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Global

31/12/17
Author: 
Julia Conley

Scientists and environmental protection advocates are warning that a coming plastics boom could lead to a permanent state of pollution on the planet—and denouncing the fossil fuel industry for driving an increase in plastics production amid all that's known about the material polluting the world's oceans.

13/12/17
Author: 
Oil Change International

We can hardly believe we’re even writing this, but today marks one of the biggest wins in Oil Change International’s history: The World Bank announced it will end all financing of oil and gas extraction after 2019.

Some of us at Oil Change International have been campaigning against the Bank for multiple decades, and this has been a core demand for all of those years. Today, we won.

04/12/17
Author: 
Bill McKibben

If we don't win very quickly on climate change, then we will never win. That's the core truth about global warming. It's what makes it different from every other problem our political systems have faced. I wrote the first book for a general audience about climate change in 1989 – back when one had to search for examples to help people understand what the "greenhouse effect" would feel like. We knew it was coming, but not how fast or how hard.

21/11/17
Author: 
Richard Smith

If we don’t change the conversation, if we don’t deal with the systemic problems of capitalism and come up with a viable alternative, our goose is cooked.

15/11/17
Author: 
Michael Safi
 People cover their faces from the dust and smog in Delhi. Photograph: Harish Tyagi/EPA

Measures aimed at slashing vehicle emissions will be introduced two years early, the Indian government has announced in its first major policy response to the Delhi smog crisis.

As the haze improved slightly on Wednesday – albeit to levels still considered “very poor” – the Indian petroleum ministry said it would introduce Bharat VI fuels from April next year, instead of April 2020 as originally planned.

13/11/17
Author: 
Nicole Mortillaro
Over 15,000 scientists signed an open letter published in BioScience warning humanity that we need to change our behaviours in order to protect the planet. (NOAA)

A similar warning was first issued by scientists in 1992

Nov 13, 2017

More than 15,000 scientists around the world have issued a global warning: there needs to be change in order to save Earth.

It comes 25 years after the first notice in 1992 when a mere 1,500 scientists issued a similar warning. 

This new cautioning — which gained popularity on Twitter with #ScientistsWarningToHumanity — garnered more than 15,000 signatures. 

31/10/17
Author: 
Matt McGrath
GETTY IMAGES Image caption Emissions from human activities have levelled off but concentrations in the atmosphere continue to grow

30 October 2017

Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Last year's increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years.

Researchers say a combination of human activities and the El Niño weather phenomenon drove CO2 to a level not seen in 800,000 years.

Scientists say this risks making global temperature targets largely unattainable.

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