“We don’t really need any individual temperature records or heatwaves to know that climate change exists," Richard Black, Director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, a non-profit organisation in Britain, told RFI. While the scorching heat has forced several European countries, including Italy and France, to issue red alerts, Black says more work must be done in making this evidence relevant to the general public. Local application "Often scientists talk in terms of a global trend, a global increasing temperature of whatever it might be. But people experience weather where they are," he says, referring to farmers in the UK who have been battered by drought-like conditions and whose wheat crops are expected to fall to a five-year low. "If you’ve been farming in an area such as southern France or Spain, where you have warm summers, you’re already used to what needs to be done," he comments. "But, if you’re further north in the UK, you’re not … [Read more...] about Will Europe’s heatwave be climate change wake-up call?
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The world community has taken action against climate change but it must “triple its efforts” to reduce emissions and Europe needs to take the lead, COP21 President Laurent Fabius said ahead of the crucial United Nations’ annual conference (COP24) in December. “The figures are not good, the red alert is on. Current mitigation plans are not enough, the world must triple its efforts and Europe needs to show the way. It needs a long-term strategy and must inform on its short-term choices,” Fabius said at the closing session of the stakeholder consultation public event organised by the European Commission in Brussels on 10-11 July. The Paris Agreement was adopted by consensus on 12 December 2015, at the 21st Conference of the Parties – or COP 21 – of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris. The goals of the Agreement are to keep global temperature rise well below 2°C above pre-industrial temperatures while pursuing … [Read more...] about On climate change, ‘red alert is on’, says COP21 president Laurent Fabius
The man chosen by Donald Trump to be the new head of Nasa is a “climate change denier” who has “made a career out of ignoring science” and might disregard scientific advice about the safety of launching astronauts into space, US senators have warned. Giving Tea Party Congressman James Bridenstine the final say on whether to launch a manned space mission would, it was claimed, be “terrifying”. But Mr Bridenstine was still confirmed in the job this week in a vote that split 50-49 along party lines - in contrast to the unanimous senatorial approval granted to all 12 previous Nasa leaders. Read more Every mention of global warming deleted from White House website The confirmation of Mr Trump’s nominee came despite Mr Bridenstine telling Congress in 2013 that “global temperatures stopped rising ten years ago. Global temperature changes – when they exist – correlate with sun output and ocean cycles.” Not only did … [Read more...] about Trump’s new Nasa chief Jim Bridenstine a ‘climate change denier’ who could make ‘terrifying’ decisions, US senators warn
What does it mean for a nation to be a “climate leader” in 2018? At the very least, it must mean having a firm plan in place to deliver your nation’s fair share of the Paris agreement. During that stunning fortnight in December 2015, 195 governments freely and willingly committed not only to keep global warming well below 2C, but to aim for the safer level of 1.5C. And they committed to bring net greenhouse gas emissions down to zero. I cannot help but feel huge pride that my government was the first in the western world to step up and deliver on the Paris agreement. In June last year, we adopted a target of cutting Sweden’s net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2045, and we set it in law. Within a generation, Sweden will not be contributing to the problem of climate change. Science tells us that if all nations adopt this target, there is a good chance that we will live up to the commitments that we made at the Paris summit, and keep climate change within safe … [Read more...] about To lead on climate, countries must commit to zero emissions
BBC Radio 4 broke impartiality rules by failing to sufficiently challenge climate change denier Nigel Lawson’s controversial claims in an interview, the broadcasting watchdog has ruled. Lord Lawson appeared on a Radio 4 programme last summer denying the concept of climate change, which prompted complaints from the Green party, and prominent scientists Brian Cox and Jim Al-Khalili, who said it was “irresponsible and highly misleading” to imply there was still a debate around the science supporting it. The Today programme featured five interviews on climate change prompted by the release of former US vice-president Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Sequel, the follow-up to 2006’s An Inconvenient Truth, each conducted by presenter Justin Webb. Lawson, a former chancellor of the exchequer in Margaret Thatcher’s government, made claims including that “all the experts say there hasn’t been” an increase in extreme weather events. He said the … [Read more...] about BBC Radio 4 broke impartiality rules in Nigel Lawson climate change interview