MPs and the heads of environmental organisations have written to Theresa May saying the Budget presented to parliament on Monday is an “unforgivable betrayal of future generations”, due to its “worrying lack” of policy to combat climate change. Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas and six other MPs, including Labour’s Clive Lewis and former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron signed the letter, which says “pushing policymaking into the long grass of Brexit at this stage represents an abject failure to govern in the interests of the people you are elected to serve.” The chief executives of Greenpeace, 10:10 Climate Action and Global Witness were also among the signatories, who said the Budget was “a nadir for this government’s tainted climate record” and demanded “urgent action in the coming days must be announced”. “Not only did the chancellor fail to mention climate change in his speech, but the policies he put … [Read more...] about MPs and environmental groups accuse Theresa May of ‘unforgivable betrayal’ on climate change in Budget
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opinion Dean Seavers Opinion contributor Published 5:00 AM EDT Sep 19, 2018 Let's suppose, for argument's sake, that you question whether climate change is real, or whether it will really affect you. You're not alone. More than a third of Americans say they don't worry much or at all about global warming and a third say it's exaggerated in the news. More than half say it won't pose a serious threat in their lifetimes, and 12 percent say it will never be a threat. Still, amid the devastation left by Florence and past hurricanes, the extreme weather is a little tougher to question or ignore. Extreme weather has its origins, of course, in extreme temperatures. The four hottest years globally on record? That would be the last four, in this order: 2016, 2015, 2017, and 2014. Water levels have also been rising along our coasts, and we can expect a four-foot increase by the end of the century if we don't phase out excessive use of fossil fuels by 2050.That … [Read more...] about After Hurricane Florence, how to reduce power outages and climate change
I was in Los Angeles and neighboring Orange County in July and it was miserably hot, much worse than I’ve ever experienced there. Sure enough, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced this week, July was California’s hottest month on record (a record that goes back to 1895).It was much warmer than average in July in a bunch of other Western states, too, as well as in the Northeast. Across the middle of the country, not so much:That’s just one month, of course, but NOAA’s temperature trend for California seems quite clear. It’s getting hotter there, and it has been since the 1970s:Interestingly, California also happens to be among the states with the highest share of residents (75 percent) who believe that global warming is happening, according to surveys by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason Center for Climate Change Communication. The only states with a higher share of global-warming … [Read more...] about Californians Have Reason to Believe in Global Warming
As scientific terms go, “climate change” is failing. Good terms are specific, descriptive and help people to understand complex concepts. Climate change is ambiguous, referring perhaps to the most pressing human-generated environmental problem of the century, or to other kinds of changes that happen through natural forces and have been going on since long before humans arose.Last week I chatted with Columbia University paleontologist Dennis Kent about some new work he and his colleagues published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences about the surprisingly big influence of Venus and Jupiter on the climate of Earth. The gravitational tug of the second and fifth planets from the sun act to stretch Earth’s annual orbit like a rubber band, pulling it into a more oblong ellipse and then back to something very close to a perfect circle over a cycle of 405,000 years. And that leads to big changes in our climate – or the climate of whatever creatures … [Read more...] about Inspiring Terms Are Simple. ‘Climate Change’ Isn’t.
The British Council in Canada has chosen a Prince Edward Island high school to participate in its international climate change youth expedition to Iceland, reports the Guardian newspaper in Canada. Students from Charlottetown Rural High School, along with others from 14 other Canadian schools, will have a chance to participate in the Cape Farewell expedition, which involves travelling to Iceland to explore the effects of climate change. CDN$35,000 will be provided by the British Council for the trip across the Atlantic, and the schools being responsible for raising an additional $2000 to prove their commitment to the programme. Teachers at the schools are encouraging students to take part and hope that about 20 or 30 students per school will apply to make the trip to Iceland.In the end, one student from each school will make the trip to Iceland by sea from the coast of Canada, with the others attending conferences on climate change later in the year in Toronto. The programme was … [Read more...] about Canadian project to explore climate change in the Arctic