunlight as well as radiating infrared heat into space, reducing need for air conditioning

The whitest-ever paint has been produced by academic researchers, with the aim of boosting the cooling of buildings and tackling the climate crisis.

The new paint reflects 98% of sunlight as well as radiating infrared heat through the atmosphere into space. In tests, it cooled surfaces by 4.5C below the ambient temperature, even in strong sunlight. The researchers said the paint could be on the market in one or two years.

Related: Cool roofs: beating the midday sun with a slap of white paint

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15 April 2021, 7:00pm

Shell calls on investors to vote for its new climate strategy

Shareholder activists say cleaner energy transition fails to meet Paris climate goals and they will put rival scheme to oil firm’s AGM

Royal Dutch Shell has urged investors to vote for its strategy to shift the business towards cleaner energy sources, despite warnings that the plan does not go far enough to meet the Paris climate agreement goals.

The oil company set out its energy transition plan before its annual shareholder meeting in May, when investors will be able to take part in an advisory vote on Shell’s climate plans for the first time. The vote will not be binding.

Related: Shell strategy looking like a bundle of compromises | Nils Pratley

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15 April 2021, 1:58pm

How Texas’s zombie oil wells are creating an environmental disaster zone

Thousands of abandoned oil wells dot the Permian Basin in west Texas and New Mexico, endangering humans and wildlife. With oil costs plummeting, they’re likely to proliferate. Who is going to cover the cleanup costs?

When Laura Briggs and her husband finally found their dream home in west Texas, they knew they’d be sharing space with the oil industry. The Pecos county ranch’s previous owner, local attorney Windel “Hoot” Gibson, died there when a rickety old pumpjack teetered over and fell on top of him.

But sharing 900 acres with a handful of old oil wells seemed like a fair trade for a spacious ranch where the Briggs family could raise four kids and a mess of farm animals. The property is smack dab in the middle of the Permian Basin, an ancient, dried-up sea that streaks across Texas and New Mexico and is the most productive oil field in the United States. Approximately 3m barrels of the Permian’s monthly crude production happens in Pecos county; there is an oil or gas well for roughly every two people here.

Related: The climate emergency is here. The media needs to act like it

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15 April 2021, 11:00am

Queenslanders will be hardest hit if Australia fails to act on climate change, Labor warns

Chris Bowen says Coalition’s failure to cut emissions could cost 500,000 jobs in Queensland but ‘there is a different path’

The opposition climate change minister, Chris Bowen, has warned almost one million Australians will lose their jobs if runaway climate change decimates the environment and the economy – with Queensland bearing the brunt of any failure to act.

Bowen used a speech in Brisbane on Thursday night to warn Queenslanders they would pay the price for the federal Coalition’s failure to act in accordance with climate science, with half a million jobs lost in the state and a forecast economic contraction of 8% by 2050 and 14% by 2070.

Related: Morrison government can’t conceal inaction on climate from US with ‘smoke and mirrors’

Related: Report claiming global temperature rise will top 1.5C by 2030s divides scientists

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15 April 2021, 9:33am

Just 3% of world’s ecosystems remain intact, study suggests

Pristine areas in the Amazon and Siberia may expand with animal reintroductions, scientists say

Just 3% of the world’s land remains ecologically intact with healthy populations of all its original animals and undisturbed habitat, a study suggests.

These fragments of wilderness undamaged by human activities are mainly in parts of the Amazon and Congo tropical forests, east Siberian and northern Canadian forests and tundra, and the Sahara. Invasive alien species including cats, foxes, rabbits, goats and camels have had a major impact on native species in Australia, with the study finding no intact areas left.

According to the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity there are five main threats to biodiversity. In descending order these are; changes in land and sea use; direct exploitation of organisms; climate change; pollution and invasive species. 

Related: Five countries hold 70% of world's last wildernesses, map reveals

Related: New map reveals shattering effect of roads on nature

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15 April 2021, 5:00am

Oil firm bosses’ pay ‘incentivises them to undermine climate action’

Lucrative pay and share options linked to continued extraction of fossil fuels by ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell and BP

Lucrative pay and share options have created an incentive for oil company executives to resist climate action, according to a study that casts doubt on recent net-zero commitments by BP and Shell.

Compensation packages for CEOs, often in excess of $10m (£7.2m), are linked to continued extraction of fossil fuels, exploration of new fields and the promotion of strong market demand through advertising, lobbying and government subsidies, the report says.

