Day: May 18, 2020

While the world looked the other way, corporate giants abandoned coal

Can we deal with a pandemic and global warming at once – both urgent, one an immediate hit, the other a decade-long burn? Well, yes, because – even with front pages dominated by COVID-19 – last month saw an astonishing concentration of decisions by international corporates to ditch carbon. And they slipped by, with the …

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Coronavirus and climate: Australia's chance to shift to green energy

Coronavirus and climate: Australia’s chance to shift to green energy

The fires generated unprecedented demands for climate action in Australia The Covid-19 pandemic is a “huge opportunity” to fast-track Australia’s shift towards more renewable energy, climate scientists have told the BBC. Australia’s recent bushfires made climate change the country’s most pressing issue . But scientists say that momentum risks being lost because of the virus. …

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Climate change talk has been around for 30 years. Where's the action?

Climate change talk has been around for 30 years. Where’s the action?

My moment of realisation about the seriousness of climate change came 25 years ago. I expected governments to act. (Getty Images: Neil Overy/Gallo Images) I can’t tell you what I was doing on June 23, 1988, though I can take a guess. I was a week or so from finishing my journalism course and — …

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Just how hot will it get this century? Latest climate models suggest it could be worse than we thought

Just how hot will it get this century? Latest climate models suggest it could be worse than we thought

Climate scientists use mathematical models to project the Earth’s future under a warming world, but a group of the latest models have included unexpectedly high values for a measure called “climate sensitivity”. Climate sensitivity refers to the relationship between changes in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and warming. The high values are an unwelcome surprise. …

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Australia's climate future to evolve as economy is rebuilt

Australia’s climate future to evolve as economy is rebuilt

Just a few months ago there had been growing consensus among scientists, activists, economists and even investors that 2020 would be pivotal in the fight to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. Around the world global warming had become manifest in the intensity of fires and floods, droughts and storms, prompting politicians to …

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