Doyle Rice USA TODAY Published 2:31 PM EDT Mar 29, 2019 Humanity's hunger for energy – and its reliance on fossil fuels – shows few signs of letting up. In fact, as the world's economy boomed last year, power plants fueled by coal emitted their highest level of carbon dioxide on record, a new report said. "As a result of higher energy consumption, carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.7 percent last year and hit a new record, according to the report, which was released Monday by the International Energy Agency (IEA). "We have seen an extraordinary increase in global energy demand in 2018, growing at its fastest pace this decade," said the agency's executive director Fatih Birol in a statement. "Higher energy demand was propelled by a global economy that expanded by 3.7 percent in 2018," the report said. "China, the United States and India together accounted for nearly 70 percent of the rise in energy demand." The … [Read more...] about Climate change: Coal still king as global carbon emissions soar
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DESPITE RAGING forest fires and images of receding glaciers, the consequences of climate change seem vague and abstract, buried under a mountain of stats and UN reports. Many know the effects will be terrible but policymakers and journalists struggle to describe how it will change our way of life—and thereby get the world to act. David Wallace-Wells is an exception. His book, “The Uninhabitable Earth”, based on an article in New York magazine in 2017 that went viral, charts the implications and paints a vivid, terrifying picture of our planet's future. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. As part of The Economist’s Open Future initiative, we asked Mr Wallace-Wells if the political and economic systems that have contributed to global warming are capable of preventing more of it, and if not, what that might mean for our collective faith in liberal ideals. After the interview is an excerpt from the book. … [Read more...] about Can liberal democracy survive climate change?
Doyle Rice USA TODAY Published 6:43 AM EDT Mar 29, 2019 Extreme weather events, supercharged by climate change, affected some 62 million people around the world in 2018, the United Nations' weather agency said Thursday. In its yearly "State of the Climate" report, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said the planet's biggest weather woes last year were floods (which swamped some 35 million people), and droughts, which affected another 9 million. Since 1998, about 4.5 billion around the world have been hurt by extreme weather. “We have seen a growing amount of disasters because of climate change,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. Taalas said that in the past 25 years, climate science has improved dramatically. This has provided solid evidence of accelerating sea level rise, shrinking sea ice, increasingly acidic oceans, glacier retreat, shrinking polar ice, and extreme events such as heat waves. The report said … [Read more...] about Extreme weather: Fueled by climate change, disasters hit 62M last year
United Nation's Secretary-General António Guterres told world leaders to come to September's climate summit in New York City with plans to take action on climate change, as the U.N.'s weather agency released its flagship report about global warming. The report said extreme weather last year hit 62 million people worldwide and forced 2 million people to relocate, as man-made climate change worsened. "I'm telling leaders, don't come with a speech, come with a plan," Guterres said.Guterres said climate change is a security and health issue for the world."The impact on public health is escalating," Guterres said. "The combination of extreme heat and air pollution is proving increasingly dangerous."The World Meteorological Organization's annual state of global climate report says Earth is nearly 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than when the industrial age started. World leaders are trying to limit warming to 3.6 degrees.Emissions from burning fuels such as coal, gasoline and diesel for … [Read more...] about Extreme weather affected 62 million people last year, UN climate change report says
From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students mobilized by social media and word of mouth skipped class Friday to protest what they believe are their governments' failure to take tough action against global warming. The rallies were one of the biggest international actions yet, involving hundreds of thousands of students in more than 100 countries around the globe. The coordinated "school strikes" were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year. Since then, the weekly protests have snowballed from a handful of cities to hundreds, fueled by dramatic headlines about the impact of climate change during the students' lifetime.Thunberg, who was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, said at a rally in Stockholm that the world faces an "existential crisis, the biggest crisis humanity ever has faced, and still it has been ignored for decades by those that have known … [Read more...] about Students worldwide skip school to demand tough action on climate change