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Paris climate aim 'still achievable'

Paris climate aim 'still achievable'

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The 2015 Paris agreement's ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C remains within reach, a study suggests. The study is one of several to address the "carbon budget", which - among other things - determines how much CO2 the planet can emit and still reach a given limit for global warming.It indicates the 2015 target, perceived by some as tough, could be met with very stringent emissions cuts.It used computer models that project climate behaviour into the future.What is climate change?What is in the Paris climate agreement?The aim of the Paris deal was "holding the increase in global average temperature to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit temperature increase to 1.5C."But scientists admit they were taken by surprise by the ambition of the 1.5...
Paris climate deal: US denies it will stay in accord

Paris climate deal: US denies it will stay in accord

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The US has insisted it will leave the Paris climate accord, despite reports that it may be softening its stance.Following a meeting of environment ministers on Saturday, the EU climate commissioner, Miguel Arias Canete, said Trump officials had indicated the US would either stay in the 2015 accord or review its terms.But the White House insisted there had been "no change" in the US position.In June President Donald Trump said the US would withdraw from the deal.He said it was part of his "solemn duty to protect America" and he would seek a new deal that would not disadvantage US businesses.But opponents say withdrawing from the accord is an abdication of US leadership on a key global challenge.The Paris agreement commits the US and 187 other countries to keeping rising global temperatures ...
Navy deploys buoys in Arctic for climate research

Navy deploys buoys in Arctic for climate research

Business
Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The Office of Naval Research, Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy and several other partners have deployed climate change research buoys into the Arctic Ocean.The mission, announced Wednesday by the Navy, was a joint effort to collect oceanographic and temperature data for environmental modeling purposes. The research is designed to assist future naval operations in the Arctic."Polar lows are like hurricanes of the north and the data collected from these buoys will help us with numerical weather prediction, which will help to keep our and our partner forces safe," chief officer of the National Ice Center Cmdr. Ruth Lane said in a press release.The program is under the direction of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In a recent event, Hurricane Hunter...
Scientists: Climate change could cause storms like Harvey

Scientists: Climate change could cause storms like Harvey

Technology
By the time the rain stops, Harvey will have dumped about 1 million gallons of water for every man, woman and child in southeastern Texas — a soggy, record-breaking glimpse of the wet and wild future global warming could bring, scientists say. While scientists are quick to say climate change didn't cause Harvey and that they haven't determined yet whether the storm was made worse by global warming, they do note that warmer air and water mean wetter and possibly more intense hurricanes in the future. "This is the kind of thing we are going to get more of," said Princeton University climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer. "This storm should serve as warning." There's a scientifically accepted method for determining if some wild weather event has the fingerprints of man-made climate change, a
'Hero' of Paris climate agreement dies

'Hero' of Paris climate agreement dies

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Former Marshall Islands foreign minister Tony De Brum, who played a key role in securing the Paris climate pact has passed away aged 72.At countless UN climate meetings, Mr De Brum was a passionate champion of the rights of small island states.He was instrumental in securing the "high ambition coalition" of rich and poor countries that was pivotal to a deal in the French capital.Mr De Brum died at his home in Majuro, the capital of the Marshall Islands. Born near the end of WWII, Mr De Brum grew up in an era when the tiny Pacific state was being used to host a number of US nuclear bomb tests. When he was nine years old he witnessed one such detonation, while fishing with his grandfather around 200 miles away. The resulting destruction of the atolls, the evacuation of many islanders as a re...