Climate change | The Guardian | 07 Oct 17:42

Extinction Rebellion takes New York streets in climate change protest – in pictures

A wave of disruptive protests in the city launched as part of a global week of action by the UK-based group Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 14 Oct 08:28

Extinction Rebellion activists stage protest at Bank of England

‘Day of disruption’ targets City firms funding and profiting from climate crisis Extinction Rebellion activists have blocked a major junction in London’s financial district, as the movement switched its focus towards companies funding and profiting from the climate emergency. About 100 rebels walked into the roundabout outside the Bank of England in the City and sat down in the road at 7am on Monday. Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 11 Oct 08:30

Have you taken part in Extinction Rebellion events?

If you have protested with the group in the UK we would like to hear about your experiences People have been taking part in Extinction Rebellion events, from a ‘nurse-in’ in London to an activist climbing a plane at London City airport, as part of two weeks of climate protests by the group. The Guardian view on the protests said: “The movement’s three demands in these October protests are that the government does more to communicate the urgency of the climate crisis; that it legally commits to net zero carbon emissions by 2025; and that a citizens’ assembly be convened to oversee the changes”. Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 09 Oct 20:46

Global warning: climate protests around the world – in pictures

Two weeks of worldwide climate protests by Extinction Rebellion are under way, with the group pronouncing: ‘To governments of the world: we declared a climate and ecological emergency. You did not do enough. To everybody else: rebel’ Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 08 Oct 08:40

What are Extinction Rebellion's key demands?

The environmental activists want to force political leaders to take urgent action on the climate emergency Just 12 months ago, news that hundreds of environmental activists had been arrested for taking part in peaceful civil disobedience would have seemed unthinkable. Now, as evidence of the climate crisis escalates, it is becoming the new norm. This week, Extinction Rebellion activists are once again blockading central London, and other cities around the world. But why are they protesting, and can their key demands be met? Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 08 Oct 00:49

Extinction Rebellion protests continue for a second day across Australia – video

The climate action protest group, Extinction Rebellion, has continued its protests for a second day running. In Sydney, protesters dressed as bees "swarmed" Sydney's Hyde Park to demand "our leaders take strong action on climate change so that we have a future in farming in this country". In Brisbane, an activist who suspended himself from Story Bridge in a hammock has ended his protest after six hours, despite saying he could have hung out for days.  In Melbourne, protesters disrupted traffic and blocked tram lines . Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews defended people's right to protest, but said: "I don't know that shutting the city down necessarily wins you many friends".  Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 07 Oct 17:40

'Uncooperative crusties': Boris Johnson attacks Extinction Rebellion activists

PM hits out at protesters for ‘littering’ London with ‘heaving hemp-smelling bivouacs’ The prime minister has attacked the Extinction Rebellion activists protesting in London over the climate crisis, dismissing them as “uncooperative crusties” who should stop blocking the streets of the capital with their “heaving hemp-smelling bivouacs”. Boris Johnson made the remarks at the launch of the final volume of a biography of Margaret Thatcher written by his former boss at the Daily Telegraph, Charles Moore . Related: Extinction Rebellion: 280 arrested in central London protests (January 1, 1987)   Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 07 Oct 14:26

Extinction Rebellion protestors pour fake blood over New York's capitalist bull

Demonstrators were arrested in a wave of US protests that are part of a global week of action by the UK-based group More than 20 people were arrested by police in New York City’s financial district after Extinction Rebellion climate protesters poured fake blood over the famous Charging Bull statue, a symbol of American capitalist might. The protesters launched a wave of disruptive protests in the city on Monday. A smaller number of arrests were made at a “die in” outside New York’s stock exchange, with protesters subsequently blocking a nearby road to traffic. Related: Extinction Rebellion: dozens of arrests as activists block London roads Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 07 Oct 09:15

Climate change protests: four teenage girls among 30 arrested in Sydney

Protests take place in Melbourne, Brisbane and other Australian cities to kick off a week of activity by Extinction Rebellion Four teenage girls are among dozens of protesters demanding government action on climate change to be arrested in Sydney on Monday. The Extinction Rebellion climate protests movement has planned a “spring rebellion” from Monday to Sunday, including marches aimed at blocking traffic. Related: Extinction Rebellion: hitting a nerve at Australia's climate flashpoint Related: Extinction Rebellion has won the first battle – now it must win the war | Leo Barasi Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 06 Oct 12:43

