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The basic science behind climate change is so simple: GHGs warm up the atmosphere, we're emitting a huge amount of these gases thus altering the climate. That's literally it and yet some people don't understand or refuse to.

Extreme event attribution (climate change 'stuck' weather patterns etc)

Michael Shellenberger. Active or Passive. BBC equivalence. Russell Crowe. CC cartoons. TNCs on board. Mark Carney. Carbon emission league tables. Climate change broadcasting. Climate change and culture. Climate change in curriculum. CC delayers. Climate change deniers. CC Karma. Climate change language. CC myths. China and climate change. Fiddling while Rome burns...

Global Warming’s Six Americas. Known about for years / Big Oil Knew. Deep adaptation. George Monbiot. Land use and CC. Murdochracy. Political apathy. Political leaders. School protests.

UK climate change policy and implementation

Whataboutism. FEATURE: Concern about climate change will 'only grow' in 2020, says Perth-based RSGS chief executive Mike Robinson. Mike Robinson, chief executive of the Perth-based Royal Scottish Geographic Society, tells Michael Alexander why 2020 is a ‘significant year for sustainability’.

FEATURE: Concern about climate change will 'only grow' in 2020, says Perth-based RSGS chief executive Mike Robinson

As co-founder and chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland – the largest cross-sectoral, cross-party pressure group ever formed in Scotland – the chief executive of the Perth-based Royal Scottish Geographical Society Mike Robinson played a significant role in shaping Scotland’s ambitious 2009 Climate Change Act. But after a year that has seen awareness of environmental and climate change issues grow like never before, he believes Scotland can remain at the forefront of a green revolution in the decades ahead. “Although it is not widely recognised domestically, the UK has been a global leader in expressing concern for climate change since 2008,” said Mr Robinson. © DC Thomson. A demographer’s view on climate politics. Katharine Hayhoe: 'A thermometer is not liberal or conservative' Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University.

Katharine Hayhoe: 'A thermometer is not liberal or conservative'

She has contributed to more than 125 scientific papers and won numerous prizes for her science communication work. In 2018 she was a contributor to the US National Climate Assessment and was awarded the Stephen H Schneider award for outstanding climate science communication. In 2018, we have seen forest fires in the Arctic circle; record high temperatures in parts of Australia, Africa and the US; floods in India; and devastating droughts in South Africa and Argentina. Is this a turning point? The Role of Sunspots and Solar Winds in Climate Change. António Guterres sur Twitter : "In Tuvalu I saw first-hand the brutal impacts of the global climate emergency. What’s happening to Tuvalu will affect us all unless we take #ClimateAction NOW: Tax pollution not people. Stop subsidizing fossil fuels. Stop b.

What I’m going to tell Congress today: a thread. Could 'climate delayer' become the political epithet of our times? It’s a fantastic time for verbal abuse in American politics.

Could 'climate delayer' become the political epithet of our times?

Donald Trump loves a schoolyard nickname, insulting everyone from “Crazy Bernie” Sanders to “Little Marco” Rubio. In turn, the president’s opponents, and sometimes his allies, have called him a moron, a motherfucker and mocked his tiny hands. But is there a way of using name-calling, not just to insult, but to introduce a new political idea. It seemed like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was doing that this week when she used the term “climate delayer” to call out those dragging their feet on climate change. Ocasio-Cortez used the term to describe Senator Dianne Feinstein, who was filmed telling a bunch of children that when it comes to the looming apocalypse, she knows better than they do, because she has spent a long time in the Senate not fixing the problem.

This news show says it's no longer giving air time to climate change deniers… Inspiring. Also a way to reinvigorate teachers and students who may be teaching or studying climate change for the nth time. #geographyteacher… Seat belt injuries nhs. Greta Thunberg sur Twitter : "”You are not mature enough to tell it like it is. Even that burden you leave to your children.” Here’s my full speech in front of the UN plenary at #COP24 . #ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture #SchoolStri.

