Environment and Climate Change

Most wood energy schemes are a ‘disaster’ for climate change

Wood - BBC

Using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a flawed policy that is speeding up not slowing down climate warming. Matt McGrath BBC News That’s according to a new study which says wood is not carbon neutral and emissions from pellets are higher than coal. Subsidies for biomass… Most wood energy… Read More »

How to fight climate change without Washington

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MASSACHUSETTS WAS ALREADY planning for a Trump presidency way back in 2008. It just didn’t know it yet. Boston Globe That year, the Commonwealth and neighboring states began readying a new plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks, which form a growing share of the state’s overall contribution to global climate… How to fight… Read More »

We may still have enough time to save the world’s oceans

Oceans - Irish Examiner

THE ocean is changing — and not for the better. José Maria Figueres, Pascal Lamy and John D Podesta. Irish Examiner Well-established scientific evidence shows that it is becoming emptier, warmer, and more acidic, putting marine life under serious pressure. But there is… We may still… Read More »

Red Alert for China’s pollution protesters

China - Al Jazeera

China wants people to care for the environment, one person at a time. Salvatore Babones Al Jazeera News It’s winter in Beijing, and that means two things: cold and smog. Beijing has had freezing winter temperatures for thousands of years, but the smog is something new. China first started… Red Alert for… Read More »

Global ‘fish wars’ could break out as climate change and rising nationalism fuel competition for world’s oceans

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Conflicts like the infamous Cod Wars between the UK and Iceland could erupt across the globe unless countries co-operate to manage stocks effectively, expert warns. Ian Johnston Independent The twin threats of climate change and growing nationalism could lead to an outbreak of conflicts over fish stocks – like the infamous Cod Wars between the UK and Iceland – that could threaten the Global ‘fish wars… Read More »

It’s more than just climate change

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A new scientific paper by a University of Maryland-led international team of distinguished scientists, including five members of the National Academies, argues that there are critical two-way feedbacks missing from current climate models… Lee Tune Phys.org The most important inadequately-modeled variables are inequality, consumption, and population… It’s more than… Read More »

Scientists highlight deadly health risks of climate change

Climate - CNN

(CNN) – The future is expected to hold more deadly heat waves, the fast spread of certain infectious diseases and catastrophic food shortages. Jacqueline Howard CNN These events could cause premature deaths — and they’re all related to climate change, according to a panel of experts who gathered at the Carter Center in Atlanta on Thursday for the Climate & Health Meeting. The Climate & Health Meeting… Scientists highlight deadly… Read More »

Tiny plastic pellets found on 73% of UK beaches

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Great Winter Nurdle Hunt finds thousands of pellets used in plastic production washed up on shorelines around.. Press Association The Guardian A search of hundreds of beaches across the UK has found almost three-quarters of them are littered with tiny plastic… The lentil-size pellets known as “nurdles” are used as a raw material by industry to make new plastic.. Tiny plastic pellets… Read More »

The case for collaborating on climate change

Climate - Al Jazeera

International collaboration and holistic responses are our best way forward in the fight against climate change. Ed Davey Al Jazeera News Last month the UK Prime Minister Theresa May reminded senior Republicans in Philadelphia of the power and importance of the relationship between Britain and the United States. She argued that… The case for… Read More »

How the warming world could turn many plants and animals into climate refugees

Global warming - The Conversation

Finding the optimum environment and avoiding uninhabitable conditions has been a challenge faced by species throughout the history of life on Earth. Matt Christmas The Conversation But as the climate changes, many plants and animals are likely to find their favoured home much less hospitable. In the short… How the warming… Read More »

How to tackle repetitive droughts in the Horn of Africa

Africa - Al Jazeeras

Investing in localised initiatives to mitigate drought can help the continent to break the cyclic nature of disasters. Esther Ngumbi Al Jazeera News The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently declared that millions of citizens in the Horn of Africa face food shortages. Owing to a persistent… How to tackle… Read More »

Coalition to change native title laws to protect mining and agriculture deals

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George Brandis announces bill to reverse court ruling that threw land use agreements thrown into doubt, including deal between Adani and… Joshua Robertson The Guardian The Turnbull government will change native title laws to protect land use agreements thrown into doubt by a recent court ruling, including a… Coalition to change… Read More »

On 6 degrees of climate change

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(CNN) – Climate change is all about degrees. John D. Sutter CNN Six degrees Celsius of warming may not sound like much — probably because “temperatures can swing by 6 degrees within an hour if a warm front passes, and it doesn’t mean the end of the world,” said Mark Lynas, author of a book… On 6 degrees… Read More »

UK’s cash-starved parks at tipping point of decline, MPs warn

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Slashed budgets risk the nation’s 27,000 parks becoming no-go areas, with negative effects on park-goers’ health and the… Damian Carrington The Guardian The UK’s cash-starved parks are at a tipping point of decline, MPs have warned, with severe impacts expected for park-goers’ health, community cohesion and the… UK’s cash-starved… Read More »

The environmental costs of Trump’s wall

Environment - The Conversation

It looks like Donald Trump’s “great, great wall” is actually going to happen. Shonil Bhagwat The Conversation Its likely impact on human society has been well-noted, but in the longer-term a barrier across an entire continent will also have severe ecological consequences. The US-Mexico border… The environmental costs… Read More »

Congress Investigates Federal Climate Study After Whistleblower Exposes Fake Science

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The scientific community and media outlets that claimed Trump will silence scientists are now attacking one of their own for speaking up. Julie Kelly The Federalist Congress is ramping up its investigation into a key climate study, now under further scrutiny after a federal whistleblower raised more questions about it this week. The scandal some… Congress Investigates Federal… Read More »