Climate change consensus – the 97%

 

“The climate movement should be seen in the context of the great moral causes that have transformed and improved the outlook for humanity. It was wrong to allow slavery to continue, it was wrong to deny women the right to vote, it was wrong to discriminate on the basis of skin colour or who you fell in love with. When the central issue was thus framed in stark relief because of who we are as human beings, the outcome became foreordained. We chose what was right, and now in this case it is clearly wrong to destroy the prospects of living prosperously and sustainably on a clean earth when we bequeath it to our children. It is wrong to use the sky as an open sewer, it is wrong to condemn future generations to a lifetime haunted by continual declines in their standard of living, and give them a world of political disruption and all the chaos that the scientists have warned us about.”
                                                                     Al Gore, Ashden Awards Ceremony, June 2017

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/21/al-gore-battle-against-climate-change-like-fight-against-slavery?CMP=share_btn_link

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 “We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulphuric acid. Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it’s one we can prevent if we act now. By denying the evidence for climate change, and pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Donald Trump will cause avoidable environmental damage to our beautiful planet, endangering the natural world, for us and our children.”
                                     Stephen Hawking, interview with BBC News, 2nd July 2017

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40461726

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“We stand at the doorway of being able to bend the emissions curve downwards by 2020.”
Christina Figueres,  the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (under whom the Paris agreement was signed). (06.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/28/world-has-three-years-left-to-stop-dangerous-climate-change-warn-experts

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Summary: Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says (07.2017)

Editorial note: This is a very interesting article that pinpoints exactly which companies are  the source of more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988


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“Climate change is the defining political issue of our times and not simply because of the risks we run if we get it wrong. An inadequate response – if we do too little, too late – could inflict untold damage on the habitable environment. But even before that day comes, the contest over the truth about climate change is doing serious damage to our democracy.”
David Runciman, professor of politics, Cambridge University

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/07/climate-change-denial-scepticism-cynicism-politics

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Summary: The climate has changed before. But this is different – look at the archeological record (11.2017)

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Summary: Trump EPA to propose repealing Obama’s climate regulation: document (10.2017)

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Summary: Climate change made Lucifer heatwave far more likely, scientists find (09.2017)

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Summary: Mike Pence Will Help the Koch Brothers Plot Their 2018 Strategy (09.2017)

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Summary: Global carbon emissions stood still in 2016, offering climate hope (09.2017)

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Summary: Is tropical storm Harvey linked to climate change? (09.2017)

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Summary: Did climate change impact Hurricane Harvey? (09.2017)

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Summary: Hurricane Harvey: The link to climate change (08.2017)

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Summary: LA Times editorial: Harvey should be a warning to Trump that climate change is a global threat (08.2017)

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Summary
: Climate Signals | Map: Atlantic Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly, August 23, 2017 (08.2017)

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Summary: Paris climate deal: US tells diplomats to dodge foreign officials’ questions (08.2017)

Linkhttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/08/paris-climate-deal-rex-tillerson-us-diplomats?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year (08.2017)

A new study finds 6.5% of global GDP goes to subsidizing dirty fossil fuels

Linkhttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/aug/07/fossil-fuel-subsidies-are-a-staggering-5-tn-per-year?CMP=share_btn_fb

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Summary: Coal to stay king in India as power mainstay, says Niti report (07.2017)

Linkhttp://www.financialexpress.com/economy/coal-to-stay-king-in-india-as-power-mainstay-says-niti-report/779568/

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Summary: Planet has just 5% chance of reaching Paris climate goal, study says (07.2017)

Researchers find that economic, emissions and population trends point to very small chance Earth will avoid warming more than 2C by century’s end.

Summary: Extreme weather hits Europe – scientists blame climate change [article and video] (07.2017)

From intense heat waves to severe flooding, Europe is a continent of extremes at the moment. Severe weather conditions have caused mayhem and destruction in many countries.

Summary: ‘Bernie Sanders and Al Gore on solving the climate crisis (07.2017)

Summary: ‘The idea is coming of age’: Indigenous Australians take carbon farming to Canada (07.2017)

Summary: ‘Trump plans to nominate non-scientist (climate change sceptic) to head science at USDA (07.2017)

Summary: Hot dogs: rising heat makes it too hot for Africa’s wild dogs to hunt (07.2017)

Summary: Third-hottest June puts 2017 on track to make hat-trick of hottest years (07.2017)

Summary: Trump regrets ‘bizarre mistake’ of Paris climate pullout, Richard Branson claims (07.2017)

Summary: Euronews Futuris: Is Europe’s climate changing? (07.2017)

Summary: Cattle Grazing on Federal Public Lands Contributes to Global Climate Change (07.2017)

Summary: Trump left in cold over Paris climate agreement at end of G20 summit (07.2017)

Summary: How climate scepticism turned into something more dangerous (07.2017)

Doubts about the science are being replaced by doubts about the motives of scientists and their political supporters. Once this kind of cynicism takes hold, is there any hope for the truth?

Linkhttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/07/climate-change-denial-scepticism-cynicism-politics

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Summary: Hopes of mild climate change dashed by new research (07.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/05/hopes-of-mild-climate-change-dashed-by-new-research?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Very strong’ climate change signal in record June heat (06.2017)

The June heat waves that impacted much of the UK and Western Europe were made more intense because of climate change say scientists.

