Climate Change : Newsfile

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  • Big welcome for California's global warming bill

    5 September 2006

    Environmentalists have given a big welcome to the agreement reached by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Republican Governor of California, on Thursday, for a state-wide cap on greenhouse gas emissions - a move that is directly contrary to the past policy of President George Bush, who pulled the United States out of the Kyoto protocol to set national emission targets.

  • UK government will miss climate target

    5 September 2006

    It is now clear that the British government has almost no chance of meeting its manifeso pledge to reduce the UK's carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent by 2010.

  • VITAL SIGNS: 2005 was world's warmest year ever recorded

    13 July 2006

    In 2005, the average atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration increased 0.6 per cent over the high in 2004, representing the largest annual increase ever recorded, says the latest issue of Vital Signs an annual compendium of global change, published today by the Worldwatch Institute.

  • Blair government vows to go carbon neutral by 2012

    24 June 2006

    All UK central government departments and their agencies will be carbon neutral within six years, Environment Secretary David Miliband has pledged. This promise to reduce carbon dioxide emissions linked to global warming is part of the government's attempt to "model environmentally sustainable behavior to business and consumers," he said.

  • Deserts can become solar power houses, says UN

    19 June 2006

    The world's deserts are facing dramatic changes as a result of global climate change, high water demands, tourism and salt contamination of irrigated soils. Desert margins and so called 'sky islands' - mountain areas within deserts that have been important for people, wildlife and water supplies for millennia - are under particular threat, according to Global Deserts Outlook, a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

  • China, India and Brazil could double gas emissions

    24 May 2006

    Without significant gains from energy efficiency efforts,China, India and Brazil within a single human generation (by 2030) will more than double their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in major impacts on global energy markets and climate, a World Bank study warns.

  • Attenborough: climate change is the major challenge

    24 May 2006

    Sir David Attenborough, Britain's leading naturalist and a long-time sceptic on climate change, has now concluded that the threat is real - and very serious. He set out his views in an interview with Michael McCarthy, environment correspondent of The Independent newspaper, published today. It is reproduced here, with permission.

  • Climate change could kill millions of world's poorest

    24 May 2006

    A staggering 182 million people in sub-Saharan Africa alone could die of disease directly attributable to climate change by the end of the century, warns a new report from the development organisation, Christian Aid.

  • US mayors sign climate pledge

    18 May 2006

    Recognizing that global warming may fast be approaching the point of no return and that the world cannot wait for the US government to act, hundreds of US city mayors have pledged to cut emissions of greenhouse gases.

  • Increase in disasters linked to environmental damage

    24 April 2006

    Climate change and environmental degradation may lie behind a sharp rise in the number of natural disasters, according to a new World Bank report.