Our climate change turning point is right here, right now
Rebecca Solnit (Opinion Piece)
Human beings crave clarity, immediacy, landmark events. We seek turning points, because our minds are good at recognizing the specific – this time, this place, this sudden event, this tangible change. This is why we were never very good, most of us, at comprehending climate change in the first place.
Forrest joins Bill Gates-led billionaires in green venture fund
Andrew Forrest joined a band of big-name billionaires each investing a minimum of $US50 million ($66 million) in a Bill Gates-led venture capital fund focused on emerging greenhouse gas-reducing technologies, including green steel manufacture.
Urban heat island effect exacerbating summer heatwaves, study shows
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The sweltering heat endured by major American cities is being fueled by vast swaths of concrete and a lack of greenery that can ratchet up temperatures by nearly 9F (5C) compared with surrounding rural areas, new research has found.
In the past month, Phoenix experienced a string of four days above 115F (46C) for the first time and Boston hit 100F for the first time in a decade. A deadly heatwave in the US north-west, which scientists say would have been “virtually impossible” without human-induced climate change, baked Seattle at a record 108F, while Portland, where roads buckled and power cables melted in the heat, reached an incredible new high of 116F.
Biodiversity loss is a risk to the global financial system
Geoff Summerhayes and Laura Waterford
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Corporate Australia is familiar with the concept that climate change presents a financial risk to the global economy, but more recently biodiversity loss has emerged as an equally important risk.
In fact, climate change and biodiversity loss are now often referred to as the “twin crises” facing the global financial system and awareness of the role the financial sector plays in this is rising swiftly.
Transcript for ABC News Update: Supreme Court strikes down part of ‘amateurism’ rules by NCAA
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What’s the plan? Corporate polluters lag on setting climate goals
Patturaja MurugaboopathySimon Jessop
LONDON, June 21 (Reuters) – Scientists say the world needs to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 45% by 2030 to have any hope of meeting Paris Agreement targets for the middle of the century and averting catastrophic warming.
California’s fire-fanning Santa Ana winds may not get any better with climate change
The howling hot Santa Ana winds that funnel into Southern California every fall are a fixture of the West Coast experience. Underneath cloudless skies, winds arrive from the high desert mountains to the east, sending temperatures soaring, hollowing out ocean waves, and, so the stories go, turning human behavior erratic. The dry winds also fan the region’s deadliest wildfires, including one of the largest in California’s modern history, burning land nearly equal in size to Los Angeles itself.
Peruvian mum awarded ‘Green Nobel’ for work to create new national park in Amazon rainforest
Liz Chicaje Churay was awarded a Goldman Environmental Award for spearheading the creation of a national park in the Peruvian Amazon. (Supplied: Goldman Environmental Prize)
As a teenage mother and activist, Liz Chicaje would travel by boat and foot across Peru’s Amazon rainforest with her young daughter campaigning to protect the ancestral lands of the Bora indigenous people from illegal logging and mining.
Group of Seven (G7) rich countries backed moves to force banks and companies to disclose their exposure to climate-related risks on Saturday, a measure seen as vital to efforts to safeguard the financial system from climate change shocks.