Climate & Warming

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 »

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 »

TV Weatherman Michael Fish B.A.S.E Jumps for Climate Change

Michael Fish MBE, the iconic British TV weatherman, has completed a B.A.S.E. jump from a London tower block to raise awareness of climate change.

Fish, who is 68 years-old made the freefall jump from the rooftop, landing by parachute on the ground more than 200 feet below. Fish trained with experienced urban B.A.S.E jumpers prior to the jump. Read more »

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