Extinction Rebellion: fresh protests to 'shut down' Westminster

Environmental activists plan to blockade roads in the centre of government for two weeks Environmental activists from around Britain are set to swoop on Westminster on Monday morning in an attempt to “shut down” the heart of government with two weeks of disruptive protests. Extinction Rebellion (XR) said its members are planning to blockade “every single road” into the central London district and plan to maintain the protests for at least 14 days, or until their demands are met. Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 09 Oct 13:00

What do we know about the top 20 global polluters?

Compare details about the fossil fuel firms behind a third of carbon emissions since 1965 The Guardian has collaborated with leading scientists and NGOs to expose, with exclusive data, investigations and analysis, the fossil fuel companies that are perpetuating the climate crisis – some of which have accelerated their extraction of coal, oil and gas even as the devastating impact on the planet and humanity was becoming clear. Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 10 Oct 13:02

Where the blame lies for the climate crisis | Letters

Readers respond to the report revealing the 20 biggest polluters responsible for a third of all global carbon emissions Your article ( Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all global carbon emissions , 10 October) highlights the biggest polluters and contributors to the climate crisis over the last half-century – the “ uncooperative crusties ” of capitalism. It is these companies that are standing in the way of progress. But we shouldn’t just look at the carbon they have pumped into the atmosphere, but also the money – our money, in banks and pension funds – that they have invested and the power that huge amount of capital gives them. They can choose to either transform their businesses into something positive for the planet or to extend the shelf life of a carbon-based business mod...

Climate change | The Guardian | 10 Oct 13:00

Oil firms to pour extra 7m barrels per day into markets, data shows

Projected production surge in next 12 years to be led by Shell despite climate crisis Why we need political action to rein in the fossil fuel industry – video explainer The world’s 50 biggest oil companies are poised to flood markets with an additional 7m barrels per day over the next decade, despite warnings from scientists that this will push global heating towards catastrophic levels. New research commissioned by the Guardian forecasts Shell and ExxonMobil will be among the leaders with a projected production increase of more than 35% between 2018 and 2030 – a sharper rise than over the previous 12 years. The Guardian has collaborated with leading scientists and NGOs to expose, with exclusive data, investigations and analysis, the fossil fuel companies that are perpetuating...

Climate change | The Guardian | 09 Oct 13:00

Half a century of dither and denial – a climate crisis timeline

Fossil fuel companies have been aware of their impact on the planet since at least the 1950s Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 09 Oct 13:00

Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions

New data shows how fossil fuel companies have driven climate crisis despite industry knowing dangers The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era. New data from world-renowned researchers reveals how this cohort of state-owned and multinational firms are driving the climate emergency that threatens the future of humanity, and details how they have continued to expand their operations despite being aware of the industry’s devastating impact on the planet. Related: Contact the Guardian securely The Guardian has collaborated with leading scientists and NGOs to expose, with exclusive data, investigation...

Climate change | The Guardian | 18 Oct 13:46

Big oil to be eclipsed by the sun

Reasons to be cheerful include signs that a renewables revolution could soon end rising demand for fossil fuels Oil has been a game-changer for humanity. It turbocharged more than a century of growth and destruction: people got bigger, went further, stayed warmer and lived longer. Oil powered travel, exploration, science, industry and innovation. But it also powered conflict, both as a fuel and a potential spoil. It exacerbated inequality. And it polluted – oceans, rivers, wildernesses and, of course, the atmosphere. Excellent article which captures so well the grit and stamina of this inspired group. Their collective achievement is massively inspiring in climate of these troubled times ... Long live! It is most stimulating to hear of trends towards reversing the manmade effects of ...

