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Vicious words mark the war between pro and anti-nuclear environmentalists

The dispute is getting personal and much closer to the political bone with the fallout potentially damaging the whole idea of ‘environmentalism’ The war of words between the pro- and anti-nuclear environmentalists shows no sign of ending, with those writers in favour – George Monbiot, Mark Lynas, Fred Pearce and…

NASA scientist: climate change is a moral issue on a par with slavery

Prof Jim Hansen to use lecture at Edinburgh International Science Festival to call for worldwide tax on all carbon emissions.  Averting the worst consequences of human-induced climate change is a “great moral issue” on a par with slavery, according to the leading Nasa climate scientist Prof Jim Hansen. He argues…

Climate change to drive weather disasters: UN experts

Climate change is amplifying risks from drought, floods, storms and rising seas, threatening all countries but small island states, poor nations and arid regions in particular, UN experts warned on Tuesday. In its first-ever report on the question, the Nobel-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said man-made global-warming gases…

Climate change to drive weather disasters: UN experts

PARIS — Climate change is amplifying risks from drought, floods, storms and rising seas, threatening all countries but small island states, poor nations and arid regions in particular, UN experts warned on Tuesday. In its first-ever report on the question, the Nobel-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said man-made…

Tennessee bill protects teachers who challenge evolution and climate change

The state legislature of Tennessee has given legal cover to public school teachers to challenge the science of evolution and climate change, in a move that looks set to deepen a debate about politicisation of the classroom. The bill passed in the Tennessee Senate this week provides legal protection to…

Climate change damage to oceans to cost $2 trillion

Greenhouse gases are likely to result in annual costs of nearly $2 trillion in damage to the oceans by 2100, according to a new Swedish study. The estimate by the Stockholm Environment Institute is based on the assumption that climate-altering carbon emissions continue their upward spiral without a pause. Warmer seas will lead…

Rep. Waxman: Make industry pay for carbon emissions

By Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian The way Henry Waxman sees it, Congress faces two huge challenges: cutting the deficit and protecting the country from the worst consequences of climate change. Why not act on both together? Cutting the US government deficit and protecting the country from the worst consequences of…

Environmental crunch ‘worse than thought’: OECD

Pressures on Earth’s ecosystem are now so great that future generations could be doomed to falling living standards, the OECD said on Thursday in a report looking to the mid-century. “Providing for a further two billion people by 2050 and improving the living standards for all will challenge our ability…

Scientists use Thoreau’s journal notes to track climate change

By Alison Flood – Researchers use Walden author’s tables of flowering dates in 1840s Massachusetts to show temperature has risen 2.4C Fittingly for a man seen as the first environmentalist, Henry David Thoreau, who described his isolated life in 1840s Massachusetts in the classic of American literature Walden, is now…

Climate change threatens Seychelles habitat

Bursts of torrential rain lash the idyllic white beaches of theSeychelles, where conservationists fear that rare species such as the giant tortoise are at severe risk from climate change. As changing season patterns bring harsher storms and much longer dry spells, international organisations are helping fight climate change in the tiny nation, the only one…

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