A watered-down COP26 deal as Delhi chokes. Nations reach climate deal at COP26 after compromise on coal. Government negotiators from nearly 200 countries have adopted a new deal on climate action after a last-minute intervention by India to water down the language on cutting emissions from coal.
Cop26: deadline for agreeing crucial climate deal passes but negotiations set to continue – as it happened. The issue of “loss and damage” is becoming a make-or-break issue for a deal in Glasgow as the negotiations enter Friday night.
The issue is money for poor and vulnerable nations to rebuild after the now inevitable impacts of the climate crisis hit. The issue has long been controversial, with the US as a huge historical emitter fearing it will open itself to unlimited claims for damages. “Vulnerable countries want a loss and damage facility launched here but the EU and the US have been blocking any mention of this,” said Mohammed Adow, from Power Shift Africa. “If it’s about environmental justice and providing solidarity, particularly to the climate vulnerable countries, Joe Biden’s administration is perhaps as worse as Donald Trump’s.” Adow said a loss and damage facility would be a “delivery vehicle” for funds to be raised in future, and was clearly supported in the negotiations by 130 nations, representing 85% of the world’s population.
: Fear of failure as climate summit enters final day. China and the US announce plan to work together on cutting emissions. China and the US announced a surprise plan to work together on cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the crucial next decade, in a strong boost to the Cop26 summit, as negotiators wrangled over a draft outcome.
The world’s two biggest emitters had been trading insults for the first week of the conference, but on Wednesday evening unveiled a joint declaration that would see the world’s two biggest economies cooperate closely on the emissions cuts scientists say are needed in the next 10 years to stay within 1.5C. The remarkable turnaround came as a surprise to the UK hosts, and will send a strong signal to the 190-plus other countries at the talks.
China and the US will work together on some key specific areas, such as cutting methane – a powerful greenhouse gas – and emissions from transport, energy and industry. “Together, we can usher in a future of green development,” he said. “This is a roadmap for our countries and future collaboration. 'Suicidal': Architect of Paris agreement Christiana Figueres blasts Australia's net zero target. Australia has an "irresponsible" and "suicidal" approach to climate policy, according to former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres.
Key points: Leaders from countries around the world have been urged to take renewed action on climate changeFormer UN climate chief Christiana Figueres has labelled Australia's policy "irresponsible"Australia has committed to reach net zero by 2050 The Costa Rican was one of the key diplomats who secured the 2015 Paris Agreement, which saw almost 200 countries vow to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, preferably to 1.5C. Now six years later, she is sharing her deep frustration with Australia, for what she perceives as a lack of ambition and commitment to the global goal.
"I struggle to find an adjective that is politically correct [for Australia]," the former executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change told the ABC. How Australia earned its climate change reputation. Australia is often labelled a "laggard" on climate change, or worse.
When international climate negotiations come up, we are sometimes alleged to be a "blocker". "Australia has an absolutely terrible international reputation on climate action and that's been laid out in report after report after report," says Lesley Hughes, a climate scientist at Macquarie University and a councillor at the Climate Council. : Four numbers to remember ahead of the climate change summit.
Climate change now. Summer temperatures are soaring, those burnt out in the Black Summer are rebuilding, and water flows have been down for decades.
As leaders gather in Glasgow, Australians are already dealing with the impacts of a warming planet. Gerald Muench is the first to admit his house in Macarthur Heights is nothing special. Arctic ground ‘literally collapsing’ amid abrupt thaw. Scientists are increasingly warning that the melting Arctic could push the planet into a vicious cycle of uncontrolled heating as vast stores of carbon in thawing ground release powerful greenhouse gases.
For thousands of years, permafrost – ground that is frozen for two or more years in a row – has kept dead plant and animal matter locked in the deep-freeze beneath the tundra. These ancient remnants total up to an estimated 1,600 billion tonnes of organic carbon, almost twice as much as currently found in the Earth’s atmosphere. Covering a quarter of the Northern Hemisphere, this frozen vault is being thawed by rising temperatures, extensive wildfires and unprecedented heatwaves in Siberia and other far-northern regions.
