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Abolition of Decc 'major setback for UK's climate change efforts' The abolition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change has been condemned by former ministers as a major setback to British efforts to combat global warming.

Abolition of Decc 'major setback for UK's climate change efforts'

Decc was closed in a series of sweeping changes to the government unveiled by the new prime minister, Theresa May, on Thursday. Its functions, which include representing the UK at international climate talks, responsibility for meeting carbon targets and levying subsidies for green energy, have been transferred to a beefed-up business department led by Greg Clark. But Ed Davey, who served as Liberal Democrat secretary of state at Decc between 2012 and 2015, criticised the decision. Britain’s new leader just replaced the climate department with a business department. Cutting carbon emissions isn’t enough. We need negative emissions.

Humans will have to not only stop emitting greenhouse gases by 2085, but also develop technology that will result in negative emissions — the removal of 15 billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year by the end of the century — in order to prevent global warming from exceeding 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F), according to a new study.

Cutting carbon emissions isn’t enough. We need negative emissions.

Human greenhouse gas emissions, including methane and carbon dioxide, have already warmed the globe more than 1 degree C (1.8 degrees F) compared to pre-industrial levels. The Paris Climate Agreement negotiated last year seeks to cap warming to below 2 degrees C, while at the same time pursuing an even more ambitious goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees C.

Le casse tête de la répartition de l'effort climatique entre les Européens. At 8 million strong, the Arctic story is just beginning. The movement to save the Arctic has become a great story.

At 8 million strong, the Arctic story is just beginning

It crystallises some of the big challenges of our time into something simple and compelling, a way for millions of people to make sense of the world and work together to improve it. For three years people across the world have joined together to seek a protected sanctuary around the north pole, and an end to destructive industry across the Arctic. Volunteers and activists take part in an “I love Arctic” event in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We’ve come a long way towards that vision.

Today, over eight million people have joined our movement. Candlelight vigil held in Mumbai, India in solidarity with the Arctic 30, the activists and journalists detained after a peaceful protest against oil drilling in the Russian Arctic. World renowned pianist Ludovico Einaudi plays historic concert on Arctic Ocean. Amsterdam, 20 June, 2016 - Italian pianist and composer, Ludovico Einaudi, today performed one of his own compositions, Elegy for the Arctic, on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean, against the backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svalbard, Norway). [1] Through his music Einaud has added his voice to those of eight million people from across the world demanding protection for the Arctic.

World renowned pianist Ludovico Einaudi plays historic concert on Arctic Ocean

Speaking onboard the Arctic Sunrise, Einaudi said: UN boss: Brexit would mean rewriting Paris Agreement on climate change – EurActiv.com. A vote for Brexit in tomorrow’s UK referendum on EU membership (23 June) would mean that the COP21 agreement would have to be rewritten, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change said today (22 June) in Brussels.

UN boss: Brexit would mean rewriting Paris Agreement on climate change – EurActiv.com

Christiana Figueres, one of the architects of the historic deal struck last December to limit warming to no more than two degrees above pre-industrial levels, said the international pact, “would require recalibration”. Cities forge world's largest alliance to curb climate change. Cities are responsible for an estimated 75 percent of carbon emissions contributing to climate change By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK, June 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cities in six continents joined up to form the world's largest alliance to combat climate change on Wednesday, a move intended to help make ground-level changes to slow global warming.

Cities forge world's largest alliance to curb climate change

More than 7,100 cities in 119 countries formed the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, a network for helping exchange information on such goals as developing clean energy, organizers said. Cities are responsible for an estimated 75 percent of carbon emissions contributing to climate change and consume 70 percent of global energy, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. "When mayors share a vision of a low-carbon future and roll up their sleeves, things get done," said Maros Sefcovic, the European Commission vice-president and co-chairman of the new alliance, in a statement. Zimbabwe: Trade Unions Embrace Climate Change. Ministers Accept EU Emission Trading Scheme Needs Review. Today EU Environment Ministers acknowledged the need for a reform of the EU carbon market.

Ministers Accept EU Emission Trading Scheme Needs Review

They noted that a review of the level of ambition in the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) is needed in the near future. Key Ministers also recognised that the Paris Agreement has allowed for new conditions to help with the review process. In reaction to the debate at the Environment Council today, Wendel Trio, director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe said: “The Ministers discussed the obvious: the ETS needs an overhaul to be in line with the Paris Agreement goals. Ministers stressed the need for a five year review clause in the ETS Directive, to be able to adapt it to the potential increase of the EU climate target for 2030. Bangladesh vulnerable to climate change as coastal residents are getting displaced.

Climate change campaigners welcome China's plan to halve meat consumption. COP22 : transformer l'essai. #BeyondCOP21 #Etats-Unis #Trump promet d’annuler l’accord de Paris sur le #climat une fois élu #climatoscepticisme. ETS reform proposal disregards the Paris Agreement. [Brussels 31 May 2016, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE] Member of the European Parliament in charge of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) reform file for the Parliament’s Environment Committee, Ian Duncan has just released his draft proposal for the reform of the ETS after 2020.

ETS reform proposal disregards the Paris Agreement

Commenting on the draft proposal, Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network Europe said: “We are disappointed that earlier suggestions to increase ambition in the ETS have not been included in the final text of the report. The report disregards the success of the Paris Agreement. It pays lip service to the Paris Agreement, while locking in a weak target and reduction path until at least 2023 and not addressing the huge surplus of pollution permits that is accumulating. The Paris Agreement is a game changer and requires an immediate increase of the level of ambition in the ETS. Now is the time to fix the ETS to ensure Europe lives up to their promises made in Paris. Contact: How A Brexit Would Impact Climate Change and Future Climate Negotiations - Green European Journal. At COP21 in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal.

