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UN chief urges fossil fuel ad ban as heat records pile up

UN chief urges fossil fuel ad ban as heat records pile up

BAN ON OIL ADS “The Godfathers of climate chaos – the fossil fuel industry – rake in record profits and feast off trillions in taxpayer-funded subsidies,” Guterres said.  “I urge every country to ban advertising from fossil fuel companies,” he said, likening it to bans on other products harmful to human health like tobacco.  “We need an exit ramp off the highway to climate hell,” he said as signatories of the Paris Agreement are expected to deliver new emissions targets by early 2025.  Guterres also repeated calls for taxing the fossil fuel industry profits to finance the fight against global warming, specifically pointing to “solidarity levies on sectors such as shipping, aviation and fossil fuel extraction”.  “Even if emissions hit zero tomorrow, a recent study found that climate chaos will still cost at least US$38 trillion a year by 2050,” he said.  That is more than the US$2.4 trillion needed by 2030 for developing countries, excluding China, to get out of fossil fuels and adapt to a warmer planet, as estimated by UN experts.   Guterres said he made his speech now with concerns that the climate crisis has become “a victim of …

Coastal community evacuated due to sea level rise

Coastal community evacuated due to sea level rise

On a tiny island off Panama’s Caribbean coast, about 300 families are packing their belongings in preparation for a dramatic change. Generations of Gunas who have grown up on Gardi Sugdub in a life dedicated to the sea and tourism will trade that this week for the mainland’s solid ground. They go voluntarily – sort of. The Gunas of Gardi Sugdub are the first of 63 communities along Panama’s Caribbean and Pacific coasts that government officials and scientists expect to be forced to relocate by rising sea levels in the coming decades. On a recent day, the island’s Indigenous residents rowed or sputtered off with outboard motors to fish. Children chattered as they hustled through the warren of narrow dirt streets on their way to school. “We’re a little sad, because we’re going to leave behind the homes we’ve known all our lives, the relationship with the sea, where we fish, where we bathe and where the tourists come, but the sea is sinking the island little by little,” said Nadín Morales, 24, who prepared …

Climate Protestors Storm Tesla’s Gigafactory in Europe

Climate Protestors Storm Tesla’s Gigafactory in Europe

Protesters charged onto Tesla’s factory site near Berlin on Friday, as part of a five-day demonstration against the carmaker’s local expansion plans. Footage on social media showed crowds of black-clad protesters on Tesla premises and running towards one of the site’s buildings. “800 people have entered the premises of the gigafactory,” Lucia Mende, spokesperson for the group Disrupt Tesla, told WIRED. She added activists were now on their way to a disused airfield which German media recently reported Tesla was using to store thousands of unsold cars. “They want to prevent the expansion of the factory,” Mende said of the protesters. “Several people are trying to gain unauthorized access to the Tesla factory premises,” the local police said on X, at around midday local time. “We are working to prevent this.” Mende claimed arrests had been made but did not know how many. Neither the police nor Tesla immediately replied to WIRED’s request for comment. “We here from the forest have witnessed how the protesters broke through police lines to get onto the factory grounds,” …

Trump Reportedly Asks Fossil Fuel CEOs For  Billion

Trump Reportedly Asks Fossil Fuel CEOs For $1 Billion

Former President Donald Trump is more than happy to fulfil the oil and gas industry’s wish list if he’s reelected — but he has an asking price. Trump reportedly solicited top oil and gas executives to give $1 billion (£801m) for his campaign to return to the White House, vowing in return to undo many of President Joe Biden’s green energy policies if he is elected in November. Trump hosted the country’s top fossil fuel CEOs at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida last month when he “stunned” executives with the ask, according to The Washington Post. The $1 billion sum would ultimately be a “deal” for the fossil fuel industry, Trump reportedly told the executives, because of the money they would save with him in office. An anonymous industry source told the Post that Trump is likely to get some funds. The oil and fossil fuel industry has long made its alliances with the Republican Party, which generally supports and promotes fossil fuels. Ahead of the 2024 election, the industry has been drawing up “ready-to-sign” …

City Trees Save Lives | WIRED

City Trees Save Lives | WIRED

“We are able to quantify how outcomes would have been different in real events,” says de Guzman. “I know that projections are for a higher number of extreme heat days in each of these communities.” In other words: The time to act is now. Tall trees provide shade, for one, but plants in general release water vapor as they photosynthesize, essentially “sweating.” Accordingly, a high-income neighborhood with lots of parks and landscaping might be 15 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than a low-income, more industrialized area—like so many health threats, heat disproportionately affects those who are the most deprived. The urban heat island effect varies not only from neighborhood to neighborhood, but also from block to block and even house to house. Different building materials, like wood and brick, absorb and retain the sun’s energy in different ways. So the utility of this kind of research is to first of all find whole neighborhoods to prioritize for greening, but then to target specific places to put single trees. “We don’t necessarily in urban areas plant entire forests—we …

