Doyle Rice USA TODAY Published 11:03 p.m. UTC Jul 31, 2018 The fierce July that saw monstrous wildfires, record heat and unprecedented flooding across the globe was fueled by man-made climate change, scientists said – and these extremes are likely to become a fact of life. "Overall, globally, what we’ve been seeing is exactly what has been predicted for decades," said Noah Diffenbaugh, a geoscientist at Stanford University. Climate change is "upping the odds that when these heat waves happen that they’re hotter and more severe." Record-breaking heat waves and extreme rainfall are likely to become more common because the buildup of greenhouse gases – such as carbon dioxide from the burning of coal, oil and gas – is altering the atmosphere, according to the British journal Nature. Warmer air contains more water vapor and stores more energy; the increasing temperatures can also change large-scale atmospheric … [Read more...] about Global heat, fires and floods: How much has climate change fueled this hellish July?
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opinion Jerry Brown, Andrew Cuomo and Jay Inslee Published 8:17 p.m. UTC Jun 1, 2018 The 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change was a landmark moment in human history. It crystallized decades of negotiations into a framework embraced by every country in the world to confront the existential threat of climate change and work together to solve the challenge. President Trump’s announcement exactly one year ago that he intended to withdraw from the Paris Agreement raised global concerns that the agreement could weaken or unravel. Instead, Trump’s retreat has catalyzed leaders in America and around the world to stand shoulder to shoulder and press forward with climate solutions. June 1 is not the anniversary of an end to one of the world’s greatest acts of consensus; it is a celebration of what Americans have done to fill the federal void. On the same day Trump abdicated climate leadership last year, we formed the U.S. Climate … [Read more...] about We’re keeping our Paris climate change commitments and our economies are booming: Governors
A LEADING Marbella expat has secured the speaker of a lifetime at a high profile climate change conference. International wine expert, Pancho Campo, has confirmed Barack Obama for this summer’s Climate Change Leadership Porto Summit on July 6 in Portugal. This will be the fourth climate change conference Chilean native, Campo, has organised with the former three taking place in Spain with a focus on the wine industry. The Marbella-based businessman told the Olive Press his main goal is to ‘empower people’. “We want to engage them to do something at their own level. It’s up to each of us. “Whether you are a student, a politician or a CEO, put into practice what Obama and the others are going to tell you,” urged Campo. The entrepreneur became passionate about the subject 15 years ago after witnessing first hand the effects of climate change on skiing trips and ‘unbearably hot’ summers in Florida. After carrying out extensive … [Read more...] about Marbella expat confirms Barack Obama as guest speaker at leading climate change conference
Former New York City Mayor and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg says he has a responsibility to help the environment as the Trump administration has backed down from its role in the Paris Climate Agreement. He said on "Face the Nation" he will write a check for $4.5 million this year to fund that mission. "America made a commitment and as an American if the government's not going to do it we all have responsibility. I'm able to do it. So, yes, I'm going to send them a check for the monies that America had promised to the organization as though they got it from the federal government," said Bloomberg. "It's dangerous to keep doing what we're doing," he said." If everybody would do the right thing, yes, it would be better. But if some people or some countries do the right thing we all benefit from that." Last year, the Trump administration formally told the United Nations the U.S. intends to pull out of the Obama-era climate pact. In response, Bloomberg joined members of the U.S. … [Read more...] about Bloomberg gives $4.5 million to help U.S. keep Paris climate accord commitment
By Timothy Gardner and Alister Doyle WASHINGTON/OSLO (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has bashed international efforts to combat climate change and questioned the scientific consensus that global warming is dangerous and driven by human consumption of fossil fuels. But there is a disconnect between what Trump says at home and what his government does abroad. While attention has been focused on Trump’s rhetoric, State Department envoys, federal agencies, and government scientists remain active participants in international efforts to both research and fight climate change, according to U.S. and foreign representatives involved in those efforts. “We really don’t detect any change with the Americans,” said one of the officials, Aleksi Härkönen of Finland, who chairs the eight-nation Arctic Council’s key group of senior officials, who are charged with protecting a region warming faster than any other on Earth. Over the past year, the … [Read more...] about Weathering Trump’s skepticism, U.S. officials still fighting global warming