Climate Change

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Under the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), most countries are treaty-bound to avoid “dangerous climate change”. Countries who signed and ratified the 2015 Paris Accord then had to produce nationally defined contributions (NDCs) to meet the decarbonisation targets. As the twenty-fifth annual UN Conference of the Parties (COP) begins in Madrid,…

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Actions and notes after the national meeting, 19 Nov 2019 Climate Income It was agreed to rebrand carbon fee and dividend to climate income with the following guidelines:- Keep CF&D as the policy name when talking to policy makers. They understand and appreciate that we have one name for promotion and the official name which…

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UK climate stripes
21st June 2019

Show your stripes

Today, 21st June, is #ShowYourStripes day. These stripes, which show a colour for the average temperature of each year, blue for a cool year, red for a warm year, were invented by Ed Hawkins, climate scientist at the University of Reading, and though they’ve been around for a while, they’ve recently taken off on Twitter.

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On 11 June 2019, UK PM Theresa May declared Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions would be achieved in the UK by 2050. What does this mean for the climate and climate change? Here’s a presentation given at our June monthly meeting by CCL UK steering group member, Louisa Davison. All the links to the press…

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Wiltshire produces more solar-electricity than any other county in the UK but we’re joint 190th for wind energy. In fact, we produce about 6000 times more energy from the Sun than we do from the wind. That’s quite a contrast and we could do better. Of course, many people find wind farms ugly and don’t…

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So the first rule of attending a conference on climate change and what we can do about it is not to add to the carbon emitted by getting there. So, Milly, Dave and I all traveled up by train to Lancaster to the Climate Emergency conference. (I love trains but at £118 for the journey,…

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31st March 2019

Climate Canary

We are about to lose all our shallow water tropical reefs. From Australia’s Great Barrier to the shifting shoals of the Bahamas, the world’s warm-water ecosystems are facing total destruction—possibly within ten to twenty years. The only way to avoid this catastrophe is to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 centigrade. There are many reasons…

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27th March 2019

The Hundred Tonne Diet

Don’t take my word—or anyone else’s—for anything. You don’t need to. The data is so clear that you can see, for yourself, the reality of human-induced climate change. The graph above has two curves. The first, in blue, shows the cumulative amount of carbon dioxide that we’ve put into the atmosphere since 1880 whilst, in…

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Economic activities have now pumped almost as much carbon dioxide into the air as the atmosphere contained, in total, at the start of the Industrial Revolution two centuries ago. Science has known for over 120 years that this should, in theory, cause warming by a few centigrade. Mankind is now testing that theory in the…