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Record-Breaking Heat Wave Scorches Europe (PHOTOS)

July 3rd, 2015

‘…Research suggests such extreme heat waves, including the one in India that killed more than 1,400 people last month, are largely the result of human-caused climate change. A study published last year in the journal Nature Climate Change found that Europe is now 10 times more likely to see another heat wave as intense as that of 2003 than it was one decade ago.’

via Record-Breaking Heat Wave Scorches Europe (PHOTOS).

BP set to pay largest environmental fine in US history for Gulf oil spill | Environment | The Guardian

July 3rd, 2015

‘BP has agreed to pay a record environmental fine of $18.7bn to settle legal actions brought by the US and several states over the fatal 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.’

via BP set to pay largest environmental fine in US history for Gulf oil spill | Environment | The Guardian.

India’s climate pledge ‘critically important’, says UN climate chief | Environment | The Guardian

July 3rd, 2015

‘…India has so far resisted calls for an ambitious target, citing the millions in the country who do not have access to energy and the need to pull those people out of poverty. Instead, it has suggested that it may make two climate pledges: one that can be achieved with domestic resources, and another that would be possible with financial and technological aid from the developed world.’

via India’s climate pledge ‘critically important’, says UN climate chief | Environment | The Guardian.

CO2 emissions threaten ocean crisis – BBC News

July 3rd, 2015

‘…It is clear, they say, that CO2 from burning fossil fuels is changing the chemistry of the seas faster than at any time since a cataclysmic natural event known as the Great Dying 250 million years ago.’

via CO2 emissions threaten ocean crisis – BBC News.

Germany to mothball largest coal power plants to meet climate targets | Environment | The Guardian

July 2nd, 2015

‘Germany agreed on Thursday to mothball about five of the country’s largest brown coal power plants to meet its climate goals by 2020, after months of wrangling between the parties in chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition.’

via Germany to mothball largest coal power plants to meet climate targets | Environment | The Guardian.

Australia must cut carbon emissions by 30% by 2025, says Climate Change Authority | Australia news | The Guardian

July 2nd, 2015

‘The Climate Change Authority says Australia needs to cut carbon emissions by 30% by 2025 and sign up to further cuts of 40-60% by 2030 to catch up to other countries in the international effort to mitigate the risks of global warming.’

via Australia must cut carbon emissions by 30% by 2025, says Climate Change Authority | Australia news | The Guardian.

U.S., China and Brazil Commit to New Climate Change Goals | TIME

June 30th, 2015

‘…The U.S. and Brazil pledged to increase production of electricity from renewable sources to represent 20% of electricity production by 2030. That’s three times as much renewable energy as the U.S. currently produces and twice as much as is produced in Brazil, according to the White House.’

‘…In a separate announcement, the Chinese government said it would aim to have carbon emissions peak in 2030.’

via U.S., China and Brazil Commit to New Climate Change Goals | TIME.

U.S., Brazil Agree on Climate-Change Steps – WSJ

June 30th, 2015

‘WASHINGTON—The U.S. and Brazil pledged Tuesday to work toward new commitments to reduce the impact of climate change ahead of President Barack Obama’s goal of reaching a global accord this December.’

via U.S., Brazil Agree on Climate-Change Steps – WSJ.

Secular Activist Naomi Klein Joins Pope Francis To Fight Climate Change

June 29th, 2015

‘According to the Guardian, Naomi Klein will lead a high-level climate change conference for the Vatican along with Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson. In the conference, The People and Planet First: the Imperative to Change Course, Klein and Turkson will focus on the Pope’s recent 200-page encyclical that frames global warming as a moral issue.’

via Secular Activist Naomi Klein Joins Pope Francis To Fight Climate Change.

An insight into future ocean carbon uptake under different climate change scenarios

June 29th, 2015

‘…This research is key to understanding the Earth’s future under changing climate conditions, as Earth’s oceans are thought to have absorbed about one quarter of the CO2 humans pumped into the atmosphere over the past 20 years. The flip side of this process is that, as they absorb CO2, oceans also become more acidic with dramatic consequences for sea life. Even worse, oceans might not be able to cope with a future increase in man-made CO2 emissions in the same way they have been doing this so far.’

via An insight into future ocean carbon uptake under different climate change scenarios.