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Climate change: UN forecast for 2100 is floods and heat ... and it's man's fault | The Telegraph

Climate change: UN forecast for 2100 is floods and heat ... and it's man's fault | The Telegraph | Climate change | Scoop.it
Climate scientists have concluded that temperatures could jump by up to 9F (5C) and sea levels could rise by up to 2ft 8ins (82cm) by the end of the century, according to a leaked draft of a United Nations report.

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5°C = destruction and misery, and most likely a runaway global warming situation. It is path towards a 10 metre sea level rise, fresh water and agriculture crisis, armed conflicts, deaths counted in the million. http://climatesafety.info/?page_id=2

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Carbon Dioxide Is Rising at Record Rates

Carbon Dioxide Is Rising at Record Rates | Climate change | Scoop.it
For the second year in a row, carbon dioxide concentrations rose at a record-fast clip.
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“The main driver of climate change is carbon dioxide. So the fact that it is rising at rates unseen in the instrumental record — and likely much longer than that — is cause for alarm. Yet here we are.”
~ Climate Central - 10 March 2017

» Washington Post - 13 March 2017:
Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising at the fastest rate ever recorded 
For the second year in a row, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have climbed at a record pace. According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, carbon dioxide levels jumped by three parts per million in both 2015 and 2016 and now rest at about 405 parts per million. 

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Doctors warn climate change is harming our health ("this is the clearest motive for climate action")

Doctors warn climate change is harming our health ("this is the clearest motive for climate action") | Climate change | Scoop.it

In a new report, Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health doctors say climate change is harming our health.

They announced the formation of a new organization, the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health — made up of family physicians, pediatricians, obstetricians, allergists, internists and other medical experts — and are meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to discuss their concerns. More than half of all U.S. doctors are members of one of the participating groups, which include the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

They’ll also present a new report, “Medical Alert! Climate Change is Harming Our Health,” which includes scientific evidence and accounts from doctors who see climate change exacerbating a wide range of health issues, including: 

- Heart and lung diseases associated with air pollution and wildfires 

- Heat-related health dangers 

- The spread of infectious disease 

- Flood and extreme weather-related physical and mental health problems 

“More than 97 percent of climate scientists have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening,” the report states. 

“It’s not only hurting polar bears, it’s hurting us,” said Dr. Mona Sarfaty, the director of the new consortium and a professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is also director of the Center for Climate Change Communication there.


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“More than 97 percent of climate scientists have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening,” the report states. ... “It’s not only hurting polar bears, it’s hurting us,” ...

"... In turn, she said doctors are seeing an uptick in heat-related illnesses; worsening chronic conditions such as asthma; injuries and deaths from extreme weather like floods; infectious diseases spread by increasing populations of mosquitoes and ticks (including those that spread Lyme disease); illnesses stemming from contaminated food and water; and mental health problems like aggression and anxiety."
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Alberta’s plan to phase out coal coming this fall

Alberta’s plan to phase out coal coming this fall | Climate change | Scoop.it
The project will include financial help to coal emitters closing their plants and transitioning to cleaner forms of power.

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How climate change is rapidly taking the planet apart

How climate change is rapidly taking the planet apart | Climate change | Scoop.it

“We see the climate change taking the planet apart right in front of our eyes. We also clearly see, right in front of us, what urgently needs to done to stave off global disaster on an unprecedented scale. We need carbon taxes and the reconversion of industry and energy towards zero CO2 emissions systems. This route is without any doubt technically and economically feasible, but politically it seems to be permanently locked. If we do not unlock it, the future looks bleak, not to say hopeless, for humankind.” 


Will Denayer, Flassbeck Economics International, 20 July 2016


http://www.flassbeck-economics.com/how-climate-change-is-rapidly-taking-the-planet-apart/

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Meltdown Earth: the shocking reality of climate change kicks in – but who is listening?

Meltdown Earth: the shocking reality of climate change kicks in – but who is listening? | Climate change | Scoop.it
February was the third consecutive month to break global temperature records.
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“Global warming is now in overdrive”: We just hit a terrible climate milestone

“Global warming is now in overdrive”: We just hit a terrible climate milestone | Climate change | Scoop.it

“Despite the enormity of the moment, not everyone is paying attention.”

