User: Genecampaign Topic: Climate Change
Category: Greenhouse Gases
Last updated: Aug 03 2015 14:53 IST RSS 2.0
 
21 to 40 of 7,075    
It's official: 2014 was Earth's hottest year on record 18.7.2015 Sify News
The unusually warm weather that you felt last year was experienced across most parts of the world, making 2014 the hottest year in recorded history, said a report based on contributions from 413 scientists from 58 countries around the world.
Also found in: [+]
For Tony Abbott, it's full steam ahead on coal, 'the foundation of prosperity' 17.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

It seems nothing – not even global condemnation, changing polls and falling commodity prices – can shake the Australian PM’s belief that coal is good

If, as the environment movement contends, fossil fuels are the new tobacco, then Australia has cast itself as a sort of swaggering Marlboro man, puffing away contentedly as the rest of the world looks on quizzically.

As other countries look to transition to low-carbon alternatives with one eye on crunch climate talks in Paris later this year, Australia is pushing ahead with an expansion in coal extraction that its conservative prime minister Tony Abbott insists is “good for humanity”.

Continue reading...
Also found in: [+]
Warming of oceans due to climate change is unstoppable, say US scientists 16.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
Seas will continue to warm for centuries even if manmade greenhouse gas emissions were frozen at today’s levels, say US government scientists The warming of the oceans due to climate change is now unstoppable after record temperatures last year, bringing additional sea-level rise, and raising the risks of severe storms, US government climate scientists said on Thursday. The annual State of the Climate in 2014 report, based on research from 413 scientists from 58 countries, found record warming on the surface and upper levels of the oceans, especially in the North Pacific, in line with earlier findings of 2014 as the hottest year on record ...
Also found in: [+]
UK running out of money to pay for clean energy 16.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Department of Energy and Climate Change has already overspent its budget to support renewable energy projects

The government is struggling to pay for new clean energy supplies which could result in a rise in household bills or a major cut in investment in renewable technologies.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has already overspent its budget to support renewable energy projects over the next five years by £1.5bn, senior sources said.

Continue reading...
Also found in: [+]
ExxonMobil gave millions to climate-denying lawmakers despite pledge 15.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Under pressure from shareholders, company promised eight years ago to stop funding climate denial – but financial and tax records tell a different story

ExxonMobil gave more than $2.3m to members of Congress and a corporate lobbying group that deny climate change and block efforts to fight climate change – eight years after pledging to stop its funding of climate denial, the Guardian has learned.

Climate denial – from Republicans in Congress and lobby groups operating at the state level – is seen as a major obstacle to US and global efforts to fight climate change, closing off the possibility of federal and state regulations cutting greenhouse gas emissions and the ability to plan for a future of sea-level rise and extreme weather.

Continue reading...
Also found in: [+]
Fracking gets cautious approval from taskforce 15.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Report says exploring for shale gas in the UK is safe, provided it is tightly regulated and monitored

It is too soon to say whether shale gas fracking would be a “good thing” for the UK, the chief of the task force on shale gas has said. Lord Smith of Finsbury, better known as former Labour MP Chris Smith, said the industry had not been transparent enough and that it would take time to reassure the public about the technology.

But Smith said that fracking would be acceptable if certain conditions were met, including a tightening of regulations and monitoring set out in a report from the taskforce on Wednesday. The report found that fracking was safe, for human health and the environment, but only if properly regulated.

Continue reading...
Also found in: [+]
Gas surges ahead of coal in US power generation 14.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

But king coal won’t be dislodged just as yet despite shale bounty and Obama’s clean energy climate policies

For the first time ever, gas has usurped coal as the biggest producer of electricity in the US. Analysts say Obama administration’s proposed climate change rules are likely to establish gas as the predominant source of electricity as early as 2020.

Figures released by the US government’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) show that in April, natural gas produced 31.5% of the country’s electricity and coal 30.2%.

Continue reading...
Also found in: [+]
Church of England governing body approves divestment policy 14.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

General Synod votes in favour of policies to mitigate climate change and divesting from tar sands and coal companies

The Church of England’s governing body has thrown its weight behind efforts to slow climate change by backing the move earlier this year to divest its resources from from companies involved in extracting two of the most polluting fossil fuels.

In May, the Church Commissioners, who manage investments worth £6bn, took the decision to divest from tar sands oil and thermal coal – the first time they had ever imposed investment restrictions on environmental grounds.

Continue reading...
Also found in: [+]
Australia's post-2020 climate target will not be revealed until August 13.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Target had been expected this month, but Tony Abbott says policy must clear Coalition party room before it is unveiled

Australia’s prime minister says the country will not publicise its new post-2020 emissions reduction target until the Coalition party room has cleared the policy in August.

The government had been expected to unveil its climate target this month, but Tony Abbott told reporters on Monday the policy must first clear the government party room, which will not meet again until parliament resumes next month.

Continue reading...
Also found in: [+]
UK scraps zero carbon homes target 10.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Treasury axes plans to make new homes carbon neutral from 2016, drawing widespread criticism from housebuilders and environmentalists

Housebuilders, planners and green groups have condemned the government for scrapping plans to make all new UK homes carbon neutral.

The zero carbon homes policy was first announced in 2006 by the then-chancellor Gordon Brown, who said Britain was the first country to make such a commitment.

