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Environmentalist and humanist. I regularly blog about environmental and political issues on Green Blog. Some of my posts are in Swedish.

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Historic COP28 climate agreement calls on nations to "transition away" from fossil fuels

COP28 was close to falling apart. But after two weeks of deliberations, the nearly 200 countries participating in the COP28 climate summit finally agreed on a climate deal. The deal has been lauded as an historic agreement – but critics say that the deal contains too many loopholes. More than 130 countries, countless of scientists and civil society groups had urged for the agreement to include an explicit commitment to “phase out” fossil fuels. But ultimately, the agreement reached was a co

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Simon in The Climate Crisis

COP28 has begun - alongside alarms about record global heating

Today, the annual United Nations climate conference starts. From today and all the way through December 12th, thousands of people – including government leaders and representatives, business officials, scientists, and activists – will gather at COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to discuss and agree on policies aimed at staving off the growing threats of climate change. COP28 is the 28th annual “Conference of the Parties”. But not all top government officials will attend the conference t

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Simon in The Climate Crisis

Extreme heat kills and it will only get hotter: "We’re in serious trouble"

This summer, we’ve seen unprecedented global air temperatures and global ocean surface temperatures. And the heat only seems to get more and more intense – with deadly consequences. In May 2023 we experienced sea surface temperatures globally that were higher than any previous May on record. And it continued with the hottest June on record globally, smashing the previous record of June 2019. And just a few days ago, it was confirmed that July 2023 was the hottest month ever recorded.

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Simon in The Climate Crisis

"The most important thing is not if Sweden reduces its emissions - the most important thing is that China does."

If China and the rest of the world’s biggest emitters do nothing, we will fail. But we will also fail if small emitters like Sweden do nothing. Swedish media today reported on a new poll that showed that nine out of ten right-leaning voters in Sweden considered China’s emissions to be more important than Sweden’s own emissions. The question asked was: "Does China affect the climate more than Sweden? Claim: The most important thing is not if Sweden reduces its emissions - the most important

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Simon in The Climate Crisis

Current climate pledges are "half measures and hollow promises", will result in a "catastrophic" 2.7C temperature rise

Ahead of the COP26 climate conference, the United Nations warned that the current commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions put the world towards a "catastrophic" 2.7-degree Celsius temperature rise this century. According to the UN's Environment Programme (UNEP), national plans to reduce carbon pollution has so far just amounted to "weak promises, not yet delivered". The UN urged all 193 member states to step up their climate commitments – especially rich nations, which are responsible f

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Simon in The Climate Crisis

Record high carbon dioxide levels, temperatures – and emissions are expected to rise sharply after the pandemic

Last year we could see how the global coronavirus pandemic led to huge drops in air pollution around the world. The coronavirus had such massive effect on slowing down human activity and the global economy that even Earth Overshoot Day was slightly delayed compared to previous years. But even with all of this, the climate crisis remained relentless in 2020 and continued seemingly unabashed by the economic effects of the pandemic. So how did the coronavirus pandemic affect climate change and

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Simon in The Climate Crisis

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