Climate change | The Guardian | 18 Oct 09:00

Why we're rethinking the images we use for our climate journalism

Guardian picture editor Fiona Shields explains why we are going to be using fewer polar bears and more people to illustrate our coverage of the climate emergency Support Guardian journalism today, by making a one-off or recurring contribution , or subscribing At the Guardian we want to ensure that the images we publish accurately and appropriately convey the climate crisis that we face. Following discussions among editors about how we could change the language we use in our coverage of environmental issues, our attention then turned to images. We have been working across the organisation to better understand how we aim to visually communicate the impact the climate emergency is having across the world. Our goal is to provide guidelines for anyone working with images at the Gu...

Climate change | The Guardian | 18 Oct 08:00

The Sundarbans crab farmers battling climate crisis – and pirates

With rising seas swallowing Bangladesh’s land and kidnappings a regular hazard, families scraping a living farming crab and shrimp in one of the world’s largest mangrove forests are fighting to survive “The river is so hungry,” says Peramin Ishak, as he gestures to a missing arc of land from the muddy embankment. “It just keeps eating the land.” From his village of Datina Khali, which rests on the edge of the Bangladeshi Sundarbans, Ishak has watched the river swallow up a three hectare (seven acre) chunk of land in the past decade. Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 18 Oct 06:11

BHP shareholder vote raises pressure to quit Minerals Council

More than one in five shareholders support exiting groups ‘inconsistent’ with Paris climate goals More than one in five shareholders of mining giant BHP have backed a resolution calling on the company to resign its membership of any industry associations whose advocacy is “inconsistent” with the Paris climate change agreement. BHP’s board recommended shareholders vote against the resolution at its annual meeting in London, but 22% of shareholders voted in favour, with another 7% abstaining. Related: Minerals Council says it will release a 'climate action plan' next year Related: Australians reject Coalition attacks on businesses promoting social issues Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 18 Oct 03:14

Queensland claims cabinet confidentiality to block release of climate protest details

Details of photos used to justify new protest laws blocked from release The Palaszczuk government has blocked the release of basic information about climate protests – including dates and locations of photographs used to justify controversial proposed laws – by claiming the details are subject to cabinet confidentiality. At an inquiry hearing last week, the Queensland police tabled photographs of “locking devices” that are proposed to be banned by the new legislation. Related: Annastacia Palaszczuk is cracking down on protesters – she is likely correct about public sentiment | Tony Koch Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 17 Oct 21:42

Wisconsin launches taskforce to face 'grave threat' of climate crisis

Democratic governor establishes taskforce despite inevitable pushback from state’s Republican-controlled legislature The Democratic governor of Wisconsin is launching a taskforce to brainstorm ways to cut climate pollution, despite inevitable pushback from the state’s Republican-controlled legislature. Tony Evers has vowed Wisconsin will meet the goals of the international Paris climate agreement, even as Donald Trump aims to leave the pact and has discounted climate science, rescinded pollution efforts and promoted fossil fuels. Related: Why the climate crisis is the most crucial story we cover in America | John Mulholland Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 17 Oct 20:54

Climate crisis will not be discussed at G7 next year, says Trump official

Mick Mulvaney: ‘Climate change will not be on the agenda’ Summit to take place at Trump’s National Doral Miami The climate crisis will not be formally discussed at the G7 summit in June next year, Donald Trump’s acting White House chief of staff said on Thursday. “Climate change will not be on the agenda,” Mick Mulvaney told reporters, without elaborating. Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 17 Oct 19:30

The Guardian view on the IMF and World Bank: back a global Green New Deal | Editorial

At 75, the Bretton Woods institutions face an identity crisis. It’s time for them to chart a fresh course The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have their 75th birthday this year, but the organisations that emerged from the Bretton Woods conference in 1944 are in no real mood to celebrate at their annual meetings this week. In Washington the mood is decidedly downbeat. Global growth is slowing ; the conviction that low interest rates are here to stay is encouraging reckless behaviour and a dangerous build-up of debt ; the climate-change clock is ticking louder. The threat of a new financial crisis is growing. The prospect of it being triggered by a climate emergency is real. Yet the problems of the two Bretton Woods institutions run deeper than that. They are bodies crea...

