#AceNewsReport – Oct.26: The concentration of carbon dioxide, the most important greenhouse gas, is now 50% higher than before the Industrial Revolution sparked the mass burning of fossil fuels. Methane levels have more than doubled since 1750. All key greenhouse gases (GHG) rose faster in 2020 than the average for the previous decade and this trend has continued in 2021,
The data shows the climate crisis continues to worsen and send a “stark” message to the nations meeting at the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgowin a week’s time, according to WMO chief Prof Petteri Taalas: “We are way off track.”
The negotiators at the summit must deliver action to keep alive the goal of ending GHG emissions by 2050 and avoiding the worst climate impacts. Only stopping emissions will stabilise the levels of the gases and halt the temperature rises that drive the increasing damage from heatwaves, floods and droughts.
“At the current rate of increase in GHG concentrations, we will see a temperature increase by the end of this century far in excess of the Paris Agreement targets of 1.5C to 2C,” said Taalas. “[Rising levels of GHGs] have major negative repercussions for our daily lives and wellbeing, and for the future of our children and grandchildren.”
“It is hoped Cop26 will see a dramatic increase in commitments,” he said. “We need to transform our commitment into action that will have an impact on GHGs. We need to revisit our industrial, energy and transport systems and whole way of life – the needed changes are economically affordable and technically possible. There is no time to lose.”
The burning of coal, oil and gas is the biggest source of CO2, which is the cause of 66% of global heating. CO2 emissions fell by about 5% in 2020 due to Covid restrictions, compared to 2019. But many billions of tonnes of CO2 were still pumped into the atmosphere, meaning the Covid economic slowdown “did not have any discernible impact on the atmospheric levels of GHG and their growth rates”, the WMO said.
About half of the CO2 from human activities remains in the atmosphere, with the other half soaked up by oceans and trees and plants on land. But the WMO warned that global heating is damaging the ability of the natural world to take up emissions with, for example, the Amazon now having flipped from absorbing CO2 to emitting it as wildfires, droughts and logging destroy trees.
Methane accounts for 16% of global heating and the majority of its emissions are caused by human activity such as cattle farming and fossil fuel production. Methane is a potent and relatively short-lived GHG, so cutting emissions has a rapid impact. Ahead of Cop26, the US and EU pledged to cut methane emissions by 30% by 2030.
The other major GHG is nitrous oxide, responsible for 7% of global heating. These emissions mostly come from the overuse of chemical fertilisers in farming and cattle manure. The GHG data is collected by the WMO’s Global Atmosphere Watch Programme.
Levels of atmospheric GHGs are higher than ever experienced by the human race, and the highest for 3-5 million years. At that time, global temperature was 2-3C hotter and sea level was 10-20 meters higher than today, said Talaas: “But there weren’t 7.8 billion people then.”
“The true success, or failure, of Cop26 will be written in our skies in the form of greenhouse gas concentrations. This WMO report provides a brutally frank assessment of what’s been written there to date. So far, it’s an epic fail,” said Prof Dave Reay, at the University of Edinburgh.
“The small window of opportunity to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations at a level that meets the Paris climate goals is about to vanish,” he said. “Will this 26th Cop find success where the previous 25 have fallen short? Our atmosphere will bear witness.”
#AceNewsReport – Oct.17: The site goes on to say that this is a partnership not only with credit giant Mastercard but under the authority of the United Nations as well. Then they drop the ‘other shoe’ as the old saying goes. Your credit gets cut off when you reach your ‘carbon limit’. To effectively reduce the climate crisis, we have to make behavioural changes with high impact. DO Black is a, not yet launched, credit card that helps us calculate our climate spending, but it also comes with a monthly tCO2e limit, ensuring that we stick to the UN-2030-recommended cuts in carbon.
#AceDailyNews says according to a EU Times reports: Going GREEN will be a New Credit Card that Will Shut Off When Your ‘Carbon Footprint’ Gets Too High It’s being touted as “climate action in your pocket”, and the Doconomy site says “Our non-plastic, biodegradable DO card tracks the CO2 emissions generated from our transactions and then displays that data through a simple app.” as Doconomy launches Mastercard credit card with a carbon-emission spending limit
Doconomy Mastercard is the first credit card ever to stop you from overspending based on the level of CO2 emissions generated by your consumption. It’s presented as an “educational effort,” according to one of the founders.
Remember Klaus Schwab warning us last year that they were preparing the Great Reset which was part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and that the entire global paradigm upon which this sin-cursed and fallen world sits was going to radically and drastically change? Lol, 20 months later it’s obvious they sure weren’t lying about that. Since the whole world is heading rapidly to the Mark of the Beast System, it seems only fitting that have a true 666-style credit card to go along with it, right? Yep, and here it is, the new Doconomy Mastercard.
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear.” Revelation 13:7-9 (KJB)
It’s being touted as “climate action in your pocket”, and the Doconomy site says “Our non-plastic, biodegradable Doconomy DO card tracks the CO2 emissions generated from our transactions and then displays that data through a simple app.”
The site goes on to say that this is a partnership not only with credit giant Mastercard but under the authority of the United Nations as well. Then they drop the ‘other shoe’ as the old saying goes. Your Doconomy credit gets cut off when you reach your ‘carbon limit’.
To effectively reduce the climate crisis, we have to make behavioural changes with high impact. DO Black is a, not yet launched, credit card that helps us calculate our climate spending, but it also comes with a monthly tCO2e limit, ensuring that we stick to the UN-2030-recommended cuts in carbon.
Sometime I wonder if these people are reading Now The End Begins, and they just do this stuff to mess with me, because all this is exactly what we’ve been warning you about for years now. Money as you know it is getting ready to drastically change, and it will be connected to the Mark of the Beast in the days after the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church takes place. But because we are so very close that event right now, the Lord is allowing us to watch this lost world ‘set up shop’ for the coming Son of Perdition. They have created the race crisis, the climate crisis, the COVID crisis, the Vaccination Passport crisis, and the next thing will be the monetary crisis. Put it all together and you will find yourself in the time of Jacob’s trouble. Well, maybe you will, not me, I have a seat booked on Flight #777 on Titus213 Airlines. Enjoy the credit card!
