Tag: Climate Change

Pope Francis Calls Climate Skeptics to ‘Ecological Conversion’

Pope Francis has decried what he sees as the “weak reaction” of governments to the climate crisis, while deploring “the ease with which well-founded scientific opinion about the state of our planet is disregarded.” What is needed, the pontiff suggested, is an “ecological conversion capable of supporting and promoting sustainable development.”   Read More: Pope […]

California’s next global warming target: dairy cows

California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm. The nation’s leading agricultural state is now targeting greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock. Despite strong opposition from farmers, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September that for the first time regulates heat-trapping gases from livestock operations and landfills. Cattle and […]

What could happen if Trump pulls US out of the Paris climate agreement

Diplomats who gathered earlier this month in Marrakech, Morocco for COP22, the United Nations climate change summit, already faced a difficult proposition: how to fine-tune and implement the international agreement on climate change drafted last year in Paris. The election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States confounded that process even […]

UK Researchers: Tax Food To Reduce Climate Change

A group of researchers in Oxford University, England have suggested that imposing a massive tax on carbon intensive foods – specifically protein rich foods like meat and dairy – could help combat climate change.   Read More: UK Researchers: Tax Food To Reduce Climate Change

The kids’ lawsuit over climate change is our best hope now.

After a week that sent advocates of a habitable Earth reeling, new hope has emerged that could make way for substantial climate action in the near term—even during a Trump administration: The children and young adults suing the federal government for their right to a stable climate can now proceed to trial, an unprecedented move […]

Al Gore offers to work with Trump on climate change

Former vice president and longtime environmental activist Al Gore campaigned hard against Donald Trump, saying his election “would take us toward a climate catastrophe.” But now that Trump will soon be occupying the Oval Office, Gore is extending an olive branch, saying in an online posting this week that he will do everything he can to […]

UN climate chief: No doubt world will shift to low emissions

Climate negotiators started work Monday on implementing the Paris Agreement on global warming amid uncertainty over how the U.S. election will impact the landmark deal as temperatures and greenhouse gases soar to new heights. U.N. climate chief Patricia Espinosa told delegates in the rain-soaked Moroccan city of Marrakech that “no politician or citizen, no business […]

GOP senators warn negotiators: US climate goals might not last

A group of Republican senators on Thursday advised American negotiators to warn their international counterparts that President Obama’s climate goals might not survive the next administration. In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, the senators, led by Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.), noted that American commitments to the international […]

Landmark Paris Climate Agreement Takes Formal Effect

The most significant international agreement to combat climate change took effect Thursday evening—midnight in Europe—just days before international climate negotiators were set to meet in Morocco to chart a path forward on the issue. The Paris Agreement’s entry into force comes a month after countries representing 55% of the world’s emissions committed to joining the […]

Trump could cancel global climate-change agreement

The Paris Agreement on climate change—the groundbreaking new global climate pact—comes into force on November 4. If Donald Trump is elected four days later, he has said he will “cancel” it. In an indication of just how exasperated the global environmental community feels about Trump’s anti-environment, pro-fossil fuel agenda—embodied by his stance on the Paris […]