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Swedish shipping industry prepares to go fossil-free by 2045

Shipowners’ Association is calling for government incentives to help in the transition to climate-friendly vessels, to meet national climate goals — Sweden’s shipping sector is preparing to end the use of fossil fuels domestically by 2045, in line with national climate goals. The Swedish Shipowners’ Association is developing a roadmap to net zero greenhouse gas …

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Seven take-aways from the Green New Deal launch

Sweeping in scope, an agenda to transform the US into a green leader has been launched in Washington DC, here are the key points — On Thursday, congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and senator Ed Markey presented an outline of a sweeping federal programme aiming at decarbonising the US economy. The text makes for the most earnest …

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David Wallace-Wells on climate: ‘People should be scared – I’m scared’

The journalist and author has claimed climate change will soon render the world uninhabitable, leading his supporters to say he’s telling the terrifying truth and critics to brand him a reckless alarmist. Why is he so worried? — David Wallace-Wells’s apocalyptic depiction of a world made uninhabitable by climate chaos caused an outcry when it …

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Eight charts show how ‘aggressive’ railway expansion could cut emissions

Global transport emissions could peak in the 2030s if railways are “aggressively” expanded, says the International Energy Agency (IEA) — Rail is among the most efficient and lowest emitting modes of transport, according to the IEA’s new report focusing on the opportunities it offers for energy and the environment. In particular, urban and high-speed rail …

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Labour would ‘radically transform economy’ to focus on climate change

Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey says economic and social regeneration must be part of transition to low-carbon future — A future Labour government would oversee an economic revolution to tackle the climate crisis, using the full power of the state to decarbonise the economy and create hundreds of thousands of green jobs in struggling towns …

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Big businesses are calling on governments to raise climate ambition

A group of multinationals brought carbon-cutting pledges and actions to Cop24 climate talks in Katowice, Poland; now policymakers need to play their part — In a part of Poland where local residents still have bags of coal delivered to heat their homes, the 2018 UN Climate Conference (Cop24) in Katowice saw countries agree to rules …

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Analysis: Fossil-fuel emissions in 2018 increasing at fastest rate for seven years

Hopes that global CO2 emissions might be nearing a peak have been dashed by preliminary data showing that output from fossil fuels and industry will grow by around 2.7% in 2018, the largest increase in seven years — The new data, from researchers at the Global Carbon Project (GCP), is being published in Earth System …

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End of an era as Ireland closes its peat bogs ‘to fight climate change’

Shift to renewables is too late say campaigners as peatlands will still emit greenhouse gases — When the semi-state company that harvests Ireland’s peatlands recently announced the closure of 17 bogs, the news was greeted as the end of an era. Turning the soggy landscape that covers much of Ireland’s midlands into a fuel source …

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The Guardian view on the heatwave: our climate is endangered

Adapting to hotter temperatures is sensible – but ignoring their causes is dangerous — The NHS is experiencing a “summer crisis”, with increased emergency admissions and uncomfortable conditions in buildings not equipped for the heat, while the Met Office has warned that the UK temperature record of 38.5°C could be broken on Friday. Authorities in …

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Guest post: How use of land in pursuit of 1.5°C could impact biodiversity

Prof Pete Smith is professor of soils & global change at the University of Aberdeen and a coordinating lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) forthcoming special report on climate change and land — Since the global-warming limits of “well below 2°C” and 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels were enshrined in the Paris …

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