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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 ...
Anger over Trump support for coal at UN climate talks

Anger over Trump support for coal at UN climate talks

Science
Plans by the Trump administration to promote coal as a solution to climate change at a major UN meeting have angered environmentalists.An adviser to the president is expected to take part in a pro-coal presentation in Bonn this coming week.Separately, a group of governors will say that the US is still committed to climate action despite Mr Trump's rejection of the Paris agreement.The talks begin on Monday and aim to flesh out the rules for the Paris pact This meeting, officially known as COP23, will be the first full gathering of climate negotiators since President Trump vowed to take the US out of the Paris treaty."The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair, at the highest level, to the United States," he said last June, announcing the US intention to withdraw.US quits Paris ...