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Brazil: Amazon sees worst deforestation levels in 15 years
The figures come after Brazil promised to end the practice by 2030 during the COP climate summit.
19 November 2021, 9:47am

'I've seen irreversible change but hope too for planet'
Over decades, correspondent David Shukman has seen climate change become our most important issue.
18 November 2021, 12:05am

Australia declares La Niña phenomenon has begun
The climate pattern can lead to significant weather changes in different parts of the world.
23 November 2021, 5:19am

COP26: The truth behind the new climate change denial
The climate claims that went viral – and what you need to know about them.
17 November 2021, 12:07am

Seven ways to curb climate change
What are the practical things countries need to do in order to tackle climate change?
12 November 2021, 12:04am

COP26: What was agreed at the Glasgow climate conference?
A crucial climate change summit has been held in the UK which could change our lives.
15 November 2021, 1:28pm

Climate change: How could a 2050 weather forecast look?
The future climate could be determined by the level of emissions in the coming years.
11 November 2021, 10:38pm

COP26: Climate activists on what change means for them
Climate activists from the Philippines, the UK and Argentina take questions on climate change.
11 November 2021, 12:34am

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Seeking Certainty on Climate Change: How Much Is Enough? - Scientific American
Seeking Certainty on Climate Change: How Much Is Enough?  Scientific American
29 November 2021, 2:00pm

Storm Arwen demonstrates the real risks of both climate change and austerity - Morning Star Online
Storm Arwen demonstrates the real risks of both climate change and austerity  Morning Star Online
29 November 2021, 1:14pm

Climate Change Driving Some Albatrosses to ‘Divorce,’ Study Finds - The New York Times
Climate Change Driving Some Albatrosses to ‘Divorce,’ Study Finds  The New York Times
29 November 2021, 10:53am

Climate crisis posing growing risk to the homeless, UK charities tell ministers - The Guardian
Climate crisis posing growing risk to the homeless, UK charities tell ministers  The Guardian
29 November 2021, 7:00am

Climate 'overwhelming' driver of Australian bushfires: study - FRANCE 24
Climate 'overwhelming' driver of Australian bushfires: study  FRANCE 24
29 November 2021, 7:50am

Researchers producing potatoes that can withstand climate change - WZVN-TV
Researchers producing potatoes that can withstand climate change  WZVN-TV
29 November 2021, 3:42pm

‘It’s critical’: can Microsoft make good on its climate ambitions? - The Guardian
‘It’s critical’: can Microsoft make good on its climate ambitions?  The Guardian
27 November 2021, 1:01pm

Wine lover: The climate needs you! - decanter.com
Wine lover: The climate needs you!  decanter.com
29 November 2021, 10:51am

Cost and attainability of meeting stringent climate targets without overshoot - Nature.com
Cost and attainability of meeting stringent climate targets without overshoot  Nature.com
29 November 2021, 4:28pm

Community climate fund set to be launched by Renfrewshire Council as drive towards net-zero continues - Scottish Daily Record
Community climate fund set to be launched by Renfrewshire Council as drive towards net-zero continues  Scottish Daily Record
29 November 2021, 12:20pm

Australia’s spy agency predicted the climate crisis 40 years ago – and fretted about coal exports - The Guardian
Australia’s spy agency predicted the climate crisis 40 years ago – and fretted about coal exports  The Guardian
27 November 2021, 11:58pm

How Does Climate Change Affect Human Health? - Discover Magazine
How Does Climate Change Affect Human Health?  Discover Magazine
29 November 2021, 12:02pm

Union for the Mediterranean's Assembly: effects of climate change on the region | Atualidade | Parlamento Europeu - European Parliament
Union for the Mediterranean's Assembly: effects of climate change on the region | Atualidade | Parlamento Europeu  European Parliament
29 November 2021, 4:11pm

Tackling climate change challenges in West Sussex - Chichester Observer
Tackling climate change challenges in West Sussex  Chichester Observer
29 November 2021, 2:10pm

Health co-benefits of climate change mitigation depend on strategic power plant retirements and pollution controls - Nature.com
Health co-benefits of climate change mitigation depend on strategic power plant retirements and pollution controls  Nature.com
29 November 2021, 4:28pm

