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Israel tells teachers to use gas firms' videos to teach kids about energy   35%

The videos by Noble Energy and Delek Group praise the use of natural gas without mentioning its contribution to the climate crisis

Coldplay review, Music of the Spheres: A superficial spiritual shower  

The album’s lyrical positivity and melodic predictability should fly well in the current climate

Queen irritated by world leaders talking not doing on climate crisis   -56%

Overheard comment suggests anger at possible no-shows at Cop26 by leaders of countries with worst CO2 emissions

The Queen has criticised world leaders’ inaction on addressing the climate crisis, admitting she is “irritated” by individuals who “talk but don’t do”.

She made the remarks, which were picked up on a livestream, at the opening of the Welsh parliament in Cardiff on Thursday.

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Rewild your lands maam, campaigners urge Britains Queen Elizabeth before COP26 summit   -4%

Environmental campaigners urged Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and other royals on Saturday to commit to rewilding their vast estates – from planting more trees to going organic – as Scotland prepares to host the COP26 global climate conference.Chris Packham, a well-known conservationist and broadcaster, along with several hundred schoolchildren and a jazz band marched through central London to Buckingham Palace to deliver a petition signed by 100,000 people.“We are very politely … asking them to…

Forget net zero lets have a fossil freedom day | Mark Lynas   10%

Imagine if we knew that sometime in 2047 we would definitively move on from the industrial revolution

The important thing about any agenda isn’t so much what’s on it, but what is missing. And so it is with the 21st UN climate change conference (Cop26), in Glasgow. There are some crucial issues up for discussion and negotiation: the $100bn finance promise, the 1.5C target and how to raise global mitigation ambition to meet it. But I have a proposal for something that is still firmly off the agenda, even though it would arguably do more than anything else to address the climate emergency.

The problem with Cops – and I’ve been to a few – is that activity tends to substitute for action. The atmosphere is frenetic: people rush to and fro, from meeting to meeting, negotiation to negotiation, clutching bundles of paper, phones, laptops, and (if they are lucky) a hastily grabbed, limp sandwich. Some negotiators trundle everywhere with wheeled suitcases, stuffed with printed materials from every previous Cop – so they never have to miss an opportunity to refer directly to the Bali declaration or the Berlin mandate.

Mark Lynas is a freelance writer working full-time on climate change

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Forest Green Rovers unveil climate emergency warnings on advertising boards video   5%

Forest Green Rovers have brought the climate and ecological crisis into sharp focus by taking the unprecedented step of using their pitchside advertising hoardings to display real-time facts and figures about fossil fuels, plastic waste, and other critical issues during their League Two game at home to Swindon.

The new messages were planned by their artistic director, Massive Attack’s Robert del Naja, also known as 3D, in collaboration with the chairman of the club, Dale Vince, who acknowledged the bold move was controversial and could create a backlash.

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Energy crisis reignites demand for oil, threatening climate targets, says IEA   4%

International Energy Agency warns shortage of gas and coal could trigger oil market rebound

The worldwide energy crisis has reignited demand for oil, posing a threat to the world’s climate ambitions and the global economic recovery from Covid-19, according to the International Energy Agency.

The global energy watchdog said the shortage of gas and coal across the biggest economies, which has caused energy markets to rocket, could trigger a faster-than-expected rebound in the oil market and drive demand to above pre-pandemic levels as soon as next year.

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When it comes to climate change, England must adapt or die, government agency says   12%

The report warned of rising sea levels, increased river flows and significant strains on England’s public water supply amid soaring global temperatures associated with the changing climate.

As Western Oil Giants Cut Production, State-Owned Companies Step Up   3%

In the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, government-owned energy companies are increasing oil and natural gas production as U.S. and European companies pare supply because of climate concerns.

What you need to know about the U.N. climate summit this fall and why it matters  

Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change are set to meet Oct. 31 to Nov. 12, just after the G20 summit.

Germany's Angela Merkel receives Spain's Carlos V European Award   20%

In her acceptance speech, Merkel called on Europeans to work together to tackle important issues such as climate change. "Europe is only as strong as it is united," the chancellor said.