Swedish fintech company Doconomy has launched a credit card that tracks the carbon dioxide emissions of purchases, and caps the climate impact of users’ spending…..
#AceNewsReport – Oct.03: Some of America’s most prominent companies, including Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Disney, are backing business groups that are fighting landmark climate legislation, despite their own promises to combat the climate crisis, a new analysis has found…
#AceDailyNews says that Guardian by Oliver Milman reports that Apple and Disney among companies backing groups against US climate bill: A clutch of corporate lobby groups and organizations have mobilized to oppose the proposed $3.5tn budget bill put forward by Democrats, which contains unprecedented measures to drive down planet-heating gases. The reconciliation bill has been called the “the most significant climate action in our country’s history” by Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader in the US Senate…..
Most large US corporations have expressed concern over the climate crisis or announced their own goals to cut greenhouse gases. Jeff Bezos, one of the world’s richest people, has said that the climate crisis is the “biggest threat to our planet” and the company he founded, Amazon, has created a pledge for businesses to cut their emissions to net zero by 2040. Microsoft has promised to be “carbon negative” within a decade from now and Disney is aiming to use only renewable-sourced electricity within the same timeframe.
But these leading companies, and others, either support or actively steer the very lobby groups that are attempting to sink the bill that carries the weight of Joe Biden’s ambitions to tackle the climate crisis, threatening one of the last major legislative efforts that will help decide whether parts of the world plunge into a new, barely livableclimatic state.
“Major corporations love to tell us how committed they are to addressing the climate crisis and building a sustainable future, but behind closed doors, they are funding the very industry trade groups that are fighting tooth and nail to stop the biggest climate change bill ever,” said Kyle Herrig, president of watchdog group Accountable.US, which compiled the analysis.
None of the companies contacted by the Guardian would rebuke the stance of the lobby groups they are part of and none said they would review their links to these groups.
“Hiding behind these shady groups doesn’t just put our environment at risk – it puts these companies’ household names and reputations in serious jeopardy,” Herrig said.
The US Chamber of Commerce has vowed to “do everything we can to prevent this tax raising, job killing reconciliation bill from becoming law”. The leading business lobby group’s board includes executives from companies including Microsoft, Intuit, United Airlines and Deloitte, which have all expressed concern over climate change – Deloitte even includes teaching the climate crisis to employees in its staff training – and have made various promises to reduce emissions.
Another group, the Business Roundtable, has said it is “deeply concerned” about the passage of the bill, largely because it raises taxes on the wealthy. The organization is made up of company chief executives, including Apple’s Tim Cook, who has called for stronger action on the climate emergency from governments and businesses. Other members include Andy Jassy, chief executive of Amazon, Sundar Pichai, who heads Google’s parent company Alphabet, and Darren Woods, chief executive of the oil giant Exxon.
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a trade group that includes Bayer and AstraZeneca among its members, has run adverts attacking the proposed bill. The Rate Coalition, another lobby group that has Disney, FedEx and Verizon as members, is also planning an advertising blitz to help kill off the legislation while the National Association of Manufacturers – backed by Johnson&Johnson, Dow and Goodyear – has said it is attempting to upend the bill “in every way you can imagine”.
This blitz threatens legislation that already faces a perilous path through Congress, with the president needing every Senate Democrat to vote for the package for it to pass. Joe Manchin, the centrist Democrat from West Virginia who is a major recipient of donations from the fossil fuel industry, has said the climate section of the bill “makes no sense” and has demanded that subsidies for coal, oil and gas remain in place. Republicans universally oppose the bill.
If enacted, the bill would establish a system to phase out emissions from the US electricity system, provide payments to prop up carbon-free nuclear energy and support the adoption of electric vehicles.
As the first major attempt at climate legislation in more than a decade, the bill comes at a time when scientists warn the world is rapidly running out of time to avoid catastrophic climate change. The legislation’s failure would not only wound Biden politically, it would also likely hinder attempts to prod other countries into more drastic action at crucial upcoming UN climate talks in Scotland.
“This is a historic chance to end fossil fuel subsidies and invest in a livable future,” said Lukas Ross, climate program manager at Friends of the Earth. “We can’t waste this opportunity to pass meaningful climate legislation because there might not be another.”
#AceNewsReport – Aug.14: Regional authorities reported the reading, which needs to be verified by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), near Syracuse on Wednesday. ….
#AceDailyNews says that Italy may have registered Europe’s hottest temperature on record where the Italian island of Sicily may have registered the hottest temperature ever recorded in Europe – 48.8C (119.8F) needs to be verified by WMO …
According to the WMO, the current official record in Europe is 48C, registered in Athens, Greece, in 1977.
The latest heatwave in Italy is being caused by an anticyclone – nicknamed Lucifer – moving up from Africa.
Anticyclones are areas of high atmospheric pressure where the air is sinking.
Lucifer is forecast to head north across mainland Italy, further raising temperatures in cities including the capital, Rome.
Italy’s health ministry has issued “red” alerts for extreme heat in several regions and the number of cities that face the highest health risk is expected to rise from eight to 15 by Friday.
The Mediterranean heatwave, which has seen some countries record their highest temperatures in decades, has led to the spread of wildfires across southern Italy, with Sicily, Calabria and Puglia the worst-hit regions.
Italian firefighters on Wednesday said they had been involved in more than 300 operations in Sicily and Calabria over a 12-hour period, battling through the night to control blazes burning thousands of acres of land.
Three fire-related deaths – two in Calabria and one in Sicily – have been reported by Italian media:
Separately, wildfires are continuing across Greece, fuelled by strong winds and parched vegetation. Foreign teams are helping to tackle blazes in what Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has described as a “nightmarish summer”.