Landowners who own a third of England make ‘climate-friendly’ carbon pledge - iNews
Landowners who own a third of England make ‘climate-friendly’ carbon pledge  iNews
29 November 2021, 12:00am

Climate change efforts set for big boost if Build Back Better bill passes - NBC News
Climate change efforts set for big boost if Build Back Better bill passes  NBC News
28 November 2021, 12:33pm

Europe Looks to Nuclear Power to Meet Climate Goals - The New York Times
Europe Looks to Nuclear Power to Meet Climate Goals  The New York Times
29 November 2021, 2:52pm

Climate action with revenue recycling has benefits for poverty, inequality and well-being - Nature.com
Climate action with revenue recycling has benefits for poverty, inequality and well-being  Nature.com
29 November 2021, 4:10pm

Doconomy's creative approach to tackling climate change - Creative Review
Doconomy's creative approach to tackling climate change  Creative Review
29 November 2021, 11:30am

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Climate 411

Western Climate Initiative ends the year on a high note with record prices
The latest results of the Western Climate Initiative’s quarterly auctions were announced today. All current and future vintage allowances sold, and for the second quarter in a row, settled at a record-high allowance price. These results arrive as new data underscores the success of the program’s design and the strength of the market. Auction quick […]
24 November 2021, 9:10pm

Cutting pollution, driving investment: US state leaders shared ambitious models for action at COP26
While many of the headlines from COP26 focused on whether newly announced national commitments will be enough to curb catastrophic global warming, our ability to fend off the climate crisis largely depends on what happens outside conference walls — namely, how quickly we translate climate commitments into policy that curbs pollution. This COP saw the […]
19 November 2021, 10:03pm

Oregon is finalizing a key pillar of its climate strategy. Will DEQ deliver the climate ambition that Oregonians are demanding?
This post is authored by Kjellen Belcher, Senior Analyst for U.S. Climate at EDF. This past summer, the Pacific Northwest endured record-breaking high temperatures, with Portland reaching 116 degrees F. Hundreds of Oregonians are still reeling from the wildfires of 2020 —  one of the most destructive seasons on record for Oregon. And a new […]
19 November 2021, 8:28pm

New EDF Research Shows More than 330,000 Workers Already Make Electric Trucks and Buses Throughout the United States, Potential for Tremendous Future Growth
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Build Back Better Act later this month, a bill with an unprecedented $555 billion in climate and clean air investments that will drive the creation of clean energy and manufacturing jobs. And the economic potential of manufacturing trucks and buses is underscored by two recent […]
15 November 2021, 3:40pm

What We’re Watching in Reconciliation: Regular Updates from EDF
Through the process known as budget reconciliation, Congress is now crafting a bill that could include significant investments in climate action that will drive economic and job growth. There are going to be a lot of moving parts over the next few weeks, which is why EDF will be weighing in regularly in this space […]
9 November 2021, 3:00pm

Why the Department of Energy launched an ‘Earthshot’ effort to draw down and store carbon pollution
This blog was co-authored by Sonali Deshpande, Program Analyst for U.S. Climate at EDF. At a COP26 event on November 5, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm announced a new, visionary effort to scale up solutions that can draw down and store carbon pollution from the atmosphere: The Carbon Negative Shot.  The Carbon Negative Shot […]
9 November 2021, 1:24pm

What’s in store for forests at COP—and why you should be excited
This post was coauthored by Ruben Lubowski. Stakeholders from all over the world are gathering in Glasgow for the COP26, which is shaping up to be one of the most pivotal climate change convenings. While participants will discuss how to tackle climate change and build back better (and greener), they will also focus on how […]
1 November 2021, 6:07pm

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Interview: The most impactful actions at COP26 point to progress on climate change   
Of the many agreements and initiatives announced at the 26th UN Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, the UN Climate Communications Lead at the Department of Global Communications narrowed down the three that she deemed most impactful. 
22 November 2021, 11:20am

First Person: 'Bridge the gap between indigenous youth and the world'
Nadya Zafira, an international relations student at Indonesia’s Gadjah Mada University, won a writing competition for her letter to UN chief António Guterres, in which she addressed the inequalities laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how indigenous communities and youth are marginalized in global conversations on climate crisis.
20 November 2021, 5:25am

