Edition for 11 March 2020

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Climate emergency: global action is ‘way off track’ says UN head (Guardian)

  • Deadly heatwaves, floods and rising hunger far greater threat to world than coronavirus, scientists say.
  • The world is “way off track” in dealing with the climate emergency and time is fast running out, the UN secretary general has said.
  • Scientists said the threat was greater than that from the coronavirus, and world leaders must not be diverted away from climate action.
  • The climate assessment is led by the UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with input from the UN’s agencies for environment, food, health, disasters, migration and refugees, as well as scientific centres.

Multi-agency report highlights increasing signs and impacts of climate change in atmosphere, land and oceans (World Meteorological Organization)

  • The tell-tale physical signs of climate change such as increasing land and ocean heat, accelerating sea level rise and melting ice are highlighted in a new report compiled by the World Meteorological Organization and an extensive network of partners.
  • It documents impacts of weather and climate events on socio-economic development, human health, migration and displacement, food security and land and marine ecosystems.
  • The WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019 includes input from national meteorological and hydrological services, leading international experts, scientific institutions and United Nations agencies.

Major reductions in meat and dairy needed to achieve UK climate targets, report warns (FoodIngredients First)

  • This is according to a new government-funded report into how Britain will achieve carbon neutrality within the next 30 years.
  • The report once again underscores how plant-based diets are the key to tackling climate change.
  • However, the reduction that may be needed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 is greater than that proposed last year by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the government’s official advisors.

Miners Begin Cleaning Up Their Act With Renewables (BloombergNEF)

  • It is the lynchpin of the transition to a low-carbon economy, providing the materials that go into new grids and electric vehicles, yet miners’ extraction processes gorge on large amounts of power.
  • Miners, which account for 22% of global industrial emissions, are facing more pressure to decarbonize than ever before – from investors, customers in the technology and auto industries, and even consumers further downstream.
  • Companies recognize the risks to their operations from climate change, and continue to reaffirm their commitment to sustainability.

Carbon pricing represents the best answer to our climate danger (Washington Post)

  • The other represents a coastal state at grave risk because of climate change.
  • We have come together in an unusual but badly needed alliance to argue for a path forward to address the twin threats of a changing climate and growing economic inequality.
  • That path forward includes imposing a price on carbon — not the usual position for the leader of a union whose members work in the energy industry.

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