Environment and Climate Change

After 115 years, Scotland is coal-free : Renew Economy

After some 115 years, Scotland has burned its last lump of coal for electricity. The Longannet power station, the last and largest coal-fired power plant in Scotland, ceased operations last Thursday. What once was the largest coal plant in Europe shut down after 46 years before the eyes of workers and journalists, who gathered in the main control room. “Ok, here we go,” said one worker moments… Source: After 115 years, Scotland is coal-free : Renew Economy Read More »

New laws for the high seas: four key issues the UN talks need to tackle

United Nations negotiations begin today in New York on the elements of an international agreement to govern the conservation and sustainable use of the high seas. Every country will have a seat at these inaugural negotiations on conservation beyond their borders. More than half of the world’s ocean… Source: New laws for the high seas: four key issues the UN talks need to tackle Read More »

Is the Nine Dash Line a Super-Sized Exclusive Economic Zone?

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China opened up a new front for South China Sea conflict this week when one of its coast guard vessels collided with an Indonesian coast guard ship in the process of towing a captured Chinese vessel alleged to be engaged in illegal fishing. In a remarkably direct and frank statement, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister protested China’s… Source: Is the Nine Dash Line a Super-Sized Exclusive Economic Zone? – Lawfare Read More »

Spike in global temperature fuels climate change fears

The recent spike in global temperatures have brought a two-degree warming world a bit closer, placing in sharper focus what needs to be done to avoid dangerous climate change. The world has lurched closer to the 2-degree global warming limit in recent months, prompting calls by scientists for clearer policies aimed at making Australia and other rich nations carbon-emissions neutral before 2050. February’s spike in global temperatures lifted temperatures to 1.21 degrees above the 20th century average, and were the ... Read More »