Climate Change : Newsfile

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  • TOWARDS COPENHAGEN: US carbon emissions drop by 9 per cent

    21 September 2009

    As the US delegation prepares for the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December, it does so from a surprisingly strong position - based on a dramatic 9 per cent drop in US carbon emissions over the past two years and the promise of further huge reductions - says Lester Brown.

  • Ozone treaty now universally ratified

    18 September 2009

    The Montreal Protocol, a treaty to protect the ozone layer, which shields all life on Earth from deadly levels of ultra violet rays, has become the first environmental agreement to achieve universal participation by all 196 parties.

  • Canada's oilsands outpace carbon emissions of European countries

    17 September 2009

    Concern about the continuing exploitation of Canada's oilsands, the biggest and most polluting fossil fuel energy project in the world, has grown in anticipation of the meeting this week of Canadian premier Stephen Harper and President Obama in Washington. It coincides with a new report from Greenpeace to be released on Monday which will show that Alberta's oilsands produce more greenhouse gas emissions than some European countries right now and will produce more than all of the world's volcanoes in just 11 years if the pace of development continues.

  • Warming Arctic's global impacts outstrip predictions

    2 September 2009

    Warming in the Arctic could lead to flooding affecting one quarter of the world's population, substantial increases in greenhouse gas emissions from massive carbon pools, and extreme global weather changes, according to a new WWF report.

  • Drought threatens future of Kenya's Maasai people

    5 August 2009

    In the midst of one of Africa's most ravaging droughts, a clear connection between environmental policy, public health, and human conflict has been identified by students conducting fieldwork with The School for Field Studies (SFS) in southern Kenya.

  • UK Government unveils ambitious carbon targets

    17 July 2009

    The UK government has outlined an energy revolution aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 34 per cent within only 11 years and set the nation on track for an 80 per cent cut by 2050. It signalled a historic switch away from fossil fuels, which drove the industrial revolution for 200 years, towards a future economy that will depend on renewable and nuclear power.

  • UK climate report forecasts droughts and floods

    18 June 2009

    A series of projections on how Britain will be affected by climate change are published today by the UK government and the Met Office. These show that average temperatures are expected to rise by 2 degrees Celsius by 2050 and to between 3-5C by the 2080s.

  • Climate talks stalemate threatens global agreement

    12 June 2009

    Delegates at the latest United Nations climate talks in Bonn agreed that they disagree on almost all crucial issues, after another long round of negotiations about the future of our planet ended, with little progress on the substantial issues. As a result, rich countries risk wrecking vitally important international talks on a climate agreement to be held in December, say conservation and aid agencies.

  • Climate change could lead to unprecedented migration

    10 June 2009

    Migration and displacement, caused by climate change, could vastly exceeds anything that has occurred before, according to a report launched today. Whole human populations may be forced to move for their own survival.

  • NGOs write blueprint for Copenhagen climate treaty

    9 June 2009

    Climate change experts from leading non-governmental organisations (NGOs) today unveiled their blueprint for a legally binding Copenhagen agreement. This will serve as the benchmark for governments negotiating a new climate deal this year and shows how major differences between rich and poor nations can be overcome.