Rachel Smolker

As part of the Paris agreement, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was asked “to provide a special report in 2018 on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 [degrees Celsius] above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways.” That report was released on October 8.

Kate Aronoff
Coal-fired Robert W Scherer Power Plant, one of the nation’s top carbon dioxide emitters, in Juliette, Ga., on June 3, 2017.
October 9 2018

AROUND THE MIDDLE of the last century, the chemical DDT was found to pose a risk to human and animal health. The ultimate response — after a prolonged fight between environmentalists and the chemical industry — was a federal ban on all uses of the substance found to be unsafe.

Alyssa Battistoni
A neighborhood destroyed by wildfire in the area of Foxtail Court, on October 10, 2017 in Santa Rosa, CA. David McNew / Getty  Our summer issue,

The urgency of climate change has never been clearer. We need a bold vision of a good and livable future — and a political program to match.

Fiona Harvey
 The north-east coastline of Greenland, one of the world’s two great ice sheets. Photograph: HANDOUT/AFP/Getty Images

IPCC report ‘underestimates potential of these key dangers to send Earth into spiral of runaway climate change’

Jonathan Watts
Homes and vehicles were destroyed by a powerful tornado that ripped through Dunrobin, shown here, a rural community near Ottawa on Sept. 21, 2018. Photo by Janet Coburn

This article was originally published by The Guardian on Oct. 8, 2018. It was republished as part of climatedesk, a journalistic collaboration dedicated to exploring the impact — human, environmental, economic and political — of a changing climate.

Karen Savage
Airports like New York's LaGuardia are sitting ducks for climate impacts, a new industry study shows. Photo credit: Daniel Piraino via Flickr

Airports around the globe are being warned to prepare their facilities for climate change-related impacts, including extreme weather and sea level rise.

The warning comes in a policy paper published on Wednesday by a leading global airline trade association. It  encourages airports to conduct risk assessments and consider adaptation and mitigation measures to prepare for the potential climate-related impacts to infrastructure and operations.

Oliver Milman
 Avoiding a temperature increase of more than 1.5C will be ‘extraordinarily challenging’, says the report’s author. Photograph: Matt Brown/AP

Exclusive: Author of key UN climate report says limiting temperature rise would require enormous, immediate transformation in human activity

The world’s governments are “nowhere near on track” to meet their commitment to avoid global warming of more than 1.5C above the pre-industrial period, according to an author of a key UN report that will outline the dangers of breaching this limit.

Waatea News Staff

24 Sep 2018

Greenpeace executive director Russel Norman says his discharge without conviction for a protest against the oil exploration ship Amazon Warrior sets an important precedent.

In April last year the former Green MP and fellow climate activist Sara Howell, who was also discharged last Friday by the Napier District Court, swam in front of the ship 60 nautical miles off Napier, forcing it to stop its search for the day.

The charges were laid by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, & Employment.

Patrice Taddonio


SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 

For centuries, the enormous ice sheet covering the Arctic island of Greenland has been relatively stable.


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