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'Quick fixes' to the climate crisis risk harming nature
"Climate fails" include misguided tree planting and large-scale bioenergy crops, say scientists.
10 June 2021, 4:46pm

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  1. UK warned it is unprepared for climate chaos  BBC News
  2. UK failing to protect against climate dangers, advisers warn  The Guardian
  3. UK failing to plan for impact of climate change despite warnings  Financial Times
  4. UK fails to keep pace with climate change impacts  economia
  5. Wales' climate change plans 'not sufficient', advisers says  BBC News
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17 June 2021, 8:17am

Weatherwatch: how the humble salp is helping to fight the climate crisis - The Guardian
Weatherwatch: how the humble salp is helping to fight the climate crisis  The Guardian
17 June 2021, 6:00am

Biden's climate agenda bogged down in divided Congress - Financial Times
Biden's climate agenda bogged down in divided Congress  Financial Times
17 June 2021, 12:26pm

COP26 President speech at UN Climate Change Conference - GOV.UK
COP26 President speech at UN Climate Change Conference  GOV.UK
17 June 2021, 3:05pm

UK's National Infrastructure Bank launches, with tackling climate change as key objective - edie.net
UK's National Infrastructure Bank launches, with tackling climate change as key objective  edie.net
17 June 2021, 10:00am

Climate Change Batters the West Before Summer Even Begins - The New York Times
Climate Change Batters the West Before Summer Even Begins  The New York Times
17 June 2021, 8:00am

Climate crisis to hit Europe’s coffee and chocolate supplies - The Guardian
Climate crisis to hit Europe’s coffee and chocolate supplies  The Guardian
15 June 2021, 5:09pm

Five designers planting trees to highlight climate change - Dezeen
Five designers planting trees to highlight climate change  Dezeen
17 June 2021, 11:30am

BlackRock partners with Baringa to boost climate change analytics technology - Investment Week
BlackRock partners with Baringa to boost climate change analytics technology  Investment Week
17 June 2021, 1:16pm

To Tackle Climate Change, Corporate Culture Will Need an Overhaul - Bloomberg
To Tackle Climate Change, Corporate Culture Will Need an Overhaul  Bloomberg
17 June 2021, 11:10am

Refugees and locals in Mauritania exchange strategies for adapting to climate change - Mauritania - ReliefWeb
Refugees and locals in Mauritania exchange strategies for adapting to climate change - Mauritania  ReliefWeb
17 June 2021, 9:52am

MHCLG official: 'no coherent strategy' on local climate change action - Local Government Chronicle
MHCLG official: 'no coherent strategy' on local climate change action  Local Government Chronicle
17 June 2021, 12:04pm

Search launched for tech innovators to help curb climate change through land use - The Scotsman
Search launched for tech innovators to help curb climate change through land use  The Scotsman
17 June 2021, 5:01am

Nine ways climate change is going to drastically alter life in Wales - Wales Online
Nine ways climate change is going to drastically alter life in Wales  Wales Online
16 June 2021, 9:30pm

Nato and climate change: How big is the problem? - BBC News
Nato and climate change: How big is the problem?  BBC News
15 June 2021, 12:32am

Climate activists take Norway to human rights court over Arctic oil plans - The Guardian
Climate activists take Norway to human rights court over Arctic oil plans  The Guardian
17 June 2021, 4:20am

Climate Change in Southern Africa - June 2021 - World - ReliefWeb
Climate Change in Southern Africa - June 2021 - World  ReliefWeb
17 June 2021, 11:24am

Majority of Delta shareholders vote for disclosure of climate lobbying efforts - Reuters
Majority of Delta shareholders vote for disclosure of climate lobbying efforts  Reuters
17 June 2021, 3:25pm

Dáil passes Climate Action Bill - RTE.ie
Dáil passes Climate Action Bill  RTE.ie
16 June 2021, 2:30pm

Council to focus on economic recovery and climate change - Crowborough Life
Council to focus on economic recovery and climate change  Crowborough Life
17 June 2021, 9:53am

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Climate 411

The key to reaching Biden’s new climate goal: An enforceable clean electricity standard that slashes pollution
At the Leaders Summit on Climate in April, President Biden pledged to go all-in to beat the climate crisis, setting an ambitious and credible target to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030. Now the administration and federal law makers must roll up their sleeves and work to achieve this target. The […]
10 June 2021, 9:08pm

