US election: Clinton pledges robust action on global warming, as climate denial called out in Senate
Taking a merciful break from the chaos of British politics, let’s head over the Atlantic to see what’s going on stateside to the relative calm of an election featuring Donald Trump.
Hillary Clinton is making all the right noises on climate change, with environmental activists hailing a draft platform put forward by the Democratic party as a “monumental victory”.
The Guardian report that the platform – which commits the party to a carbon tax, tighter restrictions on fracking and a climate test for future pipelines – could see Clinton “campaign much more aggressively against climate change than any US presidential candidate before her”.
Grist is one of a number of outlets talking up Bernie Sanders influence on the platform, who is formally involved in setting up the party’s platform, a kind of manifesto to British readers, after his success in the party’s primary.
In other news, DeSmog reports on a move by 19 US Senators to call out the climate denial operation employed by the fossil fuels industry.
Sanders is one of the lawmakers pushing forward to resolution condemning what they are describing as the #WebOfDenial: “interconnected groups – funded by the Koch brothers, major fossil fuel companies like ExxonMobil and Peabody Coal, identity-scrubbing groups like Donors Trust and Donors Capital, and their allies – developed and executed a massive campaign to deceive the public about climate change to halt climate action and protect their bottom lines.”
Climate change poses $33trillion risk to fossil fuel industry, Barclays analysis
Climate change could see fossil fuel companies lose $33tn in revenue over the next 25 years as oil and gas companies are forced to leave deposits in the ground.
Bloomberg report the words of Barclays Plc energy analyst Mark Lewis, who warns that stringent government regulations and other efforts to cut carbon emissions will see fossil fuel companies forced to leave deposits in the ground.
Lewis said: “There will be lower demand for fossil fuels in the future, and by definition that means lower prices.”
The news comes as scientists warn that global cloud coverage has shifted in an “ominous sign of climate change”.
Bloomberg picks up on a study in Nature which examined close to 30 years of weather observations to conclude that the planet is getting warmer.
The authors write: “Cloud changes most consistently predicted by global climate models are currently occurring in nature. As cloud tops rise, their greenhouse effect becomes stronger.”
UK not prepared for impact of climate change, warn government advisers
UK government advisers have warned that Britain is not prepared for the risks posed by climate change.
The 2,000 page Climate Change Committee warns that global warming will devastate British infrastructure through flooding, while UK agriculture will be harmed by soil degradation.
While heat related deaths for elderly people will also dramatically increase by 2050.
The projections are based on commitments made at the Paris climate conference last year.
The BBC report that the authors have warned that climate change having a domino effect on UK infrastructure.
Lead author, Prof Sir John Krebs told BBC News:
“So, if you take electricity supply, the delivery of fuel to power stations might be affected by flooding which would then affect electricity.
“Then look at flooding… if bridges are affected then they carry electricity cables and communications infrastructure, so we have to look not just at how each piece of infrastructure works but how they interact together.
“There could be a cascade of risks.”
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