What is the leading narrative on China's climate action? The truth is never black or white. You see on the one hand that China is the biggest developer of new energy. On the other hand China is investing in fossil fuel infrastructure all over the world. The science is clear, we have 12 years to cut back global greenhouse gas emissions. That does not allow any more space for coal-fired power plants. The Chinese government needs to hear that message and needs to reverse its course on the Belt and Road initiative in terms of fossil fuel infrastructure investment. Li Shuo is senior climate and energy policy officer at Greenpeace China Are there climate skeptics in the Chinese government, as in the US? I think whether they believe it or not, climate science is abundantly clear. We need to get global greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2030 or the middle of the century. In many other countries, the climate issue is a political issue. But in China it is not a polarized … [Read more...] about Climate change action in China is ‘about science and not politics’
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Sally Field has become the latest celebrity to be arrested during Jane Fonda's weekly climate change protests. in Washington, D.C. The Mrs Doubtfire actress, 73, was pictured in zip-tie handcuffs outside the Capitol Building on Friday as she was led out of the area by a police officer. Field seemed positively thrilled by her own civil disobedience, flashing a smile as she triumphantly raised her cuffed hands in the air. The Oscar winner joins a long list of Fonda's friends who have been arrested during 'Fire Drill Friday' protests. Ted Danson, Diane Lane, Catherine Keener and Patricia Arquette have all been detained by authorities during previous demonstrations. Sally Field has become the latest celebrity to be arrested during Jane Fonda's weekly climate change protests. in Washington, D.C. Field seemed positively thrilled by her own civil disobedience, flashing a smile as she triumphantly raised her cuffed hands in the air Fire Drill Fridays are … [Read more...] about Sally Field, 73, becomes the latest celebrity to be arrested during Jane Fonda’s climate change protests as she is handcuffed by police outside the Washington DC’s Capitol Building
A drastic reduction in emissions is needed to avert catastrophic global warming. And it's needed fast, say climate scientists. Global greenhouse gas emissions must fall by 7.6 per cent each year over the next decade to limit rising temperatures to the 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) threshold outlined in the Paris Agreement, a UN Environment Program report warns. Read more: CO2 emissions gap: UN report warns of 'collective failure to act' Reducing emissions must be a global effort. But some nations emit far more CO2 than others. From industry to infrastructure, resources to development, and population to politics, there are different reasons for these countries' high carbon emissions. But why is it so hard to cut back on carbon and make progress on climate protection? Germany: Cars and coal A decade ago, Germany's plan to move to renewable energy positioned the country as a pioneer in the fight against climate change. But its climate protection … [Read more...] about COP25: Why are high emission countries lagging on climate protection?
At climate negotiations, most issues are complex, but there is generally a common factor running through them, and that's money. How much should countries pay to be allowed to pollute? How much should those that protect the climate receive as a reward? How can jobs and economies be protected as the world warms? There is broad agreement at COP25 in Madrid that developed countries have a greater responsibility for the generation of historic greenhouse gas emissions. But there is less consensus on how to compensate developing countries who have contributed little to the problem, yet face the impacts of the climate crisis. Ten years ago, during COP15 in Copenhagen, negotiators agreed that industrialized countries would mobilize $100 billion US dollars a year by 2020 to help developing countries deal with the effects of global warming and adopt clean energy technologies. They pledged to mobilize the same amount every year until 2025, by when they aim to have agreed on a new and more … [Read more...] about COP25: Can the US escape climate finance obligations?
In the last week of October, Scott Morrison got more involved with the Prime Minister’s XI match than most who have held the office. While the home team took on a touring Sri Lankan side, Morrison spent a Canberra evening running out drink bottles to the players for some good wholesome everyman sporting photo opportunities. Before the season’s first Test in November he was back at the cricket again, shaking hands with Test players at training in Brisbane and posting some new snaps with a musing: “For our firefighters and fire-impacted communities, I’m sure our boys will give them something to cheer for.” However debatable the national morale value of David Warner towelling up teenage bowlers on debut, by early December, “our boys” were feeling the impact of fire themselves. Players for New South Wales and Queensland went about a state match cloaked in thick bushfire smoke. The images from the Sydney Cricket Ground were bizarre: the familiar … [Read more...] about Morrison’s smoke and mirrors can’t hide cricket’s place in climate crisis