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Composted Reads for 8 November 2022

Story of the day

The Cerro Dominador concentrated solar power plant in Maria Elena, Chile.

Developing countries ‘will need $2tn a year in climate funding by 2030’

Report says figure required to switch away from fossil fuels and cope with extreme weather impacts.

About $2tn (£1.75tn) will be needed each year by 2030 to help developing countries cut their greenhouse gas emissions and cope with the effects of climate breakdown, new data suggests.

The cash will be needed so that poor countries can switch away from fossil fuels, invest in renewable energy and other low-carbon technology, and cope with the impacts of extreme weather, according to a report that was commissioned jointly by the UK and Egyptian governments, and presented at the Cop27 UN climate summit.

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The good news

Sunak says it is ‘morally right’ for UK to honour climate pledges

Rishi Sunak has said it is “morally right” that Britain honours its climate change commitments in his speech at Cop27, but he made no mention of paying reparations after Boris Johnson said the country cannot afford to do so.

Sunak says it is ‘morally right’ for UK to honour climate pledges
Lost and found: how police search and rescue tactics helped track down a rare oak

The last Quercus tardifolia was thought to have died in 2011 – until a team of researchers fanned out and combed through Big Bend national park in Texas


Quercus tardifolia, also known as the Chisos Mountains oak or lateleaf oak. The tree was first described in the 1930s, but the last living specimen was believed to have perished in 2011.

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Lost and found: how police search and rescue tactics helped track down a rare oak

The bad news

World faces ‘terminal’ loss of Arctic sea ice during summers, report warns

The climate crisis has pushed the planet’s stores of ice to a widespread collapse that was “unthinkable just a decade ago”, with Arctic sea ice certain to vanish in summers and ruinous sea level rise from melting glaciers now already in motion, a major new report has warned.

Even if planet-heating emissions are radically cut, the world’s vast ice sheets at the poles will continue to melt away for hundreds of years, causing up to three metres of sea level rise that will imperil coastal cities, the report states. The “terminal” loss of sea ice from the Arctic during summers could arrive within a decade and now cannot be avoided, it adds.

World faces ‘terminal’ loss of Arctic sea ice during summers, report warns
Britain arrives at Cop27 in disarray over the climate – and the world’s leaders know it | Lucy Sherriff

Johnson’s administration had been under heavy fire for its lacklustre approach to the climate crisis. But fast forward a year to Cop26, and not much had changed. Johnson’s appearance was criticised as much as his policies; he was described as “a clown” after comparing the climate emergency to James Bond wrestling with a ticking bomb. His comments were in keeping with the travelling circus act that he has been performing ever since he first entered politics – even the future of the world was a joke.

Britain arrives at Cop27 in disarray over the climate – and the world’s leaders know it | Lucy Sherriff

Essential reads

How to move a country: Fiji’s radical plan to escape rising sea levels

In Fiji, the climate crisis means dozens of villages could soon be underwater. Relocating so many communities is an epic undertaking. But now there is a plan – and the rest of the world is watching

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Fiji, which lies in the south Pacific, 1,800 miles east of Australia, has more than 300 islands and a population of just under 1 million. Like most of the Pacific, it is starkly susceptible to the impacts of the climate crisis. Surface temperatures and ocean heat in parts of the south-west Pacific are increasing three times faster than the global average rate. Severe cyclones routinely batter the region. In 2016, Cyclone Winston hit Fiji, killing 44 people and causing $1.4bn of damage, a third of Fiji’s GDP. Since then, Fiji has been hit by a further six cyclones. Five of the 15 countries most at risk from weather-related events are in the Pacific. Fiji is number 14.

How to move a country: Fiji’s radical plan to escape rising sea levels
Barbados PM launches blistering attack on rich nations at Cop27 climate talks

Mia Mottley, prime minister of Barbados, has criticised industrialised nations for failing the developing world on the climate crisis, in a blistering attack at the Cop27 UN climate talks.

Barbados PM launches blistering attack on rich nations at Cop27 climate talks

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