"Police forces carry a protester to arrest him in Oxford Circus on Wednesday."
GLACIERS MELTING FASTER THAN WE THOUGHT- with pictures and a video - 8 April 2019
"Earth’s glaciers are melting much faster than scientists thought. A new study shows they are losing 369 billion tons of snow and ice each year, more than half of that in North America. Thousands of inland masses of snow compressed into ice are shrinking 18 percent faster than an international panel of scientists calculated in 2013."
"Glacier melt is accelerating due to global warming, and adding more water to already rising seas, the study found."
Students Walk Out to Hold Climate Protests- Text + Audio + Pictures- 18 January 2019
"Thousands of Belgian students have been staying away from school once a week to take part in protests demanding action to fight climate change."
A frozen history of climate change – in pictures - 11 January 2019
"Buried deep under the Greenland ice sheet is a unique archive of life on Earth 40,000 years ago.
Scientists are using this information to try to predict future changes to the planet."
Climate Change Explained In 5 Minutes Featuring Al Gore - 2 December 2018
"On December 3-4, former US Vice President Al Gore will host The Climate Reality Project’s eighth-annual 24 Hours of Reality broadcast
— 24 Hours of Reality: Protect Our Planet, Protect Ourselves — a 24-hour live event exploring how the climate crisis is threatening human health worldwide."
Scientists Warn of Disastrous Global Warming in Near Future- Text + Audio + Pictures- 9 October 2018
"The group says its research indicates a major slowing of warming is critical to avoid climate-related disaster.
If not, the researchers say, the threat to human well-being, ecosystems and sustainable development will rise to irreversible levels."
CLIMATE PANEL: CATASTROPHIC GLOBAL CHANGE IMMINENT - 7 October 2018
"A sobering new report issued by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that the world is rapidly running out of time to scale back greenhouse gas emissions. The document says that global warming must be kept within 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels to stave off catastrophic planetary changes. To do that, fossil fuels must be aggressively phased out to meet net-zero emissions by mid-century. More immediately, emissions would have to drop by about 45 percent below 2010 levels by 2030." "New UN Climate Report Dims Hope For Averting Catastrophic Global Warming.
Keeping temperatures from rising beyond the Paris agreement’s ambitious target will require unprecedented social changes."
The Rise of Rooftop Energy Storage- an infographic
"There is a growing demand for renewable energy sources as results of global warming become more evident year on year.
While you would struggle to fit a wind farm or tidal hydroelectrical system on your property – rooftop solar energy is available, affordable and on the rise."
Developing Nations to Study Ways to Block Sunshine, Slow Warming- Text + Audio - 22 April 2018
"Scientists in developing nations are considering ways to limit the effects of climate change on Earth.
These scientists plan to explore one possibility: controlling or restricting sunshine levels."
EU announces €9bn in funding for climate action- 12 December 2017
"EU funds will be focused on clean energy, and sustainable cities and agriculture, with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also pledging $300m towards climate adaptation."
Scientists: CO2 Levels Will Rise This Year - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 19 November 2017
"A new report predicts world emissions of carbon dioxide will increase by two percent this year. The report was released as nearly 200 nations gathered in Bonn, Germany to discuss the Paris Agreement on climate change. The goal is to limit a slow warming in Earth’s atmosphere."
Study: 2016 Warmest Year on Record- Text + Pictures + Audio + Video + Quiz- 20 August 2017
"Last year, planet Earth was hotter than ever before. A report by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says long-term global warming and an unusually strong El Nino weather pattern combined to make it a record hot year."
Scientists Say Huge Iceberg Breaks off Antarctica- Text + Audio + Pictures - 12 July 2017
"A huge iceberg, seven times the size of New York City, broke off of Antarctica, scientists said Wednesday.
The iceberg that broke away is 5,800-square-kilometers large. It is described as weighing 1 trillion tons.
That is about the same volume as the great Lake Erie between Canada and the U.S."
Asian Lawmakers Agree to Fight Climate Change- Text + Audio - 20 May 2017
"At the Inter-Parliamentary meeting in Vietnam, lawmakers from several Asian countries discussed the importance of fighting the effects of climate change in Asia."
