European countries are struggling with the Paris Agreement

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Only three countries are on track to comply with the Paris Agreement Sweden, Germany, and France are the only European countries that are pursuing policies that will allow them to meet the commitments they made through the Paris Agreement, according to a recent study from the EU Climate Leadership Board. The European Union, as a whole, has pledged to cut carbon emissions by 40% by 2030. Some countries seem to be taking this pledge more seriously than others, however, which could lead the region to mission its emissions reduction targets…

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Europeans believe they are feeling the impact of climate change already

Climate Change Being Felt by Europe

Survey highlights major concerns regarding climate change Climate change is already having a major impact in Europe, according to a new survey from Cardiff University. The university is heading a new project, called European Perceptions of Climate Change. The survey draws upon the perception of citizens in four major European countries. Many Europeans have expressed concern over the impact of climate change, primarily when it comes to severe flooding and strong storms. The survey is meant to shed light on how this phenomenon is affecting the lives of people in…

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US could soon pull out of the Paris Agreement

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Trump Administration may be preparing to distance itself from the Paris Agreement The United States may soon pull out of the Paris Agreement, which it was ratified late last year. The Paris Agreement was originally drafted in 2015 and went into effect on November 4, 2016. The initiative has brought many countries together in an effort to reduce emissions production and embrace renewable energy. President Donald Trump has been an opponent of the Paris Agreement and he is expected to pull away from the endeavor in the near future. Trump…

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European Investment Bank upholds commitment to fight climate change

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Bank announces plans to continue efforts to fund the fight against climate change The European Investment Bank has announced that it will uphold its $20 billion a year investment target in its continued effort to fund the fight against climate change. The bank intends to invest these funds ever year over the next five years. Werner Hoyer, president of the European Investment Bank, suggests that Europe must lead the world against those that would deny the existence and potentially devastating impact of climate change. Hoyer has also called upon the…

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Obama Administration commits more funding to the Green Climate Fund in order to fight climate change

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Program will receive more funding to aid in the fight against climate change With its time coming to an end, the Obama Administration has taken steps to increase the federal government’s investments in the Green Climate Fund. The fund is meant to provide financial aid to developing countries in order to assist them in their fight against climate change. Initially, the federal government had committed $500 million to the Green Climate Fund. Now, however, the Obama Administration has announced that it has doubled this investment, bringing its level of financial…

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Arctic warming highlights the growing impact of climate change

Climate change may be driving higher temperatures in the Arctic Unprecedented warming in the Artic has caused the region to begin to unravel, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The report has been co-authored by more than 50 scientists throughout the world, with data showing that the Arctic is warming at double the rate at which the rest of the world is warming. This could present profound challenges in the future, but how to avoid these challenges, or if they can even be…

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Methane emissions are growing, which may be accelerating climate change

Report shows that methane emissions are growing very quickly Rising carbon dioxide emissions are often cited as a major contributor to climate change, but methane may actually be much more problematic for the environment. Scientists from Stanford University have released a new report, which highlights the growth in methane emissions and the potential effect this can have on climate change. The report notes that methane emissions hit new heights in 2014 and 2015. Moreover, methane emissions have been growing since 2007 and researchers are not entirely sure why this is…

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Trump appoints new head of the EPA, a denier of climate change

Scott Pruitt tapped to lead the EPA for the Trump Administration Difficult days may be ahead for energy policy and environmental efforts in the United States. President-elect Donald Trump has been working to fill out his administration, appointing several people to positions of power that could dictate the course of existing programs in the future. Trump has selected Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to be the next head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The decision has sparked significant controversy, particularly among environmentalist groups, as Pruitt has been a longstanding…

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US joins ambitious climate change agreement

President Obama agrees to climate change agreement alongside China Over the weekend, President Barack Obama officially included the United States into the Paris climate change agreement. This brings the agreement another step closer to taking effect throughout the world. President Obama agreed to the pact alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to China. The two countries signed documents committing them to the climate change agreement, with these documents then being turned over to the United Nations. US and China will work to reduce emissions in the coming years…

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Climate change is a public health issue, not just an environmental problem

Public health may be affected by the impact associated with a changing climate Climate change poses a significant threat to public health, according to the United States government. The White House has released a new report concerning the health impact the phenomenon could have on the country. The report notes that increasing health issues will be particularly prominent for pregnant women, children, and low-income people. The report predicts that death and illness from heat stroke, respiratory failure, and certain diseases will increase as the effects of climate change worsen. A…

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Rockefeller Family Fund to divest from fossil-fuels to fight climate change

Fund will be distancing itself from fossil-fuels as soon as possible The Rockefeller Family Fund has announced that it will be divesting from fossil-fuels as soon as possible. The Rockefeller Family made one of the world’s largest fortunes in the oil business many years ago, but it has now become very concerned with the potential impact of climate change. The fund plans to eliminate its holdings of Exxon Mobil Corp., claiming that the prominent oil company has been misleading consumers about the risks associated with a changing climate. Companies may…

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Report warns of the brutal impact of climate change

Efforts to fight climate change may be failing The European science journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics has published a new report from numerous scientists that notes that current efforts to fight climate change may be failing. Several years ago, the world’s leading nations banded together and agreed to limit the level of global warming to a degree they believed would be manageable. The report found, however, that allowing temperatures to rise by this agreed upon level may have disastrous consequences for the planet. Nations may be too slow to fight…

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Trudeau and Obama to work together to fight climate change

Canada and the United States want to mitigate the effects of a changing climate Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Barack Obama have committed to work together in order to fight climate change. The two believe that climate change is a potentially disastrous phenomenon that may result in serious consequences for most of the world. The two world leaders are excepted to unveil various measures they will take to mitigate the effects of a changing climate and embrace clean energy in order to reduce the amount of harmful emissions…

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Canada may be falling behind in its fight against climate change

Country may miss its emissions reduction targets by 2030 Canada may miss its environmental goals by a large margin, according to a projection from Environment and Climate Change Canada. The organization predicts that the amount of emissions that Canada is producing will increase through 2030, which runs counter to the country’s efforts to reduce the amount of emissions it is responsible for. Over the coming decades, emissions in Canada are likely to increase by as much as 5%, dealing a blow to the country’s efforts to fight climate change. Organization…

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World leaders embrace Paris Agreement to fight climate change

Governments have made a deal to work together to combat climate change in the coming years World leaders have agreed to a deal to fight climate change and mitigate the rise of global temperatures. Leaders representing a wide range of countries met in France to discuss the deal, now called the Paris Agreement. The deal had been gathering strong support before world leaders arrived in France to discuss it, with the United Nations suggesting that the agreement could have a major, beneficial impact on the global environment. Paris Agreement will…

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Obama sets sights on fighting climate change

Climate change is a major problem that the US is facing currently President Obama has injected a renewed sense of urgency when it comes to taking action against climate change. The president has been focusing more heavily on climate change in recent months, pointing to Alaska and island countries as examples of the dangers the phenomenon represents. While climate change has become heavily politicized, with many federal officials claiming that the phenomenon is not real, President Obama has noted that it is a danger that everyone in America is currently…

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