Youth embody ‘spirit’ of 21st century more than parents, new survey shows
Even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and other global challenges, children and youth are nearly 50 per cent more likely than older people to believe that the world is becoming a better place, according to the results of a landmark intergenerational poll published on Thursday. 
18 November 2021, 12:15am

COP26 closes with ‘compromise’ deal on climate, but it’s not enough, says UN chief
After extending the COP26 climate negotiations an extra day, nearly 200 countries meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, adopted on Saturday an outcome document that, according to the UN Secretary-General, “reflects the interests, the contradictions, and the state of political will in the world today”.
13 November 2021, 8:12pm

Climate action can deliver a sustainable future for all: UN deputy chief
Climate action can be the driver for a green and equitable future for all, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has said at the TED Countdown Summit, urging people everywhere to demand that leaders deliver on their promise to limit global warming. 
13 November 2021, 5:08pm

As COP26 deadline slips, negotiators keep working to agree crucial climate deal
COP26, the UN climate summit in Glasgow, is running into overtime, as leaders and negotiators will keep working to reach a deal that could spare the world from catastrophic global warming.
12 November 2021, 4:50pm

Violence, insecurity and climate change drive 84 million people from their homes
As more people flee violence, insecurity and the effects of climate change, the number forcibly displaced now exceeds 84 million globally, according to new data released on Thursday by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.  
11 November 2021, 4:57pm

COP26: Promises ‘ring hollow’ when fossil fuels still receive trillions in subsidies; UN chief calls on negotiators to pick up the pace
Governments need to show the necessary ambition on mitigation, adaptation, and finance in a balanced way, and they can’t settle for the “lowest common denominator”, the UN Secretary-General has said in Glasgow, where crucial climate negotiations are in the final stretch. Meanwhile, a coalition of countries launched a new pledge to end gas and oil extraction, and cities were the theme of the day. 
11 November 2021, 4:10pm

UN chief welcomes China-US pledge to cooperate on climate action
Wednesday’s announcement that China and the United States have agreed to collaborate more closely on climate action was hailed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres as an important step in the right direction.
10 November 2021, 9:23pm

Climate change increasing threats in southwest Pacific: WMO report
From rising sea temperatures, to deadly and devastating storms and floods, climate change is increasing threats in the southwest Pacific, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in a report published on Wednesday. 
10 November 2021, 7:54pm

Women bear the brunt of the climate crisis, COP26 highlights
Women took the global stage on Tuesday to show that climate change isn’t gender neutral, and that climate action needs them: investing in women and girls creates ripple effects felt throughout entire communities and the frontline knowledge they possess is needed now more than ever, especially as new analysis has revealed that the announcements by world leaders at COP26 still leave our planet on the path to catastrophic global warming. 
9 November 2021, 5:58pm

A matter of life or death: At COP26, vulnerable countries tell developed nations it’s time to keep their promise on climate finance
Massive floods, devastating wildfires, and rising seas – along with the countless lives they take and livelihoods they upend – are realities many nations are already facing. Voices from the front lines of climate change and its impacts were centre stage to start week two of COP26, which kicked off Monday in Glasgow with a focus on ‘adaptation, loss and damage’.
8 November 2021, 7:24pm

New FAO analysis reveals carbon footprint of agri-food supply chain
Food processing, packaging, transport, household consumption and waste disposal are pushing the food supply chain to the top of the greenhouse gas emitters list, according to a  new study led by the UN agriculture agency, presented on Monday at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.
8 November 2021, 5:03pm

Many countries ‘unsupported and unprepared’ to address climate health risks: WHO
Although governments are prioritizing public health measures to protect their people from climate impacts, many lack the funds to take effective action, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report issued on Monday. 
8 November 2021, 4:09pm

COP26: Indigenous peoples, protests, and a call to end the war on nature
As millions took to the streets of cities around the world on Saturday, demanding greater climate action, some countries taking part in the COP26 negotiations, made new pledges to invest in nature-based solutions and a greener approach to farming. 
6 November 2021, 4:12pm

