waves crash against the pier wall at seaham lighthouse near durham

Weatherwatch: Britain battered as jet stream meanders

For the last week Britain has been encircled by a gigantic loop in the jet stream, the result of which has been some remarkably wet weather for the east of the country. While welcome for places that had been suffering a long drought, it is a stark warning of weather patterns to come.

‘future generations stand to inherit a greatly spoiled world,’ the pope said at a meeting at the vatican

Pope Francis declares ‘climate emergency’ and urges action

Pope Francis has declared a global “climate emergency”, warning of the dangers of global heating and that a failure to act urgently to reduce greenhouse gases would be “a brutal act of injustice toward the poor and future generations”.

halvergate marshes in norfolk, a site of special scientific interest

English nature’s ‘jewels in crown’ threatened by cuts, says watchdog

The budget for the government’s conservation watchdog has been slashed in half over five years, leaving it “massively depleted”, according to Juniper, the influential former Friends of the Earth campaigner whom the environment secretary, Michael Gove, appointed earlier this year.

eu council president donald tusk and commission president jean-claude juncker at a meeting of the council in 2017

EU should not raise 2030 climate target, says Juncker

Like all Paris Agreement signatories, the EU has committed to review its climate plan by the end of 2020. The 2030 target is the central pillar of the EU’s commitment. UN chief Antonio Guterres has called on leaders to update their pledges a year ahead of time and bring them to a summit he has organised for 23 September.

the aviation industry has agreed to offset emissions growth from 2020

UN Environment official attacks agency’s own carbon offsetting policy

“The era of carbon offsets is drawing to a close,” Niklas Hagelberg wrote. “Buying carbon credits in exchange for a clean conscience while you carry on flying, buying diesel cars and powering your home with fossil fuels is no longer acceptable or widely accepted.”

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