Climate Change

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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Ecosia

Want to Plant More Trees? Just Use a Different Search Engine

When Pieter van Midwoud came across a job listing for a tree-planting officer at a non-profit called Ecosia, he knew he’d found his true calling. “There aren’t that many job titles that literally describe what you’re supposed to do,” said Van Midwoud from his home in Berlin. “I thought, it really can’t be that, can it?” …

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There are 10 catastrophic threats facing humans right now, and coronavirus is only one of them

Four months in, this year has already been a remarkable showcase for existential and catastrophic risk. A severe drought, devastating bushfires, hazardous smoke, towns running dry – these events all demonstrate the consequences of human-induced climate change. While the above may seem like isolated threats, they are parts of a larger puzzle of which the pieces are all interconnected. …

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Analysis shows climate finance not reaching most vulnerable

Analysis shows climate finance not reaching most vulnerable

People in some of the world’s poorest countries are receiving as little as $1 each a year to help them cope with the impacts of the climate crisis, despite rich countries’ promises to provide assistance. Climate finance is intended to help developing countries cut greenhouse gases and protect their people from the consequences of climate …

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Climate change: Australian summers 'twice as long as winters'

Climate change: Australian summers ‘twice as long as winters’

Australia’s summers have become twice as long as its winters amid increasing temperatures driven by climate change, according to new weather data analysis. The Australia Institute found that summer across most of the country over the past 20 years was about a month longer than in the mid-20th century, while winters had become shorter. Between …

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