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16 December headlines
Coal demand set to break 9bn tonne barrier this decade
Global coal use is on an upwards march despite calls to half fossil fuels demand at a UN climate summit in Peru and will hit a record 9 billion tonnes by 2019, according to the International Energy Agency. Guardian.
Half of South West rail lines at ‘flooding risk from climate change’
Almost half the length of Devon and Cornwall’s main rail lines are at risk of flooding because of climate change, an internal Network Rail report claims. BBC.
UK set for 2.5 billion-pound bill to keep plants open
UK utilities will today for the first time bid for government payments to keep their power plants open and avoid blackouts. The tender is intended to encourage power stations to stay connected to the network and spur building of new plants. Bloomberg.
Greenland ice sheet could be melting faster than thought possible
The Greenland ice sheet – the largest body of ice in the northern hemisphere – could melt faster than scientists have previously thought according to two independent studies suggesting that the loss could lead to a more rapid rise in global sea-levels. Independent.
Tropical rainforests not absorbing as much carbon as expected, scientists say
The increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is not making trees in tropical forests grow faster, say scientist who have analysed over 1,100 individual trees from forests in Bolivia, Thailand and Cameroon. Guardian.
The long road from Lima to a global climate deal – Financial Times
Impact investing offers opportunity for wealth managers – Huffington Post
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