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Has veteran climate scientist James Hansen foretold the ‘loss of all coastal cities’ with latest study?

Guardian: James Hansen’s name looms large over any history that will likely be written about climate change. Whether you look at the hard science, the perils of political interference or modern day activism, Dr Hansen is there as a central character. In a 1988 US Senate hearing, Hansen famously declared that the “greenhouse effect has been detected and is changing our climate now”. Towards the end of his time as the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Hansen described how government...

Paris agreement a victory for climate science and ultimate defeat for fossil fuels

Guardian: The right hand of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius gripped the gavel in the seconds before striking the historic first global deal on climate change. Dignitaries, politicians and delegates had filed into the packed La Seine plenary room from about 5.30pm here in Paris. But there was still time for some last minute drama. It turned out that a paragraph that contained the word “shall” should have read “should”, but the delay was enough to create tension across the venue. But this is...

Climate change is redefining the Australia of ‘sunburnt country’ poem

Guardian: As one of the country's most popular and iconic poems laments, Australia is a "sunburnt country" of "droughts and flooding rains". Dorothea Mackellar's My Country endures with its "wide brown land" evoking "flood and fire and famine" and that "pitiless blue sky". According to the New South Wales State Library, My Country is the "universal statement of our nation's connection to the land". You can hear the echoes of Mackellar when Australian politicians are asked about the country's increasingly...

Australia: Death by sludge, coal and climate change for Great Barrier Reef?

Guardian: There's a phrase environmental scientists and campaigners like to use to talk about the slow and relentless degradation and destruction of habitats and natural wonders. "Death by a thousand cuts", they call it, as small chunks of habitat are lost and environmental laws are eased or repealed. A bit of bush here for a tourism development, a stand of mangroves there for a beachside resort. An entire nature reserve for a coal mine. Sometimes, the threats come like pincer movements with all angles covered....

Study warns world’s hottest years could be the coolest by mid-century

Guardian: If emissions keep rising, then biodiversity hotspots and poorest countries hit earliest as climate shifts Share Tweet this Email A full globe view of earth showing the western hemisphere Photograph: NASA/Corbis IF you live in Brisbane, Perth or Darwin, then the year 2042 could be the year when your climate is shoved beyond anything humans there have ever likely experienced before. From that point onwards, at least according to a new study in the leading science journal Nature, even the...