How A Brexit Would Impact Climate Change and Future Climate Negotiations - Green European Journal

The agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. G7 nations pledge to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2025. The G7 nations have for the first time set a deadline for the ending most fossil fuel subsidies, saying government support for coal, oil and gas should end by 2025.

G7 nations pledge to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2025

The leaders of the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the European Union encouraged all countries to join them in eliminating “inefficient fossil fuel subsidies” within a decade. ARCTIQUE. Oslo ouvre de nouvelles zones à la prospection pétrolière. Les implications de l'Accord de Paris pour l'océan. Dans un article de Nature Climate Change paru cette semaine, une équipe internationale d'experts, incluant des chercheurs de l'Iddri, du CNRS et de l'UPMC, analyse les implications de l'Accord de Paris, adopté lors la COP21, pour le futur (Futurs est une collection de science-fiction des Éditions de l'Aurore.) des océans et pour les nécessaires interactions entre la communauté scientifique (Un scientifique est une personne qui se consacre à l'étude d'une science ou des sciences et qui se consacre à l'étude d'un domaine avec la rigueur et les...) et les négociations climatiques.

Mobilisation internationale contre les énergies fossiles. Le changement climatique menace les sites du Patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco. LE MONDE | • Mis à jour le | Par Olivier Levrault. Les actionnaires d’Exxon et Chevron résistent aux pressions du changement climatique. LE MONDE | • Mis à jour le | Par Stéphane Lauer (New York, correspondant) Malgré une pression grandissante, les assemblées générales des actionnaires d’Exxon Mobil et de Chevron ont réussi, mercredi 25 mai, à repousser une série de résolutions qui appelaient les deux groupes pétroliers à mieux tenir compte du réchauffement climatique. Plusieurs groupes d’investisseurs, soutenus par les associations en faveur de l’environnement, réclamaient entre autres qu’Exxon et Chevron évaluent de façon précise les conséquences que peuvent avoir les politiques publiques en faveur de l’environnement sur l’activité des deux entreprises.

Même si ces motions ont obtenu de bien meilleurs scores que les années précédentes, elles sont restées minoritaires. Carbon dioxide's 400ppm milestone shows humans are rewriting the planet's history « Round numbers can trigger all sorts of weird and sometimes irrational responses. For example, in about 19 years time when I turn 40 there’ll be some sort of celebration at which I’m told I have reached a milestone. The number can also trigger denial in those afflicted (I honestly wouldn’t know*). This month the world reached one of its own milestones. Levels of carbon dioxide in the southern hemisphere’s background atmosphere reached 400 parts per million, according to a measuring station at Cape Grim in Tasmania. At 9news, the 400ppm was described as a “tipping point”. Meteorologists are seeing global warming's effect on the weather. How Climate Change Is Fueling Violence Against Women.

[Colloque au Sénat] AFRIQUE: LA COP21...ET APRÈS? 30 mars 2016. AFRIQUE: LA COP 21... ET APRÈS? Le 30 mars 2016 de 10h à 18hSalle Gaston Monnerville, Palais du Luxembourg,26 rue Vaugirard, 75006 Paris. Paris climate agreement has ‘failed’ poor countries, report says. The international climate deal agreed in Paris has “failed to include meaningful mechanisms” to guarantee financial support for poorer countries adapting to global warming, according to a report by Oxfam.

In the study, Unfinished Business, the aid charity claims the high cost of climate adaptation measures, such as creating flood defenses and drought-resistant crops, means smaller-scale farmers across the world are “being left on their own”. The 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), held last December, was at the time heralded by some as an “historic” agreement. But Oxfam has criticised the West for failing to commit to any concrete investment targets. The report, released as UN officials recommence climate negotiations in the German city of Bonn, states: “If global cooperation on climate change is to be inclusive, durable and fair, it must leave no one behind – particularly not those who are most vulnerable to its impacts and least able to cope.” Malgré la COP21, les Français ne s’inquiètent pas davantage de l’environnement. A peine quatre mois après la signature de l’Accord de Paris sur le climat à l’issue de la COP21, les problématiques environnementales n’ont pas fondamentalement progressé dans la conscience des Français.

L’étude annuelle (depuis six ans) du Commissariat général au développement durable (CGDD), « Opinions et pratiques environnementales des Français en 2015 », parue le 8 avril, indique que la « sensibilité à l’environnement » est en léger recul. Selon cette note, réalisée après l’enquête mensuelle de l’Insee de novembre 2015 auprès de 1 800 personnes, la note moyenne de sensibilité (évaluée par les sondés eux-mêmes) est de 5,32 sur une échelle de 1 à 7, alors qu’elle était de 5,42 en 2013 et de 5,55 en 2011. Clearing the Hurdles on the Road from Paris - AIIA.

Climat : et après ? Australia’s censorship of Unesco climate report is like a Shakespearean tragedy. Climat : les négociateurs quittent Bonn avec un agenda… et des frustrations. Climate Change Is Rewiring Government-Citizen Relationships. Les investisseurs se mobilisent face au risque climatique. Forum Météo et Climat : le réchauffement climatique expliqué aux jeunes franciliens.

Memorial Day: Trump's War On Climate Action Would Ensure A World Of Wars. Réfugiés climatiques: un problème inextricable ? La COP 21 doit réparer l’injustice climatique faite à l’Afrique. #COP21 Quand on sait que les contributions des pays donnent une trajectoire de réchauffement de 3degrés by @MhdiLmn. CONFÉRENCE - Qui est responsable du changement climatique ?