Human rights issue ... deforestation in Sumatra. Photograph: Ulet Infansasti/AFP/Getty
We can overcome the problems of delivering collective action on climate change by treating mining, deforestation, ocean degradation and more as violations of human rights...Read more
Last week in Paris, I watched happily as the world passed the final text of a truly global and surprisingly ambitious climate change agreement. Through clever geopolitical maneuvering by vulnerable, low-lying states — buttressed by social movements, activist groups, and NGOs — the world agreed to a deal stating that global temperature increases will be held, “well below 2°C ” above pre-industrial levels, and that countries will go further, “pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C.” It has been a long time coming...Read more
Caught in the crosshairs of an ongoing New York Attorney General investigation exploring its role in studying the damage climate change could cause since the 1970's and then proceeding to fund climate science denial campaigns, ExxonMobil has announced an interesting job opening...Read more
The ongoing push to lift the ban on exports of U.S.-produced crude oil appears to be coming to a close, with Congress agreeing to a budget deal with a provision to end the decades-old embargo...Read more
TOP THREE MYTHS USED TO SELL THE LIFTING OF THE CRUDE OIL EXPORT BAN, A CLIMATE AND SECURITY DISASTER IN THE MAKING...
It can be difficult to win an argument when you have no viable position. However, when you are the oil industry, you can just buy the win. Which is what the oil industry is poised to do regarding the lifting of the crude oil export ban...Read more
A world map showing climate anomalies at the summit in Paris. Emissions targets are set, but does the agreement buy us enough time? Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters
Will the deal agreed in Paris be enough to save the planet? Emissions cuts and investment are promised, but legal responsibilities are thin on the ground...Read more
THE DIRTY SECRETS BEHIND THE NEW PARIS CLIMATE CONFERENCE (COP21) AGREEMENT THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW…
cartoon by Adam Zyglis
Strong, smart adults do not want to be fed false hopes, false targets or false facts. They want to know the way things really are so that they can adapt to or effectively manage what actually is there. If you would like to quickly cut through the Paris Climate Conference media spin as well as other greenwashing from the poorly informed concerning the Paris agreement and results, keep reading…Read more
I just want to thank you for everything you've contributed to 350's work before, during and after the Paris summit. Together, we aimed high, and what we accomplished is huge...
Boys play with kites in a favela in Brazil. The Paris climate change deal ‘doesn’t go far enough to improve the fragile existence of millions around the world’, Harjeet Singh at ActionAid says. Photograph: Peeter Viisimaa/Getty
COP21 agreement excludes poor and fails to put humanity’s interests above short-term goals, say environmentalists and financial experts...Read more
India still plans to double coal output by 2020 and rely on the resource for decades afterwards, a senior official said on Monday, days after rich and poor countries agreed in Paris to curb carbon emissions blamed for global warming...Read more
A woman walks past a coal-fired power plant in Shanxi. While China has committed to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, this commitment excludes other emissions. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Thinktank data shows that 55% of CO2 emitted in 2030 will be produced by states that have reached peak levels
Commitments made during the UN climate talks in Paris will lead to a critical mass of countries reaching their CO2 emission peaks by 2030, research by an environmental thinktank suggests.Read more
Ambitious climate pact means long-term economic transformation
If you don't adapt, `your livelihood is going to be destroyed'
The global climate summit in Paris forged a landmark agreement on Saturday, setting the course for a historic transformation of the world's fossil fuel-driven economy within decades in a bid to arrest global warming...Read more
French foreign minister and president of the talks Laurent Fabius brings down the gavel to mark the adoption of the agreement. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP
Two decades of talks have come to this: an ambitious agreement to hold states to emissions targets – but already low-lying countries are worried...Read more
December 12, 2015
Youth respect good-faith efforts at COP but aren’t relying on politicos to save their planet. They intend to do it themselves.Read more
It is the big surprise of the Paris talks: the growing acceptance of a call from small nations most vulnerable to climate change for the conference to declare warming should be halted at 1.5 degrees Celsius...
President Barack Obama holds a news conference before leaving the COP21 climate talks in Paris. His deputies will remain behind.
"I actually think we're going to solve this thing," he told the press...
350* is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice.
