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Climate Change Is Making Wildfires Worse. CO2 emissions stall thanks to China's passion for renewables - environment - 17 June 2015. The energy field is changing (Image: Jerry Ojang/Getty) New energy policies in China are being heralded as the source of a potentially historic break in the link between global economic growth and rising carbon dioxide emissions. Last year, carbon emissions were unchanged even as the global economy grew by 3 per cent compared with 2013, according to a report by Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), a think tank linked to the UN Environment Programme. Arthouros Zervos, the REN21 network's chair, called this "the landmark decoupling" of economic growth and carbon emissions and said it "is due in large measure to China's increased use of renewable resources". China is the world's biggest installer of wind, solar and hydroelectric power plants, and last year for the first time it reduced coal burning.

Good cop and bad cop "Domestically China is doing a good job of reining in coal power and developing renewables," Nace says. Share on tumblrShare on emailShare on gmail. Explicit cookie consent. GREEN-FINGERED folk who invested in British forests over the past decade did better, on average, than those who planted their cash in more obvious places, such as stocks and bonds. According to the IPD UK Annual Forestry Index, a sample of 133 commercial forests in Britain, forests returned 18.4% last year and have averaged a staggering 21% a year since 2010, easily outgrowing the FTSE 100 share index (which returned an average of 7.7%) and commercial property (which made 10.9%). Why the lush returns? For one, timber prices are on the up, making the land used to grow trees more valuable too. Though an irregular source of income (your average tree needs 30-odd years to grow), timber sales alone account for returns of around 2-4% a year, according to MSCI, an equity-index firm.

Forests also enjoy overgrown tax breaks: their owners pay no capital-gains tax for growing timber and no income tax for selling it. Investors should remember that trees can fall as well as rise. New Report: March 2015 Easily Set The Record For Hottest March Ever Recorded. By Joe Romm Posted on Share this: "New Report: March 2015 Easily Set The Record For Hottest March Ever Recorded" Share: This was easily the hottest March — and hottest January-to-March — on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA’s latest monthly report makes clear Mother Nature is just getting warmed up: March 2015 was not only the hottest March in their 135-year of keeping records, it beat “the previous record of 2010 by 0.09°F (0.05°C).”January-to-March was not only the hottest start to any year on record, it also beat “the previous record of 2002 by 0.09°F.”March was so warm that only two other months ever had a higher “departure from average” (i.e. temperature above the norm), February 1998 and January 2007, and they only beat March by “just 0.01°C (0.02°F).”Arctic sea ice hit its smallest March extent since records began in 1979.

The human-caused global warming trend that made 2014 the hottest year on record is continuing. 5 Key Takeaways From the Latest Climate Change Report. The latest report from the main international panel charged with assessing climate change, released today in Copenhagen, shouts the same basic message scientists have been telling governments for decades. Protecting the planet will require a dramatic shift away from fossil fuels, the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change emphasizes. The release was timed for political impact, arriving weeks before international negotiators meet in Lima, Peru, to start forging a new strategy on climate change. "Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in their message," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a news conference this morning in Copenhagen. "Leaders must act; time is not on our side.

" The Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report, as it's called, pulls together the conclusions of three IPCC working groups, which issued reports over the past year on the underlying science, the impacts, and the ways to address climate change. Here are a few takeaways: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Cgiarclimate : Latest #IPCC predicts that... Climate Change Isn’t Main Culprit in Decline of Coral Reefs: Report. July 10, 2014 | 3:43 pm | Print By the Caribbean Journal staff Just one-sixth of the original coral cover in the Caribbean remains. And if things stay the way they are, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next two decades, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. But that doesn’t have to be the case, the IUCN said in a new report. According to Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012, restoring parrotfish populations, protecting from overfishing and coastal pollution and other ways to improve coastal management can “help the reefs recover and make them more resilient to future climate change impacts.”

“The rate at which the Caribbean corals have been declining is truly alarming,” said Carl Gustaf Lundin, director of IUCN’s Global Marine and Polar Programme. Since the 1970s, coral reefs in the Caribbean have declined by more than 50 percent. These are areas like the Bermuda and Bonaire. 1 of 1. Climate change making droughts in Australia worse as rain patterns shift | Environment. Climate change is making drought conditions in south-west and south-east Australia worse, with serious ramifications for people’s health and the agriculture industry, a new paper has warned. The Climate Council report states that since the mid-1990s, south-east Australia has experienced a 15% drop in rainfall during late autumn and early winter, with a 25% slump in average rainfall in April and May.

A drought that has gripped western Queensland and northern New South Wales since 2012 has put pressure on farmers and forced wildlife into starvation. Projected decreases in average rainfall in winter and spring mean it will “likely be increasingly difficult to erase such rainfall deficits in the future” according to the Climate Council report, which cites data from the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology. The Climate Council said that increasingly severe droughts were linked to a drop in agricultural productivity and a 15% increase in suicide risk for rural males aged between 30 and 49. Climate Change Study Finds U.S. Is Already Widely Affected.

The effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the United States, scientists reported Tuesday, with water growing scarcer in dry regions, torrential rains increasing in wet regions, heat waves becoming more common and more severe, wildfires growing worse, and forests dying under assault from heat-loving insects.

Such sweeping changes have been caused by an average warming of less than 2 degrees Fahrenheit over most land areas of the country in the past century, the scientists found. If greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane continue to escalate at a rapid pace, they said, the warming could conceivably exceed 10 degrees by the end of this century. “Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,” the scientists declared in a major new report assessing the situation in the United States. “Yes, climate change is already here,” said Richard B. The ominous findings of the report is likely to give Mr. Clock Ticking To Stop Climate Change, Warns UN.