Western Climate Initiative recovering from COVID-19, and the new climate kid in town
The results of the latest Western Climate Initiative cap-and-trade auction were released today and all current and future allowances sold. This generates substantial revenue for California’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund but could also indicate that greenhouse gas emissions are rebounding as the economy recovers from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Auction quick takes: All […]
27 May 2021, 9:17pm

Governor Inslee is leading the race against climate change. Other governors should keep up.
This post was co-authored by Katelyn Roedner Sutter, Senior Manager, U.S. Climate at EDF Washington state just officially became the country’s frontrunner on climate action. On Monday, Governor Inslee signed a landmark cap-and-invest bill, called the Climate Commitment Act, which sets the most ambitious limit on climate pollution of any state in the nation. The […]
18 May 2021, 8:28pm

Pennsylvania just reached a critical milestone on the path to a clean energy future
This week, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released its final rule to link the state with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to reduce carbon pollution from the state’s power plants starting in 2022. This is a momentous step, not only for Pennsylvania, but for the country’s fight against climate change: The Keystone state […]
17 May 2021, 1:05pm

Connecticut can take the lead on creating a cleaner transportation system that cuts climate pollution
Connecticut is poised to lead the way on creating a cleaner and healthier transportation system – if legislators seize the moment to act. This past March, Connecticut Governor Lamont and 11 co-sponsors in the legislature introduced Senate Bill 884, which would give Connecticut the greenlight to implement a major multi-state program aimed at reducing climate […]
10 May 2021, 1:51pm

Climate action is a top priority in the 21st Century Latino Agenda
By: Sindy Benavides, CEO of LULAC, and Esther Sosa, Project Manager at EDF In the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic exposed inequities in nearly every aspect of life, illustrating the frustrating reality that today, national crises affect everyone but do not impact everyone equally. Similarly, climate change poses a more devastating threat to Latino families. Threats […]
3 May 2021, 5:14pm

United Nations


UN News - Climate and Environment

UN chief: Desertification and drought destabilizing well-being of 3.2 billion people 
Land degradation from climate change and the expansion of agriculture, cities and infrastructure “undermines the well-being of 3.2 billion people”, the UN chief said on Wednesday in his message for World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. 
16 June 2021, 5:13pm

UN-backed report finds no G7-based stock exchange indices align with Paris climate goals 
New research co-authored by the UN Global Compact revealed on Thursday that none of the G7 leading industrial nations’ main stock indices are aligned with global emissions targets set out in the Paris Agreement, thwarting efforts to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. 
10 June 2021, 10:09pm

First Person: Owner of first ‘vegan football club’ scoring sustainable goals
A football club in the west of England has been recognized by the United Nations for its leading role in setting goals to tackle climate change, from planning a low-carbon stadium, to selling only 100 per cent vegan food. Ahead of the kick-off  of the delayed Euro 2020 football competition, owner and chairman, Dale Vince, told UN News that the club aims to be a beacon of sustainability in the sporting world
10 June 2021, 5:30am

Still time to reverse damage to ‘ravaged’ ecosystems, declares UN chief, marking World Environment Day 
Amidst the triple environmental threat of biodiversity loss, climate disruption and escalating pollution, Secretary-General António Guterres launched “an unprecedented effort to heal the Earth”, on the eve of World Environment Day. 
4 June 2021, 4:34pm

Invasive pest spread another fallout from climate change, UN-backed study finds
Climate change is making pests which ravage important agricultural crops even more destructive, heightening threats to global food security and the environment, a UN-backed study published on Wednesday has found. 
2 June 2021, 8:56pm

UN chief calls for a global partnership to address COVID, climate change and achieve SDG’s
Speaking in a key international partnerships summit, António Guterres said that if governments embrace together the goals of phasing out coal, enhancing climate commitments, and investing in the Global Goals, there is an opportunity to rise to 'the biggest challenge of our lives'.
30 May 2021, 10:20am

Boost investments in nature to combat climate, biodiversity and land degradation crises
Annual investments in nature-based solutions will have to triple by 2030, and increase four-fold by 2050, if the world is to successfully tackle the triple threat of climate, biodiversity and land degradation crises, according to a new UN-backed study published on Thursday. 
27 May 2021, 8:48pm

