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The Gross Gatherings. Cheryl Watson lives in the house where she grew up and doesn't want to leave. But regular and relentless flooding, exacerbated by climate change, is destroying her home. She lives in the Chatham neighborhood, a place long known as the jewel of Chicago’s South Side. Back in the 1950s, when Watson was a little girl, something about this place felt special to her; it was full of black-owned businesses and perfectly manicured lawns. “Everyone knew each other for miles around. But in a segregated city like Chicago, Chatham had to fight to get what it needed. Perhaps because everything was so hard won, people took a lot of pride in their homes. But holding on to her home may not be easy. Climate change has dropped off the political radar (and this is a big problem) - The Drum. Opinion Posted The aversion to talking about climate change during the election campaign reflects a wider problem: our concern for this issue has fallen even while it has become larger and more urgent, writes Mike Steketee.

How much of an issue will climate change be in this year's election? Not a major one, if Malcolm Turnbull gets his way. He has saddled himself with Tony Abbott's policy as one of the costs of appeasing the conservatives in his ranks. And while Bill Shorten will be arguing he has a superior policy - but also risking a fear campaign over re-introducing a carbon tax - Labor, too, believes it has bigger fish to fry, such as pushing forward its credentials on education and health. This reflects a sobering reality: in the last eight years, many Australians' concern over climate change has fallen even while the problem has become larger and more urgent.

The market research company Ipsos has been conducting surveys on the issue since 2007. We may just be getting started. The Science. “If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from [current levels] to at most 350 ppm.”Dr.

James Hansen That’s Dr. James Hansen talking, former head of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Dr. Hansen is one of the most respected climatologists in the world, and when he says that climate change is incompatible with human civilization, we think human civilization ought to sit up and take notice. A simplified version of our climate crisis. That “350 ppm” is where 350.org gets its name.

Since the beginning of human civilization, our atmosphere contained about 275 ppm of carbon dioxide. Right now we’re at 400 ppm, and we’re adding 2 ppm of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere every year. So far, we’ve experienced about 1 degree (Celsius) of warming, and the impacts are frightening. This is the science of climate change. Climate change rallies held across Australia urge Tony Abbott to act now | Environment. Tens of thousands of people have attended climate change rallies across Australia, in the first leg of a global wave of protests calling for tougher action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions ahead of the UN climate summit in New York next week.

The main People’s Climate March rally was held in Melbourne on Sunday, with Victoria police estimating at least 10,000 attended. Organisers put the figure closer to 20,000, with families, young people and the elderly making the most of the sunshine to urge the prime minister, Tony Abbott, to do more to tackle climate change. There were also marches in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Newcastle and Darwin. The rallies, along with gatherings in cities across south-east Asia and Europe, are a prelude to what is expected to be a 100,000-strong climate march in New York. Protesters at the Australian rallies, organised by 350.org and activist group GetUp, denounced the Coalition government’s axing of the carbon price. Transition Coburg | The best place to begin is here and now. Climate change protests: Australians join global push for action ahead of UN climate summit. Updated Climate activists have taken to the streets in Australia's capital cities as part of an international movement pushing for action on climate change.

The marches are part of a series of events across the world that will culminate in what is expected to be a massive march in New York City where the United Nations climate summit is being held. United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, who is hosting the summit, is expected to join the New York march. "Climate change is the defining issue of our time. "That is why I need everybody on deck - governments, business communities and civil societies. " About 2,000 marches were expected to take place in the lead up to the UN summit, which is to be attended by more than 100 world leaders. Locally, more than 10,000 people took to the streets in Melbourne and about 1,500 in Brisbane, with many more attending events in other capital cities.

Demonstrators carried banners reading: "Tony Abbott: Climate Change is on my agenda. " People's Climate March. People's Climate March – 310,000 strong — and that’s not counting the press who showed up: Wondering whether the People’s Climate March made waves? Here’s the People’s Climate March on the front page of some of the most visited websites on the internet, including major media outlets: BONUS: Here’s the march on the Times Square newsticker – thanks to @efeghali for the pic!

People's Climate March: thousands demand action around the world - as it happened | Australia news. Emma Thompson, who has recently returned from a trip to the Arctic with Greenpeace, has been talking to Andrew Marr on the BBC. Marr asks what concerns her most about climate change. “I’ll tell you exactly what it was, it’s the water marks left by the glacial mess the sides of the valleys where they were once great... You forget that glaciers retreat but they also lose mass,” she says. Marr asks her what she says to climate sceptics and people who argue the melting of the Arctic will make the world richer as natural resources are opened up.