That movement is rising from the bottom up all over the world, and is uniting to create the solutions that will ensure a better future for all. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions bring together a global network active in over 188 countries...Read more
As pollution from burning fossil fuels continues to heat the atmosphere, the world’s glaciers are melting at an accelerating rate. Scientists widely agree that this meltwater has been a major factor in raising global sea levels about seven inches over the 20th century...Read more
MAJOR CLIMATE SCIENCE DENIAL GROUPS OFFER TO HIDE FOSSIL FUEL FUNDING, GREENPEACE INVESTIGATION FINDS...(also the "Deniers Anthem"!)
An undercover investigation by environment group Greenpeace has found some of the world’s most vocal climate science denial groups were willing to accept cash from fossil fuel interests in return for writing articles and reports that reject the impacts of greenhouses gases.Read more
A new draft of the accord would keep temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, but other crucial issues remain to be resolved...Read more
We Have NO Remaining Fossil Fuel Carbon Allocation Left To Burn And Prevent a Global Warming Catastrophe...
Another brutally honest global warming education organization that we admire at Job One For Humanity has brilliantly taken on the illusion being forwarded by fossil fuel vested interests, their lobbyists and the poorly informed that there is an allowable amount of carbon, which we can continue to put up in the atmosphere as we burn fossil fuels.
NGO representatives and participants stage a sit-in protest closed to the plenary session to denounce the first climate deal draft during the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015.Image: Francois Mori/Associated PressRead more
Representative Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) seen here on on September 30, 2015 in Washington, DC. Credit: Kris Connor/Getty Images for "Food Chains"
Letter to the CEOs of six of the country's largest fossil fuel companies seeks information on the firms' climate change history and policy positions.Read more
SURVIVOR. Marinel Ubaldo is a young advocate who has been raising awareness of the risks of climate change. Photo from Plan International Philippines
A young woman who survived the super typhoon is at COP21, pushing for climate action...Read more
If international climate talks really stall, don't be surprised if there might be an ever-so-slight intervention by Pope Francis...Read more
Here are some crazy, detached folks that also happen to be enablers of crippling denial at the
highest levels of the United States Congress...Read more
To be a climate change skeptic in Paris this week means facing heavy odds...Read more
Our planet is heating up. The cause is in some ways simple: Humans add a lot of carbon dioxide to the air every year, about 40 billion tons of it. CO2 is a greenhouse gas: It lets sunlight through to heat the ground, but the infrared light the ground emits gets absorbed, and cannot escape to space. That warms us up, slowly but inevitably. By every measure available to us, we see the effects of this increased heat.
Flared natural gas is burned off at operations in the Permian Basin of the Barnett Shale formation in Texas. Emissions of methane from oil and gas production in the Barnett Shale are at least 90 percent higher than the EPA's estimates, according to a new scientific study. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
The Barnett Shale's emissions have been vastly underestimated, sweeping Environmental Defense Fund-backed study finds...Read more
US Secretary of State John Kerry gestures upon his arrival at Le Bourget airport in the outskirts of Paris, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.
Japanese coal plant (Photo: Chris Lewis, Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0)
Coal-fired power plants have provided cheap energy for over a hundred years, and despite coal-burning’s high emissions, about 2,400 are planned globally. A new study calculates that emissions from global energy generation must reach zero before the middle of the century to keep climate change below a two-degree Celsius temperature rise. Niklas Hohne of the New Climate Institute discusses the study with Living on Earth’s Helen Palmer and explains why building these plants is inconsistent with emissions control commitments countries have given...Read more
Pope Francis prayed Sunday for the success of the global climate summit in Paris, where another week of negotiations are underway to reach an agreement that would limit the warming of the planet...Read more
Activists have targeted the French owner of the Hazelwood brown-coal power station for its sponsorship of the Paris climate summit, calling on it to accelerate plans for the plant's closure in the spirit of the negotiations to tackle global warming...Read more
Some of the event's sponsors might be part of the problem, not the solution...Read more
As we get deeper into the Paris climate negotiations, activists are poring over confusing texts full of noncommittal brackets. Upon this, it seems, does the fate of the planet depend...Read more
The December 2015 Paris Climate Conference initiated by the United
Nations Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) will be
attended by leaders of most of the nations of the world.Read more
But poorest half of world’s people contribute to just 10% of emissions, says British charity as negotiators work on UN climate change deal in Paris. An average person among the richest 1% of people emits 175 times more carbon than his or her counterpart among the bottom 1%, Oxfam said...Read more
