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There’s one key takeaway from last week’s IPCC report

Cut carbon pollution as much as possible, as fast as possible — The Paris climate agreement set a target of no more than 2°C global warming above pre-industrial temperatures, but also an aspirational target of no more than 1.5°C. That’s because many participating countries – especially island nations particularly vulnerable to sea level rise – …

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Forget coal wars, says Alan Finkel – look at emission outcomes

Chief scientist says Australia must use all available technologies — Australia’s chief scientist says the question facing the nation’s energy future is not about renewables versus coal but how best to create “a whole-of-economy emissions reduction strategy”. In a pre-recorded interview with Sky released on Sunday, Dr Alan Finkel responded to the Intergovernmental Panel on …

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‘Most important years in history’: major UN report sounds last-minute climate alarm

Warming beyond 1.5°C will unleash a frightening set of consequences and scientists say only a global transformation, beginning now, can avoid it — Only the remaking of the human world in a generation can now prevent serious, far reaching and once-avoidable climate change impacts, according to the global scientific community. In a major report released …

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Energy sector’s carbon emissions to grow for second year running

IEA head says growth in renewables needs to be paired with coal plant closures — Carbon emissions from the energy sector are on track to grow for the second year running, in a major blow to hopes the world might have turned the corner on tackling climate change. Preliminary analysis by the world’s energy watchdog …

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Global warming must not exceed 1.5°C, warns landmark UN report

Urgent changes needed to cut risk of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty, says IPCC — In a stark new warning, the world’s leading climate scientists have shown that global warming must be kept to a maximum of 1.5°C to lessen the risk of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of …

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Q&A: How ‘integrated assessment models’ are used to study climate change

Working out the best ways to tackle climate change is one of the key challenges facing policymakers both today and in the decades ahead — To inform these decisions, scientists and economists have developed a suite of tools known as “integrated assessment models” (IAMs). These models are used to answer central questions about climate change, …

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New study finds incredibly high carbon pollution costs – especially for the US and India

As a wealthy, warm country, the US would benefit from implementing a carbon tax to slow global warming — The social cost of carbon is a measure of the economic damages caused (via climate change) by each ton of carbon pollution that we produce today. It’s difficult to estimate because of physical, economic, and ethical …

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California plans to show the world how to meet the Paris climate target

Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order for statewide carbon neutrality by 2045 — Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed State Senator and US Senate candidate Kevin de León’s SB 100, which mandates that the state obtain all of its electricity from zero-carbon sources by 2045. That in itself was a big deal, but …

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California’s response to record wildfires: shift to 100% clean energy

California’s Democratic leaders are determined to fight the climate change that’s ravaging their state   — In America today, it’s rare to see political leaders respond to a threat with an appropriate evidence-based policy solution. At the national level, more often we see actions that aggravate existing problems or create new ones. California – the …

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Earth risks tipping into ‘hothouse’ state – study

If polar ice continues to melt, forests are slashed and greenhouse gases rise to new highs – as they currently do each year – the Earth will pass a tipping point — (TAMPA, United States) The planet urgently needs to transition to a green economy because fossil fuel pollution risks pushing the Earth into a …

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