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40449234

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Summary: In quitting climate pact, has Donald Trump given China the world on a silver platter?  (06.2017)

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Summary: To slow climate change, India joins the renewable energy revolution (06.2017)

Link: http://theconversation.com/to-slow-climate-change-india-joins-the-renewable-energy-revolution-78321

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Summary: Climate change is an energy problem, so let’s talk honestly about nuclear (06.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2017/jun/28/climate-change-energy-problem-lets-talk-honestly-about-nuclear?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Scorching summer temperatures bring worst heat to south-west US in years (06.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/20/heatwave-south-west-us-arizona-nevada-california

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Summary: Paris climate agreement: World reacts as Trump pulls out of global accord – as it happened (06.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/live/2017/jun/01/donald-trump-paris-climate-agreement-live-news?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Americans ‘under siege’ from climate disinformation – former Nasa chief scientist (06.2017)

Fake news spread by those with a profit motive is leaving many people oblivious to the threat of climate change, says former head of US space agency

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/08/americans-under-siege-from-climate-disinformation-former-nasa-chief-scientist?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: The five worst things Donald Trump has done on climate change – so far (06.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/31/donald-trump-worst-things-climate-change-environment?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: More errors identified in contrarian climate scientists’ temperature estimates (05.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/may/11/more-errors-identified-in-contrarian-climate-scientists-temperature-estimates?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: UN examines fossil fuel influence in climate talks process (05.2017)

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39863816

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Summary: China vows to defend Paris agreement (05.2017)

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39861589

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Summary: Northern tundra’s autumn carbon dioxide emissions increased 70% between 1975 and 2015, researchers find, blaming warming temperatures (05.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/08/alaska-climate-change-tundra-soil-carbon-dioxide?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Planet could breach 1.5C warming limit within 10 years, but be aware of caveats (05.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/planet-oz/2017/may/09/planet-could-breach-15c-warming-limit-within-10-years-but-be-aware-of-caveats?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Worried world urges Trump not to pull out of Paris climate agreement (05.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/07/trump-climate-change-officials-worried?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Human activities are altering the jet stream, which leads to extreme weather patterns getting stuck in place

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/apr/07/new-study-links-carbon-pollution-to-extreme-weather

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Summary: Human activities are altering the jet stream, which leads to extreme weather patterns getting stuck in place

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/apr/07/new-study-links-carbon-pollution-to-extreme-weather

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Summary: Climate change is real and we believe it’s our duty and our opportunity to reduce the risks. But to make a difference, we have to fight climate change with free enterprise instead of ineffective subsidies and regulations.

Link: http://www.republicen.org/

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Summary: A controversial study that found there has been no slowdown in global warming has been supported by new research.

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38513740

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Summary: Global ‘March for Science’ protests call for action on climate change. Tens of thousands rally across the world in a rebuke of Donald Trump’s dismissal of climate science.

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/22/global-march-for-science-protests-call-for-action-on-climate-change

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Summary: Bernie Sanders takes aim at Trump on climate ahead of march in DC (04.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/27/bernie-sanders-fossil-fuel-plan-2050?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Bernie Sanders et al. The American people – not Big Oil – must decide our climate future (04.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/29/bernie-sanders-climate-change-big-oil?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: How Americans Think About Climate Change, in Six Maps (03.2017)

Americans overwhelmingly believe that global warming is happening, and that carbon emissions should be scaled back. But fewer are sure that the changes will harm them personally. New data released by the Yale Program on Climate Communication gives the most detailed view yet of public opinion on global warming.

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/21/climate/how-americans-think-about-climate-change-in-six-maps.html?_r=0

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Summary: ‘Shell knew’: oil giant’s 1991 film warned of climate change danger (02.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/28/shell-knew-oil-giants-1991-film-warned-climate-change-danger?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Climate change a Chinese hoax? Beijing gives Donald Trump a lesson in history (11.2016)

China points out to global warming denier and president-elect that Republicans under Reagan and Bush actually put global warming on international agenda

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/17/climate-change-a-chinese-plot-beijing-gives-donald-trump-a-history-lesson?CMP=share_btn_link

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Summary: Horizon: What’s Wrong with Our Weather? BBC Two, review: ‘complicated’ (07.2014)

Linkhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/tv-and-radio-reviews/10973344/Horizon-Whats-Wrong-with-Our-Weather-BBC-Two-review-complicated.html

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Summary: Leak exposes how Heartland Institute works to undermine climate science (02.2012)

Libertarian thinktank keeps prominent sceptics on its payroll and relies on millions in funding from carbon industry, papers suggest

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/feb/15/leak-exposes-heartland-institute-climate

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Summary: Margaret Thatcher – Speech to United Nations General Assembly (Global Environment)

“Of all the challenges faced by the world community … one has grown clearer than any other in both urgency and importance—I refer to the threat to our global environment. I shall take the opportunity of addressing the general assembly to speak on that subject alone.”

Link: http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/107817

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Summary: Newsweek – Science – The Cooling World (04.1975)

Link: https://www.scribd.com/doc/225798861/Newsweek-s-Global-Cooling-Article-From-April-28-1975

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