The world has already warmed by about 1.2C since the industrial era began and temperatures will keep rising unless governments around the world make steep cuts to emissions here is a really simple guide to climate change
#AceNewsReport – Aug.08: UN researchers are set to publish their strongest statement yet on the science of climate change: The report will likely detail significant changes to the world’s oceans, ice caps and land in the coming decades: It is expected the forthcoming Summary for Policymakers will be a key document for global leaders when they meet in November….
It will be their first global assessment on the science of global heating since 2013.
The politicians are due to gather for a climate summit, known as COP26, in Glasgow.
After two weeks of virtual negotiations between scientists and representatives of 195 governments, the IPCC will launch the first part of a three-pronged assessment of the causes, impacts and solutions to climate change.
It is the presence of these government officials that makes the IPCC different from other science bodies. After the report has been approved in agreement with governments, they effectively take ownership of it.
On Monday, a short, 40-page Summary for Policymakers will be released dealing with the physical science.
ReutersThe IPCC will also look at the state of the Arctic as the climate warms
It may be brief, but the new report is expected to pack a punch.
“We’ve seen over a couple of months, and years actually, how climate change is unfolding; it’s really staring us in the face,” said Dr Heleen de Coninck, from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, who is a coordinating lead author for the IPCC Working Group III.
“It’s really showing what the impacts will be, and this is just the start. So I think what this report will add is a big update of the state of the science, what temperature increase are we looking at – and what are the physical impacts of that?”
So what can we expect from the upcoming report?
According to many observers, there have been significant improvements in the science in the last few years,
“Our models have gotten better, we have a better understanding of the physics and the chemistry and the biology, and so they’re able to simulate and project future temperature changes and precipitation changes much better than they were,” said Dr Stephen Cornelius from WWF, an observer at IPCC meetings.
“Another change has been that attribution sciences have increased vastly in the last few years. We can make greater links between climate change and extreme weather events.”
As well as updates on temperature projections, there will likely be a strong focus on the question of humanity’s role in creating the climate crisis.
It’s expected that this time the IPCC will also outline just how much of an influence humans are having on the oceans, the atmosphere and other aspects of our planetary systems.
One of the most important questions concerns sea-level rise. This has long been a controversial issue for the IPCC, with their previous projections scorned by some scientists as far too conservative.
“In the past they have been so reluctant to give a plausible upper limit on sea-level rise, and we hope that they finally come around this time,” said Prof Arthur Petersen, from UCL in London.
As the world has experienced a series of devastating fires and floods in recent months that have been linked to climate change, the report will also include a new chapter linking extreme weather events to rising temperatures.
Many have welcomed this development.
“I remain hopeful that the scientific evidence will show the stark reality of a world already altered by our rapidly changing climate and will motivate all nations to deliver urgent emission reductions and the necessary amount of climate finance at COP26,” said Mohammed Adjei Sowah, who is the mayor of Accra in Ghana and vice chair of the C40 group of cities.
“We only need to look out of our windows to see that the climate crisis is already here. Cities such as Accra and nations such as Ghana, which have contributed the least to greenhouse gas emissions, will experience many of the greatest impacts.”
One of the things that gives the report additional muscle is the fact that it is not just one particular research paper on one topic – the reviewers consider all the research carried out on each area of focus.
Getty ImagesIn Japan, misting sprays are used to keep people cool
“Sometimes the IPCC gets criticised for being focused on consensus, and it’s suggested that this can weaken statements,” said Dr Emily Shuckburgh, from the University of Cambridge.
“But the fact that it is a summary across multiple lines of evidence is incredibly powerful and incredibly useful.”
One key question in the new summary will be about the 1.5C temperature target. The climate summit held in the French capital, Paris, in 2015, committed nations to try to limit the rise in global temperature from pre-industrial times to no more than 1.5 degrees.
“That report showed very clearly was that there are clear, clear benefits to limiting warming to 1.5C and those benefits have only become clearer over the past three years,” said Dr de Coninck, who was one of the key authors of that study.
“If this report says something about that temperature limit in relation to emissions and how they are developing, it will have a political influence on COP26 I think.”
With just a few months to go until world leaders meet in Glasgow for the climate conference that is seen as the most important since the Paris agreement came into being in 2015, this new report will be required reading for all attendees.
“I think it’s going to be a wake-up call, there’s no doubt about that,” said Richard Black, an honorary research fellow at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London.
“But then again, so are some of the real world events that we’re seeing around us at the moment.”
#AceNewsReport – July.27: The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021: The climate talks will bring together heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change: As COP26 Presidency, the UK is committed to working with all countries and joining forces with civil society, companies and people on the frontline of climate change to inspire action ahead of #COP26.
#COP26#ClimateChange……How much is the developing world getting to fight climate change ? Net zero targets are ‘pie in the sky’ So what will really be the result of another group of rich nations sitting down eating expensive meals in expensive hotels and backed by so many companies who caused the problem …..It has become “a matter of trust”, Alok Sharma says please Go to the COP26 website for more information.
The developed world had pledged to provide $100bn (£720m) a year by 2020, but this has still not been achieved so what’snext….?
Climate finance was discussed at length during a meeting in London of ministers and officials from more than fifty countries,
According to the senior UN climate representative Patricia Espinosa, developing countries “were very insistent and very clear in their messages” that they expect commitments made up to 2020 to be met.
It is going to be hard enough for rich countries to adjust to the need to remove fossil fuels and carbon from their own economies.
But it is going to be a lot more challenging in developing nations, where there is far less money to pay for new infrastructure and technology.
And there are an awful lot of people under threat.
So funding is needed for:
adaptation – adjusting to the growing effects of climate change
mitigation – reducing the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere
How much has been promised?
