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EU Climate Law Could Cause ‘Catastrophic’ Deforestation

By |2018-09-17T13:36:46+00:00September 19th, 2018|News|

World’s carbon sinks are at risk because the law will count energy from burning trees as carbon neutral, say climate scientists Senior climate scientists say that the world’s carbon sinks could be facing a grave threat from a wholly unexpected source: the EU’s renewable energy directive. The climate law could suck in as much imported [...]

Single Use Plastic Bottles Banned from Half Marathon in London

By |2018-09-14T14:38:45+00:00September 15th, 2018|News|

Runners will not be able to refill bottles, with water distributed in pouches made from seaweed instead. The capital’s first marathon event pledging to be completely free of “single use” plastic drinks bottles is to take place in north-west London. The Harrow half marathon on Sunday 16 September will be the first time that London has staged a single use [...]

Climate Change will Make Hundreds of Millions More People Nutrient Deficient

By |2018-09-07T14:03:01+00:00September 10th, 2018|News|

Crops grown in a high CO2 atmosphere are less nutritious, containing less protein, zinc and iron Rising levels of carbon dioxide could make crops less nutritious and damage the health of hundreds of millions of people, research has revealed, with those living in some of the world’s poorest regions likely to be hardest hit. Previous [...]

Maize, Rice, Wheat: Alarm at Rising Climate Risk to Vital Crops

By |2018-09-07T13:57:09+00:00September 8th, 2018|News|

Simultaneous harvest failures in key regions would bring global famine, says the Met Office Governments may be seriously underestimating the risks of crop disasters occurring in major farming regions around the world, a study by British researchers has found. The newly published research, by Met Office scientists, used advanced climate modelling to show that extreme [...]

Crop Failure and Bankruptcy Threaten Farmers as Drought Grips Europe

By |2018-09-07T13:43:24+00:00September 7th, 2018|News|

Abnormally hot temperatures continue to wreak devastation across northern and central parts of the continent Farmers across northern and central Europe are facing crop failure and bankruptcy as one of the most intense regional droughts in recent memory strengthens its grip. States of emergency have been declared in Latvia and Lithuania, while the sun continues to bake [...]

Crop Losses to Pests will Soar as Climate Warms, Study Warns

By |2018-09-07T14:04:04+00:00September 5th, 2018|News|

Rising global temperatures mean pests will devour far more of the world’s crops, according to the first global analysis of the subject, even if climate change is restricted to the international target of 2C. Increasing heat boosts both the number and appetite of insects, and researchers project they will destroy almost 50% more wheat [...]

Fish Populations Could Rise in Warming Climate with Better Management

By |2018-09-07T13:46:25+00:00September 4th, 2018|News|

Study finds potential for fisheries to benefit in future - as long as warming can be kept in check Better management of fisheries and fishing rights around the world could increase profits and leave more fish in the sea as long as measures to meet climate obligations are taken, new research has found. Even if [...]

Drugs, plastics and flea killer: the unseen threats to UK’s rivers

By |2018-03-20T10:27:49+00:00March 20th, 2018|News|

Waterways look cleaner but levels of new pollutants are not being monitored Beer hasn’t been sold in steel cans for decades. The cans Keith Dopson found in Slough’s Salt Hill stream would be collectors’ items were they in good condition, but they had disintegrated into clumps of rust. “We filled seven bin bags with rubbish,” [...]

New Zealand’s Winter Shorter by a Month Over 100 Years

By |2018-02-13T11:35:10+00:00December 11th, 2017|News|

Studies by National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research show season has contracted equally at its beginning and end New Zealand’s winter has gotten shorter by a month over the last 100 years, meaning “true winter” weather with very low temperatures, frosts and snow starts significantly later in the year and ends earlier. Brett Mullan, [...]

Climate Change Already Bringing Disease, Air Pollution and Heatwaves

By |2017-11-10T14:09:23+00:00December 9th, 2017|News|

Heatwaves, pollution and disease are the main health issues linked to global warming but action to halt emissions would deliver huge benefits The health of hundreds of millions of people around the world is already being damaged by climate change, a major report has revealed. Heatwaves are affecting many more vulnerable people and global warming [...]

Dramatic Rise in Plastic Seabed Litter Around UK

By |2017-11-09T11:27:46+00:00December 6th, 2017|News|

Average of 358 items per square kilometre found in 2016, of which more than three-quarters were plastic There has been a dramatic rise in the amount of litter found on the seabed around Britain, according to new government data. An average of 358 litter items were found per square kilometre of seabed in 2016, a [...]

New Data Gives Hope for Meeting the Paris Climate Targets

By |2017-11-09T10:17:12+00:00December 4th, 2017|News|

Global carbon pollution appears to be close to peaking Over the past half-century, growth in the global economy and carbon pollution have been tied together. When the global economy has been strong, we’ve consumed more energy, which has translated into burning more fossil fuels and releasing more carbon pollution. But over the past four years, [...]

Natural Gas Emissions Will Blow Europe’s Carbon Budget at Current Levels

By |2017-11-09T10:06:01+00:00December 2nd, 2017|News|

Governments have been underestimating methane emissions from gas and must phase out the fossil fuel, along with coal and oil, by 2035 to keep within Paris climate targets, a major study shows Governments have drastically underestimated methane emissions from natural gas and will miss the Paris agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to 2C unless [...]

Syria signs Paris climate agreement and leaves US isolated

By |2017-11-08T16:18:09+00:00December 1st, 2017|News|

Syria’s decision means America will be the only country outside the landmark deal if it follows through with Donald Trump’s vow to leave Syria has decided to sign the Paris agreement on climate change, the world’s final functioning state to do so. The surprise decision, taken amid a brutal civil war in the country, will leave [...]

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