Climate change: Cause of war, 600K deaths in last two decades, Philippines’ coal plans, California denial, meat report
The UK’s Prince Charles has come out and said that the conflict in Syria, terrorism and refugee crisis has roots in the world’s failure to tackle climate change. “Some of us were saying 20 something years ago that if we didn’t tackle these issues, you would see ever greater conflict over scarce resources and ever greater difficulties over drought, and the accumulating effect of climate change which means that people have to move,” he said.
Meanwhile the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction warns that the extreme weather events that have caused 600,000 deaths over the last two decades are set to become more frequent.
Meanwhile the Philippines wrestles with the dilemma of suffering disproportionately from the impacts of climate change – but needing to bring more coal-fired power stations online to meet demands of energy.
A Stanford University study has found that California school textbooks are misleading students on climate change – expressing doubt over whether it is real and suggesting that increased temperatures may be beneficial.
While a new report from Chatham House argues that without concerted action to address over-consumption of meat, it will be near impossible to prevent global warming from passing the danger level of 2C.
Climate optimism: COP21 deal, developing countries leapfrogging to solar
Nature’s Jeff Tollefsen believes that climate optimism is building ahead of the talks,despite the long-running disputes that remain – such as the debate about what cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions can be expected of developing nations compared with their developed counterparts.
Fortunately, the tide is turning – more than half the world’s annual investment in clean energy is coming from emerging markets instead of from wealthier nations, according to a new analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
And the price of solar power in India fell at a faster-than-expected rate this year – leading some experts to suggest that by 2020, renewable energy in Asia’s third-largest economy may become up to 10% cheaper than coal power.
Mining, oil and gas: Struggling under carbon costs and price drops, threatening water and indigenous groups
The world’s biggest mining companies face a combined $10 billion risk to their earnings if carbon pricing tightens in the wake of crucial global climate talks in Paris starting next week, according to a report from UK non-profit organization CDP.
The news comes as Brazil’s unfolding environmental disaster on the Rio Doce – caused by a dam break at an iron mine – sees 400 miles of river polluted by a plume of toxic sludge.
And finally, the Guardian has an impressive photostory on the threat to indigenous Australians from fracking.
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