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19 June headlines
EU needs low-carbon energy union, ministers’ advisory panel says
The EU needs an ambitious emissions-reduction goal, targets for energy efficiency and renewables as well as tools to foster investment under its planned 2030 policies, an advisory panel has said. In a report the panel say EU leaders need to agree on the framework for the next decade by October, sticking to the deadline agreed earlier this year. Bloomberg.
UN ‘concerned’ over barrier reef but defers in-danger notice
The UN has expressed concern about Australia’s management of the Great Barrier Reef amid growing international pressure against industrial developments that conservationists say are threatening the world’s largest collection of coral reefs. However, Unesco’s world heritage committee deferred for a year a decision to put the fragile ecosystem on its list of sites “in danger”. Financial Times.
British oil giants start to pull staff out of Iraq
British oil majors are beginning to pull workers out of Iraq as the battle between Sunni-Muslim Islamists and government forces north of Baghdad intensifies. Oil prices have spiked around $114 per barrel amid growing concern that Isis forces pose a real threat to Iraq oil production, which weighs in at around 3.5 million barrels per day, roughly four-time more than the UK pumps from the North Sea. Telegraph.
Longer flights ‘could curb impact of vapour trails’
Large condensation trails in the sky caused by aircraft could be eliminated be re-routing flight paths, say scientists. Researchers are concerned about the climate change potential of these wispy, man-made clouds. But a new study suggests that making changes to existing flight route could curb their warming impact. BBC.
England’s honeybee numbers boosted after mild winter
England’s honeybees fared much better in this year’s mild winter than in the bitterly cold conditions the previous year, an annual survey shows. Around one in ten honeybee colonies were lost between October 2013 and the end of March 2013, compared to a third of colonies which failed to survive in 2012-13. Guardian.
The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate – Rolling Stone
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