A Swedish teenager who has become a prominent voice in the campaign against climate change has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Greta Thunberg had her name put forward by politicians in Norway, who said the 16-year-old “is a very important peace contribution”. The courageous teen started her protests alone when she sat outside her nation’s parliament to protest inaction over global warming. On Friday young people in more than 40 countries, including Britain, will walk out of school to join a global movement calling on leaders to tackle environmental issues.
iNews 13th March 2019 read more »
Sharp and potentially devastating temperature rises of 3C to 5C in the Arctic are now inevitable even if the world succeeds in cutting greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris agreement, research has found. Winter temperatures at the north pole are likely to rise by at least 3C above pre-industrial levels by mid-century, and there could be further rises to between 5C and 9C above the recent average for the region, according to the UN. Such changes would result in rapidly melting ice and permafrost, leading to sea level rises and potentially to even more destructive levels of warming. Scientists fear Arctic heating could trigger a climate “tipping point” as melting permafrost releases the powerful greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere, which in turn could create a runaway warming effect.
Guardian 13th March 2019 read more »