What would make the COP26 climate conference a success?   12%

What exactly are world leaders hoping to achieve at the COP26 climate conference in Scotland next month? CBC News takes a closer look.

Coal crunch: Asia faces winter of discontent  

China and India are struggling to obtain enough coal to get through the winter and power their pandemic recoveries. Soaring prices are exacerbating the energy crisis and raising urgent questions about climate goals.

Morrisons tiptoe through the climate minefield shouldnt lead him to a COPout   -4%

The Prime Minister must contend with conservative voters who don’t want climate action but also those who do, and the prospect of losing Liberal seats - and government. He should see little to gain from a no-show at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

#SeeYouInCourt: Climate litigation heats up   5%

With politicians failing to take climate action, activists from Asia to South America to Europe are taking governments and polluters to court in a last-ditch bid to reduce emissions — and global heating.

COP26, G20 prospects dimmer without Chinas Xi Jinping in the room   10%

It is a long weekend that has the potential to shape the future.Leaders of the world’s most powerful nations will meet in Rome for the Group of 20 Summit, then head to Glasgow for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) to cement climate commitments with other countries.But with reports that Chinese President Xi Jinping will not travel to Europe for either event, Western observers are downgrading their expectations of how much can be achieved.According to Bloomberg, Chinese…

Climate change: Voices from global south muted by climate science   -100%

Climate academics from some of the regions worst hit by warming are struggling to be published.

Africa: Sustainable Transport Key to Green Energy Shift - UN Secretary-General #AfricaClimateCrisis   12%

[UN News] With global transport at a crossroads, government leaders, industry experts, and civil society groups are meeting in Beijing, China, for a UN conference to chart the way forward to a more sustainable future for the sector, and greater climate action overall.

Africa: World Food Day - Time to Break the Cycle as Climate Change Makes Hunger, Conflict Worse   -80%

[IPS] Stockholm -- Hunger, violent conflict and the visible impacts of climate change are all on the rise. World Food Day, October 16, is a reminder that we need to talk about the intricate ways that these challenges are connected--and how to tackle them together.

Big tobacco got caught in a lie by Congress. Now its the oil industrys turn | Mark Hertsgaard   20%

The CEOs of Exxon, BP, Shell and Chevron face a Capitol Hill hearing on their climate crisis lies – will it mirror the downfall of big tobacco?

Two weeks from today, Darren Woods will face a potential doomsday moment before the US Congress.

As the CEO of ExxonMobil, Woods was paid $15.6m last year to run the richest, most powerful private oil company in history. But his earnings and influence will be on the line when he appears before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on 28 October. His testimony could mark the beginning of the end of big oil escaping legal and financial responsibility for the climate crisis.

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Williams F1 team pledge to be climate positive by 2030   17%

Williams have become the first F1 team to sign up to the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework

Climate change: China to exit coal-fired power abroad  

Beijing is to end support for overseas coal-fired power projects and plans to up investment in low-carbon energy. It's big news ahead of the November climate summit, but private investors need to follow suit.

"People vs. Fossil Fuels'': Winona LaDuke & Mass Protests Call on Biden to Stop Line 3 Pipeline   5%

In response to the completion of the contested Line 3 pipeline, which is now reportedly operational, thousands of Indigenous leaders and climate justice advocates are kicking off the "People vs. Fossil Fuels'' mobilization, an Indigenous-led five-day action of civil disobedience at the White House to demand President Biden declare a climate emergency, divest from fossil fuels and launch a "just renewable energy revolution." "This pipeline doesn't respect treaty rights," says Winona LaDuke, longtime Indigenous activist and founder of Honor the Earth, a platform to raise awareness of and money for Indigenous struggles for environmental justice. "They're just trying to continue their egregious behavior. It's so tragic that, on the one hand, the Biden administration is like, 'We're going to have Indigenous Peoples' Day, but we're still going to smash you in northern Minnesota and smash the rest of the country.'" LaDuke faces criminal charges linked to her protest of pipelines in three different counties.