Everyone will lose unless humanity makes ‘peace with the planet’, declares Guterres
Humanity is “waging a war on nature”, threatening biodiversity loss, climate disruption and escalating pollution, the UN chief said on Friday. 
21 May 2021, 5:59pm

Cut methane emissions to avert global temperature rise, UN-backed study urges
Methane emissions caused by human activity can be reduced by up to 45 per cent this decade, thus helping to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a UN-backed report published on Thursday. 
6 May 2021, 6:23pm

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Science Daily

NERC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

China Briefing, 17 June 2021: Overseas coal projects; Nuclear ‘leak’ report; Sustainable food production

Welcome to Carbon Brief’s China weekly digest. We handpick and explain the most important climate and...

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17 June 2021, 3:24pm

CCC: Adaptation to climate risks ‘underfunded and ignored’ by UK government

Efforts to manage climate risks in the UK have been “underfunded and ignored” leaving the...

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16 June 2021, 12:01am

China Briefing, 10 June 2021: Energy ‘pre-warning’ system; Chinese banks ‘fund’ deforestation; Coal price cap

Welcome to Carbon Brief’s China weekly digest. We handpick and explain the most important climate and...

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10 June 2021, 3:21pm

Guest post: G7 climate laws ‘cut emissions by 1.3bn tonnes in 2019’

Climate laws implemented by the G7 group of major economies cut their collective carbon dioxide...

The post Guest post: G7 climate laws ‘cut emissions by 1.3bn tonnes in 2019’ appeared first on Carbon Brief.


8 June 2021, 11:15am

China Briefing, 3 June 2021: New climate ‘leaders group’; ‘Record-breaking’ electricity consumption; ‘Artificial sun’

Welcome to Carbon Brief’s China weekly digest. We handpick and explain the most important climate and...

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4 June 2021, 11:29am

Guardian


Climate change | The Guardian

Weatherwatch: how the humble salp is helping to fight the climate crisis

The gelatinous creature sucks up organisms that absorb CO2 and leaves droppings rich in carbon at the bottom of the sea

Salps are jelly-like sea creatures, so humble that few people even know they exist. But there are countless numbers of them swimming in the world’s oceans and they help fight climate change.

Salps cruise around the sea surface at night, sucking up and digesting phytoplankton, microscopic plant-like organisms that absorb CO2 for their photosynthesis. During the day, the salps sink deeper in the sea, possibly to avoid predators, and squirt out unusually heavy droppings rich in carbon left over from their phytoplankton meals. The pellets sink rapidly, up to 1,000 metres deep in a day, and faster than the pellets of most other sea creatures. And when the salp dies, its body also sinks rapidly, sending even more carbon to the ocean depths.

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17 June 2021, 6:00am

‘The next pandemic’: drought is a hidden global crisis, UN says

Countries urged to take urgent action on managing water and land and tackling the climate emergency

Drought is a hidden global crisis that risks becoming “the next pandemic” if countries do not take urgent action on water and land management and tackling the climate emergency, the UN has said.

At least 1.5 billion people have been directly affected by drought this century, and the economic cost over roughly that time has been estimated at $124bn (£89bn). The true cost is likely to be many times higher because such estimates do not include much of the impact in developing countries, according to a report published on Thursday.

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17 June 2021, 2:41pm

Nationals send warning to Scott Morrison on net zero emissions target

Keith Pitt, a Queensland National who sits in the cabinet, says such a climate commitment by 2050 would ‘absolutely cause damage’ in regional areas

The resources minister, Keith Pitt, has fired a warning shot at Scott Morrison, declaring he cannot adopt a policy of net zero emissions by 2050 without the backing of the Nationals.

Morrison has been trying to telegraph a pivot on climate policy since the election of Joe Biden as the US president, signalling Australia wants to achieve net zero as soon as possible and “preferably” by 2050.

