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Most Australians want renewables to be primary energy source, survey finds

Guardian climate change - Mon, 2017/06/26 - 7:00pm

Climate Institute survey points to overwhelming frustration with government’s inaction and lack of leadership on clean energy

The vast majority of Australians want to see the country dramatically increase the use of renewable energy, a new survey has found, despite attempts by the federal government to characterise renewables as unreliable and expensive.

The Climate Institute’s national Climate of the Nation survey, published on Tuesday, pointed to frustration with the government’s inaction and lack of leadership on clean energy.

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Macron meets Schwarzenegger and vows to stop oil and gas licences

Guardian climate change - Mon, 2017/06/26 - 1:26pm

In a dig at Trump’s climate change inaction, French president welcomes the green campaigner and says there will be ‘no new exploration licences’

The new French government has sought to further burnish its green credentials with the announcement it is to stop granting licences for new oil and gas exploration.

In his first major intervention since Emmanuel Macron’s election victory, the ecological transition minister, Nicolas Hulot, told the broadcaster BFMTV there would be “no new exploration licences for hydrocarbons”.

Related: World leaders react after Trump rejects Paris climate deal

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emmanuel Macron shoot video selfie about their climate change talks https://t.co/874Wo2o4K9 pic.twitter.com/nzDK0VYiXc

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'A reckoning for our species': the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene – podcast

Guardian climate change - Mon, 2017/06/26 - 12:03pm

Timothy Morton wants humanity to give up some of its core beliefs, from the fantasy that we can control the planet to the notion that we are ‘above’ other beings. His ideas might sound weird, but they’re catching on

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New study confirms the oceans are warming rapidly | John Abraham

Guardian climate change - Mon, 2017/06/26 - 11:00am

Although there’s some uncertainty in the distribution among Earth’s ocean basins, there’s no question that the ocean is heating rapidly

As humans put ever more heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, the Earth heats up. These are the basics of global warming. But where does the heat go? How much extra heat is there? And how accurate are our measurements? These are questions that climate scientists ask. If we can answer these questions, it will better help us prepare for a future with a very different climate. It will also better help us predict what that future climate will be.

The most important measurement of global warming is in the oceans. In fact, “global warming” is really “ocean warming.” If you are going to measure the changing climate of the oceans, you need to have many sensors spread out across the globe that take measurements from the ocean surface to the very depths of the waters. Importantly, you need to have measurements that span decades so a long-term trend can be established.

Our study confirms again a robust global ocean warming since 1970. However, there is substantial uncertainty in decadal scale ocean heat redistribution, which explains the contradictory results related to the ocean heat changes during the “slowdown” of global warming in recent decade. Therefore, we recommend a comprehensive evaluation in the future for the existing ocean subsurface temperature datasets. Further, an improved ocean observation network is required to monitor the ocean change: extending the observations in the boundary currents systems and deep oceans (below 2000-m) besides maintaining the Argo network.

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Angela Merkel and Donald Trump head for clash at G20 summit

Guardian climate change - Mon, 2017/06/26 - 6:00am

German chancellor plans to make climate change, free trade and mass migration key themes in Hamburg, putting her on collision course with US

A clash between Angela Merkel and Donald Trump appears unavoidable after Germany signalled that it will make climate change, free trade and the management of forced mass global migration the key themes of the G20 summit in Hamburg next week.

The G20 summit brings together the world’s biggest economies, representing 85% of global gross domestic product (GDP), and Merkel’s chosen agenda looks likely to maximise American isolation while attempting to minimise disunity amongst others.

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