Global warming could release vast natural deposits of methane trapped in the Arctic, sending the current temperature increase into overdrive.
The seriousness of climate change is not appreciated by politicians and the public. Scientists must speak out, leading funds manager says.
The court-rejected clean air rule would have prevented around 34,000 premature deaths a year and provided $280bn in health-related economic benefits.
Delay is the new maxim in the politics of climate change. Activists such as Bill McKibben want to stop massive new fossil fuel developments, while the fossil fuel industry wants to stop policies supportive of climate change and alternative technologies. In the middle are fund managers and bankers, who are being asked to make a bet on which side wins.
How would the return to centre stage of Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull change Australia’s climate conversation? It would put us back in the camp of most countries – where both sides of politics and most of the business community accept action is an economic imperative.
US-China pact on greenhouse gases seen as most important Obama-era climate initiative, and could avoid 0.5°C warming. And your bar fridge will never be the same.
Climate Commission adds voice for tight carbon budget, calls for major changes to energy production, says most fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground.
The latest climate negotiations in Bonn have been stalled as Russia seeks revenge for a ruling on “hot air”. Will we ever reach agreement?
The investment world might be taking greater notice of the global ‘carbon budget’ – issuing warnings about capital risk on investments with a clouded future – but as the world’s atmospheric CO2 levels sail past 400 parts per million, Australia’s politicians plough on regardless.
Mayor Bloomberg increases efforts to cut carbon pollution, and builds new defences against climate change.
China is proposing to introduce an absolute cap on emissions by 2016, and bring forward its emissions peak. It is being hailed as a potential breakthrough in international climate change action. More importantly, it makes the Coalition’s carbon policy look a nonsense, and further undermines the case for the huge coal projects proposed by Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer.
Skeptical Science has developed an excellent collection of one-line responses to deniers of climate change. Here are the top 99 with links to the science.
The sweeping success of UKIP in last week’s local elections has implications for Australia. The first is that no policy document should be more than three words long. But Tony Abbott already understands that, and it’s bad news for climate change and clean energy policies.