Why finance ministers may hold the keys to climate action

Why finance ministers may hold the keys to climate action

Because finance ministers can pursue a wide variety of fiscal policy reforms that can reduce emissions in a cost-effective and systemic way, this group of policymakers can become the linchpin of climate action.

In Defense of Videogame Selfies (Yes, Really)

In Defense of Videogame Selfies (Yes, Really)

Sora, the protagonist, could take selfies to complete various quests in the Disney worlds, and the game's loading screens featured shots of in-game Disney characters in an Instagram-like photo app .

Operationalizing the Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

Operationalizing the Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

As an institution that is committed to development, the World Bank has an enormous responsibility to help countries and communities act early, to build resilience to what we know they are going to be facing – more frequent and more dramatic climate disasters because of climate change.

Investing in resource efficiency – the economics and politics of financing the resource transition

Investing in resource efficiency – the economics and politics of financing the resource transition

This transition can contribute to sustainable economic growth that generates welfare, while limiting harmful impacts on the environment and hence future generations.” Ángel Gurría, Secretary General, OECD (from Preface, Flachenecker & Rentschler, 2018 ) The need for more resource efficient and circular economies High and volatile resource prices, uncertain supply prospects, rising demand, and environmental impacts – various factors are putting increasing pressure on policy makers, researchers, firms, and investors to explore pathways towards sustainable and efficient resource management.

The Sensible Math of Knocking Over Absurdly Large Dominoes

The Sensible Math of Knocking Over Absurdly Large Dominoes

Since multiplication can be tedious after a while, let's make a computer program to calculate the height of the 29th domino assuming the starting domino is 5 millimeters tall. Here is a similar program that calculates the height of dominoes needed to get one big enough to possibly crush a car.

Tech Workers Unite to Fight Forced Arbitration

Tech Workers Unite to Fight Forced Arbitration

Tech Workers Unite to Fight Forced Arbitration Organizers of a walkout by Google employees on Nov. 1 say employers use arbitration clauses to suppress workers facing harassment and discrimination.

A Magic Wand? Nope, Just Good Ol’ Fashioned Physics

A Magic Wand? Nope, Just Good Ol’ Fashioned Physics

What happens if I hang a neutral object from the string and bring the positively charged PVC pipe? These moving electrons experience an attractive force from the positive charges on the PVC and thus move to the right side of the metal (as seen in the diagram).

Google's New Interpreter Mode Translates Your Conversation

Google's New Interpreter Mode Translates Your Conversation

A new feature in Google Assistant, called Interpreter Mode, turns the virtual assistant into a real-time language translator between two people who are trying to chat in the same physical space.

In 2018, Movies Finally Got the Internet Right—Well, Mostly

In 2018, Movies Finally Got the Internet Right—Well, Mostly

As Kayla scrolls through her classmates' (seemingly) perfect lives online, she tries to project a similarly cool persona via a series of YouTube videos in which she delivers inspirational advice she barely practices herself, like "Don't care about what other people think of you." And she always signs off with her own wannabe catchphrase: " Gucci!

An Energy Evolution: From Delicious to Dirty to Almost Free

An Energy Evolution: From Delicious to Dirty to Almost Free

Still, it's energy from food.Burning StuffLet's say you want to heat up some water. Is it possible to use energy from food to heat the water? Changing the nucleus is what happens in a nuclear reaction.OK, so take an atom like Uranium-235.

A Caribbean crystal ball: What can experience from Caribbean islands tell us about investing in climate resilience?

A Caribbean crystal ball: What can experience from Caribbean islands tell us about investing in climate resilience?

Today, climate change is intensifying pressure on communities and ecosystems all over the world, but the Caribbean countries are facing quite unique challenges.

Social business, youth and technology to accelerate climate action to 1.5°C

Social business, youth and technology to accelerate climate action to 1.5°C

Yunus also highlighted the important role of today’s youth during the UNGA Social Business, Youth and Technology event: “You are the most powerful generation in the human history with all technology available, and the most vulnerable if you do not behave right.” This was followed by Connect4Climate presenting the Youth Unstoppable call-to-action video that showcased young voices who don’t want to waste time, who want to be ambitious, and above all, want to act on climate: “We are the next leaders and we are unstoppable.”

Does Climate Change Mean You Should Fly Less? Yeah, Maybe

Does Climate Change Mean You Should Fly Less? Yeah, Maybe

Individual acts of conservation—alongside intense political engagement—are what signal an emergency to those around us, which will set larger changes in motion.It’s true that fossil fuel companies bear the lion’s share of responsibility for this crisis, and that consumers buying efficient light bulbs will not set things right; we need government action to shift our energy sources from coal and gas to sunlight and wind.

Drought-stricken farmers challenge Coalition's climate change stance in TV ad

Drought-stricken farmers challenge Coalition's climate change stance in TV ad

‘We need to stick to the Paris agreement, we need to stop burning coal and we need to commit to more renewable energy,’ Longreach farmer says Longreach sheep and cattle farmer Jody Brown features in the new Australian Conservation Foundation ad about drought and climate change.

California Had Its Own Climate Summit. Now What?

California Had Its Own Climate Summit. Now What?

