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            . . . . . . . .  CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS ITEMS  

Selecting news items to include on this page has been deliberate to bring those which we consider individually relevant over a long span of time. Of course, there is news every day - too much sometimes - but hopefully each item here has long-term interest. It would be exhausting to include everything. For current interest, selected news items appear each Saturday and are refreshed weekly.

“The scientific basis for the Greenhouse Effect and the potential impact of human emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2 on climate is well established and cannot be denied.”  This is what energy industry scientists wrote back in 1995 but energy companies denied in order to delay US government action on global warming. Original document

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March 2017 - Record-breaking climate change pushes world into ‘uncharted territory’. Scientists at the World Meteorological Organisation say Earth is a planet in upheaval - link

November 2016 - UN paints apocalyptic picture of famine, war and disease unless world wakes up to dangers of climate change. The reductions in greenhouse gases promised at Paris were “not nearly enough” - link

May 2016 - World Bank warns global water shortages to deliver 'severe hit' to economies as climate change takes hold, especially in Middle East, north Africa, central Asia and south Asia due to suffer biggest economic hit from water scarcity, report finds - link

March 2016 - The world is on track to reach dangerous levels of global warming much sooner than expected, according to new Australian research which predicts average world temperatures could climb 1.5C above pre-industrial levels by 2020, and potentially 2C rise by 2030 - link

March 2015 - Costs of natural disasters rising. The global economic losses from natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones and have continued rising to reach an average of $250 billion to $300 billion annually, according to a U.N. report. “The world is experiencing more frequent and more intense natural disasters. We are playing with fire” said Ban Ki-moon. - link

January 2015 - Scientists say fossil fuels must go untapped: vast amounts of coal, oil, and gas must be left untouched to limit global warming  - link   

August 2014 - More than 20% of the world's electrical power now comes from renewables.  In 2013 renewables accounted for more than 56% of all net additions to global power capacity. Renewable electricity capacity jumped by more than 8% overall in 2013, to produce some 22% of all global power production. Total global installed renewable electricity capacity reached a staggering 1,560 GW in 2013 - link 

July 2014 - Global warming requires more frequent rethink of ‘normal’ weather – U.N. The WMO's (World Meteorological Organization) Commission for Climatology believes rising temperatures and more heatwaves and heavy rains mean the existing baseline, based on the climate averages of 1961-90, is out of date as a guide, the WMO said in a statement. link  

March 2014 - Climate change will displace hundreds of millions of people by the end of this century, increasing the risk of violent conflict and wiping trillions of dollars off the global economy, a forthcoming UN report will warn. link

February 2014 - Why global water shortages pose threat of terror and war. Huge areas of the world are drying up and a billion people have no access to safe drinking water. US intelligence is warning of the dangers of shrinking resources and experts say the world is 'standing on a precipice' - link

December 2013 - Climate change likely to be “catastrophic” rather than simply dangerous. Climate change may be far worse than scientists thought, causing global temperatures to rise by at least 4 degrees Celsius by 2100, according to a new study published in the journal “Nature”. Aside from dramatic environmental shifts, many of the ills of the modern world like starvation, poverty, war and disease are likely to get worse as the planet warms.  link

November 2013 - Fossil fuel subsidies reckless use of public funds. The world is spending half a trillion dollars on fossil fuel subsidies every year, according to a new report. Rich countries are spending seven times more supporting coal, oil and gas than they are on helping poorer nations fight climate change. link

September 2013 - UNICEF says children will bear the brunt of the impact of climate change   because of their increased risk of health problems, malnutrition, and migration. Although children are more vulnerable to the effects of global warming, they have been largely left out of the debate. link

May 2013 - 32.4 million people were forced to flee their homes in 2012 by disasters according to the Global Estimates report, due to floods, storms and earthquakes. Asia and west and central Africa bore the brunt, and 98% of all displacement in 2012 was related to climate and weather-related events. link 

April 2013 - Millions face starvation as world warms, say scientists. World is unprepared for changes that will see parts of Africa turned into disaster areas, say food experts.  link