We’ve just surpassed a historic climate threshold — and the world is still heating up.


As of Thursday morning, for the first time in recorded history, average temperatures across the Northern Hemisphere briefly crossed the threshold of 2 degrees Celsius above “normal.” Eric Holthaus picked up on the momentous occasion over at Slate, adding that global warming is now “going into overdrive.”

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Green tundra is turning brown as Arctic warms

Green tundra is turning brown as Arctic warms | Climate change | Scoop.it
NEWS: Scientists cannot explain changes to vegetation in northern region, which is experiencing faster than average temperature rise
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George Monbiot: Why leaving fossil fuels in the ground is good for everyone

George Monbiot: Why leaving fossil fuels in the ground is good for everyone | Climate change | Scoop.it

George Monbiot: “As a new report is published on the need to limit fossil fuel production to stop dangerous global warming, the UK is poised to pass an act committing governments to extracting as much oil out of the ground as possible.”

“At present we are on course for around 5°C by the time the century ends, with no obvious end in sight beyond 2100.”

 

“There has not been a single proposal, debate or even position paper on limiting fossil fuel production put forward during international climate negotiations.” (...) “For 23 years, governments have been wasting precious time by pursuing an unworkable solution. Perhaps that was their intention? But if the climate talks in Paris in December are to have any meaning or purpose, they should abandon the self-defeating policy of addressing only consumption, and concentrate on restricting production. This, I believe should be the focus of our campaigns. Through groups like 350.org, we must make this such a potent electoral issue that we drag governments out of the clutches of the fossil fuel industry.”

 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/georgemonbiot/2015/jan/07/why-leaving-fossil-fuels-in-ground-good-for-everyone

 

 

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Australia Is Burning, and Climate Change Is Making It Worse

Australia Is Burning, and Climate Change Is Making It Worse | Climate change | Scoop.it
The country's dangerous wildfires are becoming even more severe
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2014 set to be world's hottest year ever

2014 set to be world's hottest year ever | Climate change | Scoop.it
Record average temperatures highlight the urgent need to agree a deal on emissions at the UN climate change talks in Lima
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CO2 emissions must be zero by 2070 to prevent climate disaster, UN says

CO2 emissions must be zero by 2070 to prevent climate disaster,  UN says | Climate change | Scoop.it
‘Negative emissions’ are needed globally by second half of century to stave off dangerous climate change, say UN scientists
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Our kids need to learn about climate change

Our kids need to learn about climate change | Climate change | Scoop.it
The conclusions published by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this week provide a wake-up call about the importance of teaching kids about sustainability. The IPCC’s…
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Nobel laureates call for a revolutionary shift in how humans use resources

Nobel laureates call for a revolutionary shift in how humans use resources | Climate change | Scoop.it
Eleven holders of prestigious prize say excessive consumption threatening planet, and humans need to live more sustainably
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I saw the Great Barrier Reef die last weekend, and I wept

I saw the Great Barrier Reef die last weekend, and I wept | Climate change | Scoop.it
There will be no rescue. We have killed the world's greatest living structure.
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“I was beyond even shock or anger. Tears welled up in my diving mask. So much bleaching, so little healthy surviving coral. It made me want to cry. What have we done?” 

 “This is not a crime against humanity. This is a crime by humanity. We have sentenced to death the largest living structure on the planet: the Great Barrier Reef. The sentence is being carried out slowly and painfully before our eyes.” 
~ Crispin Hull, 11 March 2017 

 » The Age: I saw the Great Barrier Reef die last weekend, and I wept 
There will be no rescue. We have killed the world's greatest living structure. 

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Global wine production expected to fall by 5% due to 'climatic events'

Global wine production expected to fall by 5% due to 'climatic events' | Climate change | Scoop.it
South America, particularly Argentina and Chile, likely to see biggest decline, which may concern fans of wines such as malbec

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Obituary: Great Barrier Reef (25 Million BC-2016)

Obituary: Great Barrier Reef (25 Million BC-2016) | Climate change | Scoop.it

“The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old.”

