Men and women dressed in suits and armed with phones and papers rush to meetings at the UN Climate Conference in Bonn, largely ignoring two lines of young people holding colorful signs. As they stomp towards each other to symbolically close the "gap" between government pledges and projected emissions, the protesters shout for global leaders to "step up" and cut CO2. "We want leaders to be more ambitious," Hsin-yi Yao from Taiwan told DW, "and really care about the people of their own country and other people on this earth – so to make a step up for more ambitious climate plans." Stronger commitments are needed, says the Care about the Climate group - which is made up of young people from countries as diverse as Uganda, Sweden and the US - because current targets will make it impossible to achieve the Paris objectives. These are to keep the global average temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, with an aim to limit it to 1.5 degrees, and … [Read more...] about Are international pledges bold enough to stop global warming?
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Men and women dressed in suits and armed with phones and papers rush to meetings at the UN Climate Conference in Bonn, largely ignoring two lines of young people holding colorful signs. As they stomp towards each other to symbolically close the "gap" between government pledges and projected emissions, the protesters shout for global leaders to "step up" and cut CO2. "We want leaders to be more ambitious," Hsin-yi Yao from Taiwan told DW, "and really care about the people of their own country and other people on this earth – so to make a step up for more ambitious climate plans." Stronger commitments are needed, says the Care about the Climate group - which is made up of young people from countries as diverse as Uganda, Sweden and the US - because current targets will make it impossible to achieve the Paris objectives. These are to keep the global average temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, with an aim to limit it to 1.5 degrees, and … [Read more...] about Will international pledges be enough to stop global warming?
A UNFCCC (the United Nations' climate framework) special envoy for states and regions, California Governor Jerry Brown has emerged as a leading figure on climate action. Along with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, he has launched "America's Pledge" in response to United States President Donald Trump pulling the US out of the Paris Agreement. DW spoke with him at COP23 Renewable Energy Day in Bonn, Germany. Deutsche Welle: What are the key points of this pledge? Jerry Brown: First of all, it's to say to the rest of the world that America is in — we're in the Paris Accord. We have to keep the temperature below a 2-degree centigrade increase, and we're going to do that not with the federal government, because the federal government is on holiday with respect to climate change. But California, New York is in — also the states of Washington, Oregon, Virginia, New Jersey. And then in addition in the states, we have cities hundreds of cities. We have corporations … [Read more...] about Jerry Brown: How to beat Donald Trump on climate change
I’VE just discovered the hardest word in science.Not pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (inflammation of the lungs caused by inhalation of silica dust). Nor palmitoyloleoylphosphatidylethanolamine (a lipid bilayer found in nerve tissue).No, the actual hardest word — which scientists use so rarely it might as well not exist — is “Sorry”.Which is a shame because right now the scientists owe us an apology so enormous that I doubt even a bunch of two dozen roses every day for the rest of our lives is quite enough to make amends for the damage they’ve done.Thanks to their bad advice on climate change our gas and electricity bills have rocketed.So too have our taxes, our car bills and the cost of flying abroad, our kids have been brainwashed into becoming tofu-munching eco-zealots, our old folk have frozen to death in fuel poverty, our countryside has been blighted with ranks of space-age solar panels and bat-chomping, bird-slicing … [Read more...] about How scientists got their global warming sums wrong — and created a £1TRILLION-a-year green industry that bullied experts who dared to question the figures
IN all the years I did the daily commute on the London Underground, I would feel disgruntled if I had to stand for more than a few stops.Now? At best, the experience is deeply unnerving, at worst, genuinely frightening.Last week, I queued to get on to the platform, saw ten trains come and go before I could jostle my way into prime position, then curved my posture into the shape of the closing door.At the next, equally jam-packed station, a man crouched down on his haunches so he could squeeze in between our legs.If we’d been cattle, there would be a law against such dangerous overcrowding.London feels full. And it’s the same story in every major city across the UK where “rush” hour now means virtual standstill on both public transport and the roads.Equally, all too many state schools are bursting at the seams as they juggle the complexities of ever-expanding class sizes with an increasing number of pupils who don’t speak English as a first … [Read more...] about Britain’s schools, trains and hospitals are full… where can we put Calais Jungle migrant ‘kids’?