COP26: Thousands of young people take over Glasgow streets demanding climate action
“What do we want? Climate justice! When do we want it? Now!” echoed throughout central Glasgow on Friday as thousands of protesters took the streets during the dedicated “Youth Day” at COP26.
5 November 2021, 7:24pm

‘Energy day’at COP26: Voices call out for an end to use of coal, gas and oil
Fittingly, the sun broke through the clouds over Glasgow on Thursday as delegations and participants prepared for ‘energy day’ at COP26, one of the key thematic sessions taking place during the UN climate summit.
4 November 2021, 5:18pm

‘Dramatic’ boost needed in climate adaptation: UN environment agency
Although policies and planning for climate change adaptation are increasing, financing and implementation lag behind, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a new report launched on Thursday. 
4 November 2021, 11:50am

COP26: ‘Not blah blah blah’, UN Special Envoy Carney presents watershed private sector commitment for climate finance
It’s ‘Finance Day’ at COP26, and the spotlight is on a big announcement: nearly 500 global financial services firms agreed on Wednesday to align $130 trillion – some 40 per cent of the world’s financial assets – with the climate goals set out in the Paris Agreement, including limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
3 November 2021, 5:51pm

Guterres urges developed countries to deliver on climate pledge for vulnerable nations 
With world leaders expressing hope that the goal of supplying $100 billion a year in climate finance support for developing countries is within reach, the UN Secretary-General warned on Tuesday that the target would likely not be met until 2023 and would require additional funding after that. 
2 November 2021, 8:11pm

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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.
 


19 October 2020, 11:00pm

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.


19 October 2020, 11:00pm

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.


19 October 2020, 11:00pm

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.


19 October 2020, 11:00pm

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.


19 October 2020, 11:00pm

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.


19 October 2020, 11:00pm

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, 2:44pm

Carbon Brief


Carbon Brief

Avoiding temperature ‘overshoot’ reduces multiple climate change risks, say scientists

Allowing global temperatures to temporarily “overshoot” end-of-century targets will drive greater economic loss and more...

The post Avoiding temperature ‘overshoot’ reduces multiple climate change risks, say scientists appeared first on Carbon Brief.


29 November 2021, 4:05pm

Guest post: How COP26 finally recognised the latest IPCC climate science

As climate scientists involved in the first part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s...

The post Guest post: How COP26 finally recognised the latest IPCC climate science appeared first on Carbon Brief.


26 November 2021, 11:28am

China Briefing, 18 November 2021: Xi-Biden meeting; Methane emissions; ‘Historic new high’ for coal

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

The post China Briefing, 18 November 2021: Xi-Biden meeting; Methane emissions; ‘Historic new high’ for coal appeared first on Carbon Brief.


18 November 2021, 3:00pm

Guest post: How hourly rainfall extremes are changing in a warming climate

The floods across Europe, China and the US in recent months have again brought to...

The post Guest post: How hourly rainfall extremes are changing in a warming climate appeared first on Carbon Brief.


18 November 2021, 11:55am

Guardian


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Australia is ‘more and more isolated’ on climate, former EU trade commissioner says

Cecilia Malmström warned climate change is an urgent global crisis and Australia, as a big economy and big emitter, needs to do more

The former European Union trade commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, has warned Australia is becoming “more and more isolated” on climate action at a time when floods, fires, droughts, and the latest assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows global heating “is created by humanity”.

Malmström told a webinar hosted by the progressive thinktank the Australia Institute on Wednesday climate change was “the most urgent global crisis we are finding ourselves in – and we don’t have much time”.

Related: German ambassador joins calls for Morrison government to take more ambitious climate action

Related: Voters in Sydney’s Liberal ‘heartland’ more worried about climate than Covid, polling suggests

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25 August 2021, 9:48am

Is democracy getting in the way of saving the planet? | Kate Aronoff

Our climate is in crisis, but authoritarians and technocrats don’t have the answers

What the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report confirmed this month is that the stable climate many of us grew up with is gone and has been replaced by a fundamentally unstable one. Sea levels will almost certainly rise and storms will get more intense. Amid a drumbeat of depressing news and decades of inaction, there’s a sort of folk wisdom emerging that liberal democracy might just be too slow to tackle a problem as urgent and massive as the climate crisis. It’s an enticing vision: that governments can forgo the messy, deliberative work of politics in favour of a benign dictatorship of green technocrats who will get emissions down by brute force. With a punishingly tiny budget of just 400 gigatonnes of CO2 left to make a decent shot of staying below 1.5C of warming, is it time to give something less democratic a try?

