President Trump's climate (and other) policies would create the perfect conditions for failed states and violence in North America.
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Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef is clearly at risk from climate change, so why would Unesco agree to censor its own report?
That quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet comes to mind: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”
The lady in question is the Australian government, which some time in early January saw a draft of a report from a United Nations organisation.
At the request of the government of Australia, references to Australian sites were removed from the Report (recent information about the state of conservation of the Great Barrier Reef is available on Unesco’s website here: http://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/3234).Continue reading...
Leakage of natural gas from drilling and pipework means more methane is entering the atmosphere
One of the justifications for fracking is the use of natural gas as a bridging fuel between coal and a low-carbon future. However natural gas is mostly methane, which has strong global warming impacts in its own right. Natural gas therefore only provides climate benefits over coal if the leakage is no more than 2-3%.
We cannot measure leaks from every pipe joint. One alternative is to measure the sum of lots of leaks from a distance. Flights over US shale gas fields reveal large methane sources, but these areas also have cattle farms that produce methane and the two sources need to be separated.
Related: Europe's problem with diesel carsContinue reading...
Climate Institute says risk data held by regulators, state and local governments, insurers and banks, but homebuyers and developers do not have access to it
The risk that houses in some areas of Australia are likely to become uninsurable, dilapidated and uninhabitable due to climate change is kept hidden from those building and buying property along Australia’s coasts and in bushfire zones, a Climate Institute report says.
The report says there is untapped and unshared data held by regulators, state and local governments, insurers and banks on the level of risk, but that most homebuyers and developers are not told about the data and do not have access to it.
The full scale of risk may only be recognised through disaster or damage, or when insurance premiums become unaffordableContinue reading...
As mass bleaching sweeps the world heritage site, scientists also find an average of 35% of coral dead or dying in the northern and central sections of the reef
The majority of coral is now dead on many reefs in the central section of the Great Barrier Reef, according to an underwater survey of 84 reefs, in the worst mass bleaching event to hit the world heritage site.
An average of 35% of coral was now dead or dying in the northern and central sections, according to the surveys led by the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.Continue reading...
Australian election 2016: we will meet tougher targets on climate change, Turnbull says in leaders' debate
In face-off with no decisive winner, Bill Shorten says prime minister is no longer leading on the issue
Malcolm Turnbull conceded bipartisanship on climate change was desirable and committed to meet higher targets if set by the global community in the second leaders’ debate of the Australian election campaign.
But the prime minister failed to outline how Australia would reach the 2030 emission reduction targets agreed to in Paris. Bill Shorten, the Labor leader, baited Turnbull, asking: “Whatever happened to the old Malcolm Turnbull on climate change?”
Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten delivered familiar lines no matter what the question, in an election debate hamstrung by its format
What a waste. An hour of prime time television and both leaders answered almost none of the questions. Mostly they took turns to deliver their talking points while staring, with a well practised conviction, at the camera.
Regardless of what they were asked, both Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten kept returning to the same lines, the ones we’ve been hearing for three weeks now and some new ones that sounded as though they’d been rehearsed for days.Continue reading...
Fears about damage to the Great Barrier Reef were removed from UN report along with concern about a threat to the environment in two other heritage sites
A draft UN report on climate change, which was scrubbed of all reference to Australia over fears it could deter visitors to the Great Barrier Reef, also outlined possible threats to the Tasmania wilderness and Kakadu.Continue reading...
"They’re taking the water and shoving it out to sea."
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On average, 2,000 Arizonans visit the emergency room because of heat-related illnesses every year. Unfortunately, things are likely to get worse.
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