Climate Change

Bank of England Governor’s Speech Is a Significant Milestone In the Climate Change Debate

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, has given a stark warning that climate change poses a huge risk to global stability.

Running Out Of Time: Saving Ocean Wildlife

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Earlier this month, the World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature and the Zoological Society of London released their most comprehensive look at the state of life in the sea, which found that the amount of wildlife in our oceans has fallen by half in 45 years.

Islamic Climate Declaration Asks Muslims to Take Action On Climate Change

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Islamic leaders have issued an Islamic Climate Declaration, calling 1.6 billion Muslims around the world to work towards phasing out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and towards a 100 percent renewable energy strategy.

Obama’s Legacy: The Clean Power Plan

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – U.S. President Barack Obama launched his long-awaited master plan to cut carbon emissions, saying, “We are the last generation that can do something’ about climate change” announcing the requirement of 32 percent reduction on 2005 levels by 2030.

The Pope’s Encyclical: Human Selfishness Blamed for Global Warming

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Leaders of the Catholic Church in America took their orders from the Pope’s encyclical (a letter laying out official Catholic doctrine) on Thursday, 18 June, to push Congress and the White House for action on climate change.

WWF Launches An Interactive Storybook: WWF Explore!

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Environmental change, economic development and the constant demand for energy are profoundly affecting our planet. Probably for many of us, these concerns and challenges seem far away and not actually impacting our lives. Yet, they are. There is undeniable evidence that animals, birds and plants are being affected by climate change and global warming in both their distribution and behaviour.

IEA Report: Global Carbon Emissions Have Flattened Out

(3BL Media/Justmeans) -Here is some very encouraging news coming from a preliminary report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). Global carbon dioxide emissions for the year 2014 were 32.3 billion metric tons, the same amount as the previous year. Emissions, which had been growing at an annual rate of 2.4%, have now flattened out even as the global economy grew by 3%.

"This is both a very welcome surprise and a significant one," said IEA Chief  Economist Fatih Birol, recently named to take over for Maria van der Hoeven as Executive Director. "It provides much-needed momentum to negotiators preparing to forge a global climate deal in Paris in December: for the first time, greenhouse gas emissions are decoupling from economic growth."

According to IEA, this is the first time in 40 years that emissions have fallen without a corresponding drop in economic activity.

This move could actually put the effort to head off “severe, widespread and irreversible impacts” of climate change ahead of the timetable set forth by the IPCC when they said that global emissions must peak by 2020. Of course, in order for a peak to occur, we must see a decline beginning this year and continuing into the future.

It’s clear that we now have the tools in the form of renewables and many forms of energy conservation to grow the economy without raising emissions. But any number of things could reverse the trend. That would include continuing growth in developing countries and an increasing number of extreme weather events, both of which are expected.

The IPCC also stated that we must cut emissions in half by 2050 and eliminate them entirely by 2100.

Investment Impacts of Climate Change

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - We’ve all heard a lot about what we can expect from a changing climate. There will be increased droughts and flooding, food prices will likely rise, as will the level of the ocean. Growing seasons will shift as will the migration patterns of animals. Some species will move into areas where they had not previously been found.


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