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School Lessons Increasingly a Target for Climate Skeptics

U.S. News

James Taylor, a senior fellow at Heartland, an Illinois-based group that dismisses climate change, said it is encouraging well-rounded classroom discussions on the topic. The group, which in 2017 sent thousands of science teachers copies of a book titled "Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming," is now taking its message directly to students. A reference book it is planning for publication this year will rebut arguments linking climate change to hurricanes, tornadoes and other extreme weather.


'Not seeing the urgency': Communications failure blamed for climate inaction

The Japan Times

London – Humans' collective inability to stem planet-heating emissions -- which continue to rise despite pledges to slash them -- is largely the result of failures to communicate the risks effectively, government officials and activists said this week. Even as scientific warnings grow clearer and more urgent, and climate-linked hazards such as more deadly wildfires and destructive storms and droughts affect more people, too few see the rising threats as urgent, they warned. "Many people still do not seem to fully understand it is impacting our lives today," the U.K.'s Prince Charles told an online event run by the Red Cross Red Crescent movement. "We simply cannot sit back and wait for the climate to change around us and accept these disasters as an inevitability," said the prince, who is president of the British Red Cross. While slow progress on addressing the growing climate threat is often blamed on a lack of funding, political will or public acceptance of lifestyle changes, that could be reversed if more people recognized the risks, panelists said.


Clouds may explain why climate models are predicting a warmer future

New Scientist

Climate scientists have been trying to work out why new computer models have begun projecting a potentially much hotter future as CO2 levels rise. A new analysis gives our best idea yet – it seems to be to do with clouds. Ahead of the next major UN climate science panel reports in 2021, researchers have found their sixth generation of climate models show a much wider range for the future temperature than before, up from 1.5 to 4.5 C to 1.8 to 5.6 C. Those estimates are for when "equilibrium climate sensitivity" (ECS) occurs, a theoretical point when the climate system comes into equilibrium after CO2 levels have doubled. "There is definitely not one single common cause. But quite a lot of the models at the high end have introduced new, more sophisticated models of clouds and aerosols. That does seem to be the driver of the new, higher sensitivity," says Catherine Senior at the UK's Met Office.


Debts add to disaster for climate-hit nations Letters

The Guardian > Energy

For many countries impacted by the negative impacts of climate change, much more money is leaving in debt payments than they receive in grants to cope with climate impacts (Theresa May: It's Britain's duty to help nations hit by climate change, 12 December).


If We Want To Stop Climate Change, We're Going To Have To Pay For It

Huffington Post - Tech news and opinion

CASABLANCA, MOROCCO ― Hundreds of financial leaders gathered here last week to discuss one of the biggest challenges in the fight against climate change: How do we pay for it? That answer, it would seem, isn't terribly complex, at least in theory: invest less money in fossil fuels and more in green technology, before it's too late. That was the consensus among the government officials and leaders of private businesses who met last Friday for the second annual Climate Finance Day, an investment conference centered around climate change solutions. But making that shift in investment is far more complicated in practice, as the world struggles to wean itself from the easily obtained energy sources that have garnered billions in profits in the industrial age. The timing of the finance meeting was particularly notable, coming the same day the landmark Paris climate agreement took effect, the most comprehensive international plan to address climate change that world leaders have ever reached.