Related: Federal Labor’s Madeleine King defends gas as ‘critical’ to Australia’s needs

Related: Scott Morrison knows setting a net zero target means picking a fight with the National party | Richard Denniss

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17 June 2021, 4:29am

Martin Rowson on the Climate Change Committee’s criticism of the UK government – cartoon
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16 June 2021, 8:00pm

How Women Can Save the Planet by Anne Karpf review – clear and invigorating

From water pilgrims to climate refugees, those who are suffering most from the climate crisis have done the least to cause it, argues this strong and inspiring analysis

The language around the climate crisis, the journalist Anne Karpf writes in How Women Can Save the Planet, can conceal as much as it reveals. Take “natural disaster”. There is nothing “natural” about the disasters that have struck our planet owing to global heating. They are not freak accidents, Karpf says, but rather the culmination of long-term environmental degradation caused by human activity. Then again, consider “human activity”. The slipperiness of language emerges once more. When speaking about the crisis, campaigners in the west commonly invoke a universal “we”, setting up an abstract notion of “humanity” harming a vulnerable planet. David Attenborough famously warned last year: “We’ve not just ruined the planet, we’ve destroyed it.”

But what happens if we dig further to discover the fissures within this “we”? To acknowledge, for example, that the world’s richer nation states are responsible for 86% of global CO2 emissions (compared to 14% for the poorer half) or that the average Briton emits more carbon in two weeks than a citizen of Uganda, Malawi, or Somalia does in a year. Besides, consider any number of leading governmental organisations addressing the climate emergency – those representatives of the supposedly undivided “we” – and the illusion of universalism dissipates fast. The UK’s initial senior delegation for the Cop26 UN climate change conference was composed entirely of men.

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16 June 2021, 12:00pm

‘Dead in the water’: key crossbenchers reject Coalition demand to back new environment standards

Environment minister Sussan Ley stares down Senate on conservation laws and says damage by Kosciuszko feral horses makes her ‘extremely angry’

The Morrison government is attempting to stare down the Senate over changes to conservation laws, warning the wording of controversial new environment standards before parliament is “not negotiable” and will not be strengthened.

The push was immediately rejected by two key crossbench senators, with one declaring the legislation to change the laws – which all parties agree are failing – was “dead in the water” unless the standards were strengthened.

Related: The disaster movie playing in Australia's wild places – and solutions that could help hit pause

Related: Wealthy countries’ climate shift leaves Australia isolated from closest allies

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16 June 2021, 11:38am

Sweltering Texans urged to reduce cooking and cleaning to ease grid strain

Officials advise to avoid using large appliances such as ovens and washing machines, amid soaring summer temperatures

As temperatures rise to unseasonably warm levels across Texas this week, its citizens are being asked to use less energy on basics like cooking and washing clothes to ease strain on the state’s power grid that is struggling to generate enough electricity to cope with the high temperatures.

The move triggers memories for many Texans of the cold snap in the winter that incapacitated much of the state’s power infrastructure and raises fears that Texas – and other US states – are not prepared to deal with the extreme weather events that come with the global climate crisis.

Related: Texas freeze casts renewable energy as next battle line in US culture wars

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16 June 2021, 11:30am

Peanuts! What is going on with nature’s delicious miracle legume? Climate change that’s what | First Dog on the Moon

Is the most noble and beloved of sandwich spreads in trouble?! Yes! Its main (only?) ingredient the dinky-di Aussie peanut is doomed! (Sort of)

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16 June 2021, 7:46am

Poorer households in UK should get free heat pumps, say experts

Help is needed to replace gas boilers with low-carbon alternatives, warn builders, energy firms and charities

Households on low incomes should be supplied with free heat pumps in order to kickstart the market for low-carbon heating equipment and meet the UK’s climate targets, experts have told the government.

Heat pumps can currently cost thousands of pounds to install, but the more that are installed, the faster that cost is likely to come down. They are widely regarded as the best way to replace the UK’s gas boilers and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from homes.

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16 June 2021, 7:00am

UK failing to protect against climate dangers, advisers warn

It is ‘absolutely illogical’ not to tackle the risks of heatwaves and power blackouts, says Climate Change Committee

The UK government is failing to protect people from the fast-rising risks of the climate crisis, from deadly heatwaves to power blackouts, its official climate advisers have warned.

The climate change committee said action to improve the nation’s resilience is not keeping pace with the impacts of global heating, many of which are already causing harm. The CCC’s experts said they were frustrated by the “absolutely illogical” lack of sufficient action on adaptation, particularly as acting is up to 10 times more cost-effective than not doing so.