In turn, that is transforming the carbon sink of the Arctic into a source of greenhouse gases. Among those gases is methane, a gas up to 34 times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2) at trapping heat in Earth’s atmosphere during a 100-year period. Soils can't hold enough carbon to offset Australian emissions, experts say. Australia's plan for net zero includes "dangerous" soil carbon assumptions and could be too expensive without a market mechanism, according to agricultural emissions experts.
Key points: Experts say it is not possible to meet the net zero target, without a "massive" offset program which cannot rely on bio-sequestrationInstead methods to extract CO2 from the air will be needed to meet the targetNew modelling shows regional and rural Australia will be "no worse off" under the net zero 2050 plan The warnings come as the federal government formally adopts the long-term target of net zero by 2050. Despite stronger promises, the world is set to overshoot climate targets, UN gap report finds. The world is on track to hit 2.7 degrees Celsius of warming by 2100 despite stronger emissions reduction targets, the United Nations has said on the eve of global climate talks.
Key points: Australia ranked last among developed nations on climate performance and pledges. The ranking would not shift if the Coalition agreed to a net zero emissions target by 2050, the Climate Council said, as it called on Australia to take a substantially strengthened 2030 target to Glasgow.
The Climate Council ranked Australia last among wealthy developed countries for its emissions performance and pledges. Source: SBS News "A commitment just to net zero by 2050 doesn't catch us up with the rest of the world. Kerala floods: At least 26 killed as rescuers step up efforts. Prince Charles urges Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other leaders to attend COP26. Prince Charles has urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other world leaders to attend the UN's climate change conference, calling it a "last chance saloon" to save the planet.
Key points: Prince Charles appeared surprised to learn Prime Minister Scott Morrison may not attend the COP26 UN climate change conferenceMore than 100 world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, the Queen and the Pope will attend the summitPrince Charles also said he shared the concerns of younger generations that not enough is being done to combat cliamte issues World leaders including Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, the Queen and the Pope will be at the event, but Mr Morrison has not yet made a decision on whether he will attend.
The Prince of Wales was giving an interview to the BBC when he was pressed about Australia's action on climate change ahead of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow at the end of this month. "Is that what he says? " "It'll be catastrophic," he said. Research seeks to determine how much extra carbon dioxide can trees absorb to reduce greenhouse emissions. As greenhouse gas levels rise globally, just how much extra carbon dioxide can trees absorb? Key points: Research in the UK shows old oak trees could photosynthesise 30 per cent more CO2 as levels rise It is the world's largest experiment looking at the effect of climate change on natureIt is still not clear where trees store the CO2 and for how long That is the question scientists in Australia, and the United Kingdom have been trying to answer.
The University of Oxford has erected towers in an old oak forest and then bathed the 175-year-old trees with carbon dioxide to mirror what CO2 levels will be like in 2050. When they measured the amount of photosynthesis that was occurring, it had increased by 30 per cent. Trees absorb CO2 and give out oxygen, so their ability to manage rising CO2 levels is critical to human survival. According to Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) founding director Professor Rob MacKenzie, it is a promising result.
Climate change: The world awaits India's net zero emission deadline. Most fossil fuels 'must stay unburned' for one-in-two chance of meeting 1.5C warming limit. Australia must leave almost all its coal in the ground, as well as a good chunk of its oil and gas, if the world is to have an even chance of keeping global warming to 1.5C. Key points: The Paris Climate Agreement's goal is to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levelsAbout 60 per cent of oil and gas and 90 per cent of coal reserves must be "unextractable" for a 50 per cent chance of meeting that target, researchers sayThis decline in fossil fuels required globally by 2050 implies many regions face peak production now or during the next decade.