Ice broken off from Perito Moreno glacier floats in Los Glaciares national park, part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the third largest ice field in the world, in Santa Cruz, Argentina. Most glaciers in the park have been retreating over the past 50 years due to global warming. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Negotiators in Paris are trying to craft a deal at the UN climate talks that will keep global temperature rise below 2C. But what does that mean in reality - and what difference will a couple of extra degrees really make?Read more
What’s Not Happening at the Paris Climate Conference, Real Clothes for the Emperor and Facing Global Warming HonestlyAdd your reaction Share
When it comes to electric power, Africa is still the dark continent. More than half of its 1.1 billion inhabitants lack access to electricity, and Africa’s total generating capacity, from Cairo to Cape Town, is only 160 gigawatts, or about half as much as Japan, a country with one-tenth of its population.Read more
The man who helped launch the personal computer revolution says the nations of the world aren’t doing nearly enough to boost the search for new energy sources that could help humans avoid a global-warming calamity.Read more
Countries have pledged to limit global warming to 2 °C, and climate models say that is still possible. But only with heroic — and unlikely — efforts.Read more
Turn the knobs on a new interactive map and see what future emissions, adaptation strategies...Read more
The business community is well-represented at the United Nations climate summit underway in Paris — and it will be much more engaged in finding positive solutions than ever before...Read more
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 09:23 By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | News Analysis
During a recent hike in Washington State's Olympic National Park, I marveled at the delicate geometry of frost-covered ferns. White crystalline structures seemed to grow from the green leaves, encasing them in a frozen frame of temporary beauty...Read more
While the world is watching and waiting for world leaders to act on climate at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP21, things are already heating up for French climate activists...Read more
Pope Francis pauses while answering questions from journalists aboard his flight from Bangui, Central African Republic, to Rome Nov. 30. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
While Pope Francis has expressed hope that world leaders meeting in Paris for discussions on confronting climate change will find solutions to the problem, he has also said the inaction on the issue up to now is approaching global suicide...Read more
World leaders kicked off the two-week climate change summit in France on Monday with warnings that this conference is the most important, and possibly the last, opportunity governments have to make a difference concerning climate change.Read more
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the COP21 session of statements by heads of state and government at the climate summit in Paris, France November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueRead more
attended by leaders of most of the nations of the world.Read more
Policemen fight with activists during a protest ahead of the 2015 Paris climate conference at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Laurent Cipriani/AP
- Millions expected to take to streets ahead of Paris climate summit
- Sydney to Seattle, via Hong Kong, Berlin, London and Sao Paulo, march on Sunday
- Climate change protests take place across Australia
- Keep it in the ground: the Guardian’s climate change campaign
- Interactive: why we are joining the global climate march
The time has finally arrived!
We're on the Eurostar heading to Paris for the COP21 climate conference kick-off...Read more
In this Nov. 25, 2015 photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington...
Hamstrung by Congress, GOP opposition, Obama heads to Paris to clinch global climate agreement...Read more
President Barack Obama meets in October with leaders from across the U.S. to discuss climate change. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama heads to a terror-scarred Paris Sunday night to tackle one of the most important priorities of his second term — climate change...Read more
A new study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS) shows that the climate denial echo chamber organizations funded by ExxonMobil and Koch family foundations produced misinformation that effectively polluted mainstream media coverage of climate science and polarized the climate policy debate.Read more
Almost 200 nations will meet in the French capital on Nov. 30 to try and seal a deal to prevent the planet from warming more than the 2 degrees Celsius that scientists say is vital if the world is to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change...Read more
When he puts it like that, it seems totally worth a try...Read more
The December 2015 Paris Climate Conference initiated by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) will be attended by leaders of most of the nations of the world...Read more
"We’re going to have a say on whether they’re going to get their money or not,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said. | Getty
The simultaneous climate and budget deadlines give the GOP a tool to derail a legacy-defining pact for the President.
A Yale University survey showed one-fifth of Americans do not think climate change is real, even though there is a near-consensus among scientists that the problem exists. Where does the split come in?
Umiujaq (Canada) (AFP) - On the front line of climate change in the Canadian Arctic, scientists hunt for clues to a potentially catastrophic global warming trend: melting permafrost.
