Humans have already used up 2015’s supply of Earth’s resources – analysis


The Guardian
by Emma Howard
August 12, 2015

Earth ‘overshoot day’ – the day each year when our demands on the planet outstrip its ability to regenerate – comes six days earlier than 2014, with world’s population currently consuming the equivalent of 1.6 planets a year

The world’s population currently consumes the equivalent of 1.6 planets a year, according to analysis by the Global Footprint Network. Photograph: NASA

Humans have exhausted a year’s supply of natural resources in less than …

Islamic leaders to release climate change declaration


by Megan Darby
August 12, 2015

Istanbul summit will issue statement urging Muslims to treat action on global warming as a religious duty

The blue mosque, Istanbul (Flickr/Victor Guevara)

In mosques and madrasas worldwide, Muslims have a religious duty to tackle climate change.

That is to be the message of a declaration from religious leaders from Bosnia to Indonesia meeting in Istanbul, Turkey next week.

Drafted by Islamic scholars, the statement will urge the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims to …

Pope creates global prayer day for the environment

Pope Francis

The Guardian
August 10, 2015

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will be celebrated on 1 September to give people opportunity to reflection upon ‘the adoption of appropriate lifestyles’

Pope Francis
Pope Francis during a conference on Modern Slavery and Climate Change at the Vatican.
Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP

Pope Francis has established an annual day of global prayer “for the Care of Creation” to boost support for the environment, the Vatican said on Monday.

The first day of prayer …

Australia’s post-2020 climate target not enough to stop 2C warming: experts

Australia emissions chart

The Conversation
August 11, 2015

Australia will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030, the federal government announced today.

In a press conference, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the target is “fairly and squarely in the middle of comparable economies”.

The government has outlined a mix of policies to meet the target, including extending the Emissions Reduction Fund to 2030 at an estimated cost of A$200 million each year.

Abbott stated that Australia’s post-2020 target …

Mulcair mimics Obama’s Keystone doctrine in oil sands pipelines policy

The Globe and Mail
by Shawn McCarthy
August 11, 2015

New Democratic Party Leader Thomas Mulcair has essentially adopted the Obama doctrine when it comes to approving new oil sands pipelines – projects would be judged based on whether they significantly increase Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The NDP’s policy is not to shut down the oil sands – or even to rule out some expansion of production. But the party is promising a national cap-and-trade program aimed at meeting Canada’s …