Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 00:01 • Victoria Seabrook
Oil field in the sunset

Future carbon emissions to be released from our already 'unlocked' fossil fuel reserves alone would take us beyond the 2°C warming threshold, research by Oil Change International (OCI) has found.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 07:06 • Victoria Seabrook
Stanari coal plant
Stanari coal plant

A British diplomat has come under fire for celebrating Europe's newest coal plant, in spite of UK government efforts to phase-out coal on home turf.

Environmental campaigners have called it “incomprehensible” that Britain’s deputy ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Matthew Lawson, yesterday attended the inauguration of TPP Stanari, a 300MW lignite-fired power plant in the northern town of Stanari.

The UK is planning to phase out its own coal plants by 2025 and has also committed to cutting off virtually all finance for overseas coal power plants.

It is quite incomprehensible why the UK Ambassador is sullying the UK's reputation by lending political support to a lignite project in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Pippa Gallop of environmental and financial campaign group CEE Bankwatch told DeSmog UK.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 00:00 • Kyla Mandel
Theresa May
Theresa May

Britain will ratify the Paris Agreement by the end of this year, Prime Minister Theresa May pledged during her first speech at the UN General Assembly in New York.

Addressing global delegates on 20 September, May said: “We will continue to play our part in the international effort against climate change.

And in a demonstration of our commitment to the agreement reached in Paris, the UK will start its domestic procedures to enable ratification of the Paris agreement, and complete these before the end of the year.”

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 04:23 • Guest
electric vehicles charging
electric vehicles charging

Cutting emissions to meet the internationally-agreed limits on global temperature rise will require an end soon to all fossil-fuelled cars, writes Kieran Cooke at Climate News Network.

A new study says that achieving limits on temperature rise agreed at last year’s Paris climate conference will require amassive switch to zero emissions electric-powered vehicles (EVs), coupled with the development of a completely decarbonised power sector.

The transport sector – cars, trucks, planes and trains – accounts for about 14 percent of total climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions. But the study by Climate Action Tracker (CAT), an independent scientific analysis organisation, focuses on the car sector.

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 00:01 • Kyla Mandel
Bunda Cliffs Great Australian Bight
Bunda Cliffs Great Australian Bight

Widespread and significant environmental damage along Australia’s coastline is expected in the event of an uncontrolled blowout according to British oil giant BP’s own models of its deepwater drilling plans in the Great Australian Bight.

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 00:01 • Victoria Seabrook
Climate denial pamphlets
Climate denial pamphlets

I’d wondered what to expect from this small group of climate science deniers, but the array of pamphlets laid out in the entrance hall gave me a very big hint.

Volcanoes rule’, said one. ‘United Nations climate liars’ screamed another. 

This was the first conference of the Independent Committee on Geoethics – a group set up to apparently investigate climate scientists for fraud, according to one its founders.

The event, titled ‘The New Dawn of Truth’, had already been refused a room at University College of London once it dawned on the university just what kind of “truth” was on the agenda on 8 September.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 00:01 • Victoria Seabrook
Solar power farm
Solar power farm

Clean technologies are already cheaper, on average, than the incumbent fossil fuel technologies, and the advantage is widening, argued Anthony Hobley, chief executive of Carbon Tracker.

Renewables are already outcompeting fossil fuels,” Hobley told an audience of investors, asset management firms, energy analysts, climate experts, fossil-fuel sector and policy makers on 14 September in London.

This is not based on an assumption of government intervention or imposition of a two degree pathway, or of a high carbon price,” he said. “This is based on the world as it is with no additional climate policy or regulation.”

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 03:58 • Guest
Coal mine
Coal mine

The divestment movement is gaining momentum – and is just one of the emerging risks from climate change that businesses face, writes Research Fellow, University of Canberra. 

The Paris climate agreement not only signalled social change but also sent the market a strong signal to move away from carbon-intensive investment.

The divestment movement may be seen by some businesses invested in fossil fuels as a risk. But it is not the only force shaping how companies address climate change. So, what are some of the other factors in rethinking climate risk?

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