As long ago as 2009, the developed world agreed it would provide $100bn a year by 2020 to help poorer countries:
deal with the effects of climate change
build greener economies in the future
But, although official figures have not yet been released, an expert reportcommissioned by the United Nations concludes the target has not been reached – even though a new and more ambitious target is now supposed to be set for 2025.
“The $100bn commitment should be seen as a floor not a ceiling,” lead author Amar Bhattacharya, from the Brookings Institution, says.
“Some progress has been made – but a lot more needs to be done.”
For many countries, this is the biggest issue to resolve in the run-up to Cop26 – and the very poorest are demanding action.
How far short are the pledges?
It is quite hard to calculate what money should be included in the overall figure, because it is a complicated mix of money from governments, international lenders and private companies.
But the UN and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimate the total had reached nearly $79bn by 2018 – and failed to reach $100bn by 2020.
Between 2016 and 2018, 43% of the funding went to Asia, 25% to Africa and 17% to the Americas – a lot of it spent on green energy or transport infrastructure.
But far more will be needed.
Who is not paying enough?
The rich countries recognise they have not yet met the target they set themselves.
“Within the G7 [group of rich countries], the three countries that have been the leaders are Germany, Japan and France in that order,” Mr Bhattacharya says.
The UK and Canada are slightly behind them – but the two big laggards are the United States and, particularly, Italy.
ReutersThe UK will be hosting Cop26
In April, the US announced it would double its 2016 climate-finance contributions to $5.7bn by 2025 – but compared with the size of its economy, that is still very small.
Meanwhile, Italy provides only about $0.6bn per year.
Both countries have signed up to a big push to increase the overall amount of money provided, but that will need domestic political approval.
“President Biden has indicated to me his total commitment to helping to make that happen,” US Climate Envoy John Kerry says.
“If they [the developed world] do not come together and produce that, it is going to be exceedingly hard to get any kind of broad-based agreement.”
So there is an expectation further announcements will be made between now and Cop26. And ministers from Germany and Canada have been tasked with developing a “credible delivery plan” to make sure the $100bn figure is achieved.
But experts say that should be only the beginning.
Dr Alina Averchenkova, from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, says: “$100bn isn’t going to do it – we need to move trillions in both public and private money.
“The pandemic has shown us it can be done when there is the political will.
“Unfortunately, climate change is quickly becoming the same kind of emergency – and it will be with us for the long term.”
Are there any strings attached to the money?
Yes. By 2018, about three-quarters of the government money made available for climate action in developing countries was in the form of loans that need to be paid back, rather than grants that do not.
The share of grants was higher to the very poorest countries – but still less than half the total.
And that is a big problem in countries, many already heavily in debt, where Covid has made access to international funds even more pressing.
“Developing countries cannot just rely on loans, so it is going to be really important that more climate finance is provided in grants,” Dr Averchenkova says.
“It’s never going to be the whole amount – but it needs to be more.”
So it is the quality as well as the quantity of funding that matters.
And the message from the world’s poorer countries is pretty simple – if you want ambitious climate targets, you are going to have to pay for them.
#AceWeatherReport – July.27: The Great Plains and Midwest — along with parts of the East — . And in places where residents must also cope with high humidity, those temperatures could feel like they have reached triple digits….
#AceDailyNews says Both Sides of the Pond: As floods, heat, then floods again: England is battered by wild weather as much of the USA suffers heat dome as #GlobalWarming creates more instances of #ClimateChange following the recent California Wildfires last week …..and it spreads worldwide as #COP26 prepares with all leaders making promises but will they keep them before its too late or is it too late already ?
Updated: July 26, 2021, 7:40 a.m. ET13 minutes ago
Extreme Weather and Climate Updates
Residents used buckets, brooms and wooden boards to create makeshift flood defences for their homes as storm drains were overloaded in parts of the city.
“Having been born and raised in London, I have never seen anything quite like it,” said south London resident Eddie Elliott. “It stands out as the worst I’ve experienced personally … totally shut down the whole road with buses stood broken down in the water.”
The rain followed a spell of hot, sunny weather that sent Britons to lakes and the sea in search of relief.
Earlier this month a wave of storms caused huge flooding damage and left more than 200 people dead in Germany and Belgium.
US States are suffering more wildfires with a heat dome expected this week …..
An excessive heat warning was in place for parts of Idaho, Montana and Oregon through Tuesday, . Billings, Mont., could see temperatures , and nearby locations could reach 110. Boise, Idaho, is on Monday, but cool down slightly as the week progresses. A heat advisory was also in effect for Monday and Tuesday for parts of Louisiana and Texas and up through South Dakota.
The nation’s largest wildfire, the Bootleg Fire in southwest Oregon, grew over the weekend and has now burned about 408,000 acres. “The progress that we have made is due to the continuous, vigilant work by our crews,” Joe Hessel, an incident commander for the Oregon Department of Forestry, . “Severe fire weather conditions and extremely dry fuels continue to challenge us on this fire.”
Dozens of are actively burning across the Western United States, charring large swaths of land in recent days, according to a New York Times analysis of government and satellite data. Some are threatening thousands of people who live and work just a few miles away.
As the fire season gets underway, The Times built an interactive map to track the latest wildfires as they spread across Western states. Check back regularly for updates.
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At least seven people were killed and several others were injured when in southwestern Utah on Sunday afternoon, state officials said.
The Utah Highway Patrol said it appeared that in the crash “after high winds caused a sand or dust storm and impaired visibility on the roadway.”
“No one could see, so people started stopping, and then you just get a chain reaction,” Trooper Andrew Battenfield, a spokesman for the Highway Patrol, said late Sunday night. “Nobody could see, and then all of a sudden, you’re slamming into a car,” he said. “It’s just a horrific situation.”
Several people were taken to local hospitals in critical condition, officials said.
The crash, which happened around 5 p.m. local time, prompted the closure of parts of Interstate 15 in Millard County, between Salt Lake City and St. George. The Highway Patrol said the road would be closed in the area for a “significant time.”
