India’s growth in emissions could tip the world over the threshold to dangerous climate change, experts have said. The alert comes as the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, prepares to visit the UK on Thursday for talks on issues including the environment. India is due to ask the UK and other rich nations to share breakthroughs in renewable energy and other “clean” technology, and for help financing a huge expansion in efficiency and solar and wind power. It is unclear whether British officials will pressure Modi to consider a tougher emissions target. Before the UN climate summit in Paris in December, India has pledged to increase carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions more slowly than the economy grows. The latest analysis of India’s plan calculates that if it expands as it hopes – by more than 8.5% a year – emissions will reach 9bn megatonnes by the end of the next decade. This is about one-fifth of the total annual emissions that scientists … [Read more...] about India could push world into climate change danger zone, warn scientists
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday he plans to work with his counterparts in Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey to address climate change, noting Wednesday he hopes the coalition of states can set an example for the rest of the country. Appearing before the newly expanded Governor’s Council on Climate Change, the Democrat said state officials need to take action, given President Donald Trump’s skepticism of a warming planet. “Climate change is an existential threat. It’s a real threat,” Lamont said. “And if they don’t understand that in the White House, we understand that here in Connecticut, and we understand it with our fellow governors.” The council has been charged with monitoring Connecticut’s progress toward reducing the state’s carbon emissions, eventually to 0%, by 2040. The group is scheduled to provide Lamont with a report on that progress by Jan. 15, 2021, and annually … [Read more...] about Lamont seeks to work with neighboring states on climate
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Conservative youth leaders in the United States launched a nationwide campaign on Wednesday to promote a carbon tax to combat global warming, defying the Republican Party and opposition to climate measures by President Donald Trump. Drawn from Republican groups on more than two dozen university campuses, the Young Conservatives for Carbon Dividends called for laws to tax oil, natural gas and coal producers of planet-warming greenhouse gases. The taxation plan would make fossil fuels more costly while the resulting revenues would be used to promote cleaner, greener alternatives. “We claim to be the party that cares about the future that our children will inherit, and we need climate policy that reflects that,” said Kiera O’Brien, 21, a senior at Harvard University who co-founded the group. “We are offering up what we see as the common sense solution and the way forward for the party,” O’Brien told the … [Read more...] about Young U.S. Republicans defy party to fight climate change
The United States, historically the largest contributor to global warming, will withdraw from the non-binding Paris Climate Agreement, President Trump announced Thursday. The United States formally signed onto the agreement in September 2016. “The Paris Agreement alone won’t solve the climate crisis,” President Obama said at the time, “but it does establish an enduring framework that enables countries to ratchet down their carbon emissions over time, and to set more ambitious targets as technology advances. That means full implementation of this agreement will help delay or avoid some of the worst consequences of climate change, and pave the way for more progress in the coming years.” In his remarks Thursday, delivered from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said the United States will withdraw from the treaty, but will “begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord, or a really, entirely new transaction.” In advance of Trump’s … [Read more...] about Watch Trump’s ‘Reckless’ Announcement on U.S. Pulling Out of Paris Climate Accord
A drastic reduction in emissions is needed to avert catastrophic global warming. And it's needed fast, say climate scientists. Global greenhouse gas emissions must fall by 7.6 per cent each year over the next decade to limit rising temperatures to the 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) threshold outlined in the Paris Agreement, a UN Environment Program report warns. Read more: CO2 emissions gap: UN report warns of 'collective failure to act' Reducing emissions must be a global effort. But some nations emit far more CO2 than others. From industry to infrastructure, resources to development, and population to politics, there are different reasons for these countries' high carbon emissions. But why is it so hard to cut back on carbon and make progress on climate protection? Germany: Cars and coal A decade ago, Germany's plan to move to renewable energy positioned the country as a pioneer in the fight against climate change. But its climate protection … [Read more...] about High emission countries: Why are they lagging on climate protection?
Some of the biggest names in technology — from Apple to Amazon, Google, Lyft and Spotify — have jumped on board the growing movement of businesses and civic organizations committed to honoring the Paris Agreement on climate change, regardless of the U.S. government's lack of support. The announcement comes days after President Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the landmark deal signed by 195 nations. "In the absence of leadership from Washington, states, cities, colleges and universities and businesses representing a sizeable percentage of the U.S. economy will pursue ambitious climate goals, working together to take forceful action and to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions," the coalition, which now consists of more than 1,000 cities, counties, states, universities and businesses, said in a statement released Monday. Going by the name "We Are Still In," the coalition called itself "the broadest cross section of the … [Read more...] about Paris climate agreement: Tech giants say “We are still in”