”Sometimes we need a 15-year-old to tell us the truth. And the truth isn’t always pretty.” In Canadas National Observer. David Attenborough: Climate 'biggest threat in thousands of years' Your periodic reminder of the news story of the millennium: We have left the 10,000-year climate "safe zone" that gave rise to human civilization.… Mary Robinson on climate change: ‘Feeling “This is too big for me” is no use to anybody’ Twitter. Forget the FTSE the #Arctic is the Real Barometer of Global Risk @GenerationCO2 and Jeremy Wilkinson of @BAS_News write for @ArcticFocus #arcticcalling #GCAS2018 #StepUp2018.

"Scientists have been telling us for decades. Over and over again" Quote from the speech of @UN Secretary-General @antonioguterres. Courage and bolt-cutters: Meet the next generation of climate activists. My generation, the millennials, will never know a time when climate change wasn’t a grave threat.

Courage and bolt-cutters: Meet the next generation of climate activists

Back in 1988, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere crossed the 350 parts per million level when I was still watching Sesame Street and digging up worms in the backyard. Scientists consider that mark the maximum threshold compatible with a stable climate and suitable for human life on Earth. That same year, NASA researcher James Hansen told the U.S. Senate he was 99 percent confident global warming was already taking place. The public started taking notice, but little was done to address the accelerating crisis. Earlier this year, scientists in Hawaii and California confirmed that our planet’s level of atmospheric CO2 had surpassed 411 ppm.

Many climate scientists have called for radical action, writing international consensus statements and pegging paragraphs to the tail end of their articles in scientific journals intended less for their peers than to rouse the greater public. Earth First! Twitter. Just a *week* after Paul Dacre is rumoured to have ended day-to-day editing of the Daily Mail and this happens... Remarkable. BBC Newsnight sur Twitter : "TONIGHT: As the UK continues to swelter amid a global heatwave, Emily Maitlis will be joined by The Met Office’s chief scientist Stephen Belcher and former government climate adviser Chris Hope to discuss the pattern of increa. Is climate change causing the heat wave? To all intents and purposes, yes. Twitter. NRDC □ sur Twitter : "On June 23, 1988 James Hansen, a top NASA scientist, told Congress & the world that global warming wasn’t approaching—it had already arrived. Now, 30 years later, it's clear he was right. Climate change is here, and we can't wait any.

Twitter. In North America, NIMBYs are as bad an impediment to bold climate action as oil companies. I wish that were hyperbole. A giant building boom is what bold climate action looks like. Get on board or out of the way. *****Early warning of CC: On its 100th birthday in 1959, Edward Teller warned the oil industry about global warming.

Trump (and entourage) daft statements on climate change

Scientists have beaten down the best climate denial argument. “The Arctic has traditionally been the refrigerator to the planet, but the door of the refrigerator has been left open” - Jeremy Mathis… All this talk about transitioning to #CleanEnergy is not just about #ClimateChange. It's also about reducing pollution. Pollution of #air… Climate change is a real issue and no effort is too small when it comes to protecting and preserving our planet. A $10 donation to @1010 and… *****Trump nominee founders: Don't think my jaw will ever return to its normal position. How Will Climate Change Affect the United States in Decades to Come? Today scientists released a new report that details how climate change is affecting weather and climate across the United States and how future changes in climate could play out across the country.

How Will Climate Change Affect the United States in Decades to Come?

The Climate Science Special Report (CSSR), created by a U.S. government organization that coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society, also lays out the current state of science relating to climate change and its physical effects. On the one hand there is gravity. On the other hand, when you drop things they don’t fall ...

We need to talk about … Population and climate change. If we want to fight climate change should we have fewer children – or should we be focusing more on reducing consumption?