China’s breakneck growth over the last four decades erected soaring cities where there had been hamlets and farmland. The cities lured factories, and the factories lured workers. The boom lifted hundreds of millions of people out of the poverty and rural hardship they once faced.
Now those cities face the daunting new challenge of adapting , a possibility that few gave much thought to when the country began its extraordinary economic transformation. China’s pell-mell, brisk urbanization has in some ways made the challenge harder to face.
No one weather event can be directly linked to climate change, but that flooded Zhengzhou and other cities in central China last week, killing at least 69 as of Monday, reflects a that has seen deadly flooding recently in Germany and Belgium, and extreme heat and wildfires in Siberia. The flooding in China also highlights the environmental vulnerabilities that accompanied the country’s economic boom and could yet undermine it.
China has already taken some steps to begin to address climate change. Xi Jinping is the country’s first leader to make the issue a national priority.
As early as 2013, Mr. Xi promised to build an “ecological civilization” in China. “We must maintain harmony between man and nature and pursue sustainable development,” he said in a in Geneva in 2013.
LONDON: Londoners were cleaning up on Monday (Jul 26) after torrential rain left homes, roads and several subway stations flooded, the second unseasonal inundation in as many weeks.
The Met Office weather agency said 41.6cm of rain fell in central London on Sunday afternoon. Monday was drier, but the Environment Agency said four flood warnings remained in place for southeast England.
Two London hospitals asked patients not to come to the emergency department because of disruption from the floods.
Transport for London said eight stations were closed because of flooding, including Pudding Mill Lane, an above-ground station where video footage showed water surging through a concourse and up stairs.
For the second time in a matter of two weeks, heavy rainfall has wreaked havoc across London, flooding train stations, stranding motorists and forcing at least two hospitals to redirect patients from their emergency rooms.
The downpour, which dumped about a month’s worth of rain in some areas on Sunday, came at the tail end of a heat wave that had led Public Health England to issue an alert for the first time ever warning people to stay cool indoors, close curtains in rooms that face the sun, drink plenty of water and avoid excess alcohol.
The heat broke as thunderstorms swept across southern England this weekend, bringing torrential downpours that dumped a month’s worth of rain in some areas in just a few hours.
The London Fire Brigade wrote on Twitter that it had responded to more than 1,000 calls as people needed to be rescue from cars suddenly submerged or escape homes as the waters rose. Heavy rainfall flooded emergency departments of Newham Hospital and led to “operational issues” at Whipps Cross Hospital. And service on the London Underground was disrupted as water poured into several stations.
Thames Water, a company responsible for Greater London’s sewage and water services, said on Monday that the rainfall had led to surface flooding and that crews had been working through the night to make repairs.
By Monday morning, the floodwaters had largely subsided, though Britain’s weather service said that warnings remained in effect in parts of the country.
While individual weather events are hard to directly attribute to climate change, there is now broad scientific agreement that the extreme weather the world is experiencing this summer is being fueled by those changes.
#AceNewsReport – July.27: Against a backdrop of fires and floods, researchers are meeting virtually to finalise a key climate science study.
#AceDailyNews reports that Climate Change: Researchers have started discussions on a vital report: Media registration for Working Group I contribution to Sixth Assessment Report: Over the next two weeks, the scientists will go through their findings line by line with representatives of 195 governments.
GENEVA, July 8 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will consider the Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) at a session to be held virtually from 26 July to 6 August 2021. Working Group I assesses the physical science basis of climate change: Formally the meeting in July and August consists of sessions of both the IPCC and of Working Group I. …….The 14th Session of Working Group I will consider the Summary for Policymakers of the report for approval in line-by-line scrutiny by government representatives in dialogue with report authors and accept the underlying scientific-technical assessment. Then the 54th Session of the IPCC will accept the work of the Working Group, formally accepting the report.
By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent
Experts say the report will be a “wake-up call” to governments: It is expected that the short, 40-page Summary for Policymakers will play an important role in guiding global leaders who will come to Glasgow in November to deal with critical climate questions.
Alok Sharma brings 51 countries together for critical climate discussions ahead of #COP26
Ministers to lay groundwork for success before November’s summit
Ministers arrive in London to discuss key issues that require resolution at COP26
COP26 President hopes to build common ground and sketch the outline of the Glasgow outcome ahead of summit
US, India, China among 50+ countries represented at two-day ministerial meeting in a combination of virtual and in-person attendance
Today [Sunday] the COP26 President-Designate, Alok Sharma, will bring climate and environment ministers and representatives from more than 50 countries together to lay the groundwork for success ahead of November’s COP26 negotiations.
The event marks the first face-to-face ministerial of its kind in more than 18 months. With fewer than 100 days to go until the critical UN climate change conference, Mr Sharma is convening the meeting in London to shape the vision of the final outcomes from COP26, and build a “unity of purpose to deliver them”.
The two-day meeting will see major emitters like the US and China in discussion with countries that are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, such as Jamaica, Costa Rica, Rwanda and The Marshall Islands.
The ministerial will cover the UK COP Presidency’s key goal of keeping the critical 1.5C temperature rise limit alive. Topics under discussion include mobilising climate finance, scaling up efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change, loss and damage caused by climate change, and finalising the “rulebook” for implementation of the Paris Agreement, with a focus on Article 6, which sets out how countries can reduce emissions using international carbon markets and non-market approaches.
As the world has warmed over the past 30 years, the IPCC has become the most important platform for summarising the state of scientific understanding of the problem, its impacts and solutions.
This year, though, the panel’s report takes places as extreme weather events have shaken the US and Canada, Europe and Asia. The question of the role played by human-induced climate change is being asked more loudly than ever.
What does the IPCC do and how is it relevant to me?
Formed in 1988, the IPCC’s role is to provide politicians with assessments every six or seven years on the science, the impacts and the potential options for tackling climate change.