The world faces "severe, pervasive and irreversible" damage unless swift action is taken to switch to fossil fuel alternatives and cut carbon emissions, according to the most detailed climate change report in years. "A window of opportunity" to limit global warming to 2C (3.6F) is closing, according to UN experts. They warn that if targets are not met, more extreme weather events will occur, and the problem will become more expensive to solve. Right now, levels of three greenhouse gases – methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide – are at unprecedented levels that haven't been seen in the past 800,000 years. To slow down permanent increases in global temperatures, carbon emissions need to be reduced by between 40% and 70% by 2050, and completely eliminated by the end of the century, according to the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

"Mitigation cost estimates vary, but … global economic growth would not be strongly affected. " EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut. 24 October 2014Last updated at 02:19 ET Poland, heavily reliant on coal, fears the cost of lower CO2 emissions will harm its economy EU leaders have reached a landmark deal to cut greenhouse emissions by 40% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels. The binding decision came after heated discussions at a summit in Brussels, as some members had argued that their varied interests should be protected. Correspondents say the final deal is a compromise between countries that rely heavily on coal, and those willing to instil greater emissions cuts. Environmental groups welcomed the deal, but said it did not go far enough. The bloc also agreed to boost the use of renewable energy to 27% in the total energy mix and increase energy efficiency to at least 27%.

There were deep divisions within the EU on emissions cuts. Poland, which is heavily reliant on coal, fears that the costs of decarbonising its economy will slow business growth. Herman Van Rompuy (left) described the deal as the "world's most ambitious" Explicit cookie consent. Global Warming or Global Governance? (Full Length) Global warming slowdown 'could last another decade' 21 August 2014Last updated at 14:45 ET By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News Currents in the Atlantic could be responsible for a slowdown in temperature rises The hiatus in the rise in global temperatures could last for another 10 years, according to new research. Scientists have struggled to explain the so-called pause that began in 1999, despite ever increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. The latest theory says that a naturally occurring 30-year cycle in the Atlantic Ocean is behind the slowdown.

The researchers says this slow-moving current could continue to divert heat into the deep seas for another decade. However, they caution that global temperatures are likely to increase rapidly when the cycle flips to a warmer phase. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote The Pacific is a symptom of the hiatus but not the ultimate cause. End QuoteProf Ka-Kit TungUniversity of Washington This compares with a decadal average of 0.12 between 1951 and 2012.

Ice age fears. Hockeyschtick1 : "State Of The Climate Report"... IPCC: rapid carbon emission cuts vital to stop 'severe' impact of climate change | Environment. Climate change is set to inflict “severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts” on people and the natural world unless carbon emissions are cut sharply and rapidly, according to the most important assessment of global warming yet published. The stark report states that climate change has already increased the risk of severe heatwaves and other extreme weather and warns of worse to come, including food shortages and violent conflicts. But it also found that ways to avoid dangerous global warming are both available and affordable. “Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in the message,” said the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, attending what he described as the “historic” report launch. “Leaders must act.

Ban added a message to investors, such as pension fund managers: “Please reduce your investments in the coal- and fossil fuel-based economy and [move] to renewable energy.” “We have the means to limit climate change,” said Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the IPCC. John Thorpe sur Twitter : "@afneil You mean like this? Michael E. Mann sur Twitter : ""2014 was hottest year on record globally, by far" via @ClimateProgress: #FauxPause" Newscientist : Global warming will boost urban ... Nytimes : The Big Melt Accelerates ... Obama unveils tough new regulations to combat carbon pollution – live | Environment | theguardian.com. Right Relevance: Search or Login for deep topical relevance. Right Relevance: Search or Login for deep topical relevance. The Arctic Ocean: Awakening. The Keeling Curve | A daily record of atmospheric carbon dioxide from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. The top ten global warming 'skeptic' arguments answered | Dana Nuccitelli | Environment.

Global temperatures are rising, and the top 10 climate contrarian explanations are not good. Photograph: Aaron Tilley for the Guardian Roy Spencer is one of the less than 3% of climate scientists whose research suggests that humans are playing a relatively minimal role in global warming. As one of those rare contrarian climate experts, he's often asked to testify before US Congress and interviewed by media outlets that want to present a 'skeptical' or false balance climate narrative.

He's also a rather controversial figure, having made remarks about "global warming Nazis" and said, "I view my job a little like a legislator, supported by the taxpayer, to protect the interests of the taxpayer and to minimize the role of government. " In any case, as one of those rare contrarian climate scientists, Spencer is in a good position to present the best arguments against the global warming consensus. 1) No Recent Warming. Quite simply, it hasn't. 2) Natural or Manmade?

We do. 8) Is CO2 Bad? These are the countries most at risk from a climate change 'apocalypse' These maps claim to show which countries would be most vulnerable in the event of the effects of climate change reaching life-threatening levels - if they already haven’t. They were compiled using the ND-Gain Index, a project of the University of Notre Dame, in Indiana in the US. The index is built on two variables, vulnerability and readiness, and has been monitoring countries since 1995. The UK is seventh-best equipped to deal with the aftershock of climate change reaching its tipping point, behind mostly Scandinavian countries. Countries most at risk meanwhile are in Central America, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Via: Eco Experts More: 10 easy ways you can help to stop climate change, starting today More: Climate change - it turns out that squirrels did it More: How sure are we that humans cause climate change? More: The Pope has this to say about climate change They were compiled using the ND-Gain Index, a project of the University of Notre Dame, in Indiana in the US. Via: Eco Experts. Weather_king : 5 month period Jan-May 2014 ...