January 2013 - Dramatic call to fight climate change on business groundsWorld Economic Forum in Davos concludes only a sustained and dramatic shift in infrastructure and industrial practices using low-carbon technology can save the world and its economy from devastating global warming.  An unprecedented $14trillion ($700 billion a year) greening of the global economy is the only way to ensure long-term sustainable growth.  link

June 2012 - Earth: Have we reached an environmental tipping point? We are now living in the Anthropocene age: Humans are the main drivers of planetary change. We're pushing global temperatures, land and water use beyond anything our species has experienced before. link

March 2012 - OECD reports urban air pollution will become the biggest environmental cause of premature death in the coming decades, due to climate change, loss of biodiversity, water and the health impacts of pollution. link

January 2012 - Cutting the amounts of methane and soot that are poured into the sky would diminish warming by half a degree Celsius by 2050 - buying a little time for the world in the fight against global warming. link

July 2011 - U.S. government has grossly underestimated the social costs of CO2 emissions, making decisions based on flawed calculations: cost may be up to forty times higher. link 

January 2011 - ExxonMobil, the world's largest oil company expects global carbon emissions to rise by 25% in the next 20 years, in effect dismissing hopes that runaway climate change can be arrested and massive loss of life prevented. link

October 2010 - 
Arctic report - region continues to warm at unprecedented rate The findings were released Oct. 21 in, the Arctic Report Card from NOAA, a yearly assessment of Arctic conditions. link

July 2010 - The world is heading for an average temperature rise of nearly 4C according to analysis of national pledges from around the globe. Such a rise would bring a high risk of major extinctions, threats to food supplies and the near-total collapse of the huge Greenland ice sheet. link

May 2010 - National Research Council urges Congress action - says "Climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks" - evidence that global warming is man-made is compelling. link

September 2009 - Climate change speeding toward irreversible tipping pointsThe speed and scope of global warming is now overtaking even the most sobering predictions of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change, finds a new report issued by the United Nations Environment Programme, entitled "Climate Change Science Compendium 2009.  link 

July 2009 - World will warm faster than predicted in next five years, study warns. The world faces a new period of record-breaking temperatures as the sun's activity increases, leading the planet to heat up significantly faster than scientists had predicted over the next five years, according to a new study. link

March 2009 - Scientists issue dramatic new sea level figures - Scientists will warn this week that rising sea levels, triggered by global warming, pose a far greater danger to the planet than previously estimated.   link

February 2009Droughts 'may lay waste' to parts of US. World's pre-eminent climate scientists produce a blunt assessment of the impact of global warming on the US warning of droughts that could reduce the American south-west to a wasteland.  link

January 2009 - New study shows climate change largely irreversible. A new scientific study led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reaches a powerful conclusion about the climate change caused by future increases of carbon dioxide:  to a large extent, there’s no going back. link  

January 2009 - Heat may spark world food crisis. Half the world's population could face a climate induced food crisis by 2100, a new report by US scientists warns. link  

October 2008 - Australia's review warns of runaway global warming. Carbon pollution levels are rising so fast that the world has no realistic chance of hitting ambitious climate targets set by Britain and the G8, an influential report to the Australian government has warned.  link

October, 2008 - Risks of global warming greater than financial crisis."The risk consequences of ignoring climate change will be very much bigger than the consequences of ignoring risks in the financial system." - Nicholas Stern. link

September 2008 - Climate inaction 'costing lives'.  An Oxfam report says failure to take urgent action to curb climate change is effectively violating the human rights of people in the poorest nations, and that emissions, primarily from developed countries, are exacerbating flooding, droughts and extreme weather events.  link

September 2008 - Extreme and risky action the only way to tackle global warming. Experts say a reluctance "at virtually all levels" to address soaring greenhouse gas emissions means CO2 levels in the atmosphere are on track to pass 650 ppm, which could bring an average global temperature rise of 4C.  link  (Note: we should be aiming for an upper target of 350 ppm for equilibrium .)


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