The title of a study published last week in the journal "Nature Climate Change" does not sound optimistic. "Less than 2 degrees Celsius global warming up to 2100 unlikely," it declares. Researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle say that the chance for humans to limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2050 is only 5 percent. And it is "unrealistic" to expect that global warming can be kept below 1.5 degrees, concludes Adrian Raftery, the lead author of the study. It is a sobering conclusion, not only in the context of climate change impacts - this has political implications as well. In the Paris Agreement on climate change, 195 countries agreed to limit the global average temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius compared to the preindustrial level - and if possible, to 1.5 degrees. A second study in the same issue of the journal reports that warming of 1.1 degrees Celsius is unavoidable, even if humankind … [Read more...] about Earth on track toward 2 degree global warming, researchers say
Fast food, lack of physical activity, stress - more and more people around the world suffer from diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Treatment is expensive and many countries lack the necessary health care systems to deal with these problems. And the situation is likely to get worse. Climate change poses new threats to health. Global health problems require global solutions. We spoke with Prof. Rainer Sauerborn about the most pressing problems and about possible ways to solve or prevent them. He is the director of the Institute of Public Health in Heidelberg and a lead author for the IPCC. What do you consider to be the greatest challenge faced by medical research in the future? I believe that climate change poses the biggest challenge to health in the 21st century. Now I know that some of my colleagues will say we can't put that in numbers, but that is not the point. The point is that we may be facing irreversible changes. And even though they lie in the future and … [Read more...] about Public Health: A Global Challenge
The forecast for US cooperation on global climate policy doesn't look good. President-elect Donald Trump has said that the US would drop out of the Paris Agreement and he called global warming a "hoax" in 2014 during an extremely cold winter. The scientific community tends to disagree with Trump and 2016 is projected to be the hottest on record. China is the world's heaviest emitter of greenhouse gases, and after an ongoing public health crisis resulting from a coal-fueled industrial revolution, it is taking sweeping measures to reduce its emissions. Conversely, in 2012, Trump said on social media that man-made global warming was "created for and by the Chinese to make US manufacturing non-competitive." Rather than US businesses being harmed by a Chinese climate conspiracy, it seems they are more likely to be impacted by Chinese climate innovation, if skepticism and protectionism prevent new policies and innovation from taking root at home. US-led environmental protection and … [Read more...] about How China’s climate revolution can stop global warming
Over 150 countries are meeting in Bonn, Germany to discuss the post-Kyoto Protocol era. One of the major calls is for the world's largest polluter, the United States, and developing nations to participate when the protocol expires in 2012. The Kyoto Protocol is meant to obligate rich nations to cut emissions of greenhouse gases from power plants, cars and factories by 5.2 percent below 1990 levels. The developed nations should take the lead in reducing pollution but developing nations must also consider how they could take part in the future without endangering economic growth. Kyoto just entered into force on February 16 after years of delays and was significantly weakened by the United States' pullout. Nevertheless, Kyoto supporters realize that future treaties cannot be effective without the inclusion of the US. "This is a global problem -- we can't let the United States stay out," said Argentine Environment Minister Gines Gonzalez Garcia. Australia, another outsider, must … [Read more...] about What Can the World Expect Post-Kyoto?
A recent study in "Nature Climate Change" made headlines with the warning that the global carbon budget - which refers to the amount of carbon we can release into the atmosphere before we exceed climate change targets - might be a lot less than we thought. That's because projections for temperature rise tend to work from the baseline "pre-industrial" temperature of the late 19th century. The study's authors say human activity had begun warming the planet much earlier - meaning we might have to reduce our emissions by up to 40 percent more than planned. Yet as dramatic as that sounds, lead author Andrew Schurer says the real message of the study is that if we're going to have rigorous targets - like the 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) enshrined in the Paris Agreement - these need to be properly defined. "If we really want the targets defined relative to a pre-industrial baseline then it is likely that we may need tougher mitigation than we … [Read more...] about Have we already blown our carbon budget?