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Articles by David Spratt

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Senate report recognises climate risk, but fails to draw obvious conclusions

Senate report recognises climate risk, but fails to draw obvious conclusions

Senate report acknowledges the huge risks of climate change and the “threat to intelligent life”. But it needs to do more than that.

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Climate change: 1.5°C is closer than we imagine

Climate change: 1.5°C is closer than we imagine

Global warming of 1.5°C is imminent, likely in just a decade from now. That’s the stunning conclusion to be drawn from a number of recent studies.

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Warming past 1.5°C: Quantifying our Faustian bargain with fossil fuels

Warming past 1.5°C: Quantifying our Faustian bargain with fossil fuels

The climate system will heat well past 1.5 °C and perhaps up to 2°C without any further fossil fuel emissions, new research finds.

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Displacing coal with wood for power generation will worsen climate change, say researchers

Displacing coal with wood for power generation will worsen climate change, say researchers

New research has challenged the view that wood bioenergy is carbon neutral, and shows wood pellets actually emit more CO2/kWhr than coal. 

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What we learned about climate in 2017 – and why it's terrifying

What we learned about climate in 2017 – and why it’s terrifying

2017 marks the first time scientists concluded certain events could not have occurred – like, at all – without global warming.

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Paris 1.5-2°C target far from safe, say world-leading scientists

Paris 1.5-2°C target far from safe, say world-leading scientists

Targeting a limit of 1.5-2°C of warning far from safe, and will spur feedbacks with potential to run out of humanity’s control.

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Australians say climate change is catastrophic risk, even as government turns blind eye

Australians say climate change is catastrophic risk, even as government turns blind eye

Three in four Australians understand that climate warming poses a “catastrophic risk,” even as the Australian government turns a blind eye.

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"Saving the Reef": The triumph of politics over science?

“Saving the Reef”: The triumph of politics over science?

Will the policies of either major party actually “Save the Reef,” or is this a case of politics triumphing over science?

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As 2015 smashes temperature records, it's hotter than you think

As 2015 smashes temperature records, it’s hotter than you think

There is an El Nino in full swing which helps push average global temperatures higher, and records are being broken, but just how hot is it?

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Time to 'Do the math' again: Allowing 2°C global warming is madness

Time to ‘Do the math’ again: Allowing 2°C global warming is madness

Have we gone mad? 2°C of warming will bring catastrophic and irreversible consequences. We should not take risks with the climate that we would not take with civil infrastructure.

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Two degrees of warming closer than you may think

Two degrees of warming closer than you may think

The world could be 2C° warmer in as little as two decades, according to the leading US climate scientist and “hockey stick” author, Dr Michael E. Mann.