Government Must Consider Meat Tax to Tackle Climate Change, Says Caroline Lucas

The government must consider a meat tax in order to slash greenhouse gas emissions from British farming, according to Green Party MP Caroline Lucas.

Emissions from agriculture make up 10 per cent of the UK’s total, prompting calls for massive changes to encourage farmers towards more environmentally friendly practices.

The former Green leader was addressing attendees at the Oxford Farming Conference, where speakers including environment secretary Michael Gove had already laid out a vision for making British agriculture greener.

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Saudi Arabia: The worst-performing country on battling climate change

To be the country at the bottom of the world league table on combating climate change is a national embarrassment. To have held that position for every year since tables were first compiled is a national humiliation.

Saudi Arabia is once again named as the worst-performing country on a number of climate change indicators in the annual Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI). 

The dangers of a warming world

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Australia's Silence during Climate Change Debate Shocks COP24 Delegates

As four of the world’s largest oil and gas producers blocked UN climate talks from “welcoming” a key scientific report on global warming, Australia’s silence during a key debate is being viewed as tacit support for the four oil allies: the US, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait.

The end of the first week of the UN climate talks – known as COP24 – in Katowice, Poland, has been mired by protracted debate over whether the conference should “welcome” or “note” a key report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Climate Change: UK Summers Could be Over 5C Warmer by 2070

The UK Climate Projections 2018 study is the most up to date assessment of how the UK may change over this century.
It says that under the highest emissions scenario, summer temperatures could be 5.4C hotter by 2070.
The chances of a summer as warm as 2018 are around 50% by 2050.
One key figure in the report is the rise in summer temperatures - up to 5.4C warmer than the average between 1981-2000.

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Climate Change Is Going to Make Life on Earth a Whole Lot Worse, Report Predicts

Think recent climate disasters have been bad? Just wait, researchers at the University of Hawaii predicted Monday.
Right now, one climate-linked disaster generally hits at a time, whether it’s forest fires destroying swathes of California, hurricanes flooding Texas and Louisiana and completely devastating Puerto Rico, or heat waves killing thousands in Europe. By 2100, unless something drastic changes, a new report predicts regions will start dealing with multiple disasters all at once.

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Ban Gas and Diesel Vehicles? Spain Proposes Bill to Address Climate Change

The Spanish government is considering a slew of new climate-regulations in order to slash its greenhouse gas emissions, including a ban on sale of gasoline and diesel cars beginning in 2040.
A draft of the country's "Law on Climate Change and Energy Transition" published Tuesday also proposes measures such as ending fossil fuels subsidies, a ban on fracking, halting new oil exploration licenses and a transition to 100 percent renewable energy sources by 2050, according to media reports.

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New research shows the world’s ice is doing something not seen before

In this warming world, some parts of the planet are warming much faster than others.  The warming is causing large ice bodies to start to melt and move rapidly, in some cases sliding into the ocean. 

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More Adults Believe Climate Change is Immediate Problem - Statistics

Six in 10 adults (61%) in 2017 said they view it as an immediate issue, an increase of 6% in one year and up by a third since 2013.
Young people appear to be particularly concerned about global warming, while worry is lowest among those in the 75-plus age group.
The proportion of 16-24 year olds who view climate change as an immediate problem increased by more than half between 2013 and 2017, from 38% to 58%, the largest increase of any age group.

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Could Rising CO2 Levels Take Us Back to the Tropical Climate of Paleogene period?

A new study led by scientists at the University of Bristol has warned that unless we mitigate current levels of carbon dioxide emissions, Western Europe and New Zealand could revert to the hot tropical climate of the early Paleogene period – 56-48 million years ago.
As seen from the ongoing heat wave, the knock-on effects of such extreme warmth include arid land and fires as well as impacts on health and infrastructure.

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12 reasons to use a bicycle for transportation

Economic instability and climate change are just two of many reasons riding a bike is an excellent alternative to driving.

We're continuing our look at smart ways to start saddling up and using bicycles for real transportation.

We've always taken the greenness of bike transport as a given. But if you're just getting started — or perhaps trying to convince an employer that bicycle commuting is a good thing — we've rounded up a dozen reasons to leave that car in the driveway and start covering pavement on two wheels. Let's ride!

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