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Greta Thunberg backs climate general strike to force leaders to act. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist, has given her support for a general strike for the climate, saying the student movement she inspired needs more support from older generations to ensure politicians keep their promises under the Paris agreement.

Greta Thunberg backs climate general strike to force leaders to act

Speaking at a public event in London as Extinction Rebellion protests continued in the capital, the initiator of the school strike for climate movement was typically frank about the scale of the problem the world faces and the impact her campaign has made. “People are slowly becoming more aware, but emissions continue to rise. We can’t focus on small things. Banking on Climate Change 2019 an NGO coalition March 2019. Climate threat dominates 2019 global risk rankings. Four of the five most impactful global risks in 2019 relate to climate change, with extreme weather the most pressing risk facing the planet, according to annual survey of risk experts Experts have today offered a brutal assessment of the world's lack of progress in dealing with environmental risks such as climate change, raising concerns that rising geopolitical tensions will make tackling escalating environmental threats even more challenging.

All the heat records broken in 2018 on one map - Axios. Pope Francis Encyclical and Climate Change. The problem is urgent.

Pope Francis Encyclical and Climate Change

“Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years. " We must all change our day-to-day actions to live more sustainably. “Reducing greenhouse gases requires honesty, courage and responsibility.” On a larger scale, our leaders must be held to account. “Those who will have to suffer the consequences . . . will not forget this failure of conscience and responsibility.” Risks of 'domino effect' of tipping points greater than thought, study says. Arctic’s strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record. Climate breakdown is a public health issue. The yearly NHS winter crisis is by now a familiar concept.

Climate breakdown is a public health issue

Each year, the health service faces a surge in demand due to extra winter health pressures. But are we beginning to see the start of a summer crisis for the health service too? This summer, deaths rose far above average levels for this time of year. Extreme global weather is 'the face of climate change' says leading scientist. The extreme heatwaves and wildfires wreaking havoc around the globe are “the face of climate change,” one of the world’s leading climate scientists has declared, with the impacts of global warming now “playing out in real time.”

Extreme global weather is 'the face of climate change' says leading scientist

Climate change has long been predicted to increase extreme weather incidents, and scientists are now confident these predictions are coming true. Scientists say the global warming has contributed to the scorching temperatures that have baked the UK and northern Europe for weeks. The hot spell was made more than twice as likely by climate change, a new analysis found, demonstrating an “unambiguous” link. Extreme weather has struck across Europe, from the Arctic Circle to Greece, and across the world, from North America to Japan.

“This is the face of climate change,” said Prof Michael Mann, at Penn State University, and one the world’s most eminent climate scientists. Climate sensitivity study suggests narrower range of potential outcomes. Earth’s surface will almost certainly not warm up four or five degrees Celsius by 2100, according to a study which, if correct, voids worst-case UN climate change predictions.

Climate sensitivity study suggests narrower range of potential outcomes

A revised calculation of how greenhouse gases drive up the planet’s temperature reduces the range of possible end-of-century outcomes by more than half, researchers said in the report, published in the journal Nature. “Our study all but rules out very low and very high climate sensitivities,” said lead author Peter Cox, a professor at the University of Exeter. How effectively the world slashes CO2 and methane emissions, improves energy efficiency and develops technologies to remove CO2 from the air will determine whether climate change remains manageable or unleashes a maelstrom of human misery.

Cox and colleagues, using a new methodology, have come up with a far narrower range: 2.2C to 3.4C, with a best estimate of 2.8C. Extreme weather: Thunderstorms and dust storms in India killed at least 41 people in a day. Extreme weather is once again wreaking havoc across India.

Extreme weather: Thunderstorms and dust storms in India killed at least 41 people in a day

On May 13, over 70 people were reportedly killed as heavy thunderstorms and dust storms struck Uttar Pradesh (UP), West Bengal, and Andhra Pradesh, besides the capital city of New Delhi. While a thunderstorm and hail left at least 51 people dead in UP, lightning reportedly killed 12 people in West Bengal and nine in Andhra Pradesh. Another two lost their lives in Delhi, where a strong dust storm accompanied by heavy rain and winds of up to 109 kmph uprooted nearly 200 trees and brought traffic to a standstill.

The Indira Gandhi International Airport was reportedly forced to suspend operations for over two hours, and around 70 flights were diverted; parts of Delhi’s metro line were also stalled. We Have to Save the Planet. So I’m Donating $1 Billion - NY Times Nov 2018. WILSON, Wyo. — Plant and animal species are estimated to be disappearing at a rate 1,000 times faster than they were before humans arrived on the scene.

We Have to Save the Planet. So I’m Donating $1 Billion - NY Times Nov 2018

Climate change is upending natural systems across the planet. Forests, fisheries and drinking water supplies are imperiled as extractive industries chew further into the wild.