We need to talk about … Population and climate change

Is the answer different depending on where you live in the world? And in any case, how might we make people and politicians engage with this issue? Those are just some of the questions Guardian supporters asked deputy membership editor Vicky Frost to put to our panel in this edition of We Need to Talk About. Greenpeace activists board ship transporting Volkswagen diesel cars to UK. Top hurricane expert Kerry Emanuel: Why it’s time to stop calling these hurricane disasters 'natural' Climate change models ‘wrong’?

Climate change litigation

*****Precautionary principle: #Climate Change is Happening Whether We Like It Whether We Believe in God Whether We Like #Science... #Carbon #CO2. Long and short term storm duration. More short term but little change to long term. Climate change effects on hurricanes exaggerated? *****Pope Francis isn't holding back on climate change. He has 12.9 million Twitter followers.

*****Pope Francis isn't holding back on climate change

Millions of people flock to see him every year. And he has the ear of world leaders. So when the Pope speaks up about climate change, he has more clout than most. Ahead of a worldwide day of prayer for the Earth, the Pope this week urged politicians to “listen to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor, who suffer most because of the unbalanced ecology”. Pope Francis (@Pontifex) says “all of us have a responsibility” to accept climate change and “take it seriously.” Five effects of US pullout from Paris climate deal. Image copyright Reuters What will the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement mean for the rest of the world?

Five effects of US pullout from Paris climate deal

The US withdrawal will hurt the deal and the world There's no doubt that President Trump's withdrawal will make it more difficult for the world to reach the goals that it set for itself in the Paris agreement - keeping global temperature rises well under 2C. The US contributes about 15% of global emissions of carbon, but it is also a significant source of finance and technology for developing countries in their efforts to fight rising temperatures. There's also a question of moral leadership, which the US will be giving up, which may have consequences for other diplomatic efforts. Will Paris pull-out hurt Trump? Climate change is a justice issue Climate change is a justice issue Climate change is a justice issue Climate change is a justice issue.

The moment the Government accused me of 'lacking humanity' for mentioning climate change policy in relation to Hurricane #Irma. Unreal. Hurricane Irma warnings are a conspiracy to make climate change look real, says Rush Limbaugh. “Faith-based arguments that deal with climate change are a smokescreen that mask the real problem” As underscored by the current consternation of conservatives with Pope Francis over his encyclical on global warming, religion is perhaps the most confounding variable when it comes to grappling with the issue of climate change.

“Faith-based arguments that deal with climate change are a smokescreen that mask the real problem”

Even more than Catholics like Jeb Bush and Rick Santorum, however, it’s been evangelicals who have been most reluctant to accept the science of global warming. Which is actually a bit of a puzzle, really, once you start to really parse the arguments they put forward in religious garb, because the grounding in Scripture or theology is nowhere to be found.

Katharine Hayhoe is one person who was particularly puzzled by evangelical objections to climate change. In short, if there is any one individual best equipped to deal with the confusion surrounding faith in relationship to global warming, that person is Katharine Hayhoe. Study: Katharine Hayhoe is successfully convincing doubtful evangelicals about climate change. Approximately one-quarter of Americans identify as evangelical Christians, and that group also tends to be more resistant to the reality of human-caused global warming.

Study: Katharine Hayhoe is successfully convincing doubtful evangelicals about climate change

As a new paper by Brian Webb and Doug Hayhoe notes: a 2008 study found that just 44% of evangelicals believed global warming to be caused mostly by human activities, compared to 64% of nonevangelicals (Smith and Leiserowitz, 2013) while, a 2011 survey found that only 27% of white evangelicals believed there to be a scientific consensus on climate change, compared to 40% of the American public (Public Religion Research Institute, 2011). These findings appear to stem from two primary factors. First, evangelicals tend to be socially and politically conservative, and climate change is among the many issues that have become politically polarized in America. David Attenborough sees 'signs of hope' for the environment. Sir David Attenborough has said he is more encouraged about the future health of Earth than he has been for some time after a “worldwide shift” in attitudes about concern for the natural world and the damage that humans are doing to the planet. The veteran wildlife broadcaster said there are “signs of hope” for the health of the planet and called the Paris climate change agreement a “big advance” in an interview at the Edinburgh TV festival despite President Donald Trump’s disengagement.