Boaty McBoatface Is Back- Text + Audio - 13 March 2017
"Do you remember Boaty McBoatface? The funny - and winning - name suggestion for a British research ship did not stick.
But Boaty is back...in the form of a submarine. "
Could a £400bn plan to refreeze the Arctic before the ice melts really work? - 12 February 2017
"Temperatures are now so high at the north pole that scientists are contemplating radical schemes to avoid catastrophe.
Physicist Steven Desch and a team of colleagues from Arizona State University want to replenish the region’s shrinking sea ice
– by building 10 million wind-powered pumps over the Arctic ice cap. In winter, these would be used to pump water to the surface of the ice where it would freeze, thickening the cap." (theguardian.com)
Five of the best climate-change novels
"From the dystopias of Cormac McCarthy and Margaret Atwood to a ‘biopunk’ thriller and a teen comedy – these are some of the best stories of ecological peril." (theguardian.com)
UN: World Temperatures Rising Faster Than Predicted - Text + Audio + Video - 28 July 2016
"Report says record high temperatures and high carbon dioxide levels are evidence of the increasing speed of climate change.
Weather experts say 2016 may be the hottest year ever recorded."
Record: 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement on 22 April 2016 "at United Nations Headquarters in New York...
The list of signatory countries for 22 April is: here.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s ambition is for the Paris Agreement signing ceremony held on Earth Day (22 April) to serve as a reminder that political engagement to take climate change action needs to continue at the highest level."
COP 21 - "the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties - will see more than 190 nations gather in Paris to discuss a possible new global agreement
on climate change, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the threat of dangerous warming due to human activities."
COP21: Residents on Vanuatu 'must be relocated'- VIDEO- 1 December 2015
"With climate change topping the agenda in Paris, community leaders on the Pacific island of Vanuatu are calling for residents
to be relocated further inland to avoid storm surges and rising sea levels."
World Leaders Seek Climate Change Agreement- Text + Audio - 30 November 2015
"Representatives from more than 150 countries are meeting in Paris to try to reach an agreement on climate change.
The world leaders are debating ways to reduce emissions from fossil fuels - like oil and gasoline - to slow the rise of the Earth’s temperature."
Melting Glaciers on Climate Talk List in Paris - Text + Audio - 22 November 2015
"A major glacier in the Arctic’s Greenland is melting. This might cause a rise in global sea levels, according to a new study in the journal Science.
But another study found parts of Antarctica are actually building ice. Climate change will be on the list for upcoming Paris talks."
What is climate change? - Article + Video - 22 October 2015
"In December, officials from across the world will gather in Paris, France, to try to hammer out a deal to tackle global warming.
Here's what we know and don't know about the Earth's changing climate."
Nations Preparing to Deal with Climate Change - Text + Audio + Video - 7 January 2015
"In 2014, the UN released a series of climate reports that showed temperatures on Earth are rising. That is the bad news.
The good news is that countries are working together to fight climate change.
Experts say a 2-degree rise in temperature above pre-industrial times will cause serious damage."
Hope for Progress at UN Climate Talks in Lima - Text + Audio - 3 December 2014
"Delegates are discussing ways to control and reduce carbon emissions.
Last month, the United States agreed to cut emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels.
At the same time, China said its emissions would stop rising by about 2030.
China and the U.S. are the world’s top climate polluters."
Hot-Spot - a report
"Manage the unavoidable to avoid the unmanageable." (portal.unesco.org)
The polar bear who died of climate change
"A lack of sea ice, caused by global warming, meant the bear was unable to hunt seals and starved, according to an expert who had been monitoring the animal in Svalbard, Norway." (theguardian.com)
Al Gore "was the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States, serving
from 1993 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton.
He shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change." (Wikipedia)
Climate change brings tea and apricots to Britain
"British farmers are experimenting with crops such as olives and nectarines which have traditionally been imported from southern Europe while the first British tea plantation has opened with a changing climate set to transform the nation's countryside..." (reuters.com)
Otter farm - The Climate Change Farm
"Otter Farm is home to orchards of pecans, quince, almonds, szechuan pepper, apricots and a vineyard.
It is owned and run by me, Mark Diacono. The farm is certified organic and low carbon." (otterfarm.co.uk)
"The Estate, in Kent and Cornwall, is internationally known for producing the only tea grown in England.