Australia records near-record warmth during the wettest winter since 1996. Australia has just experienced its fourth hottest winter since 1910, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). Key points: Australia has recorded its fourth warmest winter on recordIt was the wettest winter since 1996The warm temperatures are in line with increased temperatures due to global warming "It has been generally warm just about everywhere," said Simon Grainger, a senior climatologist with the BOM. Greenland rainfall has scientists worried about melting ice caps. Scientists say rain falling on Greenland's highest point for the first time on record is another worrying sign of warming for the ice sheet, which is melting at an increasing rate.
Greenland's highest point recorded several hours of rain and temperatures above freezing last weekMelting on the ice sheet was seven times greater last week than the mid-August averageEnough ice melted from Greenland in July to cover an area 2.5 times the size of Tasmania in 5cm of water The world's second-largest ice sheet, behind Antarctica, had several hours of rainfall on August 14 at its 3,216-metre summit.
In total, 7 billion tonnes of rain fell across Greenland over three days, from August 14-16 — the largest amount since records began in 1950. Indrani Das, a glaciologist with Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, said rain on the ice cap was a bad sign. "That's not a healthy sign for an ice sheet," she said. Australia widely criticised over emission reduction targets ahead of COP26 climate talks. Cyclone Seroja just demolished parts of WA – and our warming world will bring more of the same. Tropical Cyclone Seroja battered parts of Western Australia’s coast on Sunday night, badly damaging buildings and leaving thousands of people without power.
Sicily logs apparent highest ever temperature in Europe at 48.8C. The highest temperature in European history appears to have been recorded in Italy during a heatwave sweeping the country, with early reports suggesting a high of 48.8C (119.85F). IPCC report shows Earth's temperature is rising, and the heat is on Scott Morrison and Coalition's climate policy. How to fight climate change — and cope with anxiety about it. Summer 2021 has been a season of disasters. In June, a heat dome descended over the Pacific Northwest, sending temperatures soaring 30 to 40 degrees above normal. It was so hot that plants scorched in the soil, roads cracked, and streetcar cables melted in temperatures that reached over 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
‘What choice do we have?’ US farm workers battle deadly heatwave. Arvin, California, United States — Martha Fuentes woke up at 3:30am last Thursday to prepare for her daily commute to her job in the grape fields of Kern County, California, one of the top vegetable-producing regions in the United States. She donned a wide-brimmed hat and a colourful bandana decorated with butterflies to protect herself from the heat that will make her work highly strenuous, even with the rest breaks and cool water provided by her employer. When she started packaging fruit at 5:30am, the air was already a balmy 26.7C (80F). By 10am, it had risen to more than 32C, and perspiration poured down Fuentes’s face. What is climate change? A really simple guide. Record June temperatures point to more 'extraordinary' extremes. Why the next five years are an opportunity to buy us time to solve climate change. Why India and Nepal's forest fires are worrying scientists. How a 'Flying Photographer' Sees the World From Above - Atlas Obscura.
In 1997, New Jersey–based photographer George Steinmetz decided to learn to fly, when he was assigned to shoot in the central Sahara and learned that his bush pilot had backed out. Steinmetz’s aircraft of choice was not an airplane but a motorized paraglider, which is more or less a backpack-mounted motor connected to a single-seat harness hanging under a parachute-like wing. “I originally got into paragliding because I wanted to fly in the Sahara,” he says, “and where I was in the Sahara you could take off and land almost anywhere, so it was a very safe environment for an unreliable motor.” On his website, the photographer refers to it as his “flying lawn chair,” which let him “fly low and slow over the ground with a minimum of disturbance to people and animals below.”
It could also be conveniently disassembled and packed into three bags, weighing less than 50 pounds each. Steinmetz could fly commercial with his own plane in the cargo hold. » Climate Change Collection. Geologists on the Greenland Ice Sheet conduct melt water flow experiment with fluorescent dye to better understand melt water dynamics. Earth's magnetic field broke down 42,000 years ago and caused massive sudden climate change. The world experienced a few centuries of apocalyptic conditions 42,000 years ago, triggered by a reversal of the Earth’s magnetic poles combined with changes in the Sun’s behaviour.
