- State made headlines for reported rule against using the phrase
- President says climate change ‘can no longer be denied – or ignored’
Announcing an Earth Day trip to Florida on Saturday, President Barack Obama used his weekly address to say “climate change can no longer be denied – or ignored”.
Thirty years on, scientist who discovered ozone layer hole warns: ‘it will still take years to heal’
It is popularly viewed as one of the greatest environmental success stories of modern times. Exactly 30 years ago, UK scientists announced they had discovered a hole in the ozone layer in the atmosphere above Antarctica.
The hole threatened to spread, allowing increased levels of cancer-causing radiation from the sun to reach the ground. Within a few years of the discovery it was agreed to set up the Montreal Protocol, which banned the manmade chemicals responsible for depleting ozone in the upper atmosphere.Continue reading...
The Guardian campaign for ethical investment (Felix Salmon, 13 April) aims to stop fund managers investing in any fossil fuels. This ignores the need to discriminate between them. The greatest threat of a dangerous rise in global temperatures comes from the world’s reliance on burning coal. China and India, for instance, are building three huge coal-fired power stations a week. In the short or medium term, the most effective substitute for coal is gas. The US has recently reduced its carbon emissions more than any other major country, because it has switched from coal to gas through exploitation of its vast deposits of shale gas.
Gas can only be a transitional solution because of its carbon content, and there will also be environmental or geological problems in different places. But gas is less than half as polluting as coal and can give us a breathing space, which we need to develop more efficient sources of carbon-free power.
Liberal Democrat, House of Lords
A divestment campaign may raise awareness but this gesture politics does not constitute an effective policy to deal with the risks of climate change
Two months ago I spoke at King’s College London against a motion that “divestment from fossil fuel companies is a useful policy tool to bring about action on climate change”. Here’s why.
The diverse human influences on the climate system are large and growing, with burning fossil fuels the single biggest one. The risks to people, places and ecosystems posed by extreme weather and through more systemic changes in physical processes will therefore increase.
At the Kyoto summit Japan was a global leader in the fight against climate change, but post-Fukushima its emissions are rising and its reduction policy is in tatters, overshadowed by the debate over nuclear power
Less than two decades ago, Japan positioned itself in the vanguard of the global fight against climate change when it helped broker the Kyoto protocol.
Now, though, it is Fukushima, not Kyoto, that has come to define Japan’s energy policy, and with potentially grim consequences for its already stalled attempts to reduce CO2 emissions.
The threat of a nuclear meltdown overrides concerns about an increase in CO2 emissions
The utilities are saving grid space for nuclear, which effectively blocks suppliers of renewable energyContinue reading...
New analysis reveals funding of over $3bn for fossil fuel-related projects last year, despite repeated calls by bank’s president to scrap such ‘harmful’ global subsidies
The World Bank increased its financing for fossil fuel projects in the last financial year, according to a new analysis, despite repeated calls by its president to end the global subsidies for oil, coal and gas.
In a report released on Friday, Oil Change International (OCI) identified $3.4bn (£2.3bn) of loans, grants, guarantees, risk management and equity for fossil fuel-related projects in the developing world in the 2013-14 financial year. This was the highest recorded in four years and up 23% on the year before although the bank said it disagreed with lumping in both direct and indirect funding.Continue reading...
Rich world must support poorest countries to transition from fossil fuels much faster than they have to keep unburnable reserves in the ground, says UN climate change envoy
Tackling climate change will require developing countries to move beyond fossil fuels far more quickly than the rich world has managed, the United Nations envoy on climate change has warned.
Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and ex-UN human rights chief, said: “It may seem contradictory, but to be fair all countries must be enabled to participate in the transition away from fossil fuels together and at the same time. If not, we will exceed the carbon budget and consign countries without the means to participate in the transition to renewable energy to a future based on expensive, obsolete and polluting fossil fuels.”Continue reading...