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'Golf courses crumbling into the sea' – Open venues could disappear, says new climate report

'Golf courses crumbling into the sea' – Open venues could disappear, says new climate report

Sports
Open Championship venues such as St Andrews and Royal Troon could be under water by the end of the century if sea levels rise even slightly as a result of climate change, according to a new report.The Climate Coalition says golf, football and cricket face an "unexpected threat", with cricket to be the "hardest hit".The report predicts "cancelled football matches, flooded cricket grounds and golf courses crumbling into the sea".It adds that rising winter temperatures mean the Scottish skiing industry could collapse within 50 years.The report says six of the UK's seven wettest years on record have occurred since 2000, with cricket's County Championship already losing thousands of overs every season."Climate change is already impacting our ability to play and watch the sports we love," said t...
France names winners of anti-Trump climate change grants

France names winners of anti-Trump climate change grants

Technology
Eighteen climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere hit the jackpot Monday as French President Emmanuel Macron awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump's presidential term. The "Make Our Planet Great Again" grants — a nod to Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan — are part of Macron's efforts to counter Trump on the climate change front. Macron announced a contest for the projects in June, hours after Trump declared he would withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. More than 5,000 people from about 100 countries expressed interest in the grants. A majority of the applicants — and 13 of the 18 winners — were U.S.-based researchers. Macron's appeal "gave me such a psychological boost, to have that kind of support, t
Some species more vulnerable to climate change than they appear

Some species more vulnerable to climate change than they appear

Science
Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Research suggests some species are more vulnerable to climate change they appear.In analyzing the ecosystems within tidal pools and shallow waters along the West Coast, researchers realized beds of mussels and seaweed provide protection against climate change for a variety of small marine species.According to the latest research -- published this week in the journal Ecology Letters -- seaweed and mussel beds essentially offer air conditioning to the communities of species they shelter. As a result, many species as far south as Southern California and as far north as Puget Sound have experienced equally minimal amounts of heat stress.Cursory evaluations might suggest these species are resilient to climate change or able to adapt to dramatic temperature variation, but in rea...
Small steps forward as UN climate talks end in Bonn

Small steps forward as UN climate talks end in Bonn

Science
UN climate talks in Bonn have concluded with progress on technical issues, but with bigger questions about cutting carbon unresolved. Delegates say they are pleased that the rulebook for the Paris climate agreement is finally coming together. But these technical discussions took place against the backdrop of a larger battle about coal, oil and gas. It means that next year's conference in Poland is set for a major showdown on the future of fossil fuels.This meeting, known as COP23, was tasked with clarifying complex operational issues around the workings of the Paris climate agreement. One of the most important elements was the development of a process that would help countries to review and ratchet up their commitments to cut carbon.Fiji, holding the presidency of this meeting, proposed wh...
Sir Paul McCartney: President Trump's resistance to climate change is madness

Sir Paul McCartney: President Trump's resistance to climate change is madness

Entertainment
Interview by Jimmy Blake, words by Steve Holden Newsbeat reporters Sir Paul McCartney has criticised President Trump's attitude towards climate change, stating that some of his actions are "madness".He's accused the American leader of turning around "a lot of the advances that have been made" to help the environment. The former Beatle is continuing his long running vegetarianism campaign. In June, President Trump announced he was pulling the US out of the Paris Agreement to cut global emissions.He said one of the reasons was to seek a new deal that would not disadvantage US businesses.However, there have since been mixed messages from the US government over whether it would actually stay in the agreement. President Trump also once said the concept of global warming was ...