Over the years, its reports have become more strongly worded as the evidence has mounted.
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“The 1.5C report was really kind of instrumental for young people to use that science to marshal their efforts towards action,” said Ko Barrett, a vice chair of the IPCC and a head of research at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa).
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“I think maybe the report surprised us all, that the report had such an impact in getting people to think, wow, this is not some big future problem. This is like right now.”
The IPCC’s latest summary of the science, to be published on 9 August, is also likely to have a big impact.
In a couple of months, world leaders will come to Glasgow to try to advance the world’s efforts against rising temperatures. The IPCC’s forthcoming report will be required reading for many attending COP26.
“I think it’s going to be a wake-up call, there’s no doubt about that,” said Richard Black, an honorary research fellow at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London.
“But then again, so are some of the real world events that we’re seeing around us at the moment.”
Is the IPCC just about scientists?
Many people think that the IPCC is just a platform for science, but that’s not the full picture.
“The IPCC itself actually consists of representatives from 195 governments in all, and they basically commission the reports from the various groups of academics that do the work,” said Richard Black.
“And this to me is the key thing about the IPCC. It’s not just a bunch of scientists producing a report; they are commissioned by governments, and they’re owned by governments. And that makes them absolutely unique.”
So how does it work?
The IPCC, while it has undoubted clout, doesn’t actually conduct its own research.
For its assessments, the IPCC divides the work into three different areas. The first is the physical science report, the second the study on impacts, the third is on mitigation.
The impacts and mitigation studies will come out early next year, as well as a synthesis report that will pull all the threads together.
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For the upcoming publication on the physical science, more than 200 researchers been working together in groups to review the existing peer-reviewed literature over the last four years.
Their initial draft reports were subject to discussions and comments from fellow researchers and from governments.
The new study attracted around 75,000 comments as it was drafted and re-written.
Over the next two weeks, a final Summary for Policymakers, running to around 40 pages, will be agreed word by word with government representatives.
“The scientists come in with a proposal document that line by line gets challenged by the representative of the United Nations there, and the scientists defend their lines,” said Prof Corinne Le Quéré, from the University of East Anglia who has been involved with two previous IPCC assessment reports.
“Nothing gets written that is not scientifically correct. So, scientists have the right to just say this is wrong, and the documents gets really strong at the end because of that process.”
One of the things that gives the report additional muscle is the fact that it is not just one particular research paper on one topic – the reviewers consider all the pieces of research carried out on each area of focus.
“Sometimes the IPCC gets criticised for being focussed on consensus, and it’s suggested that that can weaken statements,” said Dr Emily Shuckburgh, from the University of Cambridge.
“But the fact that it is a summary across multiple lines of evidence is incredibly powerful and incredibly useful.”
So what can we expect from the upcoming report?
As in previous assessments, there will likely be a strong focus on the question of humanity’s role in creating the climate crisis.
In the last report in 2013, the authors said that warming since the 1950s was “extremely likely” due to human activities.
This will likely be further strengthened, despite the objections of some countries.
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“It’s going to revise this overall attribution statement. Obviously, it is going to be stronger than what we had in the past because of the growing warming of the planet,” said Prof Le Quéré.
“That’s going to be one of the main points. It will be discussed very, very carefully, and scrutinised. You can be sure it will be scrutinised by governments.”
However, many participants are likely to be more concerned with the present and the future than questions of past responsibility.
There will be a new chapter on weather and extreme events in a changing climate.
Many will want to pay more attention to questions such as storms, floods or droughts with a low probability but high impact, as have been seen around the world in recent weeks.
“This time around, governments have asked the IPCC to also look at low probability events that could be potentially very damaging,” said Prof Le Quéré.
“So we can expect a lot more information. In fact, for almost the first time in the IPCC, (we’ll get) a lot more explicit information about the risks of extreme climate events.”
ReutersThe IPCC will also look at the state of the Arctic as the climate warms
As well as new information on sea-level rise and the state of the Arctic and Antarctic, the summary report will likely have new information on the chances of holding the global rise in temperatures to 1.5C this century.
It will assess whether governments are on track to meet the targets agreed in the Paris climate pact.
What could possibly go wrong?
This is the first time that the IPCC has attempted an approval session remotely. These gatherings are usually a week long and often involve quite vigorous discussions between government representatives and scientists.
With just a few months left before the COP26 climate conference, the stakes for the participants are perhaps higher than at any time in recent history.
Given the scale of weather-related disasters we are witnessing around the world, the public and politicians are now more attuned to the issue of climate change than ever before.
All this will add to the pressure on the IPCC. There are likely many long nights ahead for the participants.
#AceNewsReport – July.25: Smoke from dozens of blazes in the western USA is now coming to the aid of firefighters battling the mounting devastation across the region……
#AceDailyNews says smoke from wildfires is so huge it’s actually helping army of firefighters as fumes pouring into the air have been providing ‘smoke shade’ in some areas – which provides cooler conditions and temporarily blocks the sun.
Jim Hanson, a fire behaviour analyst from the Oregon Department of Forestry, explained: ‘This fire is resistant to stopping at dozer lines.
‘With the critically dry weather and fuels we are experiencing, firefighters are having to constantly re-evaluate their control lines and look for contingency options.’
In California, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for four northern counties because of wildfires that he said were causing ‘conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property’.
Climate change has been blamed for worsening the conditions needed to start and fuel fires – with manmade global warming making the US West much warmer and drier over the past 30 years.
Elsewhere, hundreds of homes are threatened in north-central Washington, where firefighters are battling two blazes in Okanogan County which caused hazardous air quality conditions on Saturday.
The Alder Creek fire in south-west Montana had already charred more than 6,800 acres by Saturday night – when it was 10% contained and threatening nearly 240 homes.
