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Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5°C climate change, study finds

Ranking of countries’ goals shows even EU on course for more than double safe level of warming — China, Russia and Canada’s current climate policies would drive the world above a catastrophic 5°C of warming by the end of the century, according to a study that ranks the climate goals of different countries. The US …

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The Carbon Brief Profile: South Africa

In the fourth article in a series on how key emitters are responding to climate change, Carbon Brief looks at South Africa’s heavy dependence on coal and expanding effort to develop renewables — South Africa is the world’s 14th largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Its CO2 emissions are principally due to a heavy reliance …

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Victims of Hurricane Michael are represented by climate deniers

Elections have consequences. Denying science has consequences. And we are reaping what we sow. — Floridians are staring down a very powerful Category 4 typhoon that is causing extensive damage. The high winds, heavy rains, and storm surge will cost billions of dollars. We know that climate change is making these storms stronger. The storms …

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UK ‘will have to intervene in market to meet climate obligations’

Top climate adviser says UN warnings will force the government to act in ways that will be controversial and politically fraught — The UK’s obligations in response to this week’s warnings from the UN over global warming will be controversial and politically fraught, taking the country into “uncharted territory” and testing the political consensus on …

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Climate lawyers to use UN 1.5°C report to sue governments

A major UN science report on global warming published Monday will bolster climate lawsuits, according to legal experts and those seeking redress for government inaction — The report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sets out the difference in severity of climate impacts between 1.5°C and 2°C. It also indicates what would be …

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Reality check: is the 1.5°C warming target even possible

Scientists have warned that warming more than half a degree above now is dangerous, but can we stop it — Think “not impossible”, rather than “possible”. “If you would like to stabilise global warming at 1.5°C, the key message is that net CO2 emissions at the global scale must reach zero by 2050,“ Valérie Masson-Delmotte, …

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World leaders ‘have moral obligation to act’ after UN climate report

Even half degree of extra warming will affect hundreds of millions of people, decimate corals and intensify heat extremes, report shows — World leaders have been told they have moral obligation to ramp up their action on the climate crisis in the wake of a new UN report that shows even half a degree of …

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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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United Nations report spotlights government inaction on climate

The report delivers a stark message: 1.5°C is enough to unleash climate mayhem, and the pathways to avoiding an even hotter world require a swift and complete transformation not just of the global economy, but of society too — (PARIS, France) Diplomats gathering in South Korea on Monday, October 1, will find themselves in the …

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Australia’s rank on global development index hurt by climate change inaction

Australia ranks 14 after New Zealand, with Scandinavian countries in top three spots — Australia’s commitment to global development has improved over the past year, driven by strong trade, education and finance outreach to the developing world, but it has been criticised for its poor action on the environment and climate change. The Centre for …

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