Climate change conference (COP24): Katowice, Poland.
House of Commons Briefing 29th Nov 2018 read more »
The recent impact of climate change on heat-related diseases should be seen as a harbinger of future dangers posed to human health, a landmark report finds. These risks include the threat of a “systemic failure” of the world’s hospitals. The findings come from the second Lancet Countdown report: an annual review of the scientific evidence of climate change’s effect on human health produced by 27 academic organisations from across the world.
Carbon Brief 28th Nov 2018 read more »
The year 2018 is on course to be the fourth warmest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization. It says that the global average temperature for the first 10 months of the year was nearly 1C above the levels between 1850-1900. The State of the Climate report says that the 20 warmest years on record have been in the past 22 years, with the 2015-2018 making up the top four. If the trend continues, the WMO says temperatures may rise by 3-5C by 2100.
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Is it remotely feasible to remove 12 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air? Every year. For decades to come. That’s the challenge posed by the latest conclusions of the UN’s climate science panel. It says that only by pulling this heat-trapping gas out of the atmosphere can we avoid dangerous climate change. But according to one leading researcher, there’s a bit of a hitch: “We haven’t a clue how to do it”. The problem is that scientists reckon that even if the world manages to cut emissions of the gas, it will no longer be enough to avoid the worst impacts. We’ve got to go a step further, they say, and find ways of doing something never attempted before: get rid of the gas that’s already out there. And get started on it as soon as possible. On an unimaginable scale.
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As the World Meteorological Organization reveals this year is set to be the fourth warmest on record in its provisional State of the Climate in 2018 statement, the WMO’s Clare Nullis warns we are the last generation that will be able to prevent dangerous global warming and time is running out. The annual United Nations climate change negotiations start in Poland on 2 December. A number of reports have been issued ahead of that meeting to highlight the urgency of climate action. Now. We are the first generation to fully understand climate change and the last generation to be able to do something about it.
Scotsman 29th Nov 2018 read more »
CEOs of 50 major global companies representing more than $1.5tr in revenue have urged world leaders to collaborate more closely with the private sector in order to rapidly speed up the transition towards a low carbon economy. Ahead of next week’s UN Climate Summit in Poland, a joint open letter published yesterday by leading bosses calls for more ambitious policy levers to establish effective carbon pricing mechanisms, shift investment from the high to low carbon economy, and boost societal demand for green products and services.
Business Green 30th Nov 2018 read more »