COP21 Update - Major Economies Declare Support for 1.5°C

Paris – 02 December 2015: The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) today acknowledged the declaration of support from Germany and France for strengthening of the 2 degrees long-term UNFCCC goal to the safer below 1.5°C goal at the UN Climate Conference at Paris (COP21).

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Canadian Minister says “Canada is Back!” (with tar sands)

There was a lot of excitement on the eve of the start of COP21 in Paris when Canada’s brand new Minister for the Environment & Climate Change held a press conference to announce “Canada Is Back!”

This strap-line is symbolic because the role the Minister holds was actually disbanded by the former Harper Administration as they sought to make Canada one of the richest oil nations selling the highly toxic oil extracted from the Alberta tar sands.

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The Billionaire who “gets it” on climate change

"Is there anyone here who feels he could not be more outspoken on this issue? … If you get it… you have to state it loudly and clearly and often or we will fail!… the future for all of us will depend on a few thousand people taking some career risk and putting it on the line and making it clear that they see this as a real crisis, people like you!” Jeremy Grantham, October 2015

We at Envisionation have long been trying to communicate the dire warnings being put forward by leading climate scientists in a range of disciplines that affect Earth systems and threaten the way we live.

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Rowan Williams Interview: Climate Change

"The timescale suggested at present for radical [climate change] threatening the viability of humanity on this planet becomes more alarming the more research appears!"

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Sir Partha Dasgupta Pt. 2 How do we put a price on nature?

Dasgupta: "It is a never ending quest to value nature... nevetheless it has to be done, or the future looks bleak!"

In this second part of the interview, Sir Partha Dasgupta discusses the role of natural capital in our lives both in the developing world and in the developed, more urban environments and the links between both. He also tackles the problem of puting a value on nature.

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Sir Partha Dasgupta Interview Pt.1 - What is "Natural Capital"?

Sir Partha Dasgupta’s work is groundbreaking in its attempt to integrate the true value of nature into the economics of international, national, regional, local and even household accounting.

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97% of People want climate change policy action (as UK Gov. lets polluters off the hook!)

The following announcement by the United Nations shows findings that people are now coming together and calling for action to tackle the enormous threat to all of our lives from climate change impacts.

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Interview: Polar ice expert, Professor Peter Wadhams,

discusses the increased dangers of climate change in the Arctic, the potential for runaway impacts and what politicians should decide when they meet in Paris

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Islamic Community prepares to make a global declaration on climate change in Istanbul ahead of Paris UN Climate Talks

The Prophet Muhammad taught Muslims to be custodians and stewards of the earth, he said: “Allah has made the earth green and beautiful, and He has placed you as stewards on it.”

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More posts by Nick Breeze

The jet stream is responsible for what kind of weather we experience and it’s behaviour is changing. Dr Jennifer Francis, a research professor at Rutgers University's Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, explains how a combination of factors are going to drastically impact agricultural systems in Europe and Eurasia.

It is easy to look at the fires in southern Europe and think that “global warming” is a regional problem often on someone else doorstep. This misconception could not be further from the truth because the “global” bit refers only to global mean temperature. As scientists start to look at what is happening around the world, it becomes very clear that the interconnected global system is changing for all.

 

Dr. Saleemul Huq Director International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at the Independent University, Bangladesh. In this short interview Dr Huq talks about his work and explains how those most vulnerable to the effects of manmade climate change are seeking recompense from the worlds greatest polluters.   

 

In 2014 Marks & Spencer became the only retailer in the world with carbon neutral operations. This huge undertaking across over 1400 stores has been rewarded with international recognition by the UNFCC winning Momentumn For Change award for carbon neutrality. 

 

UK based Carbon Tracker Initiative has played a key role showing big businesses, including fossil fuel companies, a route out of the business as usual high CO2 emitting path that is driving humanity towards catastrophe. Anthony Hobley has been at COP23 telling delegates “we are in a technology driven low carbon energy transition” and changing course “just makes financial sense”. NICK BREEZE catches up with him.

Nick Breeze: We are 2yrs on from Paris. Are we making any progress at the COP?

 

Earlier this week Environment Minister Michael Gove stated that he was convinced “climate change is a danger”, stating that it “is one of the biggest threats and challenges to biodiversity in the UK”.

By localising the issue to the UK, Gove seeks to belittle the global risk posed by climate change. This week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief science adviser and founding director of the Potsdam Institute, Professor Schellnhuber was in London speaking at the Royal Society. When I asked him to respond to the Environment Minister’s comments he replied:  

In part 1 of this wide ranging interview, Anton Golub discusses why the world needs Lykke, the truth about financial regulators and why only 1% Initial Coin Offerings (ICO’s) they assess make it onto the exchange.

Anton Golub: The core vision of Lykke is the vision of Richard Olsen, the founder of Lykke. I am a cofounder. I met him seven years ago when I joined him for an internship.

I sat down to eat my croissant and he sat down next to me and said: “Anton, we have to completely  change the financial system. It totally doesn’t work. Everything is broken inside.”