“We need to be thinking about exponential changes.”Getting the U.S. back on boardThe American politicians at the conference, who typically came from liberal cities and blue states like New York and Washington, had a more immediate concern: Trying to persuade the rest of the world that the United States hasn’t completely abandoned the fight, despite the fact that President Trump has vowed to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

California to launch its 'own damn satellite' to track greenhouse gases

California to launch its 'own damn satellite' to track greenhouse gases

California is set to launch a satellite to track greenhouse gases, as former US Secretary of State John Kerry and island nation leaders warned that the world is far off course to avoid the worst effects of rising temperatures.

Investment firms controlling £23tn launch campaign to combat climate change

Investment firms controlling £23tn launch campaign to combat climate change

The list of organisations who are part of the newly launched “Investor Agenda” includes 279 investors controlling $31tn who had already signed up to the aims of the Climate Action 100+ in agreement with this statement: “We, the institutional investors that are signatories to this statement, are aware of the risks climate change presents to our portfolios and asset values in the short, medium and long term.

Google searches reveal where people are most concerned about climate change

Google searches reveal where people are most concerned about climate change

In our research, we used Google search histories to measure the climate change awareness in different communities, and to show how awareness maps (like the one below) can help better target funding and resources.

Climate poll shows Morrison politically vulnerable as more voters back action

Climate poll shows Morrison politically vulnerable as more voters back action

A growing number of Australians are concerned about the impact of climate change, and more than half of a survey of 1,756 voters believe the Morrison government needs to stay in the Paris agreement, despite Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US.

Fossil fuel dependence poses 'direct existential threat', warns UN chief

Fossil fuel dependence poses 'direct existential threat', warns UN chief

United Nations secretary general António Guterres has warned that the world is facing “a direct existential threat” and must rapidly shift from dependence on fossil fuels by 2020 to prevent “runaway climate change”.

As New York and London mayors, we call on all cities to divest from fossil fuels | Bill de Blasio and Sadiq Khan

As New York and London mayors, we call on all cities to divest from fossil fuels | Bill de Blasio and Sadiq Khan

And that, together, our cities – New York, London and many others around the world – can send a clear message to the fossil fuel industry: change your ways now and join us in tackling climate change.

Dear politicians, get your heads out of the coal pit and into the real world | Peter Holding

Dear politicians, get your heads out of the coal pit and into the real world | Peter Holding

As farmers we’re dealing with increasingly extreme weather as a result of global warming. We’re tough and we manage our resources carefully, making decisions based upon the best available evidence and always keeping one eye to the future.

Rise for Climate: Protesters take to streets across the planet to demand action on environment

Rise for Climate: Protesters take to streets across the planet to demand action on environment

“Climate change is the defining issue of our time, it is a crisis of democracy, justice and human rights,” said May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, the New York-based campaign group behind the day.

What Are Schools Doing to Go Green?

What Are Schools Doing to Go Green?

And, if you’re a parent or teacher, see below for book recommendations for kids.Solar-powered schools and electric busesPhoto Illustration by The New York TimesSchools around the country are taking an interest in clean energy, putting solar panels on roofs and swapping diesel school buses for electric versions.But it’s not always easy for a school to go green.

Climate change protest blitz targets local action in face of Trump hostility

Climate change protest blitz targets local action in face of Trump hostility

Miya Yoshitani, of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, will be taking part in the main climate march, which expects to attract tens of thousands of people in San Francisco, to decry the air pollution suffered largely by black and Asian American communities in the Bay Area.

Hundreds of thousands expected to join global climate marches this weekend

Hundreds of thousands expected to join global climate marches this weekend

Hundreds of thousand of people in more than 90 countries are expected to take part in demonstrations this weekend to protest about the failure of politicians to tackle the global environmental crisis.

Australia’s authority in Pacific 'being eroded by refusal to address climate change'

Australia’s authority in Pacific 'being eroded by refusal to address climate change'

Dr Bill Hare, managing director of Climate Analytics and a lead author on the IPCC fourth assessment report, told Guardian Australia that Pacific leaders were growing increasingly disenchanted with Australia’s refusal to commit to cutting carbon emissions, even as their nations faced massive economic, physical and social disruption, even existential threat.

America’s Spaceport Boom Is Outpacing the Need to Go to Space

America’s Spaceport Boom Is Outpacing the Need to Go to Space

From Colorado's shiny new station, located at the Front Range Airport in Adams County, and the 10 other spaceports in the US, private companies hope to launch rockets and spaceplanes that will carry rich astro-tourists and satellites.

Fears over climate change hit highest level in a decade following heatwave, study says

Fears over climate change hit highest level in a decade following heatwave, study says

British people’s concern over climate change hit the highest level in almost a decade amid the record-breaking heatwave which swept across Britain this summer, a new poll has revealed.

Eating as a political, social, spiritual act: The World Peace Diet

Eating as a political, social, spiritual act: The World Peace Diet

Food is a tool to nourish life but also for taking political action and for averting the dangers of climate change and preventing unnecessary harm. By reducing animal agriculture, we also could improve health, stabilize grain prices, enhance food security and prevent unnecessary harm and violence.

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