Latin America experienced record heat, ‘climatic hazards’ in 2023

Latin America experienced record heat, ‘climatic hazards’ in 2023

Latin America and the Caribbean had their warmest year on record in 2023 as a “double-whammy” of El Nino and climate change caused major weather calamities, the World Meteorological Organization said Wednesday. Issued on: 08/05/2024 – 20:01Modified: 08/05/2024 – 19:59 2 min Droughts, heatwaves, extreme rainfall and a record-breaking hurricane had major impacts on health, food and energy security, and economic development, the UN body said in a new report. “Unfortunately, 2023 was a year of record climatic hazards in Latin America and the Caribbean,” WMO Secretary-General Celeste Saulo said in a statement. “El Nino conditions during the second half of 2023 contributed to a record warm year and exacerbated many extreme events. This combined with rising temperatures and more frequent and extreme hazards due to human-induced climate change,” she added. The report said the mean temperature for 2023 was the highest on record, with Mexico experiencing the fastest warming rate in the region. Severe drought – exacerbated by heatwaves – affected large areas of Latin America, including much of Central America, forcing a reduction …

Brazil’s flooded south struggles to access basic goods

Brazil’s flooded south struggles to access basic goods

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil —  The mayor of a major city in southern Brazil on Tuesday pleaded with residents to comply with his water rationing decree, given that some four-fifths of the population is without running water, a week after major flooding that has left at least 90 people dead and more than 130 others missing. Efforts were continuing to rescue people stranded by the floods in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, as more rain was forecast for the region into next week. The capital, Porto Alegre, has been virtually cut off, with the airport and bus station closed and main roads blocked because of the floodwaters. The floods in Brazil are among extreme weather events being seen around the world.Yoga teacher Maria Vitória Jorge’s apartment building in downtown Porto Alegre is flooded, so she’s leaving it behind, having withdrawn about $1,600 from her savings to rent an apartment for herself and her parents elsewhere in the state. “I can’t shower at home, wash the dishes or even have drinkable water,” the 35-year-old …

Hottest April on record is the 11th record-breaking month in a row

Hottest April on record is the 11th record-breaking month in a row

  A truck sprays water on a road in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to lower the temperature during a heatwave in April MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images The records just keep being smashed. Global temperatures last month were the highest ever recorded for the month of April, making this the 11th month in a row to set a record, according to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service. The average global surface air temperature during April 2024 was 15.03°C (59.05°F), which is 0.14°C above the previous record for April set in 2016. This means average global temperatures were 1.6°C higher during April 2024 than the average for April between 1850 and 1900, regarded by climate scientists as the pre-industrial benchmark. The global average for the past 12 months is also the highest on record, at 1.6°C above the 1850 to 1900 average. As part of the 2015 Paris Agreement, countries pledged to try to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Climate scientists won’t regard the 1.5°C limit as being breached until the long-term average …

Global temperature streak continues with record heat in April

Global temperature streak continues with record heat in April

April marked another “remarkable” month of record-breaking global air and sea surface temperature averages, according to a new report by the EU’s climate monitor published on Wednesday. Issued on: 08/05/2024 – 04:20 2 min The abnormally warm conditions came despite the continued weakening of the El Nino weather phenomenon that contributes to increased heat, said the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, pointing to human-caused climate change for exacerbating the extremes. Record heat  Since June last year, every month has been the warmest such period on record, according to Copernicus. April 2024 was no exception, clocking in at 1.58 degrees Celsius above the 1850-1900 pre-industrial average. “While unusual, a similar streak of monthly global temperature records happened previously in 2015/16,” Copernicus said. The average temperature over the last 12 months was also recorded at 1.6C above pre-industrial levels, surpassing the 1.5C target set by the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming. The anomaly does not mean the Paris target has been missed, which is calculated over a period of decades. But it does signal “how …

New US-China climate envoys to hold their first in-person talks in Washington

New US-China climate envoys to hold their first in-person talks in Washington

state department —  The United States’ and China’s new climate envoys are holding their first in-person talks on Wednesday and Thursday in Washington, leading a bilateral working group discussion to accelerate concrete climate action. Some analysts caution that political and economic tensions between the world’s two largest emitters of carbon dioxide, or CO2, could hamper progress on the climate front. This week’s talks will take place against the backdrop of the Biden administration’s probe into Chinese-made electric vehicles, or EVs, and calls to increase tariffs on the import of solar panels from China to protect domestic producers. John Podesta, senior adviser to U.S. President Joe Biden for international climate policy, and Liu Zhenmin, the People’s Republic of China’s special envoy for climate change, along with relevant officials from both countries, will convene this week’s working-group talks. Liu Zhenmin, China’s special envoy for climate change, arrives past demonstrators to attend a new session of talks at the COP28 U.N. Climate Summit, Dec. 11, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “The meeting will focus on areas identified …