ATMO336 - Fall 2017. List of reading pages for ATMO 336 Fall 2020. The course material is broken into three Modules listed below. Each page is accessible through its own link below. In addition "Next" and "Previous" buttons at the top and bottom of each reading page allow easy navigation through the material. Module 1. The day that plunged Australia's climate policy into 10 years of inertia - ABC News. Climate change to inflate insurance costs in flood and bushfire-prone communities - ABC News. BOM and CSIRO State of the Climate 2020 shows Australia is experiencing climate change now - ABC News. Facts about the Climate Emergency. The 'loss and devastation' of a relentless drought captured from space. The great unravelling: 'I never thought I’d live to see the horror of planetary collapse'
Greenland glacier loses 110 square kilometres' worth of ice - ABC News. Think 2020's disasters are wild? Experts see worse in future. UN report: Increased warming closing in on agreed upon limit. We may have just seen the world's highest recorded temperature ever. Has that sunk in? An Orwellian view of climate change. Global heating: best and worst case scenarios less likely than thought.
Maps & Data. Today, Australia's Kyoto climate targets end and our Paris cop-out begins. That's nothing to be proud of, Mr Taylor. The Arctic heatwave: here's what we know. The Citizen's Guide to Climate Success by Mark Jaccard. Q&A: Are the 2019-20 locust swarms linked to climate change? Climate Change. Shrinking Ozone Hole, Climate Change Are Causing Atmospheric "Tug of War" Untitled. Beware oil execs in environmentalists’ clothing – BP could derail real change.
Antarctic temperature rises above 20C for first time on record. Untitled. Untitled. No one job is worth saving at the expense of climate catastrophe. Not even Scott Morrison's. Former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull says Trump is the world's 'leading climate denier' The day that plunged Australia's climate policy into 10 years of inertia - Politics. 'Like a furnace': Massive heatwave could roast Australian records. Australia's lungs have collapsed and Generation X needs to take part of the blame. A-Z of climate anxiety: how to avoid meltdown.
See how climate change has impacted the world since your childhood. Will devastating bushfires and division among Liberals force Scott Morrison to rethink climate policy? - Politics. Woman brings remains of home lost in NSW bushfires to parliament in climate protest. Climate tipping points — too risky to bet against. Welcome To The Hip Super-Swingin' Sexy World Of The Globally-Warmed Future. Greenland ice cap melt measured by satellites — and it's enough to cover Tasmania in almost 5m of water.
Europe has had five 500-year summers in 15 years. And now this. Cleopatra's Downfall Was Partly Sparked by Climate Change and Volcanoes. Centuries-Old Sea Captain Diaries Are Confirming Modern Climate Science. Climate Change. Edf. CO₂ and other Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C. Wildlife in a warming world. The obsessive focus on imaginary costs of climate action is harming our prosperity. Climate inaction: School kids storm political offices to fight for environment. Australia's emissions rise again in 2017, putting Paris targets in doubt.
ClimateWorks Foundation. Biomass Burning. After a record dry, 2018 may be the year of the Indian Ocean Dipole. Climate change: Where we are in seven charts and what you can do to help. BREAKING NEWS: scientist admits IPCC used fake data to pressure policy makers. Change: Global Temperature. Image. ICECAP. The last time humans engineered the climate, they changed history. Extreme weather shatters records around the world. m06coverbox-20181001-h163lq. Typhoon Mangkhut Slams Hong Kong and Southern China.
In Japan, Weather Killed More Than 300 in July. UN's COP24 climate talks reach global consensus on the rulebook to cap global warming. Experts criticise weak outcome of Poland climate meet: 'Rulebook dilutes Paris deal' Climate change: COP24 fails to adopt key scientific report. Australia's silence during climate change debate shocks COP24 delegates.