“I spend a lot of time wringing my hands and saying how dreadful it is that this forest has been obliterated and that sea has been polluted and whatever,” Attenborough said. “But there are signs of hope. “I have the sense that worldwide, certainly in Europe, certainly in China – which we never thought before was concerned – and even perhaps if I may say so there are people in America – pace Mr Trump – who don’t accept that human beings can do no wrong. Major climate science denial group admits to using false temperature data.

Nigel Lawson's claims on planet Earth cooling "simply not true", says Met Office @StottPeter on climate change #r4today. BBC defends Lord Lawson climate change interview. Image copyright Getty Images BBC Radio 4's Today programme has defended its decision to interview Lord Lawson in a segment on climate change. The former Conservative chancellor said average global temperatures had declined over the past decade. The Green Party said Lord Lawson had made "false claims" and prominent scientists including Professor Brian Cox criticised the interview. But the BBC insisted it had a duty to inform listeners about all sides of a debate. Lord Lawson, who was energy secretary in Margaret Thatcher's government before becoming chancellor, is a critic of government policies on renewable energy.

He now chairs the Global Warming Policy Foundation, a think tank which describes itself as "open-minded on the contested science of global warming". He told Today that energy costs in the UK were high "because of our absurd, climate-driven energy policy". Threat to the ozone layer by future volcanic eruptions greater than previously thought.

Tremendous quantities of gases can be transported to the stratosphere inside the eruption columns that result from explosive volcanic eruptions. A new study by scientists from Harvard University and University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) examines how gases from a large explosive eruption will interact with the ozone layer in future climate circumstances. Image credit: NASA By Larry O’Hanlon. Climate change Al Gore gets inconvenient again Truth to Power. “Our Democracy Has Been Hacked” Al Gore On Climate Change #FakePresident An Inconvenient Sequel. *****Al Gore: 'The rich have subverted all reason' In the ballroom of a conference centre in Denver, Colorado, 972 people from 42 countries have come together to talk about climate change. It is March 2017, six weeks since Trump’s inauguration; eight weeks before Trump will announce to the world that he is withdrawing America from the Paris Climate Agreement.

These are the early dark days of the new America and yet, in the conference centre, the crowd is upbeat. They’ve all paid out of their own pockets to travel to Denver. They have taken time off work. And they are here, in the presence of their master, Al Gore. It’s 10 years since the reason for this, the documentary An Inconvenient Truth, was released into cinemas. When the filmmakers approached him, he explains to the room, “I thought they were nuts.

BLOG: From what I am seeing, we are now facing runaway climate change in the Arctic. Please share. #ArcticDecade. *****Audio: Canadian scientist builds bridges to reach climate change skeptics like Trump - Home. Saturday July 15, 2017 Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Accord on climate change left the United States all on its own at the recent G20 meetings. In Berlin, every other member of the G20 agreed to move forward on reducing greenhouse gasses, save the US, which refused. This infuriated German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said she deplored that the U.S. has decided to exit the Accord. German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures as she talks with U.S. President Donald Trump during a working session at the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017. *****Ignorant Fox News experts discuss climate change: Fox's Jason Chaffetz after large iceberg breaks away from Antarctica: "The weather changes every day"

JASON CHAFFETZ: They can'y even tell you what the weather's going to be like on Sunday. *****The longest — and probably largest — proof of our current climate catastrophe ever caught on camera. *****None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use. Sobering truth indeed. One chart that shows just how skewed global emissions are #climate. Michael Gove on climate change: "unarguable" it can have a devastating impact, he said back in 2014. *****A simple, 105 year old explanation of climate change (climate change recognised in 1912) Nicaragua withdrew from Paris saying it wasn't ambitious enough. Half of their electricity comes from renewables.