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Britain only average on climate change and renewables

Air Pollution

It was meant to be the greenest government ever.  That was back in the days before Cameron became Prime Minister.  But even as late as 2011, George Osborne was promising to leave the rest of the EU in Britain’s green wake.  Indeed, despite cutting subsidies to renewables, scrapping research into …

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New Orleans is sinking

New Orleans

New Orleans – a city that is already below sea level – is sinking much faster than was previously believed; and it isn’t just climate change that is responsible.  New research published in The Journal of Geophysical Research found that the city is sinking by 2 inches (5 cm) per …

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A new way to settle old climate arguments

Stats

Climate denial is primarily an article of faith that boils down to “don’t take my privilege away!”  Indeed, it is no accident that climate change denial is most prominent among rich old white men (step forward Donald Trump).  However, the task of calling out the deniers is hampered by their …

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Our climate future looks bleak

Polar Bear stuck on ice

We could be seeing the worst case scenario for climate change, according to Eric Mack at Forbes: “Here’s a few brutal facts about what’s been going on since October of 2015: The past seven months have been the hottest, based on global averages, that any human alive today has ever …

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Global temperatures heated up again in April

London haze

The latest figures from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies showed that April’s temperature was the highest on record – the seventh month in a row in which global temperature records have been broken. According to Ciara Linnane at Market Watch: “It was the hottest April on record, the data …

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Trump appoints pro-fracking/anti-environment energy advisor

Donald Trump

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has asked one of America’s most ardent drilling advocates and climate change skeptics to help him draft his energy policy, according to Valerie Volcovici at Reuters: “U.S. Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer of North Dakota – a major oil drilling state – is writing a white …

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Global carbon threshold reached

Cape Grim

Within the next couple of weeks, a remote part of north-western Tasmania is likely to grab headlines around the world as a major climate change marker is passed, according to Peter Hannam at the Sydney Morning Herald: “The aptly named Cape Grim monitoring site jointly run by CSIRO and the …

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What happens when the grid goes down?

Lancaster Flood

The two threats to energy most often documented on this site are the lack of new generating capacity and the decline in affordable fossil fuels.  To these, Laurie Winkless at Forbes adds a third problem that is likely to get worse as time goes by: “Storm Desmond hit northwest England …

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Climate change is here and now

Every Day Climate Change

Photographer James Whitlow Delano has set up an Instagram page called Everyday Climate Change to share contemporary images of the impact of climate change around the world: “I had been documenting the large-scale environmental consequences in East Asia as a result of the rapid development here.  The air in China …

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Hey, where did that island go?

Aerial View of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

Any budding Second World War historians with an interest in the Pacific battles of 1942-43 will need to either get their field trips in quickly or learn to scuba dive; because several of the islands where American marines battled to dislodge Japanese soldiers are already under water.  According to Jonathan …

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