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bp’s report states carbon emissions from energy use have risen at the fastest rate in nearly a decade

Atmospheric carbon levels are leaping. We can’t afford more years like this

One of the many ironies of the climate crisis is that as temperatures change and extreme weather becomes more common, we need more energy to maintain comfort. Hotter summers have driven an increase in power-hungry air conditioning and cooler temperatures in some places – which may be driven by the melting Arctic – raise demand for heating.

the rhône glacier was the largest in the european alps during the most recent ice age

Two-thirds of glacier ice in the Alps ‘will melt by 2100’

Half of the ice in the mountain chain’s 4,000 glaciers will be gone by 2050 due to global warming already baked in by past emissions, the research shows. After that, even if carbon emissions have plummeted to zero, two-thirds of the ice will still have melted by 2100.

mary robinson: ‘i believe that climate change denial is not just ignorant, it is malign, it is evil.’

Climate change denial is evil, says Mary Robinson

Robinson is chair of the Elders, an independent group of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela that works for human rights. She will say in her speech: “I believe that climate change denial is not just ignorant, it is malign, it is evil, and it amounts to an attempt to deny human rights to some of the most vulnerable people on the planet.”

david attenborough

Attenborough to front climate-change film as BBC moves from teach to preach

Natural history programming is one of the oldest and most sustainable forms of TV life. It is 50 years since David Attenborough made his first major TV documentary series, The Miracle of Bali, its title capturing the eyes-wide wonder of the genre at the time.

modelling by baeconomics has found lifting australia’s emissions reduction target

Climate modelling cited by Angus Taylor did not model Labor policy

The modelling states that it “does not attempt to estimate the possible economic consequences linked to climate change itself”, implicitly ignoring the benefits to Australia of mitigating climate change through stricter targets.

'it was an awakening, showing the country that race and class play a part in who has to live near toxic waste.’

‘They chose us because we were rural and poor’: when environmental racism and climate change collide

The Warren, North Carolina, protests of 1982 are considered one of the earliest examples of the environmental justice movement. A manufacturer of electrical transformers dumped tons of cancer-causing PCB waste along 240 miles of North Carolina’s highways. When it came time for the clean up, the North Carolina government chose Warren – a small, predominantly African American town – for the toxic waste facility.

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