Still reeling from the worst terrorist attacks in French history, Paris will host nearly 140 world leaders gathering next week to spearhead a climate pact tasked with keeping Earth liveable for humanity...Read more
Paris climate talks: the issues
Climate change is starting to have a personal impact on billions of people and we need to cut back on greenhouse gases and adapt to a warmer world...Read more
Heads of state invited to climate talks in Paris starting on Nov. 30 have confirmed they will attend even after the Nov. 13 attacks by Islamic State militants that killed 130 people, a French presidency source said.Read more
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even in a record-breaking hot year for Earth, October stood out as absurdly warm.Read more
Matters seem to have escalated in the current dispute between Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Read more
THE CURRENT GLOBAL WARMING EMERGENCY CONDITION
WE MUST MOBILIZE FOR A SAFE CLIMATE!
Time is running out to protect our miraculous planet. Our task ahead is clear: we either phase-out fossil fuels now or we end humanity. No gradual, decades-long plan for emissions reductions or carbon budgets can plausibly protect a livable climate—despite widespread belief otherwise.Read more
A new video simulation from NASA is so beautiful to watch, it's easy to forget it's tracking one of the biggest disruptors of our climate...Read more
People hold placards at last year’s climate march in Paris. Photograph: Tom Craig/Demotix/Corbis
People around the world should protest ‘on behalf of those who can’t’, say organisers of climate march forbidden in light of Paris terror attacks...Read more
U.S. Senate Republicans on Wednesday said Congress would not approve the Obama administration's $500 million request for its first payment into a United Nations climate fund, a move they said would undermine the upcoming climate change summit in Paris.Read more
Climate change is increasingly understood as an issue of inter-generational justice, and it has become a truism that today's children will bear the brunt of our inaction. In spite of this, children are rarely addressed in climate change policy - or given a seat at the table when climate change agreements are being discussed. In countries around the world, the voice of the generation with the most at risk is mostly unheard...Read more
COP-21 FUEL "TAX" POSSIBLE. W.H.O PLAN FOR RAISING THE COST OF FOSSIL FUELS TO OFFSET THEIR NEGATIVE HEALTH IMPACTS
A residential block covered in smog in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin province (AFP Photo/STR)
Don't forget public health at Paris Climate talks: WHORead more
Livestock is responsible for 65% of all human-related emissions of nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years...Read more
Can the earth be saved by bureaucrats in long meetings, reciting jargon and acronyms while surrounded by leaning towers of documents?Read more
France will limit a U.N. climate summit in Paris starting in two weeks' time to core negotiations and cancel planned marches and concerts after the attacks that killed 129 people, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Monday.Read more
Paris (AFP) - If mankind fails to curtail global warming, we will have to deal with fallout ranging from massive refugee crises and submerged cities to scorching heatwaves and drought, scientists say.Read more
President Obama and other world leaders will still meet in Paris later this month, despite the recent spat of terrorist attacks. In fact, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says the meeting is essential, and must go forward...Read more
The Paris climate talks are set to begin at the end of this month. Here’s what you need to know about which nations are involved, what policies they will be hashing out, and what the chances are of substantial progress...
The goal of COP-21 – the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 21st Conference of the Parties – in Paris at the end of November is to produce an international agreement to ensure greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by an amount necessary to prevent a 2 degrees Celsius rise in global average temperature this century. With that as a goal, the conference is doomed to failure. Three reasons why:Read more
The Forests of Oregon, viewed from Bend. Credit: Rod Parmenter
Efforts to foster forests and slow deforestation, which is one of the leading causes of global warming, are largely being glossed over by most nations as they prepare for a historic round of climate negotiations.Read more
US secretary of state, John Kerry, has said that any climate deal in Paris is ‘definitively not going to be a treaty’. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AP
US warned that any agreement in Paris will be enshrined in law after secretary of state said it would ‘definitively’ not be a treatyRead more
An island in the Maldives, which is vulnerable to rising seas.
Credit: Alessandro Caproni/Flickr
If rich countries don’t agree to help poorer ones recover after storms amplified by global warming tear villages apart, or help communities prosper even as their homes sink into rising seas, climate negotiations in Paris risk being scuttled...Read more
“…it boils down to the fact that the world is in a state of potential destruction. There’s no use worrying about anything else.”
—Ansel Adam’s final interview, Summer of 1984.Read more
1000 MILLENNIALS TOOK THE STREETS FOR JUSTICE ON RACE, CLIMATE, IMMIGRATION
On November 9th, a wave of people power swept over Washington, DC. In an epic demonstration of unity, 1,000 millennials took the streets for justice on race, climate, and immigration.Read more
President Barack Obama looks at Bear Glacier during a boat tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park Seward, Alaska last September. | Getty
It's no accident the president rejected the Keystone pipeline before he seals a global deal to combat climate change.Read more