Arctic 3-5C rise "locked in" by 2100
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2019-03-14 09:46:02 UTC
UN report finds temperature rise is 'locked in' for Arctic
The Arctic region is now "locked in" to unnatural levels of warming,
according to a new UN Environment report covered by the Hill and
others. The Hill says: "Dramatic temperature increases in the globe's
northernmost region, which is typically covered by permafrost, is
unavoidable, according to the report released at the United Nations
Environment Assembly." Even if the goals of the Paris climate deal are
met, it continues, Arctic winter temperatures will still rise by 3-5C
by 2050 and 5-9C by 2100. The Guardian also has the story. There is
also continuing coverage of the UN Environment's sixth Global
Environment Outlook, which says "urgent action" is needed to protect
human and environmental health, according to the Hill. The report
warns of "mns of premature deaths by 2050 due to environmental
damage", reports Reuters. According to the Independent, the report
says a quarter of deaths worldwide are linked to environmental
damage. Another UN Environment report recommends taxes to encourage
plant-based diets to reduce emissions, report MailOnline and the
Times. -- Miranda Green, The Hill

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It is very likely that oil consumption will have to fall by 2040 if
the world is to stay "well below" 2C above pre-industrial
temperatures, says a feature in the Financial Times. This presents a
dilemma, the article continues: "Oil companies want both to say they
are taking the threat seriously#and to hold out the promise that they
can continue to grow." It reports that many executives at the CERAweek
oil conference in Houston, TX, this week "wanted to put across the
same message about how they planned to tackle that dilemma", namely:
"Even if demand does fall in the coming decades, they say, they will
be resilient enough to thrive." But the article concludes: "If every
oil company in the world believes they can win this contest, holding
out to be the last producer standing, they cannot all be right. A 30%
drop in consumption [by 2040] would mean that some would have to lose
out. In the Darwinian struggle to adapt to a new energy system, some
will inevitably become extinct." Axios says the rise of electric and
autonomous vehicles - and their potential effects on oil demand - has
been a focus at the week-long conference in Houston. A second
Financial Times article reports that oil majors are facing criticism
over their silence while the Trump administration rolled back
regulations on methane emissions. Several firms have made new
commitments to control leakage from their operations, it
notes. Reuters covers one such commitment, from BP. Separately,
Reuters reports that Shell has "teamed up" with 2 other firms in a
bid to build Dutch offshore windfarms, while Climate Home News reports
on the rush to "grab [the] world's next bn [energy] customers" in
Africa, where energy and oil majors are expanding.
-- Anjli Raval and Ed Crooks, Financial Times
2019-03-15 03:29:58 UTC
Even if are met, will "urgent action" warns
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"It's all about money in the end. Keeping the Gravy Train running."