The Duke of Cambridge says more education and political action is needed to tackle climate change, as he visited a melting glacier in Pakistan. The trip to a remote mountain location in the north of the country came on the third day of the royal tour. The duke and duchess were shown how the Chiatibo Glacier had retreated rapidly in recent years due to global warming.
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Warmer nights caused by climate change are leading forest birds to build nests and lay eggs earlier in spring, according to Scottish researchers. Scientists warned the chicks might be hatching after their main source of food is most plentiful. This is because warmer temperatures are also causing caterpillar numbers to peak earlier. A team from the University of Edinburgh analysed data from 40 Scottish sites over a five-year period. The team discovered birds decide when to reproduce based on night-time temperatures in the spring.
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In addition to providing updated guidelines on which images our editors should use to illustrate the climate emergency, we have updated our style guide to introduce terms that more accurately describe the environmental crises facing the world. Our editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner, said: “We want to ensure that we are being scientifically precise, while also communicating clearly with readers on this very important issue”. These are the guidelines provided to our journalists and editors to be used in the production of all environment coverage across the Guardian’s website and paper: The urgency of climate crisis needed robust new language to describe it 1.) “climate emergency” or “climate crisis” to be used instead of “climate change” Climate change is no longer considered to accurately reflect the seriousness of the overall situation; use climate emergency or climate crisis instead to describe the broader impact of climate change. However, use climate breakdown or climate change or global heating when describing it specifically in a scientific or geophysical sense eg “Scientists say climate breakdown has led to an increase in the intensity of hurricanes”. 2.) “climate science denier” or “climate denier” to be used instead of “climate sceptic”. The OED defines a sceptic as “a seeker of the truth; an inquirer who has not yet arrived at definite conclusions”. Most “climate sceptics”, in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence, deny climate change is happening, or is caused by human activity, so ‘denier’ is more accurate.
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This year is shaping up to be the second warmest on record for most surface temperature datasets, behind only the super-El Niño year of 2016. This is particularly noteworthy because 2019 has been characterised by a weak El Niño that has played little role in boosting temperatures.
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