Climate Change : Newsfile

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  • Carbon emissions accelerating rapidly

    17 July 2008

    Preliminary results show that China's carbon emissions exceeded those of the United Statea for the first time last year (2008). (See our report here). This followed confirmed data for the year 2006 which showed that emissions have been growing by 3.1 per cent since the year 2000 - well above the 2.3 per cent rate projected by scientists for the first decade of this century. Frances C. Moore reports here on the acceleration in carbon emissions.

  • G8 climate target 'completely inadequate'

    9 July 2008

    Just how difficult it will be to agree on specific global action to tackle climate change by the time of the Copenhagen climate summit next year, has been made clear by the G8 talks which ended in Hokkaido, Japan, today. John Rowley reports.

  • Space scientist warns: climate 'tipping point' is near

    27 June 2008

    Exactly 20 years after he first addressed the US Congress alerting the United States, and the world, to the catastrophic consequences of human-caused climate change, James Hansen, head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University, has issued a new and urgent warning of the shocking consequencs of failure to take immediate action to radically cut carbon emissions.

  • Coal boom could stymie climate plans

    27 June 2008

    In an important statement on the dangers of climate change, reported on this website, Dr James Hansen director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said that 'the phasing out of coal use except where the carbon is captured and stored below ground is the primary requirement for solving global warming.' However, it seems that the demand for coal has never been so high, as a recent report in the Washington Post made clear.

  • China dominates last year's global CO2 rise

    23 June 2008

    With an 8 per cent national increase, China's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions accounted for two thirds of last year's global carbon dioxide increase of 3.1 per cent, according to a preliminary estimate by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.

  • Satellite images show scale of environmental change in Africa

    12 June 2008

    New satellite imagery shows that Africa is losing more than four million hectares of forest every year, that some areas are losing over 50 metric tonnes of soil per hectare per year, and that erosion and chemical and physical damage have degraded about 65 per cent of the continent's farmlands.

  • Now or never: massive investment in renewables needed

    6 June 2008

    The world needs to spend $45,000 billion on renewable technologies in the next 40 years, or 1.1 per cent of annual global economic output, to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the International Energy Agency says in a shock report.

  • "Kick the CO2 Habit" - it may be easier than you think

    5 June 2008

    Adopting a climate-friendly lifestyle needn't require drastic changes or major sacrifices, according to two United Nations reports published to mark World Environment Day (5 June).

  • Climate change threat to US farming and biodiversity

    1 June 2008

    Climate change is already affecting US water resources, agriculture, land resources, and biodiversity, according to a new US Government report.

  • Secret report forecasts aviation emissions surge

    22 May 2008

    Climate change emissions by the airline industry, airport noise, and local air pollution are all trending sharply upwards, according to a report based on information contained in US, European and UK government databases maintained by regulatory agencies.