In California, the Tamarack blaze, south of Lake Tahoe, continued to burn devastate woodland and threaten communities on the Nevada border. Air quality there has also deteriorated to very unhealthy levels.
Heavy smoke from that fire and Dixie has reduced visibility and even grounded some aircraft supporting fire crews.
A theme park had to be evacuated in northern Idaho on Friday thanks to a small fire which was half contained by Saturday when the venue reopened.
Looking ahead, forecasters say hot weather and afternoon winds could continue to spread the blazes but there is a chance of scattered thunderstorms in California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and other states. However, weather experts warned that some could be dry thunderstorms that produce little rain but a lot of lightning, which can spark new blazes.
Abnormally high temperatures have been recorded in swathes of North America in recent days.
On Friday, the British Columbia Wildfire Service said that 136 fires were active across the province following some 12,000 lightning strikes the previous day.
Hundreds of people have been warned they may have to leave their homes.
Reuters: Authorites in British Columbia have recorded more than 130 wildfires, like this one in Kamloops
Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said the government would provide aid, including military helicopters and personnel, to help tackle the fires and reach people threatened by the flames.
The blazes have forced the closure of a number of major roads.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the weather and the wildfires were having a “devastating” and “unprecedented” impact on British Columbia.
“These wildfires show that we are in the earliest stages of what promises to be a long and challenging summer,” he said.
Health officials say extreme heat is likely to have contributed to 719 sudden deaths over the past week.
“Many of the deaths experienced over the past week were among older individuals living alone in private residences with minimal ventilation,” Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe said in a statement.
Temperatures have been easing in coastal areas of Canada, but there is not much respite for inland regions. The British Columbia Wildfire Service said it was bracing for more wildfires throughout the weekend.
The UK began phasing out the sale of higher-energy halogen lightbulbs in 2018 under EU-wide rules.
Now retailers will no longer be able to sell most remaining halogen bulbs, such as kitchen spotlights.
Legislation for the plans is being brought forward this month by the government.
The plan will help continue the shift to low-energy LED lightbulbs, which account for about two-thirds of lights now sold in Britain.
It is expected to mean LEDs will account for 85% of all bulbs sold by 2030, officials said.
LED lights last five times longer than traditional halogen bulbs and produce the same amount of light, but use up to 80% less power.
To help people to choose the most efficient lightbulbs, changes to the energy labels that consumers see on bulb packaging are being brought in, with the A+, A++ and A+++ ratings abandoned and efficiency graded between A-G, with only the most efficient bulbs given an A rating.
LED bulbs could be incorporated into the fluorescent light fittings as a more energy-efficient alternative, officials said.
Legislation will also include moves to phase out high-energy fluorescent lightbulbs – such as strip lights commonly found in offices – with a view to bringing an end to their sale from September 2023.
There was a time when the humble light bulb became the centre of a political storm over “green madness”.
The EU had announced a ban on old-fashioned incandescent bulbs – the ones that give off more heat than light and use a lot of electricity in the process.
It was a move that led to a campaign of resistance with one newspaper even giving away the bulbs to encourage their use.
But this latest move – the final step in ending sales of halogen lights – comes in very different times.
Many types of halogen bulbs were already banned several years ago, so this is a tightening of the screw on energy waste rather than a massive upheaval.
But it does provide another signal that if the UK is to meet its promises to tackle the heating of the climate, every sector of the economy – in fact almost every aspect of our lives – will have to see some kind of change.
The cut in carbon emissions as a result of the new rules is the equivalent of removing more than half a million cars from the UK’s roads, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial strategy said.
It is part of a package of measures which it says will save consumers money and includes the right to get goods repaired, new energy labels and higher efficiency standards for white goods, TVs and other appliances.
Energy minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “We’re phasing out old inefficient halogen bulbs for good, so we can move more quickly to longer-lasting LED bulbs, meaning less waste and a brighter and cleaner future for the UK.
“By helping ensure electrical appliances use less energy but perform just as well, we’re saving households money on their bills and helping tackle climate change.”
Stephen Rouatt, chief executive of Signify UK, which owns Philips lighting, said: “Using energy-efficient LED equivalents for halogen and fluorescent lighting on an even broader scale will significantly help the UK on its journey to decarbonisation, as well as lowering the annual electricity bills for consumers.”
For higher wattage bulbs, consumers should be able to perform a straight switch to LEDs. But for lower wattage fittings, which use transformers, LED bulbs may not work and might require a new transformer to be fitted.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.30: In 2020, China opened three-quarters of the world’s newly funded coal plants, according to the UK-based monitor CarbonBrief, and accounted for more than 80 percent of newly announced coal power projects.
#ClimateChange Crisi But China doubles down on coal plants abroad despite carbon pledge at home: China will press ahead with its multi-billion-dollar financing of coal plants in developing countries, a top climate official said Tuesday, despite Beijing’s stated aim of slashing carbon emissions.
At home, however, President Xi Jinping has pledged to wean China off coal with a peak carbon emissions target of 2030 – and achieve carbon neutrality thirty years later.
Those ambitious targets have been met with international praise.
But China’s overseas drive shows the complexity of untwining the economic drivers of coal power from environmental concerns.
“We cannot simply say that we’ll stop supporting coal-fired electricity plants in developing countries,” Li Gao, head of the climate change office at the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, told reporters.
“Combating climate change is also about letting people in developing countries live good lives.”
Echoing Xi’s comments at a recent climate summit hosted by US President Joe Biden, Li said poorer nations still need coal to power their economies.
“This is wholly in response to (foreign countries’) actual needs, and we use very high standards (to build the plants),” he said.
Li also suggested that these countries were not sufficiently developed to be able to use renewable energy as their main sources of power.
China is the world’s biggest polluter and emits a third of greenhouse gases globally.
It has also continued to fund dozens of coal plants abroad, from Zimbabwe to Indonesia, and environmentalists say they are set to produce more emissions than major developed nations.
