Former US vice president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore on Tuesday slammed the world's top oil producers -- his own country, Saudi Arabia and Russia -- for "insulting" a key and alarming report on climate change. A bloc of 44 small island nations -- many facing an existential threat from storm surges engorged by rising seas -- had called on the UN climate body to "welcome" a UN report on limiting global warming to 1.5C (2.7F) above pre-industrial levels. But the United States, Russia and Saudi Arabia blocked the critical word change in the negotiating text of the COP24 summit in Poland. The text was watered down to say that it takes "note" of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming. The report had warned that if warming was to be kept to 1.5C this century, then emissions of carbon dioxide would have to be reduced by nearly 50 percent by 2030. With no consensus, under UN rules the passage of the text had to be dropped. The report … [Read more...] about US, Saudi, Russia ‘insulted’ key global warming report: Al Gore
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PRINCE Charles is getting ready to celebrate a very significant birthday. To commemorate this the BBC are showing a very special documentary tonight called Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70 - here's all you need to know... What time is Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70 on tonight? You can watch this 40 minute TV special at 9pm on BBC One. If you miss it, it will be on the iPlayer after it has aired. It goes up against Dark Heart on ITV and The First on Channel 4. What will happen on Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70? For this special documentary, the BBC were given exclusive access to the Prince over the past twelve months, both at work and behind the scenes, at home and abroad. By the time HRH the Prince of Wales reaches his 70th birthday on November 14, he will have been involved in public affairs for more than fifty years, championing issues that once were unfamiliar but are now mainstream such as global warming and youth opportunity. What emerges in this one TV show … [Read more...] about What time is Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70 on tonight and which members of the royal family will be in the BBC documentary?
British naturalist David Attenborough said he was hopeful that the United States would return to an international climate deal to tackle global warning as denying climate change and its impacts would be “catastrophic”. Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in southwest England, Attenborough said it had been a “tragedy” that U.S. President Donald Trump decided last year to quit the 2015 Paris climate agreement and promote the U.S. fossil fuel industry. Attenborough, whose documentaries such as “Planet Earth” and “Blue Planet” have sparked public concern over population growth and plastic use, said the scientific facts about climate change were “simply incontrovertible”. “I’m optimistic enough to think that actually the Americans won’t withdraw as much as all that,” said Attenborough, 92, Britain’s much-loved face of nature and conservation. “As time goes by, the American people … [Read more...] about Naturalist Attenborough optimistic U.S. will rejoin global climate pact
Published July 31, 2018 According to folk tales, Ok, or Okjökull, was one of the breasts of a giantess that turned into stone, the other being Skjaldbreiður. Over the years, it’s had a troubled history, one that you can soon become intimately acquainted with. Anthropologists from Rice University in the US have produced a documentary film on Ok, Iceland’s former smallest glacier. The film is called ‘Not Ok’, thereby referring to that fact that Okjökull is no longer considered a glacier since 2014, but just another boring mountain. Thanks, global warming! The film is directed by anthropology Professor Dominic Boyer and Associate Professor Cymene Howe and is narrated by no other than former mayor of Reykjavík and comedian Jón Gnarr. Move over David Attenborough! “We created this film about a small glacier in a small country in order to bring the huge and often abstract problem of climate change back down to a human … [Read more...] about Ok, Bye: A New Documentary On The Disappearance Of Ok Glacier
Plastic pollution and waste have moved more and more into the political and public spotlight over the past year, thanks to large-scale efforts by the EU and UN. But doubts still remain about whether that is enough to make our economy truly circular. In December 2017, the UN’s Environment Programme held its third assembly in Kenya, aimed at elevating all forms of pollution further up the agenda, particularly when it comes to plastic pollution. Just seven months later, the programme’s executive director, Erik Solheim, told EURACTIV.com that there has already been “amazing success” and the issue has captured the public’s attention. “Two years ago, it was a non-issue. The changes since have been incredible,” the Norwegian diplomat explained, citing beach clean-ups around the world and government action as some of the knock-on effects. He added that media attention, as well as the ‘Planet Earth’ effect, as a result of the landmark BBC … [Read more...] about Plastic pollution is solvable without global treaty, says UN environment boss