Related: Climate crisis to put millions of British homes at risk of subsiding

Related: Sales of peat compost to gardeners to be banned from 2024

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16 June 2021, 6:01am

How to win over those who will lose most from a global carbon tax

Those who bear a disproportionate share of a carbon tax will mobilise against it … unless they are given reason not to

In his classic book, The Logic of Collective Action, the late great Mancur Olson explained that the hardest policies to implement are those with diffuse benefits and concentrated costs. Olson’s argument was straightforward: individuals bearing the costs will vigorously oppose the policy, while the beneficiaries will free ride, preferring that someone else take up the cudgels.

Olson’s insight applies to the single most pressing policy challenge facing humanity today, namely the climate crisis. The starting point for addressing it, economists agree, is a tax on carbon. The resulting reduction in emissions would deliver benefits to virtually everyone on the planet. But specific segments of society – Olson’s concentrated interests – will bear a disproportionate share of the costs and mobilise in opposition.

Related: Covid-19 and the climate crisis are part of the same battle | Jeffrey Frankel

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16 June 2021, 6:00am

Scott Morrison is the accidental architect of a carbon tax – whether he likes it or not | Richard Denniss

While Australia sticks to accounting tricks, calls by other countries are growing to impose a carbon price on our exports

Who would have thought that Scott Morrison would be the one to reintroduce a carbon tax? And who would have thought it possible to design a carbon tax on Australian polluters that delivered revenue to the treasuries of other countries? Welcome to the topsy-turvy world of “border tax adjustments” in which other countries get to decide the amount of tax that Australian polluters pay, and the way in which they will pay it.

For decades, the Australian climate debate has circled pointlessly around the hypothetical question of what would happen to Australian exporters if Australia were the first country to take climate action seriously. We might as well debate the consequences of Australia being the first country to roll out the internet.

Related: Wealthy countries’ climate shift leaves Australia isolated from closest allies

Related: Australia's lack of effort on climate change is going to cost us | Bill Hare

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16 June 2021, 2:31am

Australian resources minister attacks ‘green activists’ for trying to ‘cripple’ fossil fuel companies

Keith Pitt urges oil and gas producers to fight back against groups such as Greenpeace by quantifying the sector’s contribution to the economy

Australia’s resources minister, Keith Pitt, is urging oil and gas producers to turn the “spotlight” on environmental groups campaigning against an expansion of the fossil fuel industry on climate change grounds.

Pitt will use a speech to the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association conference in Perth on Wednesday to rail against “activism” that “ignores the fact that resources development in Australia is carried out safely and responsibly and that Australia’s economy was built off the back of the resources sector”.

Related: Australia urged to drop coal and gas plans after global energy agency’s warning

Related: Scott Morrison’s claim Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are falling does ‘not stack up’

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15 June 2021, 6:30pm

Climate crisis to hit Europe’s coffee and chocolate supplies

Increasing droughts in producer nations will also make palm oil and soya imports highly vulnerable, study finds

Coffee and chocolate supplies in Europe soon could be disrupted by the climate crisis as droughts hit producer countries, according to a study.

The research also found a high vulnerability for palm oil imports, used in many foods and domestic products, and soybeans, which are the main feed for chickens and pigs in the European Union.

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15 June 2021, 4:00pm

The UK’s obsession with trade deals means disaster for the environment | Nick Dearden

From food standards to fossil fuel exports, Britain’s agreement with Australia could stop us dealing with the climate crisis

Over the weekend, Boris Johnson told the world we need to “create a healthy planet for our children and grandchildren”. Today he launches a trade deal which is not simply as inadequate as the pledges made by Johnson and other leaders at the G7, but is more worryingly moving us rapidly in the wrong direction.

The trade rules contained in the UK-Australia deal will be a disaster for the environment. On the one hand, it will certainly increase carbon emissions if we replace food from Britain, or our near neighbours, with food from a country on the opposite side of the world.

Related: This G7 reflects our G-zero world, ruled by self-interest instead of global ambition | Tom Kibasi

Nick Dearden is director of Global Justice Now (formerly World Development Movement)

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15 June 2021, 3:01pm

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