At 1.5C, the proportion of the global population exposed to water stress could be 50 per cent lower than at 2C, while the number at risk of climate-related poverty would vary by hundreds of millions. At 2C, extremely hot days would become hotter and more common, leading to increasing numbers of heat-related deaths and more forest fires. Meanwhile, insects would be twice as likely to lose half their habitat at 2C compared with 1.5C. That would mean more crops would go unpollinated and more people would go hungry. In short, the report, released last month, offered a window into a world of nightmares. The good news is that the IPCC did offer solutions. The bad news is that, according to the authors, averting disaster will require “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”. Humanity will need to take the most radical, concerted form of action in its tens of thousands of years of history, and it will need to have done it in the next 12 years. The … [Read more...] about The threat posed by climate change is no longer an environmental issue
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Kristian Rouz — A new report from the US government claims that global warming could cost the US economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the year 2100. The report's release comes as Democrats in Congress plan to restore the so-called Climate Change Committee in an alleged attempt to ramp up pressure on Republican President Donald Trump. The report released this past Friday was compiled by 13 government departments and agencies, including the Department of Agriculture and NASA. In the paper, titled the Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II, officials claim that global warming and extreme weather conditions would affect most sectors of the US economy, ranging from infrastructure to healthcare. READ MORE: 'There Is No Magic Wand' to Remove Atmospheric CO2 — Environmental Researcher The paper — which was compiled at the request … [Read more...] about New Report Reignites Climate Change Debate Within US Gov’t
On his prime-time show in August, Fox News host Tucker Carlson declared that his opposition to immigration partly stems from his deep love for the environment. Instead of banning helium balloons, plastic straws, and other “things that bring ordinary people joy,” Carlson suggested, liberals would be better advised to get tough on immigration. “I actually hate litter, which is one of the reasons I’m so against illegal immigration: It produces a huge amount of litter—a huge amount of litter,” Carlson said. “And I mean that with total sincerity.” Carlson’s comment was mostly lost amid the uproar over the separation and indefinite detention of migrant children and their families at the US-Mexican border. But those who did catch it found themselves a bit confused about his point. “It’s unclear whether Carlson was equating migrants themselves with trash or making an assumption about the litter they produce when they enter the … [Read more...] about When environmentalism meets xenophobia
NFU deputy president Guy Smith speaking at the Norfolk NFU annual county meeting. Picture: Chris Hill Archant While political battles rage over Brexit, Britain’s politicians must make food the same strategic priority as our wartime leaders did when threatened with scarcity and starvation. That was the message to Norfolk farmers from a senior industry leader who drew parallels between the current debate over food security, and the actions needed to maintain the nation’s self-sufficiency during the major conflicts of the last century.National Farmers’ Union deputy president Guy Smith was speaking at the annual meeting of the county’s NFU branch, held at the Easton and Otley College campus, outside Norwich.Mr Smith, who farms in Essex, said a no-deal Brexit would be “catastrophic” for UK farmers’ ability to trade and compete with their European neighbours.And on the eve of the Norfolk NFU centenary celebrations, Mr Smith said the major issues … [Read more...] about ‘100 years on, that same debate is being had now’ – Brexit food security concern mirrors wartime challenges, says farming leader
PUBLISHED: 10:17 01 November 2018 cozens-hardy Jarowan Power Caroline Linsdell, a partner with Cozens-Hardy solicitors, asks businesses: how ESG-compliant are you? A long term view on environmental concerns is becoming prevalent among investors Picture: Getty Images/iStockphotoAt home the other day, the subject of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) cropped up. Not the usual conversation in our household, but my husband was in the process of preparing to speak at a conference at which this would be debated.Now, ESG may not crop up in most people’s daily conversations, but it is something which is relevant to all of us in one way or another.ESG looks at the question of sustainability and the ethical and social impact of any investment. Properties which are let to tenants who fall short of the ESG principles could have a lower valuation than other properties which have a high ESG rating. Companies can create value simply by increasing their ESG score.The … [Read more...] about Environmental, social and governance policy: how does your business score?