Continue reading...
Also found in: [+]
Is it ok for scientists to weep over climate change? | Roger Harrabin 9.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

The devastating impact CO2 emissions are having on oceans recently brought one professor to tears during a radio interview. But does such passion validate or weaken science in the audience’s eyes?

Should scientists show emotion while discussing their science? I ask because a professor of ocean geology wept as she discussed with me the impact carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are having on the sea.

She fears we are acidifying and heating the ocean so fast that her young daughters may no longer enjoy coral reefs and shellfish by the end of the century.

Continue reading...
Also found in: [+]
Exxon knew of climate change in 1981, email says – but it funded deniers for 27 more years 9.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
A newly unearthed missive from Lenny Bernstein, a climate expert with the oil firm for 30 years, shows concerns over high presence of carbon dioxide in enormous gas field in south-east Asia factored into decision not to tap it ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, knew as early as 1981 of climate change – seven years before it became a public issue, according to a newly discovered email from one of the firm’s own scientists. Despite this the firm spent millions over the next 27 years to promote climate denial. The email from Exxon’s in-house climate expert provides evidence the company was aware of the connection between fossil fuels and climate change, and the potential for carbon-cutting regulations that could hurt its bottom line, over a generation ago – factoring that knowledge into its decision about an enormous gas field in south-east Asia. The field, off the coast of Indonesia, would have been the single largest source of global warming pollution at the ...
Also found in: [+]
A quantum of carbon: scientists devise new way to observe greenhouse effect 8.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Technique to unravel how each molecule of CO2 absorbs light allows more accurate predictions about how much the Earth is likely to warm, reports Climate News Network

British scientists have devised a new way to observe the greenhouse world, enabling researchers to measure with exquisite accuracy how atmospheric carbon dioxide builds up, migrates, evolves and absorbs radiation.

The technique will allow more accurate predictions about how much the Earth is likely to warm over the next few decades as a result of the inexorable rise in atmospheric CO2 – from car exhausts, power station chimneys and burning forests – that drives global warming and climate change.

Continue reading...
Also found in: [+]
Argentina still has no strategy for Paris climate change summit 8.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

National pledge to reduce carbon emissions remains a mystery as government focuses energy development on Vaca Muerta shale reserves, reports Clarin

It’s been 11,000 years since temperatures were this high on Earth, thanks to our burning of oil and gas, releasing carbon emissions, trapping the heat in the atmosphere and warming up the planet.

If we continue our current activities at this pace, we would have spent all of our so-called ‘carbon budget’ – that cannot be exceeded if we are to stay within the 2C limit scientists say is necessary to avoid catastrophic global warming – within the next three decades.

Continue reading...
Also found in: [+]
India is now world's fastest-growing major polluter 7.7.2015 Sify Finance
Also found in: [+]
EU states call for tough new car fuel efficiency targets 7.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Ministers from the Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland and Finland say new CO2 goals would reduce motoring costs and aid transition to zero-emission vehicles

The EU should set challenging new fuel efficiency targets for new cars in 2025 to reduce motoring costs for consumers and tackle climate change, according to four member countries.

Environment and transport ministers from the Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden and Finland have written to the European commission saying the new goal should be set next year.

Continue reading...
Also found in: [+]
Major polluter pledges not enough to meet emissions targets, says report 7.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

New Climate Economy study recommends actions at local level could bridge huge gap of between two-thirds and 96% of extra carbon cuts needed to avoid dangerous global warming

A landmark climate change conference in Paris this December has triggered commitments on carbon emissions curbs from most of the world’s major polluters – but those pledges will still not be enough to bring about the reductions scientists say are necessary.

A new report published on Tuesday shows that the remainder of the needed reductions in carbon can be found if actions are taken at a local level, deforestation is halted, and other greenhouse gases are tackled.

Continue reading...
Also found in: [+]
Billions in gas projects stranded by climate change action, says thinktank 7.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Carbon Tracker report reveals keeping to emissions targets would render obsolete more than $280bn worth of global liquefied natural gas projects

More than $280bn (£180bn) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects being planned over the next decade risk becoming “stranded” if global action is taken to limit climate change to 2C, according to a report by the thinktank Carbon Tracker.

LNG projects allow gas to be compressed into tankers and sold around the world, making it key to hopes in the US, Canada and Australia of fully exploiting their gas reserves.

Continue reading...
Also found in: [+]
No plan B if Paris climate summit ends in failure, says EU climate chief 6.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Exclusive: Miguel Cañete urges world leaders to force their ministers to agree a deal

There is “no plan B” if the Paris climate conference ends in failure, Europe’s climate chief has warned, urging world leaders to intervene to force their ministers to agree a landmark deal this December.

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Miguel Cañete, commissioner for climate action, said he was very concerned about the lack of negotiating time remaining before the conference.

Continue reading...
Also found in: [+]
Carbon tax repeal sparks jump in Australia's electricity emissions 5.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

A 4.3% rise in electricity emissions counters Australia’s credibility in the lead-up to the Paris climate talks, the Climate Council says

Electricity emissions have jumped since the repeal of the carbon tax, the Climate Council says.

The council cites new data by consultants Pitt & Sherry, showing carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity grid went up 6.4m tonnes in the last financial year since the tax was axed.

Continue reading...
Also found in: [+]
21 to 40 of 7,075