Climate Change : Newsfile

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  • EU climate deal seen as ' a breakthrough'

    22 March 2007

    Despite some criticism that the European Union has not gone far enough in its undertaking earlier this month to tackle climate change, there has been considerable praise for the agreement to cut EU emissions by 20 per cent from its 1990 levels by 2020. The UK has already proposed a draft law which would commit it to reducing its emissions of carbon dioxide by 60 per cent by 2050 (see below).

  • Melting glaciers threaten Peru's future

    14 March 2007

    Oscar-winning Al Gore chose to call his film about global warming An Inconvenient Truth. But for Peru it is more like an alarming reality, as the rapid melting of the Andean glaciers threatens the future development of the country, reports James Painter for the BBC.

  • Canadian tundra turning green

    8 March 2007

    Northern Canada's tundra is disappearing at a rapid rate, with forests of spruce trees and shrubs taking over the once frozen landscape, new research finds. The study offers further evidence of climate change and the authors warn it shows that the shift in the Canadian tundra can happen at a much faster speed than scientists originally thought. This report is from ENS.

  • Draft administration report shows US greenhouse emissions rising faster

    6 March 2007

    The United States will emit about 20 per cent more greenhouse gases by 2020 than it did in 2000, according to a draft report that the Bush administration was scheduled to submit to the United Nations a year ago. ENS reports:

  • Carbon revolution in the village

    6 March 2007

    Researchers have discovered that hundreds of green energy projects have sprung up in rural communities across the UK. They believe more more support is needed from the Government to help them flourish.

  • China speeds national climate plan

    26 February 2007

    The Chinese government has prepared an official national plan to improve the country's ability to respond to climate change, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China's top economic planning body. The report is the government's first formal policy response to the National Assessment Report on Climate Change, released last December, and will be approved and issued later this year.

  • Carbon offsetting takes off in US

    25 February 2007

    A major travel organisation, based in the United States, has expanded its services related to carbon offsetting in response to growing consumer and industry demand for a customer-frendly system to help to curb global warming.

  • China plans to shut smaller, dirty, power plants

    19 February 2007

    The State Council, China's parliament, recently endorsed a plan to accelerate closure of the nation's smaller coal-fired power plants. The plan, developed by the nation's top two energy policymaking bodies - the Office of the National Energy Leading Group and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) - sets forth concrete targets for decommissioning older and smaller plants.

  • Branson offers prize to suck carbon out of the sky

    9 February 2007

    Sir Richard Branson, the British billionaire and head of the Virgin business brand, is offering a $25 million (£12.8m) prize to the scientist or team of scientists who can find a way to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, as a means of combatting the threat from global warming.

  • Climate change only one symptom of a stressed planet

    6 February 2007

    In releasing its latest comprehensive report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) focuses an important spotlight on the current state of the Earth's climate. However, climate change is just one of the many symptoms exhibited by a planet under pressure from human activities, says a global research group.