A diversity of lands allows us to produce English tea, sustainable coppiced charcoal, Manuka honey and Kea plum jam...
We have to thank the unique micro-climate that benefits the South-West corner of England for the success of our tea plantation." (tregothnan.co.uk)
Killing Camels and the Business of Carbon Offsets
"Northwest Carbon recently submitted a novel proposal under Australia’s proposed Carbon Farming Initiative to have camel culls approved as a legitimate method to reduce emissions.
If approved, the camels would be shot by marksmen or corralled alive and transported to an abattoir for slaughter, where the meat could be used for pet food and possibly human consumption...
One camel emits about 99 pounds of methane into the atmosphere each year via burps and farts.
By 2020, feral camel flatulence is predicted to surpass 1.9 million metric tons of emissions in Australia.
Northwest Carbon argues that killing the camels would reduce emissions and help combat climate change." (bnet.com)
THE CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT IN CANCUN, MEXICO - 2010 :
Teaching 1 Million Children in the UK about Climate Change
"The first ever Schools Low Carbon Day will be taking place on 24th June 2010.
The aim of this national event is to educate one million children about climate change and inspire them and their families to change their day-to-day behaviour in order to reduce carbon emissions. The Schools Low Carbon Day is being organised by Cool the World, a registered charity set up by a group of mothers concerned about climate change." (environmentalgraffiti.com)
Schools Low Carbon Day 24th June 2010
"Our vision is to set aside a morning to teach children all over the country about climate change, to focus children on their own energy consumption
and to inspire children and their families to cut their carbon footprint." (lowcarbonday.com) - withlesson plans(cooltheworld.com)
THE COPENHAGEN CLIMATE SUMMIT (2009) :
Why did Copenhagen fail to deliver a climate deal? 1. KEY GOVERNMENTS DO NOT WANT A GLOBAL DEAL
2. THE US POLITICAL SYSTEM
3. BAD TIMING
4. THE HOST GOVERNMENT
5. THE WEATHER
6. 24-HOUR NEWS CULTURE
7. EU POLITICS
8. CAMPAIGNERS GOT THEIR STRATEGIES WRONG (BBC)
Ups and Downs in Copenhagen "There is a lot of mistrust between the poorer and rich nations." - a lesson plan WARM-UPS : CLIMATE CHANGE / CLIMATE REPS / SUCCESS / GLOBAL WARMING / EMISSIONS (breakingnewsenglish.com)
Aiming for a Deal on Climate Change Thousands of delegates meet through December 18 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The goal is an agreement to cut greenhouse gases and help developing countries.
Transcript of radio broadcast:12 December 2009 "In Copenhagen, Denmark, the United Nations Climate Change Conference opened this week.
Around fifteen thousand delegates and observers from nearly two hundred countries are there." (voanews.com)
Q&A: The Copenhagen climate summit
"Delegations from 192 countries are descending on Copenhagen for two weeks of talks aimed at paving the way for a new global treaty on climate change. BBC environment correspondent Richard Black looks at what the talks are about and what they are supposed to achieve." (BBC)
urges forest logging halt - 15 May 2008
"Prince Charles has said the halting of logging in the rainforest
is the single greatest solution to climate change." + a VIDEO: "The Prince of Wales spoke of an urgent need to stop
felling tropical forests." (BBC)
Logging "Logging is the process in which trees are cut down for forest
management and timber.
Logging is controversial due to its potential environmental and aesthetic
'affecting poor children'- 29 April 2008
"Climate change is already affecting the prospects for children
in the world's poorer countries, according to Unicef...
The UN children's agency says that increases in floods, droughts and
insect-borne disease will all affect health, education and welfare.
" + THE MILLENNIUM GOALS + Animated guide : "Find out how
the greenhouse effect works and more..." (BBC)
BALI CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT (2007):
deal sealed by US U-turn- 15 December 2007
"Delegates at the UN summit in Bali have agreed a deal on curbing
after days of bitter wrangling." (BBC)
Nations Climate Change Conference
- Bali, 3 - 14 December 2007 "The Conference, hosted by the Government of Indonesia,
brings together representatives of over 180 countries
together with observers from intergovernmental and nongovernmental
organizations, and the media..."
- with the Text of the Kyoto