Climate & Warming

New research argues that changing landscapes and not global warming are to blame for increased flood risk

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A new study published in Hydrological Sciences Journal examines the key reasons for increasing frequency and severity of floods; considering whether this is due to improved reporting by the media, an increasing and expanding global population, or whether climate change is the crucial factor. Read more »

Climate Silence (and how to break it)...

Climate Silence (and how to break it) is the latest report from COIN, The Climate Outreach and Information Network. In it COIN describes the blanket of silence that has descended upon the issue of climate change in the UK in the past five years. The report argues the debate urgently needs new narratives that make the link between the climate challenge and ordinary people’s lives. Read more »

New study shows that protected marine reserves enhance resilience to climate change

Species such as the blue-throated wrasse were observed in greater numbers in a marine reserve southeast of Tasmania following protection from fishing, which led to greater community stability and resilience. (Picture credit Dr Rick Stuart-Smith)

A new study, led by a University of Southampton scientist, highlights the potential for fish communities in marine reserves to resist climate change impacts better than communities on fished coasts. Read more »

UK provides help for women to access clean energy

Access to modern energy services is fundamental to human development and an investment in our collective future.

The Department for International Development is to help fund new research that will provide girls and women with clean sources of energy. Around 1.3 billion people globally lack access to electricity and 2.6 billion rely on firewood for cooking and heating. Every year at least 2 million people die from burning solid fuels indoors in unventilated kitchens, the majority women and children. 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 »

Little Book of Big Deforestation Drivers provides 24 catalysts to address deforestation

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This hypothetical supply chain of a burger illustrates the complexity of global supply chains and the numerous actors and stages involved in the production and trade of a product from the forest to the end consumer.

A new book published today (Monday 18th November) by the Global Canopy Programme (GCP) outlines the global context to the drivers of deforestation. 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 »

Ascent on the Shard: pictures from Greenpeace's audacious bid to raise awareness of Arctic oil drilling

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After 15 hours of arduous climbing on the sheer face of Western Europe’s tallest building, six women climbers from Greenpeace reached the top of the Shard at 07.08pm on Thursday night (11.07.13). The climbers were cheered by crowds gathered at the foot of the skyscraper and watched by tens of thousands through a live stream on the Greenpeace website.

Having reached the 310 metre peak, two of the activists waved a 32-square-foot flag with the demand “Save the Arctic” written across it. Read more »

A model for the UK? Germany invests 1.5% of GDP to reduce the impact of climate change

A new study released by Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) provides the first comprehensive overview of how German businesses, households, and government finance renewable energy and energy efficiency. Read more »

A 'dash for gas' could make the UK's carbon targets unachievable, warns cross-party Environmental Audit Committee

A Treasury-led 'dash for gas' could make the UK's carbon targets under the Climate Change Act unachievable, the cross-party Environmental Audit Committee has warned in the report of its inquiry into the Autumn Statement 2012: Environmental Issues. Read more »

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