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Andrew Robb: Obama misinformed in 'unnecessary' Great Barrier Reef speech

Guardian climate change - 13 hours 35 min ago

‘I don’t think others should be coming and lecturing us on climate change,’ trade minister says of US president’s comments

Trade minister Andrew Robb has slammed US president Barack Obama’s call for Australia to do more to save the Great Barrier Reef, saying the speech was unnecessary and Obama was misinformed.

Robb is the latest high-profile minister to criticise the climate change speech, which Obama made on the sidelines of last weekend’s G20 meeting in Brisbane.

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Britain left 'exposed' to more floods and heatwaves

Independent climate change - 15 hours 6 min ago

The UK is dangerously "exposed" to increasingly extreme weather brought about by climate change, a leading adviser to the Government has warned.

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Six vital steps world leaders must agree to take to protect Earth

Guardian climate change - Sat, 22/11/2014 - 22:00
International talks in Paris in 2015 could see the world’s nations agree to limit global warming to a rise of 2C. Actually achieving that target will require huge commitments – not least by developed nations

Every year, carbon emissions from cars, factories and power plants across the planet rise inexorably. The resulting elevation in carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere mean that in 30 years temperatures on Earth will be 2C hotter than they were in pre-industrial times, scientists say. This is the maximum temperature that they believe the world can tolerate without there being devastating environmental consequences: spreading deserts, worsening storms and widespread flooding. Therefore, the first and most important decision that world leaders need to take at the Paris climate talks next year is to agree, through a binding commitment, that 2C is the upper, acceptable limit of global warming on Earth. All other decisions taken in Paris will follow as a consequence of that agreement.

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Climate change is not just about science – it’s about the future we want to create

Guardian climate change - Sat, 22/11/2014 - 22:00
Climate scientist Chris Rapley and his co-author of the acclaimed play 2071 explain why the 2015 Paris climate summit cannot be allowed to fail – for all our sakes

• Graphic: consequences of climate change

• Six steps world leaders must agree to take to protect Earth

Next December, 196 nations will meet in Paris to agree a course of action to respond to climate change. They will do so under the auspices of the UN framework convention on climate change. This is an international treaty negotiated at the Earth summit in Rio in 1992 with the objective to “stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system”.

The discussions in Paris in 2015 will be informed by the latest climate science. In our play 2071, which recently completed its inaugural run at the Royal Court theatre in London, directed by Katie Mitchell, we explore the science, its implications and the options before us. A key aim is to leave the audience better placed to participate in the public discourse, in which we all need to play a part.

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