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Monday 26 June 2017
26 June 2017 - NEWS UPDATE
Climate Change

Global carbon dioxide emissions set to rise again

Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are set to rise again in 2012, reaching a record high of 35.6 billion tonnes. The 2.6 per cent rise means global emissions from burning fossil fuel are 58 per cent above 1990 levels, the baseline year for the Kyoto Protocol.

Climate Change

Ice sheets melting three times faster than 1990s

Ice sheets covering Greenland and Antarctica are melting three times faster today than they were in the 1990s, according to a 'definitive' study of satellite data reported in the journal Science. These beautiful but haunting pictures show the different ways that melting occurs.

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Each summer streams channel much of the melt that is produced by warmer temperatures along the Greenland Ice Sheet’s lower elevation margins. Image courtesy of Ian Joughin

Climate Change

Ten-fold rise in MRE needed to mitigate climate change

A large-scale and rapid deployment of marine renewable energy is necessary to reduce the carbon emissions from fossil fuel burning which are leading to ocean acidification, global warming and climatic changes, says Dr. Martin Attrill, director of Plymouth University's Marine Institute.

Climate Change

Destructive power of climate change in Europe

The destructive power of climate change in Europe is revealed today in the latest assessment published by the European Environment Agency (EEA). A wide range of threats is increasing, from flooding to drought to an increase in heat-related deaths and the introduction of disease-carrying mosquitos, and there is worse to come as the process accelerates.

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Glaciers in the Alps have lost two-thirds of volume

Climate Change

UN emission report puts pressure on Doha conference

Action to tackle climate change needs to be urgently scaled-up if the world is to have any chance of keeping a global temperature rise below 2ºC this century, according to a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report.

Climate Change

Greenhouse gas levels reach record high, UN research confirms

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2011, according to the UN's World Meteorological Organisation.

Climate Change

Treasury's dash-for-gas will make carbon targets unachievable - MPs

A Treasury led 'dash for gas' could make the UK's carbon targets under the Climate Change Act unachievable, the cross-party Environmental Audit Committee has warned. In its Autumn Statement, the Committee is calling on the Government to restore investor confidence in the future direction of energy policy by setting a clear decarbonisation objective in the forthcoming Energy Bill.

Climate Change

Prime Minister warned again over green investor confidence

WWF-UK has called on Prime Minister David Cameron to take control of elements within the Conservative Party which are undermining investor confidence, jobs and growth in the green economy. The campaign group, which took the PM on a fact-finding mission to the Arctic in 2006, called on him to show the leadership on climate change and energy policy that helped the country secure the 2008 Climate Change Act.