China is making the overseas coal play as part of its trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative, a plan to fund infrastructure projects and increase its influence overseas.
In contrast, officials have pledged to “strictly control” coal use domestically to reach ambitious climate goals.
Just under 60 percent of power in China still comes from coal, but a new five-year national development plan unveiled in March set a target of generating 20 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2025.
China will continue to build smaller-scale coal plants to ensure reliable power supply across the grid, but their “emissions will not be as large” as traditional coal plants, according to Li.
“We will no longer continue large-scale development of coal-fired power plants, this is very clear.”
#AceNewsRepor – Nov.21: Permafrost covers 24 percent of the Earth’s land surface, and the soil constituents vary with local geology: Arctic lands offer unexplored microbial biodiversity and microbial feedbacks, including the release of carbon to the atmosphere. In some locations, hundreds of millions of years’ worth of carbon is buried:
The layers may still contain ancient frozen microbes, Pleistocene megafauna and even buried smallpox victims: As the permafrost thaws with increasing rapidity, scientists’ emerging challenge is to discover and identify the microbes, bacteria and viruses that may be stirring. Some of these microbes are known to scientists. Methanogenic Archaea, for example metabolize soil carbon to release methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Other permafrost microbes (methanotrophs) consume methane. The balance between these microbes plays a critical role in determining future climate warming. Others are known but have unpredictable behavior after release……
It is clear that the warmer we make the Arctic, the weirder it will get, as temperatures at the surface become more extreme and thawing deepens: With the coalescence of microbes reawakening from the deep and surface conditions unprecedented in human history, it is challenging to assess risks accurately without improved Arctic microbial datasets. We should pay attention to both known unknowns, such as antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and unknown unknowns, including the potential risks from the resurrection of ancient and poorly described viral genomes from Arctic ice by synthetic biologists:
For all of these reasons, we must come up with guidelines for future Arctic research. As travel through the region increases, the likelihood of pathogen export and import rises as well: The planetary protection guidelines that space agencies follow to prevent interplanetary contamination can provide a framework for how microbial investigation can safely continue. Biosurveillance measures must be put into place to protect communities in the Arctic and beyond. As the Arctic continues to transform, one thing is clear: as climate change warms this microbial repository during the 21st century, the full range of consequences is yet to be told:
#AceNewsReport – Dec.02: Editor says here we go again and with more protests and children climbing on the already full bandwagon is it not time to stop shouting ‘ STOP #CLIMATECHANGE but actually prepare for a future that has ALREADY been DAMAGED …We are the caretakers over this domain given to us and CARE AND LOVE is what we should apply not a ‘ sticking plaster ‘ but that means the whole world changing and nobody saying NOT ME ! ..Remember promises and commitments in Lima at #COP20 ……………………………..http://www.cop20lima.org/about/cop20.1.html
EuroNews reported: More than 50 world leaders have gathered for the 2019 United Nations Climate Change (COP25) conference at Madrid’s IFEMA convention centre. The event was supposed to take place in Chile but was moved due to civil unrest in the country: The Climate Summit, which should lay the framework for a new phase of climate action, starts today in the Spanish capital. #COP25 is the last UN Climate Summit before 2020, when many nations must submit new climate action plans.
“In Chile and the world we are experiencing social and environmental crises. In order to face them, we must return to our roots: we must listen to each other to rebuild trust and dialogue with a willingness to change”, explained Chilean environmental minister Carolina Schmidt.
Climate and equality:
Schmidt, who will preside over the negotiations during the summit, claimed that the way climate change affects the world is “unfair” as it mainly hurts vulnerable people, communities and countries.
US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi also mentioned that the climate crisis should be addressed in terms of “economic and environmental justice for all”. “We all believe that we have a moral responsibility to future generations to pass on this planet in a better way, the best possible way”, Pelosi said during the opening ceremony.
Ursula is official:
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is attending Madrid’s conference as her first official act. Von der Leyen has set high targets in the European Union’s policy to combat climate change, pledging to reduce the bloc’s carbon emissions by at least 50% by 2030.
On Sunday, her first day at the helm, she repeated to journalists her objective to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, meaning carbon emissions should be fully offset by measures that cut CO2, like planting trees.
The presidents of Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras and the Dominican Republic; the prime minister of Morocco, Saadeddine Othmani and Prince Albert of Monaco are some of the leaders that will be present this year.
Before the official opening, Spain’s acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will meet the heads of state and government of the EU countries and the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres. During the afternoon, he will meet the leaders from Latin America.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.12: Tens of thousands of people joined a climate change protest in Amsterdam on Sunday, urging the Dutch government to take action on climate change.The demonstration, the first of its kind in the Netherlands, drew around 40,000 people despite heavy rain, according to Agence France-Presse.“The high turnout is the proof that people now want a decisive policy on climate from the government,” Greenpeace, one of the march organizers, said in a statement.🤩🤩🤩40,000 march in the rain in Amsterdam to call for action on #climatechange@klimaatmars @GreenpeaceNL pic.twitter.com/gtuXtHHpYD— Greenpeace EU (@GreenpeaceEU) March 10, 2019The waterlogged European country is expected to be especially vulnerable to the rising tides brought on by climate change. Much of the country already sits below sea level, and some of its land is sinking.
Dutch lawmakers have passed ambitious climate change laws, seeking a 95 percent reduction of the 1990 emissions levels by 2050: But according to some in the country, the action isn’t happening fast enough…………………In January, a Dutch environmental research agency said the government is lagging behind its goals.“We are under sea level, so we really need to do something about it,” demonstrator Esther Leverstein, a 21-yer-old climate studies student at Amsterdam University, told AFP.
Students around the world have been leading protests to prompt their governments to address climate change: A worldwide school strike is planned for later this week. Greta Thungerg, a Swedish teenager widely known for her climate change activism, said on Twitter that at least 82 countries plan to participate in the upcoming protest.