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Earth Day 2015: Calls for action on climate change by scientists, govts. & business

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22 April 2015

Leading scientist issue statement calling for 75% of fossil fuel reserves to stay in the ground

Author: Adam Vaughan, Guardian (UK)

"Earth Day: scientists say 75% of known fossil fuel reserves must stay in ground", 22 Apr 2015

Three-quarters of known fossil fuel reserves must be kept in the ground if humanity is to avoid the worst effects of climate change, a group of leading scientists and economists have said in a statement timed to coincide with Earth Day... the group demanded governments adopt a goal of reducing economies’ carbon emissions to zero by mid-century, put a price on carbon and that the richest take the lead with the most aggressive cuts...The statement says that failure by the world to act on climate change would bring is a one in 10 chance of temperatures rising by more than 6C by 2100, a level of risk that would be comparable with accepting 10,000 plane crashes daily worldwide...

22 April 2015

Obama says "climate change can no longer be denied, or ignored"

Author: Toluse Olorunnipa, Bloomberg

"At Everglades, Obama to warn of damage from climate neglect", 22 Apr 2015

In recent weeks, [Obama] has cited the health impact of climate change, toured solar-panel installations in Washington and Utah and pledged to reduce U.S. carbon emissions at least 26 percent by 2025...The Everglades, a swath of wetlands that covers more than 1.5 million acres in southern Florida, has become a symbol for the economic and environmental threats posed by climate change, the White House has said. Saltwater intrusion has threatened the supply of drinking water for residents in South Florida...Matt Bellinger, who charters fishing boats in the Florida Keys, said he has already felt the impact of climate change on his business, with hotter temperatures driving away fish and damaging coral reefs...Both [Florida Republican Senators Mark Rubio and Jeb Bush] have questioned the human influence on global temperatures and said Obama’s initiatives to curb carbon emissions would harm the economy.

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22 April 2015

USA: Fortune 500 companies demand climate action from Congress & Paris climate conference

Author: Climate Action Programme

"Earth Day: Fortune 500 firms marching on Capitol Hill", 22 Apr 2015

Leading Fortune 500 companies will march on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to mark Earth Day and demand U.S. Congress take action on climate change.The group is organised by nonprofit Ceres and will include Kellogg Co., Unilever, PepsiCo, Starbucks, Nestle, Mars and Owens Corning. Other firms joining the march are Eileen Fisher, Gap Inc., JLL, L’Oreal, Seventh Generation, Vulcan, Aspen Skiing Company, Ben & Jerry’s, Burton Snowboards and Dignity Health....The companies travelling to Washington D.C.  will urge U.S. leaders to secure a strong global deal on climate change in Paris this December at the UN COP21 climate conference...Most of the firms heading to Capitol Hill, as well more than 200 other companies, have signed a letter supporting the EPA’s plan, a centrepiece of U.S. efforts to reduce emissions.