This is a story that needs to be told: BBC film tackles Climategate scandal   -5%

Scientist Philip Jones is resigned, but ready for a fresh wave of abuse when drama The Trick tries to put the record straight on accusations that he falsified data on global heating

Twelve years ago, Professor Philip Jones was subject to a barrage of hate mail and death threats that pushed him close to suicide. Emails, hacked from his laboratory, proved climate change research was a fraud, it was claimed.

Now Jones faces a repeat of that grim onslaught when the BBC One film, The Trick, is screened on 18 October. It will tell the story, sympathetically, of his tribulations at the hands of climate change deniers.

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Hungarys Orban blames Brussels & its climate change policies for soaring EU gas prices  

The EU should withdraw its policies aimed at tackling climate change as they’re the reason for the record surge in energy prices on the continent in autumn, Viktor Orban, Hungarian Prime Minister, has said.
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Gerald Ryan delves into bag of tricks with Standout but weather a big worry  

The master trainer has made a crucial gear change as he chases Sydney Stakes revenge, but there’s one big obstacle in his way.

Stepped up climate action at COP26 could save millions of lives: WHO   3%

The World Health Organization and about three-quarters of global health care workers on Monday called on governments to step up climate action at the COP26 global climate conference, saying it could

Google Stops Serving Ads on Climate Change Misinformation   10%

“We’ve heard directly from a growing number of our advertising and publisher partners who have expressed concerns about ads that run alongside or promote inaccurate claims about climate change,” the company said.

BHP shareholders strongly endorse climate plan as chief says its a step forward  

BHP shareholders have offered a resounding endorsement of the Australian mining giant’s climate transition strategy.

Covid restrictions could hinder Cop26 delegates and observers   18%

‘My fear is that we will see fewer delegates from some of the most afflicted countries,’ a Cop26 insider from a developing nation says

Cop26 will be a “conference of the parties” like no other, as this is a year like no other. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way Cop26 will operate, and that has many worrying implications.

Cop26 should have taken place in November 2020, but the decision was taken in May 2020 to delay it by a year, because of Covid. However, the extra time has not meant that the negotiations have advanced more. The negotiators have not been able to meet in person, which has been difficult. We had online discussions and pre-meetings but these were very different from the formal negotiations that would normally have taken place to prepare the ground for Cop26.

Every week we’ll hear from negotiators from a developing country that is involved in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations and will be attending the Cop26 climate conference.

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How does this scientist approach climate conversations? She acts from love.  

In a Q&A, Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist and evangelical Christian, talks about her book “Saving Us” and about meeting people where they are.

News Corps Herald Sun runs climate change furphy ad on third day of net zero campaign  

News Corp’s Melbourne tabloid has run an ad describing climate change as a “furphy” on the third day of a company-wide series on the benefits of a carbon-neutral economy.

UK to push plan to halt and reverse global deforestation by 2030 at Cop26   12%

Government will call for producers and consumers of commodities such as soya and cocoa to commit to stopping land clearances

The UK government is pushing for an ambitious agreement among world leaders at Cop26 to halt and reverse forest loss and degradation, the Guardian can reveal.

Big producers and consumers of deforestation-linked commodities such as soya, cocoa, coffee and palm oil have been asked to commit to halting land clearances, the second largest source of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. A coalition of world leaders is expected to announce the initiative on the second day of the climate summit in Glasgow alongside new funding to protect forests.

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In secret tapes, palm oil execs disclose corruption, brutality   -15%

Undercover investigators illuminate dark side of the palm oil industry that is clearcutting virgin rainforests. Loss of tree cover and peatlands that help absorb greenhouse gases alarms climate scientists.

Covid symptoms: What are they and how do I protect myself?  

A new cough, fever and change in smell or taste are the key symptoms of coronavirus.

PM must find a way to fight warming while appeasing Nats  

The clock is ticking for Scott Morrison on whether he can develop a climate change policy to take to the Glasgow conference in November.

At COP26 summit in Glasgow, China-US tensions could shape the worlds climate future   -18%

Global momentum is building on the climate crisis but action will be impossible without two nations, China and the United States, which together account for more than half of emissions – and whose governments do not get along.Ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow, experts believe that breakthrough US-China cooperation could be the catalyst for a historic agreement on climate change – but also that frosty ties between Washington and Beijing are not, so to speak, the end of the world.Both nations…