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15 April 2021, 5:00am

Failure is not an option. Australia must radically scale up its climate targets now | Will Steffen for the Conversation

To contribute fairly to keeping warming well below 2C, we have to cut emissions by 75% this decade – a daunting but achievable task

In May 2011, almost precisely a decade ago, the government-appointed Climate Commission released its inaugural report. Titled The Critical Decade, the report’s final section warned that to keep global temperature rises to 2C this century, “the decade between now and 2020 is critical”.

As the report noted, if greenhouse gas emissions peaked around 2011, the world’s emissions-reduction trajectory would have been easily manageable: net zero by around 2060, and a maximum emissions reduction rate of 3.7% each year. Delaying the emissions peak by only a decade would require a trebling of this task – a maximum 9% reduction each year.

Every fraction of a degree of avoided warming matters. Its value will be measured in lives, species and ecosystems saved

Related: The climate emergency is here. The media needs to act like it

Related: Climate crisis: world is at its hottest for at least 12,000 years – study

Will Steffen is emeritus professor, Fenner School of Environment & Society, Australian National University and a councillor with the Climate Council of Australia.

This piece was originally published on the Conversation.

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15 April 2021, 1:38am

China ‘must shut 600 coal-fired plants’ to hit climate target

Move towards renewables to hit net zero by 2060 would also pay off with saving of $1.6tn, analysis finds

China must shut down nearly 600 of its coal-fired power plants in the next 10 years, replacing them with renewable electricity generation, to meet its goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2060, a report has said.

But replacing the 364GW of coal generation with renewable power would achieve a net saving of $1.6tn (£1.2tn) over the period, since wind and solar power are now much cheaper than coal, according to the analysis company TransitionZero.

Related: Urgent policies needed to steer countries to net zero, says IEA chief

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15 April 2021, 12:01am

Will a wildlife refuge benefit a heavily polluted Albuquerque neighborhood?

An urban wildlife refuge is meant to alleviate generations of environmental racism that has beset the historic neighborhood of Mountain View. That’s assuming it can meet the community’s needs

Albuquerque’s South Valley was once a thriving oasis of food production watered by a network of historic irrigation canals, or acequias. Today, it’s home to several historic neighborhoods along the Rio Grande, including Mountain View.

Related: The climate emergency is here. The media needs to act like it

Related: Sea levels are going to rise by at least 2ft. We can do something about it | Harold R Wanless

Jessica Kutz is an assistant editor for High Country News. Email her at jessicak@hcn.org or submit a letter to the editor

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14 April 2021, 9:07pm

Morrison government can’t conceal inaction on climate from US with ‘smoke and mirrors’

Leading climatologist Michael Mann says Coalition’s policies ‘do absolutely nothing’ to address the crisis and US climate negotiators won’t be fooled

One of the world’s most influential climate scientists Michael E Mann says John Kerry and US climate negotiators are not going to be “fooled by the smoke and mirrors the Morrison government appears to be employing to distract from their clear record of inaction on climate”.

Joe Biden has invited 40 world leaders, including Scott Morrison, to a virtual summit on the climate crisis next week – an event coinciding with Earth Day.

Related: It’s not too late for Australia to forestall a dystopian future that alternates between Mad Max and Waterworld | Michael Mann

Related: A ‘win’ for fossil fuels: green groups critical as former Origin Energy boss named chief of climate body

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14 April 2021, 6:30pm

Report claiming global temperature rise will top 1.5C by 2030s divides scientists

Climate Council report says most emissions cuts need to occur in the next decade to keep global heating below 2C

A report by the Climate Council claiming that the global average temperature rise will likely breach 1.5C by the 2030s has caused division in the scientific community.

The report, published on Thursday, follows controversy over similar arguments made in a review by the Australian Academy of Science, which said global aspiration of limiting global heating to 1.5C was now “virtually impossible” to achieve.

Related: US climate research outpost abandoned over fears it will be devoured by sea

Related: 'Every choice matters': can we cling to hope of avoiding 1.5C heating?

Related: Big Weather: Indigenous artists reflect on climate crisis – in pictures

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14 April 2021, 6:30pm

Climate crisis: Boris Johnson ‘too cosy’ with vested interests to take serious action

Report author calls for thorough clean-up of political donations, directorships and embedded interns

Boris Johnson’s government is “too cosy” with vested interests in business to take strong action on the climate crisis, the author of a report on “the polluting elite” has warned.

Peter Newell, a professor of international relations at the University of Sussex, said: “We are never going to have change while these actors are so close to government. The government is not willing to take on these interests as it has close ties to big industries, including fossil fuels. There is a definite reluctance to take them on.”

Related: Boris Johnson told to get grip of UK climate strategy before Cop26

Related: UK government scraps green homes grant after six months

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14 April 2021, 11:46am

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