Thompson responds: What can people do, Marr asks, to which Thompson says: Go on the march, I’ll be there and speaking. She says David Cameron has “absolutely” abandoned the passion for the green agenda that he showed during his “vote blue, go green” years. Want to find out more about Thompson’s Arctic journey? 30,000 rally in Melbourne and more in regional Victoria for action on climate change | Climate Citizen. A beautiful spring day brought out the crowds to attend the Peoples Climate Melbourne rally. But the hum had been in the air that this was going to draw a large crowd. As it turns out, over 30,000 people turned up and marched from the State Library of Victoria to the Treasury Gardens through Melbourne's streets demanding greater action on climate change . There were short speeches outside the State Library of Victoria by Labor's Shadow Minister for the Environment Mark Butler MP (Watch video), Senator Christine Milne, leader of the Australian Greens (Watch video), and Professor Tim Flannery of the Climate Council (Watch video).

Pacific Warriors also did a war dance to the crowd, although most in the swelling throng could barely see the dance performed. Even from my vantage point several metres away I only caught the tops of their heads due to the circle of photographers and TV cameras. My photos from the event: Greens Senator Richard Di Natale attended and spoke at the Geelong rally. In the climate battle, Australia won't be America's enthusiastic ally. Tony Abbott’s refusal to attend this week’s United Nations climate summit is embarrassing for Australia. There was never any way he’d be at this meeting but his absence would not have appeared so conspicuous if he hadn’t been travelling to New York anyway. Given he is going to the special UN Security Council session on foreign fighters, he had no reasonable excuse for missing the climate summit.

He could easily have left Australia a little earlier and been there, along with more than 100 leaders, including Barack Obama and Britain’s David Cameron (though neither China nor India is being represented at leader level). Abbott has spread his wings on the international stage recently, but this doesn’t extend to the climate issue. On that, the Coalition remains in election campaign mode. It boasts as one of its major achievements the dismantling of the nation’s carbon pricing.

The target would be met through the Direct Action Plan, she said. “And that’s exactly what climate change is. Climate Change - Journalist's Resource Journalist's Resource: Research for Reporting, from Harvard Shorenstein Center. Climate change report: prevent damage by overhauling global economy | Environment. The world can still act in time to stave off the worst effects of climate change, and enjoy the fruits of continued economic growth as long as the global economy can be transformed within the next 15 years, a group of the world's leading economists and political leaders will argue on Tuesday.

Tackling climate change can be a boon to prosperity, rather than a brake, according to the study involving a roll-call of the globe's biggest institutions, including the UN, the OECD group of rich countries, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and co-authored by Lord Stern, one of the world's most influential voices on climate economics. The report comes ahead of a UN-convened summit of world leaders on global warming next week at which David Cameron has pledged to lead calls for strong action. "Reducing emissions is not only compatible with economic growth and development – if done well it can actually generate better growth than the old high-carbon model," said Stern.

REDD - Warsaw Framework for REDD-plus. Decision 9/CP.19: Work programme on results-based finance to progress the full implementation of the activities referred to in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 70 The COP in this decision, inter alia: Decision 10/CP.19: Coordination of support for the implementation of activities in relation to mitigation actions in the forest sector by developing countries, including institutional arrangements The COP in this decision, inter alia: Decision 11/CP.19: Modalities for national forest monitoring systems The COP in this decision, inter alia: Decision 12/CP.19: The timing and the frequency of presentations of the summary of information on how all the safeguards referred to in decision 1/CP.16, appendix I, are being addressed and respected The COP in this decision, inter alia: Decision 13/CP.19: Guidelines and procedures for the technical assessment of submissions from Parties on proposed forest reference emission levels and/or forest reference levels The COP in this decision, inter alia:

Power Failure: the Inside Story of Climate Policy under Rudd and Gillard - RN Breakfast. Climate Change Hunger: World Leaders Must Act | Olivier De Schutter. Discussions on curbing greenhouse gas emissions always seem to proceed excruciatingly slowly, as climate change is forever being brushed aside as a far off concern for a distant future. They fail time and again because politicians of all stripes pay more attention to the short-term horizon of the next election than the world future generations will live in. Future generations - after all - cannot vote. That was, until now, the conventional wisdom. It is now becoming increasingly obsolete. New reports show that climate disruptions are already affecting people today, leading to mass migration and threatening food security. Next week, world leaders will meet for the first time in five years to discuss climate change at a special summit convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Small-scale farmers and indigenous peoples the world over have been experiencing the ramifications of climate change inaction for some time now, as their livelihoods depend heavily on land, water and forests.

