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Arctic sea ice slightly down on 2013

The latest data from Europe’s CryoSat has revealed that Arctic sea ice in October was slightly lower than that recorded in 2013. However, researchers added that the data does not necessarily indicate a turn in the long-term downward trend. In 2012 Arctic sea ice cover shrank to its lowest...


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Climate agreement ‘falls shots’, says 350.org

Campaign group 350.org has criticised the outcome of the UN climate talks in Lima, stating that they fall short of expectations and fail to reflect the global momentum seen during marches and protests. In September, some 600,000 people joined 2,646 peaceful rallies and events in 156 countries to call...


waste landfill by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources via Flickr

EU air pollution and recycling laws could be scrapped

Leaked documents suggest that EU plans to curb air pollution and improve recycling rates could be scrapped. The two directives at risk aim to create a circular economy and prevent premature deaths linked to air pollution. Whilst no decision will be made until next week, the leaked documents, which...


antarctica ice by Liam Quinn via Flickr

Royal Society guide aims to remove bias from climate science

The Royal Society has produced a 60 second video and guide on climate change and its effect in an effort to remove bias and spin from climate science, instead focusing on what the experts say. The guide and the questions and answers on the Climate Change: Evidence & Causes...


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Study: over 5 trillion pieces of plastic now in the ocean

Researchers have measured how much plastic is now in the oceans and the findings show how huge the scale of the problem is. It is estimated that there are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic, ranging in size, in the oceans, collectively weighing 269,000 tons. The findings, which were...


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Lake District and New Forest National Parks named top 100 sustainable destinations

UK national parks Lake District and New Forest are amongst tourism spots that have been named in the Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100. Despite scoring well across a range of categories, the findings suggest both destinations should work on a green tourism policy. The top 100 list was launched...


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UN’s Ban Ki-moon: we must act on climate change now

The whole world must be engaged and take action to curb climate change now if we are to avoid crossing the agreed 2C warming limit, the secretary-general of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, has said during a speech in Lima, Peru. The remarks have been made at the 20th Conference...


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Campaigners call for wildlife and environment to feature in election manifestos

Campaigners have taken part in the Rally for Nature, which marched to Parliament, to challenge MPs from all the major political parties to make commitments for wildlife and the environment in their manifestos ahead of the general election in May 2015. The event was a collaboration between the RSPB,...


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Met Office: chance of heatwaves in Europe has ‘increased dramatically’

The chance of heatwaves occurring across parts of Europe has “increased dramatically” in the last decade, according to a study by the Met Office. The organisation added that the changes are due to human influence on the climate. The Met Office has previously commented that heatwaves could become the...


wind turbine onshore by Attilio Lombardo via Freeimages

Denmark, Sweden and UK top Climate Change Performance Index

Whilst global emissions have reached a new peak, developments suggest a new readiness for action on climate change protections, according to a new index, with Denmark, Sweden and the UK toping rankings. The Climate Change Performance Index, published by Germanwatch and CAN Europe, ranks the performance of the 58...


power plant emissions by Martin Nikolaj Bech via Flickr

Lima climate change talks suggest progress is being made

Reports from the climate change conference currently taking place in Lima, Peru, suggest that progress towards an international climate change agreement is being made. The talks In Peru see government ministers discussing the international climate change agreement. The conference kicked off on December 1 and is running through to...


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Air pollution deemed a ‘public health crisis’ by MPs

MPs have called for new schools, hospitals and care home to be built away from ‘air pollution hotspots’ after describing the UK’s air quality as a “public health crisis” on par with smoking. In a report the Environmental Audit Committee notes that tens of thousands of deaths are caused...


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Miliband criticises Cameron over climate change action

Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband has accused Prime Minister David Cameron of abdicating on responsibilities around climate change and making Britain a “laggard” on this issue in an article. Despite the Conservatives saying they would be the greenest government ever and Cameron describing climate change as “one...


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Funding gap in climate adaption, says UN report

The cost of adapting to climate change could be far higher than previously estimated, a new report from the UN has warned. The report – The Adaption Gap Report – states that even if greenhouse gas emissions are drastically cut to keep global warming below 2C, the point at...


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Report calls on researchers to step-change to address world challenges

If the world is to address the serious environmental, social and economic challenges it currently faces than a step-change in research is needed, according to a new report. The report – Strategic Research Agenda 2014 – has been published by Future Earth, a global research platform that brings together...



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