Climate change | The Guardian | 17 Oct 19:00

We are proud of the Conservative record on climate action | Letter from 36 MPs

36 MPs respond to a Guardian article analysing the voting record of Tory MPs on bills to tackle the climate crisis Your article ( Tories five times more likely than other MPs to vote against bills to tackle climate crisis , 12 October) insinuates that Conservatives are less supportive of climate action than other political parties. While we welcome the statement that it is “not intended to be a definitive evaluation of an MP’s green credentials”, we feel this article was exceptionally misleading and did not reflect the Conservative record on climate action thus far. It was a Conservative government that set a world-leading net-zero target, supported record levels of investment in renewables, decarbonised faster than any other major economy, announced the phase-out of coal power station...

Climate change | The Guardian | 11 Oct 09:00

Tory MPs five times more likely to vote against climate action

Boris Johnson among dozens of MPs to record worst possible environmental score in Guardian analysis How did your MP score? Conservative MPs are almost five times more likely to vote against climate action than legislators from other parties, a Guardian analysis of 16 indicative parliamentary divisions over the past decade has revealed. The Tories also registered many more donations, shares, salaries, gifts and tickets to sporting events from fossil fuel companies , petrostates, aviation companies and climate sceptics, according to declarations made in the parliamentary record of MPs’ interests between 2008 and 2019. Related: Guardian climate score: how did your MP do? The Guardian has collaborated with leading scientists and NGOs to expose, with exclusive data, invest...

Climate change | The Guardian | 17 Oct 19:00

Boris Johnson, Scott Morrison: Are the Generation X leaders stuffing this up? | Brigid Delaney

Cheap travel, big houses, neutered protest movements – Gen X like to think they are nihilistic but they have followed the boomers With their lank hair, in their dank sharehouses, wearing a bong-water scented flannel shirt, listening to woozy opening chords of some Nirvana song, there is an image of Gen X fossilised in amber. But of course it’s not like that any more. Gen X, which includes former and current prime ministers Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Scott Morrison, have flown under the radar – as millennials and boomers engage in decades of tedious generational warfare. Related: Gen X has survived its gloomy formative years. Now we will have to deal with climate change | Jason Wilson Brigid Delaney is a Guardian Australia columnist Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 17 Oct 18:02

Extinction Rebellion has built up so much goodwill. It mustn’t throw that away | Gaby Hinsliff

The incident at Canning Town station exposes the movement’s lack of empathy with society’s least well-off people Early in the morning, the sky still dark behind him, a man climbs on to a tube train in one of the less wealthy patches of east London and prepares to make a stand . After weeks of climate protests across the capital, its commuters have arguably grown used to navigating scenes such as this. But what happens next, in the footage shot by an ITV journalist and spread virally across social media, is disturbing on many levels. Passengers on the packed platform, sensing they’re now going nowhere, react furiously. A voice can be heard shouting: “I need to get to work! I have to feed my kids!” One man, boosted by the crowd, grabs for the protester’s legs; the protester appears ...

Climate change | The Guardian | 17 Oct 17:10

'It has been polarising': tube protest divides Extinction Rebellion

Disrupting London trains was opposed by 72% of activists in poll, but has boosted coverage The climate protests during which one activist was dragged from the roof of a London Underground train by angry commuters had been discussed within Extinction Rebellion [XR] for weeks. But it was not until Wednesday morning, when a note was posted on the group’s website, that a decision appeared to have been taken. Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 17 Oct 13:02

How Guardian editors are making the climate emergency a focus

Guardian editors from across the organisation explain how they are putting the climate emergency front and centre Support Guardian journalism today, by making a single or recurring contribution , or subscribing The climate crisis is a story that reaches every corner of the world and on the international news desk our team of correspondents report on it from around the globe. Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 17 Oct 12:00

Kathleen Jamie: 'Nature writing has been colonised by white men'

The genre’s current boom is dominated by middle-class males, she says, but the author of Surfacing prefers to concentrate on ‘deep time’ Kathleen Jamie recently spent “valuable minutes” of her life totting up all the books and authors who have been shortlisted for the prestigious Wainwright prize for British nature and travel writing. The tally is 26 books by men and 14 by women. For winners, the ratio is five men to one woman. Jamie – a poet whose genre-stretching first book of essays, 2005’s Findings, was a much-praised widening of the growing field of nature writing – is aghast at the preponderance of male nature writers. “Only 15 years ago,” she says when I meet her in her home city of Edinburgh, “nature writing was barely there. It seems very strange that this thing that bare...

