Climate Change News

Fighting Climate Change Can Boost Jobs, Cut Inequality: New York Mayor

United States cities can create jobs and cut social inequality as they reduce global warming but must act quickly since the nation took a "wrong turn" on climate change, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday (24/07). Some 300 cities have stepped up and said they would work to meet the Paris climate goals, sidestepping President Donald Trump's decision to pull the country out of the 2015 pact to limit global warming, the mayor said. "We know there's no time for complacency, and we ca.....

Climate change is turning Antarctic green

Antarctica is getting greener. British biologists have documented a four-fold or even five-fold increase in plant growth on the Antarctic Peninsula. They identify the sudden burgeoning of green things as an indicator that the continent is responding to climate change. In fact, only a tiny fraction of the south polar land mass is home to any plant life, but the first explorers observed mosses growing on the 600km of the peninsula. Antarctic climate In a climate in which temperatures rarely.....

Planting trees will not slow global warming

Humans cannot simply plant their way out of trouble: trees cannot absorb the ever-increasing quantities of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. If the world’s nations really do intend to contain global warming to within 2°C, there is no alternative to drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study. The tree could be regarded as low-technology carbon removal machinery and, in theory, carefully managed plantations could soak up the carbon released from fossil fuel combust.....

Soil microbes hold key to climate puzzle

Climate scientists puzzled by the traffic of carbon between soil and air may have to think more deeply about the role played by soil microbes − the planet’s smallest inhabitants. One research team has just found that soil microbes could actually lighten the colour of arid land soils, to reflect more light and bounce more radiation energy back into space. Another has identified an unexpected source of atmospheric carbon: 17% of the soil carbon that gets into the atmosphere from a floodp.....

Gorontalo regency braces for climate change impacts

While the leader of a superpower has publicly called climate change a Chinese hoax and has been trying to undo the green policies introduced by his predecessor, the leader of a sm all regency on Sulawesi is doing the opposite.Since taking office in February 2016, Gorontalo Regent Nelson Pomalingo has made it clear that he is not a climate change skeptic; and his motive is obvious. Gorontalo is one of the regions of the archipelago considered most prone to the adverse impacts of climate c.....

Energy Department climate office bans use of phrase ‘climate change’

The Office of International Climate and Clean Energy is the only office at DOE with the words ‘climate’ in its name, and it may be endangered as Trump looks to reorganize government agencies.A supervisor at the Energy Department's international climate office told staff this week not to use the phrases "climate change," "emissions reduction" or "Paris Agreement" in written memos, briefings or other written communication, sources have told POLITICO. Employees of DOE’s Office of Interna.....

Report: Climate outlook improves as fewer coal plants built

Led by cutbacks in China and India, construction of new coal-fired power plants is falling worldwide, improving chances climate goals can be met despite earlier pessimism, three environmental groups said Wednesday. A joint report by the groups CoalSwarm, the Sierra Club and Greenpeace follows a warning this week by two international agencies that the world needs to shift quickly away from fossil fuels to curb global warming. Environmentalists were dismayed by President Donald Trump's U.S. g.....

Indonesia Ratifies Paris Agreement on Climate Change

The House of Representatives approved the draft law ratifying the Paris Agreement, after receiving a seal of approval from House Deputy Speaker, Agus Hermanto, on Wednesday (19/10). Signed by 197 United Nations member states during the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, the agreement was adopted on Dec. 12 last year and aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change. As reported by state-run news agency Antar, Chairman of the House Commission VII, Gus Irawan, pr.....

Indonesia Needs More Regulations to Mitigate Climate Change: Expert

Insufficient infrastructure and a lack of provincial and national regulations on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions are hampering Indonesia's efforts to address climate change, an urban development expert said. University of Indonesia lecturer Andy Simarmata explained that the country is not the only one facing problems with high emissions from transportation and energy, as these sectors tend to contribute the most to climate change. "Transportation has become a 'hot' sector to help.....

Gorontalo District Government is Serious in Addressing Climate Change Impact in Its Region

Gorontalo, Transformasi--Indonesia is one of the countries that is vulnerable to the impact of climate change. Based on the study from Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 2014, this vulnerability has the potential to cause 6-7 percent loss to its GDP per year. Therefore, the integration of climate change adaptation into the development plan, especially at the local level, must be done as soon as possible. Senior Advisor of Transformasi, Sarwono Kusumaatmadja, at the press conference in the offi.....