Greenhouse Gases

2016 Climate Trends Continue to Break Records

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www.nasa.gov - Patrick Lynch
Each of the first six months of 2016 set a record as the warmest respective month globally in the modern temperature record, which dates to 1880. Meanwhile, five of the first six months set records for the smallest monthly Arctic sea ice extent since consistent satellite records began in 1979.
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Two key climate change indicators -- global surface temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent -- have broken numerous records through the first half of 2016, according to NASA analyses of ground-based observations and satellite data. ... Read more about 2016 Climate Trends Continue to Break Records

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Global air pollution crisis 'must not be left to private sector'

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https://www.theguardian.com
 Pollution in New Delhi, India, last November. The city has earned the dubious distinction of being the world’s dirtiest city. Photograph: Tsering Topgyal/AP
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Energy authority says governments must take responsibility, and investment would pay for itself in health benefits.  The global air pollution crisis killing more than 6 million people a year must be tackled by governments as a matter of urgency and not just left to the private sector, a report from the world’s leading energy authority says.
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Climate Change, Global Health Intimately Linked, UN Official Stresses

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http://www.voanews.com - Lisa Schlein
FILE - Smoke rises from a brick kiln on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, Jan. 26, 2015. Global health hinges on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a climate change expert said Tuesday at the World Health Assembly in Geneva.
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GENEVA—Global health hinges on drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a chief mover in the field of climate change told delegates Tuesday at the World Health Assembly in Geneva.

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, praised the groundbreaking Paris Climate Change Agreement signed by 177 countries and likely to come into force in the next year or two.  She says the deal is promising for both the climate and global health.
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Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene, scientists say

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Adam Vaughan
Pollution
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There is now compelling evidence to show that humanity’s impact on the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and wildlife has pushed the world into a new geological epoch, according to a group of scientists.

The question of whether humans’ combined environmental impact has tipped the planet into an “Anthropocene” – ending the current Holocene which began around 12,000 years ago – will be put to the geological body that formally approves such time divisions later this year. ... Read more about Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene, scientists say

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The Path to Carbon Pricing

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Christine Lagarde, Jim Yong Kim
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WASHINGTON, DC – In just six weeks, world leaders will meet in Paris to negotiate a new global climate-change agreement. To date, 150 countries have submitted plans detailing how they will move their economies along a more resilient low-carbon trajectory. These plans represent the first generation of investments to be made in order to build a competitive future without the dangerous levels of carbon-dioxide emissions that are now driving global warming. ... Read more about The Path to Carbon Pricing

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Climate action plans of poorest nations to cost $1 trillion

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Megan Rowling
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PARIS, Nov 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world's 48 poorest countries will need to find around a trillion dollars between 2020 and 2030 to achieve their plans to tackle climate change - and those plans should be a priority for international funding, researchers said. ... Read more about Climate action plans of poorest nations to cost $1 trillion

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