Leading scientists assess the latest draft agreement at COP21

Quotes from the press briefing from:
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Steffen Kallbekken, Research Director at CICERO, director of the Centre for International Climate and Energy Policy, Johan Rockström, Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre Kevin Anderson, Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for climate change research, Manchester and Joeri Rogelj, Research Scholar at the Energy Program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

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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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More posts by Nick Breeze

Addressing a wine industry on the frontline of climate change, Former President Obama said: “We are speeding our car towards the cliff at a very fast rate”. The audience and former president were invited to the launch of this new initiative by 326yr old port company CEO, Adrian Bridge, who is calling for solutions, saying “what we need to do is stop talking and start doing!” Nick Breeze reports.

 

A three day hearing at the High Court is in process that will decide whether an injunction be granted, effectively preventing any campaigning that might negatively impact the economic interests of UKOG and their associated companies.

 

The Climate Change Act 10 years on: does it matter? Is it fit for purpose? Are our politicians fit for purpose? Chris Rapley speaks candidly about our preparedness for an ever-rising tide of climate impacts that are already having a disastrous effect on nearly all regions of the world.

 

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.