Climate & Warming

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 »

WWF launches Earth Book to celebrate publication of Living Planet Report 2012

WWF’s Earth Book was launched from the International Space Centre by WWF Ambassador and Dutch Astronaut, André Kuipers

WWF is asking people to share their experiences of the natural world and collaborate in Earth Book 2012, an online storybook which has been created to coincide with the publication of the Living Planet Report 2012 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 »

Start@Kew in August: one simple step can make a difference

START@KEW is a fun-filled interactive family eco-extravaganza in one of the World’s most sustainable and natural Llocations

Start, an initiative by HRH The Prince of Wales to inspire the UK public to take simple steps towards achieving more sustainable living, has announced Start@Kew, a five day interactive eco-extravag Read more »

Hundreds of new clean water wildlife ponds for England’s forests

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The new ponds act as stepping stones between existing water bodies to enable wildlife to move more freely across the landscape

The Forestry Commission has created hundreds of new ponds and restored wetlands in forests across England as part of its response to a changing climate. Read more »

£15m in new grants to subsidise green heating at home

Householders across the country could get up to £1,250 of government funding to help towards the cost of installing renewable heating systems such as biomass boilers, air and ground source heat pum Read more »

Ponds on the Ocean at the Top of the World

In Summer months, the sea ice atop the Arctic Ocean can look more like Swiss cheese or a bright coastal wetland. NASA photograph by Kathryn Hansen

If you have never been north of the Arctic Circle, it is easy to imagine that the “ice cap” at the top of the world is a uniform sheet of white. Read more »

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