Climate Change

Coal continues to dominate global carbon emissions

Despite explosive growth in renewable energy consumption, continued strong growth in coal consumption has further consolidated coal as the dominate source of carbon dioxide emissions. In its annual analysis of global carbon emissions production published on 19th November 2013, the Global Carbon Project (GCP) found that global emissions from fossil fuel combustion and cement production reached a record high of 35 billion tonnes CO2 in 2012, 58 per cent above the level of 1990. Read more »

Global Carbon Atlas shows the World's biggest emitters as carbon emissions are set to reach a record 36 billion tonnes in 2013

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Global carbon emissions set to reach record 36 billion tonnes in 2013 (© Gregory Heath CSIRO)

Global emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels are set to rise again in 2013, reaching a record high of 36 billion tonnes - according to new figures from the Global Carbon Project, co-led by researchers from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Read more »

FAO report shows that substantial cuts achievable in greenhouse gas emissions from livestock

Greenhouse gas emissions by the livestock sector could be cut by as much as 30 percent through the wider use of existing best practices and technologies, according to a new study released on 26th September 2013 by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Read more »

How should we talk about Climate Change? By focusing on “solutions rather than on catastrophic consequences”

With media bias polarising the conversation about climate change into ‘catastrophic’ and ‘sceptical’ camps, new research published in Environmental Education Research, exposes just how important the ways in which environmental educators talk about climate change is in influencing public engagement.

Having identified a perpetual gap between empirical scientific information on the one hand and the way it’s talked about in education and the public sphere on the other, Victoria Wibeck reveals the findings of a literature review examining 92 peer-reviewed studies. Read more »

With climate change evident across Europe, EEA confirms urgent need for action

Climate change is affecting all regions in Europe, causing a wide range of impacts on society and the environment. Further impacts are expected in the future, potentially causing high damage costs, according to the latest assessment published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) today (21st November 2012). Read more »

New research argues that electricity derived from burning trees is ‘dirtier than coal’

Burning whole trees in power stations can be dirtier than coal, concludes a new report by the RSPB, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace.

The report uses Government’s own data to show that burning whole trees to generate electricity is worse for the climate than coal: generating power from typical conifer trees results in 49 per cent more emissions than burning coal. Read more »

"Game changer for glaciology" as NASA creates first animated view of ice movement in Antarctica

NASA-funded researchers have created the first complete map of the speed and direction of ice flow in Antarctica. Read more »

Feedback from Climate Change: increased tropical forest growth could release carbon from the soil

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A view through the undergrowth in tropical forest at the study site in Panama. © Dr. Emma Sayer

More evidence has emerged of the possible feedback effects of climate change as the world warms. Read more »

Artificial trees, air capture machines & synthetic fuels: solutions to tackle climate change

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is calling for funding to be prioritised for geo-engineering technologies

"Governments must prioritise funding for geo-engineering," says IMechE. Machines like artificial trees hold the key to tackling CO2 emissions from aeroplanes and ships. Read more »

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