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Justin Welby: investors must pressure firms to act on climate crisis

Archbishop of Canterbury says fund managers are not doing enough to press for change The archbishop of Canterbury has criticised the investment industry for inaction over the climate crisis and called on fund managers to push companies to reduce their impact on the environment. Justin Welby said fund managers had “not sufficiently stepped up to […]

08/27/19

Holiday heat headlines not focusing enough on climate crisis reality – experts

Jaunty coverage of sweltering bank holiday weather not linking to global heating trend In what is fast becoming a British summer ritual, the record holiday heat this week has prompted reams of cheerful forecasts and sunny headlines but far too few reminders that the climate crisis has made record-breaking a norm, according to experts. The […]

08/27/19

A record hot summer burned the first fruit of my apple tree – and left a bad taste in my mouth | Anthony N Castle

We grow things, invest, make decisions today to benefit the future. But has the climate emergency put an end to that? There is an apple in my imagination, a memory. I can still picture the first moment I saw it in the scorching dusk, the first fruit of a tree my partner and I had […]

08/27/19

Amazon rainforest fires: an environmental catastrophe – in pictures

Fires are raging across the world’s largest tropical rainforest as farmers, land-grabbers and loggers torch trees and clear land for crops or grazing. According to Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research, the number of fires detected by satellite in the Amazon region this month is the highest since 2010. Bowing to international pressure and a […]

08/27/19

Don’t blame Australia for coal burned offshore – blame us for burning it here | Pat Conroy

Focusing on scope-3 emissions distracts from the main game: ensuring Australia meets its domestic obligations Holding Australia responsible for the burning of exported coal is equivalent to holding Japan responsible for the millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted by cars in Australia. It is a ridiculous position that betrays a misunderstanding of the UN […]

08/27/19

NSW Uniting church backs school climate strike, Sydney Anglicans and Catholics decline

Sydney Catholic Schools spokesman says ‘the best way for young people to really make a difference is to receive a quality education’ Sydney Catholic and Anglican churches say they will not follow the example of the Uniting church, which has granted support to the school climate strike movement and given students support to attend the […]

08/26/19

The Guardian view on the threat of Bolsonaro: tropical disaster is man-made | Editorial

Brazil’s far-right populist president has encouraged the wanton destruction of the world’s greatest forest. He has been humbled but not stopped As Donald Trump’s America retreats from global leadership, coalitions of like-minded nations are attempting to limit the damage. One such grouping at this weekend’s G7 summit in France managed a breakthrough over one of […]

08/26/19

Trump pushes his ‘magnificent’ resort as site of next G7 summit – live news

US president repeatedly mentioned his company’s properties during the G7 closing conference, after skipping meeting dedicating funds to Amazon fires Sign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 4.56pm BST When asked about why he skipped the G7 session on the climate crisis, Trump was dismissive of the threat it represents. Trump […]

08/26/19

G7: Trump skips talks on climate crisis and Amazon fires

US president misses key G7 meeting as summit agrees €20m fund to fight wildfires Donald Trump did not attend Monday’s crucial discussion on climate and biodiversity at the G7 meeting of international leaders in Biarritz, missing talks on how to deal with the Amazon rainforest fires as well as new ways to cut carbon emissions. […]

08/26/19

Ban petrol and diesel cars from Scottish cities, says coalition

Climate crisis group says Scottish government urgently needs to speed up response A coalition of climate campaigners and business groups have called for a ban on all petrol and diesel vehicles in Scottish cities as part of a multibillion-pound strategy to cut carbon emissions. The climate emergency response group, a coalition of 19 environment groups, […]

08/26/19