(CNN)The world needs to reach "peak meat" within the next 10 years to combat the effects of climate change, scientists have warned. In a letter to The Lancet Planetary Health Journal, they said all but the poorest countries needed to set a time frame for livestock production to stop growing, since the meat and dairy sector is responsible for such a large proportion of emissions. The scientists called on governments to identify the largest emissions sources or land-occupiers in the livestock sector and set reduction targets to help fight the risk of global temperatures rising by more than the "safe" limit of 1.5-2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Trump again mocks teen climate activist Greta Thunberg "The reduction we need means we need deep transformation in every sector," Helen Harwatt, an environmental social scientist at Harvard Law School and lead author of the letter, told CNN. "To reduce to 1.5 C, we need to remove massive amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere. … [Read more...] about World must reach ‘peak meat’ by 2030 to meet climate change targets, scientists warn
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Video PlayerClose ROME, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- The European Green Deal, unveiled by the European Commission on Wednesday to make the bloc carbon neutral by 2050, would likely mark a qualitative leap in the global fight against climate change if it's fully implemented, according to Italian experts. Described by the new president of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, as "our new growth strategy -- a strategy that gives more back than it takes away" -- the plan set ambitious targets. The first requires the EU to cut greenhouse gas emissions by "at least 50 percent and towards 55 percent by 2030" compared to 1990 levels, instead of the current target of 40 percent. The second and ultimate goal is to "transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society ... where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050." To achieve such targets, the European Commission said it will propose "the first European Climate Law by March 2020" to enshrine the 2050 climate neutrality target in its … [Read more...] about News Analysis: EU’s Green Deal likely to become major step forward in global climate change fight
This story originally appeared on HuffPost and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. At a high-level event Wednesday at the United Nations climate summit, Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg slammed world leaders for “misleading” the public with insufficient emission-reduction pledges and dove into the growing science that shows governments must act quickly to prevent catastrophic warming. Thunberg kicked off her speech at the 25th Conference of the Parties, or COP25, by telling world leaders that she wouldn’t have any personal or emotional headline-grabbing one-liners, like when she told world leaders she wanted them to panic. “I will not do that, because then those phrases are all that people focus on,” she said. “They don’t remember the facts, the very reason why I say those things in the first place. We no longer have time to leave out the science.” Thunberg highlighted numbers from last year’s sobering report … [Read more...] about Greta Thunberg Blasts ‘Creative PR’ in Her Climate Speech
Hurricane Michael, the third most intense storm on record to make landfall in the U.S., has caused widespread destruction, turning places like Mexico Beach, Florida, into a hellscape of broken homes and overturned cars. It will be a while before we learn the full extent of the damage — and the human suffering and death — caused by the storm’s 155 mph winds and the 14-foot storm surge that swamped the coastline. Bad as the hurricane was, imagine the damage and destruction if that storm surge had been 15 feet or so higher. And if instead of receding, that wall of water never went away. That is what we could be facing in the not-so-distant future if we don’t dramatically cut fossil-fuel pollution. If that sounds alarmist, watch this short video. In it, you’ll see a scientist named Richard Alley in a Skype discussion with students at Bard College, as well as with Eban Goodstein, director of the Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard. It would be just … [Read more...] about What’s Another Way to Say ‘We’re F-cked’?
ALONG THE VJOSA RIVER (AP) — Under a broad plane tree near Albania’s border with Greece, Jorgji Ilia fills a battered flask from one of the Vjosa River’s many springs. “There is nothing else better than the river,” the retired schoolteacher says. “The Vjosa gives beauty to our village.” The Vjosa is temperamental and fickle, changing from translucent cobalt blue to sludge brown to emerald green, from a steady flow to a raging torrent. Nothing holds it back for more than 270 kilometers (170 miles) in its course through the forest-covered slopes of Greece’s Pindus mountains to Albania’s Adriatic coast. This is one of Europe’s last wild rivers. But for how long? Albania’s government has set in motion plans to dam the Vjosa and its tributaries to generate much-needed electricity for one of Europe’s poorest countries, with the intent to build eight dams along the main river. It’s part of a world hydropower boom, … [Read more...] about One of Europe’s last untamed rivers is threatened by dams