It would be easy to look at the longstanding stalemate around climate policy in the US, the world’s second biggest emitter and embattled superpower, as evidence that something more top-down is needed. Yet the failure isn’t one of too much democracy but too little. The US Senate empowers West Virginia’s Joe Manchin – a man elected by fewer than 300,000 people – to block the agenda of a president elected by more than 80 million. Climate-sceptical Republicans, backed by corporate interests, have attempted to gerrymander their way to electoral dominance, halting progressive climate action in its tracks. The fossil fuel industry can engulf lawmakers with lobbyists and virtually unlimited campaign donations to sway their votes. And as the Republican party’s leading lights flirt with authoritarians like Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, comprehensive bipartisan climate action remains a pipe dream.

Kate Aronoff is a writing fellow at In These Times

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25 August 2021, 7:00am

National Trust to give staff siestas in summer

Staff and volunteers in south of England will get more Mediterranean hours because of climate change

The National Trust is giving its workers siestas in summer due to increasingly hot weather because of climate change.

Staff and volunteers in the south of England will be given more Mediterranean working hours, with a long lunch break and the day starting earlier and finishing later. This will allow them to avoid the hottest part of the day, as people already do in countries such as Italy and Spain.

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25 August 2021, 6:00am

Blue whales returning to Spain’s Atlantic coast after 40-year absence

Some experts fear climate crisis is leading creatures back to area where they were hunted almost to extinction

Blue whales, the world’s largest mammals, are returning to Spain’s Atlantic coast after an absence of more than 40 years.

The first one was spotted off the coast of Galicia in north-west Spain in 2017 by Bruno Díaz, a marine biologist who is head of the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute in O Grove, Galicia.

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24 August 2021, 2:33pm

California Caldor fire burns thousands of hectares in weekend surge – video

The owner of a cabin which became surrounded by flames near Kyburz, California, managed to escape the Caldor fire after filming the first part of this footage. The fire has burned more than 40,500 hectares (100,000 acres) in the north of the state since it started on 14 August, and more than 12,000 in just two days.

More than 500 structures were destroyed over the weekend by wildfire fuelled by warm winds and drought-stricken vegetation

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24 August 2021, 9:23am

‘It’s just unbelievable’: Tennessee surveys wreckage after floods kill 22

Succession of thunderstorms deposited record-breaking 17in of rain in some parts of state

Tennesseans were surveying the mangled wreckage of towns and communities across the middle of the state on Monday, after a record-breaking deluge caused flash flooding that swept away houses, shattered lives and left at least 22 people dead and many more missing.

Related: A midwestern town moved uphill to survive climate crisis. Can others do the same?

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23 August 2021, 11:34pm

Climate crisis made deadly German floods ‘up to nine times more likely’

Study reinforces the hard evidence that carbon emissions are the main cause of worsening extreme weather

The record-shattering rainfall that caused deadly flooding across Germany and Belgium in July was made up to nine times more likely by the climate crisis, according to research.

The study also showed that human-caused global heating has made downpours in the region up to 20% heavier. The work reinforces the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s landmark report this month that there is “unequivocal” evidence that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are the main cause of worsening extreme weather.

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23 August 2021, 10:01pm

Voters in Sydney’s Liberal ‘heartland’ more worried about climate than Covid, polling suggests

Delta may be gripping the city and dominating headlines but global warming is still the number one issue for many

Voters in three Liberal-held federal seats in metropolitan Sydney remain worried about climate change despite the pressing frustrations and uncertainties associated with the Delta outbreak, according to new electorate-level polling commissioned by an activist group.

New seat polls commissioned by Climate 200, an organisation supporting independent political candidates committed to achieving a science-based response to climate change, suggest global heating is the number one issue of concern for voters in the electorates of Wentworth and North Sydney.

