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Tony Abbott and Naomi Klein agree: we can’t beat climate change under capitalism | Gay Alcorn | Comment is free | The Guardian

September 3rd, 2015

‘…The weird thing is that Klein and the prime minister, Tony Abbott, are in complete agreement on one fundamental thing: both believe that seriously tackling climate change is incompatible with capitalism as we know it.’

via Tony Abbott and Naomi Klein agree: we can’t beat climate change under capitalism | Gay Alcorn | Comment is free | The Guardian.

Obama Delivers Climate Speech in Alaska | Al Jazeera America

September 2nd, 2015

‘Submerged countries, abandoned cities and hordes of refugees from low-lying areas await the world barring urgent action on climate change, President Barack Obama warned Monday, painting a doomsday scenario as he opened a historic visit to Alaska.’

via Obama Delivers Climate Speech in Alaska | Al Jazeera America.

Could A Carbon Tax Prevent The Catastrophic Consequences Of Climate Change That Obama Fears? – Forbes

September 2nd, 2015

‘…A broad-based carbon tax has far more support among academic economists and think-tankers than politicians. But despite its political problems, such a levy has important benefits. Reducing demand for carbon fuels by directly raising their price is simpler and far more efficient than regulatory curbs.’

via Could A Carbon Tax Prevent The Catastrophic Consequences Of Climate Change That Obama Fears? – Forbes.

Shrinking Glacier Is Backdrop to Obama’s Message on Climate Change – WSJ

September 2nd, 2015

‘KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK, Alaska—President Barack Obama hiked to a shrinking glacier Tuesday, traveling to this icy expanse to deliver a visual message to the country: This is what climate change looks like.’

via Shrinking Glacier Is Backdrop to Obama’s Message on Climate Change – WSJ.

World on track for warming ‘far above’ 2C target: analysts – Yahoo News

September 2nd, 2015

‘Bonn (AFP) – Inadequate national targets for curbing climate-altering greenhouse gases meant emissions would be “far above” the level required to stave off disastrous global warming, analysts warned Wednesday.’

via World on track for warming ‘far above’ 2C target: analysts – Yahoo News.

Climate change brings cyclone risk to Persian Gulf, study warns | Environment | The Guardian

September 1st, 2015

‘Climate change is bringing small risks that tropical cyclones will form in the Persian Gulf for the first time, in a threat to cities such as Dubai or Doha which are unprepared for big storm surges, a US study said on Monday.’

via Climate change brings cyclone risk to Persian Gulf, study warns | Environment | The Guardian.

Headlines for September 01, 2015 | Democracy Now!

September 1st, 2015

‘President Obama has challenged world leaders to act urgently on climate change or “condemn our children to a world they will no longer have the capacity to repair.” On Monday, Obama opened an international conference on the Arctic being held in Alaska by emphasizing the U.S. role in creating the climate crisis.’

via Headlines for September 01, 2015 | Democracy Now!.

Global warming carving changes into Alaska in fire and ice – Yahoo News

August 30th, 2015

‘Obama leaves Monday for a three-day visit to the 49th state in which he will speak at a State Department climate change conference and become the first president to visit the Alaska Arctic. There, and in the sub-Arctic part of the state, he will see the damage caused by warming — damage that has been evident to scientists for years.’

via Global warming carving changes into Alaska in fire and ice – Yahoo News.

Nature’s last refuge: climate change threatens our most fragile ecosystem | World news | The Guardian

August 30th, 2015

‘Every year the melting of sea ice in the far north starts earlier and earlier and it is now vanishing at a rate of about 13% per decade. As a result, the Arctic’s sea ice cap has shrunk by nearly a third since 1979, according to the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre.’

via Nature’s last refuge: climate change threatens our most fragile ecosystem | World news | The Guardian.

Breaking the Ice: Obama Seeks to Cement Climate Change Legacy – NBC News

August 30th, 2015

‘Over the next few days, President Barack Obama will tread gingerly on a receding glacier in the Alaskan Arctic, talk to coastal villagers whose homes are threatened by eroding shorelines and salmon fishermen whose livelihoods are endangered — all in an aggressive and high profile effort to highlight the impact of global climate change.’

via Breaking the Ice: Obama Seeks to Cement Climate Change Legacy – NBC News.