Climate Change You Can Believe In | Bill Moyers. Previously published on BillMoyers.com Just as Sunday's big People's Climate March and next week's UN global summit on climate converge here in New York City, the nation and world are experiencing weather of an intensity that should rattle the stubborn false convictions of even the most fervent climate change denier. Terrible flooding in India and Pakistan, the worst in more than a century, with heavy monsoon rains, 500 lives lost and hundreds of thousands left stranded... thousands of wildfires ignited by severe drought in California and the West... flashfloods in Arizona... the punch of a hurricane pounding Mexico's Baja coast, the strongest in nearly 50 years, battering locals and trapping tourists in their hotels without electricity.

We know it's important not to confuse day-to-day weather patterns with climate, which measure variations of things like temperatures and humidity over long periods of time, but it's clear that these disasters are made more powerful by global warming. First summit on women and climate decries lack of grassroots funding. Women wade across the flooded Shebelle River in Jowhar for higher ground north of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, Dec. 6, 2013. REUTERS/Omar Faruk BALI, Indonesia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A global summit on women and climate, the first of its kind, opened on Sunday, bringing together some 80 activists working on women’s rights, climate change and natural resources, in a bid to build alliances and raise the profile of female environmental leaders. Experts have long said women and children, especially in developing countries, are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and are disproportionately affected.

The four-day summit in Bali - with participants from 37 countries - is focusing on the positive work being done by grassroots women to tackle the issue, despite a dearth of funding. The consequences of global warming are likely to get worse, she stressed. For Aleta Baun, an award-winning Indonesian environmental activist, the two movements should not and cannot be separated. EDGAR Overview. Www.wmo.int/pages/prog/arep/documents/ant-bulletin-2-2014.pdf. Steve Sherwood, Director, Climate Change Research Centre UNSW and lead author of IPCC Assessment Report 5, Chapter 7 'Clouds and Aerosols' - RN Breakfast. Programme -- About REDD+

Global Greengrants Fund | Grassroots Sustainability & Justice. National Pollutant Inventory. World Bank wants action on climate change - RN Breakfast. Forest Communities Draw a REDD Line. Africa, Africa Climate Wire, Aid, Climate Change, Development & Aid, Economy & Trade, Environment, Featured, Green Economy, Headlines, Natural Resources, Projects, Reframing Rio, Regional Categories, TerraViva Europe Michael Kusolo and his wife Mary lost all their four children in landslides that occurred in 2012 on the steep slopes of Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda’s Bududa District.

Experts say that it is important that climate finance actually reaches Uganda’s communities and addresses the drivers of deforestation and degradation. Credit: Wambi Michael/IPS - As the ink dries on a 3.6 million dollar agreement between Uganda and the World Bank to support the country’s preparations for REDD, some analysts are pessimistic over the mechanism’s potential. REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation) was formally agreed to at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in Bali, Indonesia in 2007. 'Bigger threat than terrorism': Barack Obama signals Australia, India and China must improve on climate change. Australia’s economic and political strategy: Deny climate change. GCP : Global Carbon Project : Homepage. Tokyo Climate Center Home Page. Climate at a Glance: Time Series. Climate Action Network Australia. Record Greenhouse Gas Levels Impact Atmosphere and Oceans. WG1AR5_SPM_FINAL.pdf.

'Time is not on our side’ says World Meteorological Organization chief   - UN Climate Summit 2014. Ited Nations and Climate Change. Leo vs. science: vanishing evidence for climate change. Joint statement on the health effects of coal in Australia - Climate Council. Remind me again: how does climate change work? Climate Council. International climate action: priorities for the next agreement | Climate Change Authority. Climate Change Authority | Climate Change Authority. Climate change and health: IPCC reports emerging risks, emerging consensus. Latest climate change information captured in new CSIRO book. Coalition's environmental one-stop shop is falling apart. Www.ipcc.ch/pdf/special-reports/srex/SREX_Full_Report.pdf. Fifth Assessment Report. Legal avenues to fight climate change are limited, but growing. Milne offers to deal on direct action if RET protected.

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