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10 05 2024 | 07:31

World’s top climate scientists expect global heating to blast past 1.5C target

Exclusive: Planet is headed for at least 2.5C of heating with disastrous results for humanity, poll of hundreds of scientists finds

04 01 2024 | 12:56

Climate crisis: 2023 was UK’s second-hottest year on record

Such a warm year would have occurred once in 500 years without global heating, Met Office scientists say The UK had its second-hottest year on record in 2023, according to provisional data from the…

19 12 2023 | 18:46

Failure of Cop28 on fossil fuel phase-out is ‘devastating’, say scientists

The failure of Cop28 to call for a phase-out of fossil fuels is “devastating” and “dangerous” given the urgent need for action to tackle the climate crisis, scientists have said. One called it a “…

01 12 2023 | 15:00

‘Climate collapse in real time’: UN head António Guterres urges Cop28 to act

World Meteorological Organization says 2023 will be hottest year on record, leaving ‘trail of devastation and despair’ “We are living through climate collapse in real time,” the UN secretary-general…

24 11 2023 | 16:58

UN to seek assurances UK will not renege on net zero pledge

Concerns ahead of Cop28 climate summit that Rishi Sunak among leaders backsliding on green measures The UN secretary-general, António Guterres, will be seeking assurances from the UK that there will…

24 11 2023 | 16:11

Madagascan heatwave ‘virtually impossible’ without human-caused global heating

Study finds impact of heat on millions of people went unrecorded, highlighting limitations many African countries face A record-breaking heatwave in Madagascar in October would have been “virtually…

17 11 2023 | 16:16

Cop28 host UAE breaking its own ban on routine gas flaring, data shows

State-run oil and gas fields in the United Arab Emirates have been flaring gas virtually daily despite having committed 20 years ago to a policy of zero routine flaring, the Guardian can reveal.

17 11 2023 | 13:13

Cop28 host UAE has world’s biggest climate-busting oil plans, data indicates

State oil company’s huge expansion plans make its CEO’s role as president of UN climate summit ‘ridiculous’, say researchers The state oil company of the United Arab Emirates, whose CEO will preside…

17 11 2023 | 13:05

Climate-heating gases reach record highs, UN reports

World Meteorological Organization sees ‘no end in sight to the rising trend’, largely driven by fossil fuel burning The abundance of climate-heating gases in the atmosphere reached record highs in…

15 11 2023 | 14:19

Human-caused heating behind extreme droughts in Syria, Iraq and Iran, study finds

Millions of people’s lives wrecked by droughts that used to happen once every 250 years but now expected once a decade Extreme droughts that have wrecked the lives of millions of people in Syria,…

10 11 2023 | 16:09

‘Insanity’: petrostates planning huge expansion of fossil fuels, says UN repor

Plans by nations including Saudi Arabia, the US and UAE would blow climate targets and ‘throw humanity’s future into question’ The world’s fossil fuel producers are planning expansions that would…

02 11 2023 | 17:24

Climate crisis: carbon emissions budget is now tiny, scientists say

The carbon budget remaining to limit the climate crisis to 1.5C of global heating is now “tiny”, according to an analysis, sending a “dire” message about the adequacy of climate action. The carbon…

03 10 2023 | 12:07

‘We’re not doomed yet’: climate scientist Michael Mann on our last chance to save human civilisation

The renowned US scientist’s new book examines 4bn years of climate history to conclude we are in a ‘fragile moment’ but there is still time to act “We haven’t yet exceeded the bounds of viable human…

14 09 2023 | 15:22

Earth ‘well outside safe operating space for humanity’, scientists find

First complete ‘scientific health check’ shows most global systems beyond stable range in which modern civilisation emerged Earth’s life support systems have been so damaged that the planet is “well…