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?
THEY both have very opposing views on climate change, but former Vice President Al Gore and President-elect Donald Trump managed to put differences aside on Monday to have an "extremely interesting conversation."The pair met at Trump Tower in New York and Gore told reporters it was a "sincere search for common ground" after he had his chat with the billionaire. He would not reveal what they had discussed, only that it was "productive" and "to be continued."Gore added he also met with Ivanka Trump, and the pair discussed climate change, which is his signature issue.Trump has been vocal about his own thoughts on the matter in the past, branding it a hoax, saying he plans to revoke some of the legislation which has been brought in to protect the environment.According to CNN, reporters were told by the President-elect's spokesman Jason Miller climate issues were going to be discussed but there were no details on specifics.Gore was not expected to meet with Trump as well, but … [Read more...] about After branding global warming a ‘hoax made up by the Chinese’ Donald Trump meets with climate change champ Al Gore
DID you know that climate change was racist? I suppose it had to be, didn’t it? I mean everything else is racist.So why not the gradual warming of our climate? Racist CO2 emissions — lock them up for hate crimes!A bunch of blockheads called Black Lives Matter UK caused chaos and misery to travellers by pulling a fatuous stunt at the London City Airport.They tied themselves to a tripod. Planes were cancelled, the whole place in lockdown for the best part of six hours. Lots of ordinary people missing their flights.Who are they, BLMUK? Well, for a start, the lot who blockaded the airport were entirely white.The protest caused delays for hundreds of passengers after antics forced flights to be cancelledTechnically speaking, infantile white middle-class t****rs. That’s the official term, you understand.The wholly stupid premise for the protest was that City Airport caters for posh people.And the planes fly over places where black people live. And the planes contribute to … [Read more...] about Calling climate change ‘racist’ isn’t going to fly after Black Lives Matter UK protesters cause chaos at London City Airport
WHETHER you believe his theories or not, it could be argued prophet Nostradamus has been scarily accurate with some of his predictions for 2016.According to conspiracy theorists, the 16th century French philosopher saw the election of Donald Trump coming - 16 years after the The Simpsons.He is previously believed to have predicted both the rise of Napolean and Adolf Hitler, as well as the 9/11 terror attacks in New York.It's also been claimed Nostradamus foresaw ISIS’s bid to control parts of Europe, in the hope they will spark WWIII.And when it comes to 2017, several of Michel de Nostredame's prophecies are sounding scarily possible.From a war over global warming to the "collapse" of America, here are the oracle's predictions for 2017.According to the prophet, the two warring nations will come to an agreement next year, though the terms of which are unclear.Contrary to what's happened so far, he said the US will oppose the truce … [Read more...] about A war over global warming and increased space tourism… what Nostradamus predicted for 2017
We are already used to hearing jokes about polluting cow farts. But even small underwater shellfish can contribute to global warming. Indeed, a new study has found that through digestive processes, clams and worms produce 10 percent of greenhouse gases in the Baltic Sea. But Stefano Bonaglia, the lead author of the study, says that does not mean we should start blaming these organisms for the climate change humans have created. Bivalves have been releasing greenhouse gases for millions of years without a negative impact on the climate, he points out. Only after humans began farming them, and once fertilizer runoff has polluted the seas, has impact worsened. Humans, not shellfish, are warming the planet Clams and worms in the Baltic Sea release as much greenhouse gas as 20,000 dairy cows - which seems like a big number. But it's quite relative. In Germany alone, there were more than 4 million dairy cows in 2016, according to the dairy division of the … [Read more...] about Oyster farts help (humans) warm the world
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
Sitting at your computer looking for gossip on Lady Gaga, plane flights to Bangkok, or whether those worrying symptoms of yours really are signs of a deadly disease might seem harmless enough. But with each click on Google, you are actually pumping more CO2 into the atmosphere and contributing to global warming. “Conducting a search produces carbon dioxide because search engines operate with huge servers,” said Sophie Fabricius of CO2-online, a consultancy that looks at climate questions as they relate to the Internet. Those servers, she adds, run on energy generated with fossil fuels. The carbon footprint is gigantic. But for those wishing to bring their own carbon footprint down to size and do a bit for the environment, the German search engine Ecosia promises guilt-free clicking. Launched during the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December 2009, for almost a year Ecosia has been attempting to carve green space out of the huge market share enjoyed by the … [Read more...] about A greener search engine seeks to save the rainforest
Germany's chancellor repeated her call for global solutions to cutting CO2 emissions, encouraging countries to begin looking for a way to move forward efforts to combat climate change. Negotiating a successor to the Kyoto Protocol -- a treaty which sets targets for industrial nations to reduce carbon emissions -- is of crucial importance, Merkel said, speaking before a UN climate conference. "It's not only the dry facts and numbers that call us to negotiate, but also the question of in what future we want to live," she said. "For me, this is not only an economic imperative, but also a moral one." Merkel called for global CO2 emissions, a major man-made factor that contributes to global warming, to be halved by 2050. Carbon trading suggested as a solution Merkel wants the UN to take the lead on combating climate change Merkel suggested that a global carbon-trading scheme, which places a price on industries' carbon-dioxide emissions, should play a "central role" in plans to … [Read more...] about Merkel Speaks of Global Need for Action on Climate Change
During a confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, Democratic senators challenged president-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over his ties to the energy industry and his past comments on global warming, which he has called a hoax. During Wednesday's hearing Scott Pruitt - the attorney general from the state of Oklahoma, who has filed more than a dozen lawsuits against the agency he is slated to lead - modified his position, somewhat. "Let me say to you: science tells us that the climate is changing, and that human activity in some manner impacts that change," he told senators. "The ability to measure with precision the degree and extent of that impact, and what to do about it, are subject to continuing debate and dialogue, and well it should be." Pruitt, 48, also chaired the Rule of Law Defense Fund, a group of conservative attorneys general that vehemently opposed a number of EPA regulations, and filed lawsuits to try and roll them back. Both … [Read more...] about Trump pick for EPA admits global warming is not a hoax