IPCC: climate change already having effects in real time, far worse to come.

March 31, 2014 Climate 

Guardian: “A United Nations report raised the threat of climate change to a whole new level on Monday, warning of sweeping consequences to life and livelihood. The report from the UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change concluded that climate change was already having effects in real time – melting sea ice and thawing permafrost in the Arctic, killing off coral reefs in the oceans, and leading to heat waves, heavy rains and mega-disasters.”
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UN climate chief: given stakes, my job is “most sacred in world”.

March 5, 2014 Climate 

Guardian: “Devastating extreme weather including recent flooding in England,Australia‘s hottest year on record and the US being hit by a polar vortex have a “silver lining” of boosting climate change to the highest level of politics and reminding politicians that climate change is not a partisan issue, according to the UN’s climate chief.”
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“Why coal and many oil investments are losing luster.”

February 24, 2014 Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Finance, Gas, Oil 

Jeremy Leggett in Fortune magazine: “Many who worry about climate change have long been puzzled by the hundreds of billions of dollars that coal, oil, and gas companies routinely spend on developing their reserves, and finding and developing new reserves. These investments seem unstoppable, despite countless warnings that carbon emissions damage the global environment and economy.”
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US spied on other governments at Copenhagen climate summit.

January 30, 2014 Climate 

Guardian: “Developing countries have reacted angrily to revelations that the United States spied on other governments at the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009.”
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Carbon-bubble risk gains further recognition at Davos.

January 25, 2014 Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Finance, Gas, Oil 

Guardian: Jeremy Leggett interviewed by Jo Confino in a series of audio reports summarising the Climate Day at the World Economic Forum.

Gore tells WEF world is close to “political tipping point” on climate.

January 24, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Finance, Gas, Oil 

RTCC: “The levels of public and political agreement that climate change needs to be addressed are higher than ever before, Al Gore told delegates at the World Economic Forum in Davos.”
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UN climate report urges quicker switch to low-carbon global economy.

January 17, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Delaying action on global warming will only increase the costs and reduce the options for dealing with its worst effects, according to a draft report by UN experts.”
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UN climate chief: investors will be seen as breaching fiduciary duty.

January 15, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Finance 

Climate Bonds; “The United Nations Foundation and the Ceres Investor Network on Climate Risk ….held an Investor Summit at the United Nations in New York. Climate Bonds and Green Bonds were top of the agenda. One of the speakers was the UN’s top climate change official, Christiana Figueres, and she was very direct. See her press conference here (Christiana is at the 15 minute point).”
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UN official in charge of climate talks warns world is running out of time.

January 6, 2014 Climate 

RTCC.com: “A draft text for a global climate change treaty set to be agreed in 2015 will be presented to governments as early as November this year, according to the UN official in charge of negotiations.” Read more

2˚C target for climate talks is 1˚ too high: Jim Hansen + 17 scientists.

December 4, 2013 Climate 

RTCC: “Governments have set the wrong target to limit climate change. The goal at present – to limit global warming to a maximum of 2°C higher than the average for most of human history  – “would have consequences that can be described as disastrous”, say 18 scientists in a review paper in the journal PLOS One.” Read more

Warsaw climate summit ends with commitments to do more homework.

November 25, 2013 Climate 

Guardian: “Weary delegates trudging home from an exhausting and sleep-deprived fortnight of climate change talks in Warsaw may be unwilling to acknowledge it, but the hard work is just beginning.” Read more

Just 90 companies have caused two-thirds of global warming emissions.

November 19, 2013 Climate, Coal, Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “The climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the dawning of the industrial age, new research suggests.” Read more

Philippine typhoon adds drama to 2013 climate summit in Poland.

November 18, 2013 Climate 

Guardian: “In terms of the business of this COP, much of it will be “housekeeping” – clearing the decks on various technicalities so that work can begin soon after on the draft text. But the Warsaw meeting has already provided more drama than was bargained for.” Read more

Sceptics focus on “pause” mantra to try discrediting IPCC.

September 27, 2013 Climate 

Guardian: “The landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is crystal clear: human action is warming the planet and we’re heading for big trouble if carbon emissions are not slashed.” Read more

Despite everything we know, we burn more fossil fuels than ever before.

April 7, 2013 Climate, Coal, Gas, Oil 

Duncan Clark in the Guardian: “We have far more oil, coal and gas than we can safely burn. For all the millions of words written about  climate change, the challenge really comes down to this: fuel is enormously useful, massively valuable and hugely important geopolitically, but tackling global warming means leaving most of it in the ground – by choice.” Read more

US claims “enormous efforts” on climate change, including fracking gas.

November 26, 2012 Climate, Gas 

Guardian: “The US is claiming credit for “enormous” efforts on climate change – delivered in part by the carbon reductions from its investments in the controversial practice of “fracking” for shale gas. The claim came as nearly 200 governments gathered in Doha, Qatar, for two weeks of talks aimed at forging an agreement on the climate. Governments have until 2015 to draw up a binding treaty, the first since the 1997 Kyoto protocol, to cut greenhouse gas emissions and avoid dangerous global warming.” Read more

De Boer says the 2013 IPCC report will “shock nations into action.”

November 6, 2012 Climate 

SMH: “The next United Nations climate report will ”scare the wits out of everyone” and should provide the impetus needed for the world to finally sign an agreement to tackle global warming, the former head of the UN negotiations said.” Read more

“The fossil-fuel industry could and should pay for provable climate damage.”

July 11, 2012 Climate 

Myles Allen of Oxford with an interesting perspective: “The presumption in climate change negotiations is that “countries with historically high emissions” would be first in line to foot the bill for loss and damage. There may be some logic to this, but if you are an African (or Texan) farmer hit by greenhouse-exacerbated drought, is the European or American taxpayer necessarily the right place to look for compensation? As any good lawyer knows, there is no point in suing a man with empty pockets. The only institution in the world that could deal with the cost of climate change without missing a beat is the fossil fuel industry: BP took a $30bn charge for Deepwater Horizon, very possibly more than the total cost of climate change damages last year, and was back in profit within months. Of the $5 trillion per year we currently spend on fossil energy, a small fraction would take care of all the loss and damage attributable to climate change for the foreseeable future several times over.”

Canada pulls out of the Kyoto Protocol.

December 13, 2011 Climate 

Just a day after signing the Durban accord, Canada commits an act that is condemned at home and abroad. China calls it “preposterous.”

Latest climate talks end without progress.

June 17, 2011 Climate 

Two weeks of tense global climate talks end in Bonn nowhere near agreement in the three key areas of finance, greenhouse gas emission cuts and the future of the Kyoto protocol. The economic crisis in Europe and elsewhere is making it harder to make progress, the secretariat maintains.

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