Related: Major climate changes inevitable and irreversible – IPCC’s starkest warning yet

Related: Two Liberal MPs urge Morrison to set 2050 net zero target before UN climate conference

Related: Scott Morrison tells states they need to honour Covid ‘deal with all Australians’ to reopen

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23 August 2021, 5:30pm

Big oil coined ‘carbon footprints’ to blame us for their greed. Keep them on the hook | Rebecca Solnit

Climate-conscious individual choices are good – but not nearly enough to save the planet. More than personal virtue, we need collective action

Personal virtue is an eternally seductive goal in progressive movements, and the climate movement is no exception. People pop up all the time to boast of their domestic arrangements or chastise others for what they eat or how they get around. The very short counterargument is that individual acts of thrift and abstinence won’t get us the huge distance we need to go in this decade. We need to exit the age of fossil fuels, reinvent our energy landscape, rethink how we do almost everything. We need collective action at every scale from local to global – and the good people already at work on all those levels need help in getting a city to commit to clean power or a state to stop fracking or a nation to end fossil-fuel subsidies. The revolution won’t happen by people staying home and being good.

But the oil companies would like you to think that’s how it works. It turns out that the concept of the “carbon footprint”, that popular measure of personal impact, was the brainchild of an advertising firm working for BP. As Mark Kaufman wrote this summer:

British Petroleum, the second largest non-state owned oil company in the world, with 18,700 gas and service stations worldwide, hired the public relations professionals Ogilvy & Mather to promote the slant that climate change is not the fault of an oil giant, but that of individuals. It’s here that British Petroleum, or BP, first promoted and soon successfully popularized the term “carbon footprint” in the early aughts. The company unveiled its “carbon footprint calculator” in 2004 so one could assess how their normal daily life – going to work, buying food, and (gasp) traveling – is largely responsible for heating the globe.

Say you have a certain amount of time and money with which to make change – call it x, since that is what we mathematicians call things. The trick is to increase that x by multiplication, not addition. The trick is to take that 5 percent of people who really care and make them count for far more than 5 percent. And the trick to that is democracy.

Rebecca Solnit is a Guardian US columnist. Her most recent books are Recollections of My Nonexistence and Orwell’s Roses

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23 August 2021, 10:20am

How can Britain be committed to net zero when it’s about to drill for millions more barrels of oil? | Greg Muttitt

Hypocrisy rules as we prepare to host Cop26 and Boris Johnson prepares to approve a new oilfield off Shetland

Just months before hosting the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow, the UK government will decide whether to approve a massive new oilfield 75 miles north-west of Shetland. Boris Johnson has hinted at a likely go-ahead. The Cambo field, being developed by private-equity-owned Siccar Point and Shell, would produce 170m barrels of oil – oil the world cannot afford to burn.

The Cambo decision is the government’s first test since the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned against developing new oil and gas fields. In a landmark report this year, the IEA found that that already-operating fields will produce more oil and gas over the coming decades than can be consumed if global heating is limited to 1.5C.

Related: Foreign control of North Sea oil licences threatens UK’s net zero goal

Greg Muttitt is senior policy adviser at the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and co-author of the report Sea Change: Climate emergency, jobs and managing the phase-out of UK oil and gas extraction.

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23 August 2021, 7:00am

‘Nothing to eat’: Somalia hit by triple threat of climate crisis, Covid and conflict

Overlapping crises have pushed the fragile east African country to the ‘cusp of humanitarian catastrophe’, with one in four facing food insecurity

Such was the horror that erupted in her village earlier this year that Fadumo Ali Mohamed decided she had no choice but to leave. Through the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia, she walked for 30 kilometres, along with her nine children, eventually getting help to reach the capital by car.

Now in Mogadishu, she is one of more than 800,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in the capital living in cramped, informal settlements with limited access to food, water and healthcare. She doesn’t like to recall the violence she fled.

Related: The world has a vested interest in Somalia. Will it act to stop its collapse? | Vava Tampa

We only eat once a day; water is for sale here and we cannot afford to pay for it

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23 August 2021, 5:01am

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