Climate change | The Guardian | 17 Oct 08:01

Heathrow expansion violates climate rights of children, say lawyers

Appeal court to hear fresh challenge against plans for construction of third runway The multibillion-pound expansion of Heathrow violates the rights of children and future generations, who will face the greatest impact of the climate crisis, lawyers will argue at the court of appeal in London. Fresh legal challenges on Thursday by environmental NGOs, councils and the mayor of London against the construction of a third runway will be presented during a five-day hearing. Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 16 Oct 23:35

Democrat calls on Google to stop funding climate crisis deniers

Kathy Castor’s letter to Sundar Pichai says it’s hard to ‘overstate the detrimental impact’ groups have had on the climate debate A Democratic lawmaker has called on Google CEO Sundar Pichai to stop investing in organizations that deny the existence of the climate crisis, saying it was hard to overstate how detrimental the impact of such groups had been on the US climate debate. Kathy Castor’s letter to Pichai followed a report in the Guardian last week that revealed Google had made “substantial” contributions to some of the most notorious climate deniers in Washington, despite the internet giant’s insistence it supports political action to combat the crisis. Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 16 Oct 21:00

The bitter fight over Australia's farmers clearing their land – podcast

Australia is facing an escalating environmental disaster. In eastern Australia the destruction of trees and plants on farms, known as land clearing, has exploded in recent years. Our native vegetation is a key part of how we can stop the climate crisis, so why are we cutting down so many trees? How to listen to podcasts: everything you need to know You can subscribe to Full Story for free on Apple Podcasts , Spotify or any other podcasting app. Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 16 Oct 21:00

Australia spends billions planting trees – then wipes out carbon gains by bulldozing them

Little more than two years of land clearing will cancel out the $1.5bn in taxpayer funds that goes towards protecting native habitat Since 2015 the Australian government has committed more than $1.5bn of taxpayer funds to climate change projects that plant or protect native habitat. Over a slightly longer period it has also spent nearly $62m on a policy to plant 20 million trees promised under Tony Abbott. At the same time the country has significantly stepped up land-clearing programs in several states, bulldozing hundreds of thousands of hectares of forests, mostly for agriculture. Related: Australia cleared 7.7m hectares of threatened species habitat since introduction of environment act Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 16 Oct 18:56

Extinction Rebellion arrests and the effectiveness of active nonviolence | Letters

Symon Hill of the Peace Pledge Union on George Monbiot joining the hundreds of climate protesters arrested in recent days, and Rose Harvie on the importance of older people in demonstrations As George Monbiot highlights ( Today, I aim to get arrested. It’s the only way to save the planet , 16 October), nonviolent civil disobedience has been a vital part of achieving political and social change. Examples in the UK range from votes for women to the rights of Welsh speakers. Progress comes from below, not from above. While some may be more critical of Extinction Rebellion than others, the police’s outrageous attempt to ban its protests in London is a reminder that active nonviolence disturbs the powerful and those who maintain the status quo. Extinction Rebellion is one of several ma...

Climate change | The Guardian | 16 Oct 18:40

Shame on CNN and the New York Times for ignoring the climate crisis | Kate Aronoff

Virtually every area of politics will be affected by global heating. So why couldn’t moderators be bothered to ask Democratic candidates about it? The climate crisis was everywhere and nowhere to be found in Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate. American foreign policy – and wars in the Middle East, especially – are deeply bound up in the politics of oil, a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. The conflict in Syria discussed at length can be linked to historic droughts fueled by rising temperatures, which pushed many people off land they could no longer farm. The Wall Street banks Elizabeth Warren worked to regulate through the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – an agency Joe Biden took credit for creating – have funneled $1.9tn into the fossil fuel industry ...