 “No one knows if a serious effort at the time could have saved the reef, but it is clear that no such effort was made.”

Climate change and ocean acidification have killed off one of the most spectacular features on the planet.

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Hottest Year Ever? 2016 Burns Through Heat Records, NASA Says

Hottest Year Ever? 2016 Burns Through Heat Records, NASA Says | Climate change | Scoop.it
For the first time, NASA shared a midyear climate analysis, doing so because temperature averages this year have been so in excess of previous data.
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As planet burns hot: New report shows Paris a relic of historic failure

As planet burns hot: New report shows Paris a relic of historic failure | Climate change | Scoop.it
Scientists say they are shocked and stunned by the “unprecedented” NASA temperature figures for February 2016, which are 1.65°C higher than the beginning of the twentieth century and around 1.9°C warmer than the pre-industrial level. Stefan Rahmstorf of Germany’s Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research says we are now “in a kind of climate emergency”.…
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The Roof is On Fire — Looks like February of 2016 was 1.5 to 1.7°C above 1880s averages

The Roof is On Fire — Looks like February of 2016 was 1.5 to 1.7°C above 1880s averages | Climate change | Scoop.it

The Republican Party - and the corporate interests that finance it - has been perhaps the greatest obstacle to saving civilization from climate catastrophe. As the GOP falls apart before our eyes, we are now witnessing our "worst fears for global heating realized," according to Robertscribbler:

"For decades now, a coalition of fossil fuel special interests, big money investors, related think tanks, and the vast majority of the republican party have fought stridently to prevent effective action to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. In their mad quest, they have attacked science, demonized leaders, gridlocked Congress, hobbled government, propped up failing fossil fuels, prevented or dismantled helpful regulation, turned the Supreme Court into a weapon against renewable energy solutions, and toppled industries that would have helped to reduce the damage.

Through these actions, they have been successful in preventing the necessary and rapid shift away from fossil fuel burning, halting a burgeoning American leadership in renewable energy, and in flooding the world with the low-cost coal, oil, and gas that is now so destructive to Earth System stability. Now, it appears that some of the more dangerous impacts of climate change are already locked in. So when history looks back and asks — why were we so stupid? We can honestly point our fingers to those ignoramuses and say ‘here were the infernal high priests who sacrificed a secure future and our children’s safety on the altar of their foolish pride.’"

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Defense Department to Congress: Global warming is a 'present security threat'

Defense Department to Congress: Global warming is a 'present security threat' | Climate change | Scoop.it
Global warming poses a present security threat to the U.S., the Pentagon told Senate appropriators in a report on Tuesday.
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Stanford University study: the social cost of emitting an additional tonne of carbon dioxide today is around $220

Stanford University study: the social cost of emitting an additional tonne of carbon dioxide today is around $220 | Climate change | Scoop.it

A new Stanford University study shows longer term feedbacks from economic disruptions caused by climate change could mean the social cost of emitting an additional tonne of carbon dioxide today is around $220.

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Scientists hammer out warning on climate change risks

Scientists hammer out warning on climate change risks | Climate change | Scoop.it

A group of international experts says time is rapidly running out to take serious steps to avert the impacts of global warming by prioritising a switch to clean energy systems.

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Ocean heat drives surge to global warming record: 2014 world’s hottest year on record

Ocean heat drives surge to global warming record: 2014 world’s hottest year on record | Climate change | Scoop.it
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World losing battle against global warming

World losing battle against global warming | Climate change | Scoop.it

With yet another major climate report due out this weekend about the dangers of climate change, it's worth asking: What have nations and businesses around the world been doing recently to slow down the...

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Effects of climate change ‘irreversible,’ U.N. panel warns in report

Effects of climate change ‘irreversible,’ U.N. panel warns in report | Climate change | Scoop.it

A United Nations panel of scientists warned that only an unprecedented global effort to slash emissions will prevent temperatures from crossing a threshold that could trigger dangerous disruptions worldwide.

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