Melting ice art installation aims to show reality of climate change BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A new public art installation made up of melting ice blocks which aims to show the reality of climate change has been unveiled in London. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/melting-ice-art-installation-aims-to-show-reality-of-climate-change-37615574.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37615569.ece/68f1f/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_723f0bcb-7c29-4c42-b450-20fa880beb6b_1 Email A new public art installation made up of melting ice blocks which aims to show the reality of climate change has been unveiled in London. Ice Watch, by Icelandic-Danish artist Olafus Elisasson, is made up of blocks of ice from the waters of the Nuup Kangerlua fjord in Greenland, where they were melting into the ocean after having been lost from the ice sheet. There are 25 blocks arranged in a circular formation outside the Tate Modern, where there will be a major exhibition of Eliasson’s … [Read more...] about Melting ice art installation aims to show reality of climate change
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3 December 2018 EnvironmentClimate changePollutionPoland This year's conference in Katowice, Poland, has kicked off. Nick Dowson highlights the issues up for debate, obstacles to negotiations and where all this leaves the majority world The latest climate negotiations have just begun – COP (Conference of the Parties) 24, the most major conference since the Paris Agreement three years ago. While the focus of this conference, opened Sunday, is somewhat technical – a lot of talk is planned about the ‘rulebook’, i.e. how the UN climate agreement is implemented – it is important to whether the Paris Agreement amounts to more than warm words. 2018 has seen saw record temperatures around the world, abnormal rain and floods in South Asia and East Africa, and rare tropical cyclones from Yemen to Somalia – not to speak of the recent unprecedented wildfires across California. And a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate … [Read more...] about COP24: Who are these UN climate meetings for?
Rupert Darwall 23 November 2018 1:27 PM 23 November 2018 1:27 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp The Climate Change Act is ten years old. It was passed in a different age. David Cameron had been hugging huskies to de-toxify the Tories. It was a year before the Copenhagen Climate Conference. ‘Fifty days to set the course for the next 50 years,’ Gordon Brown declared. China and India’s veto put paid to that, but Britain is still lumbered with a law that puts huge economic power into the hands of an unaccountable body, the Committee on Climate Change, which entrenches climate policy unilateralism. However much greenhouse gases the rest of the world puts into the atmosphere, the Climate Change Act compels Britain to almost completely decarbonise. Jim Callaghan once told his policy chief Bernard Donoghue that the one thing he’d learnt from his years in politics was that when the two front benches agree, you can be sure … [Read more...] about The failure of the Climate Change Act: ten years on
Nearly every day, peer-reviewed studies on global warming warn that deadly impacts will come sooner and hit harder than once thought. Virtually none, however, suggest that previous predictions of future heatwaves, droughts, storms, floods or rising seas were overblown. And so, as the world's nations huddle in South Korea to validate the first major UN assessment of climate science in five years, one might ask: have we underestimated the threat of global warming? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on capping the rise in Earth's surface temperature at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels has not been finalised, with delegates predicting the five-day meet -- due to end Friday -- will go deep into overtime. But a new draft of the 28-page summary for policymakers, obtained by AFP, makes it alarmingly clear that the two-degree ceiling long seen as the guardrail for a climate-safe world is no longer viable. With only one degree … [Read more...] about Climate changing faster than feared, but why are we surprised?
The Norwegian government has decided to join the newest global body dedicated to promoting renewable energy. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has been created to fund and encourage green energy especially in developing countries, as well as the rest of the world. Norway’s Foreign Minister, Jonas Gahr Store commented: “The government intends to play its part in promoting the use of renewable energy, which is absolutely essential if we are to succeed in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The establishment of IRENA is a positive signal in the run-up to the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen later this year. Norway’s ambition is that IRENA should be an effective organisation, with clear targets, for promoting the use of renewable energy.” The Norway Post reports that IRENA will focus on promoting geothermal energy, hydropower, bio energy, solar and wind energy, and ocean and wave energy. Presently IRENA, which is open to every UN member nation, … [Read more...] about Norway joins new green energy body