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Permafrost carbon release to have similar impact as deforestation

As permafrost soils thaw the greenhouse gases stored are likely to be released gradually and over a prolonged period of time, having a similar affect to topical deforestation, according to research from the US Geological Survey. Permafrost soils contain twice as much carbon as there is currently in the...


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Warmer weather leads to rise in air pollution

While many are enjoying the warmer weather across the UK, it has led to air pollutions rising across many parts of England and Wales. The government has previously been criticised for failing to bring down air pollution levels. According to UK Air, warm sunny conditions and light winds, from...


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Obama links climate change to health risks

US president Barack Obama has linked climate change and human health risks, arguing that human health is “deeply tied” to the health of the environment. In a proclamation, Obama states, “America’s public health is deeply tied to the health of our environment. As our planet becomes more interconnected and...


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Western Canada could lose 70% of glaciers by 2100

By the end of the century up to 70% of the glacier ice in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, could be lost, according to researchers. The study argues the long-term melting trend could create “major problems” for ecosystems, power supplies and water quality. Researchers from the University of Northern...


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Prince Charles calls for action on deforestation

Prince Charles has called for urgent action on tropical deforestation, arguing that the forests are essential for life on Earth, in a report published by his International Sustainability unit. The report, notes that despite some success in reducing deforestation in some countries there are no signs yet that overall...


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Plastic accumulating in Mediterranean Sea, says study

Thousands of pieces of plastic are accumulating in the Mediterranean Sea, according to a study, posing a threat to the ecosystem. The study, which has been published in the journal PLOS One by the University of Cadiz in Spain, found huge amounts of plastic, such as fragments from bags...


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Antarctica ice shelves see ‘substantial’ loss in last two decades, finds study

A new study has found that over the last two decades there has been “substantial changes” in Antarctica’s floating ice shelves, with some areas experiencing as much as an 18% decreases. The researchers argue that the findings show how the ice sheet is responding to climate change. The study,...


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5 million UK properties at risk of flooding, warn MPs

There are major risks to the sustainability of current levels of flood protection, according to the Public Accounts Committee’s report. The report warns that some five million properties across England are at risk. The report notes that one in six properties are at risk of flooding from coastal, river...


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New platform tracks corporate deforestation commitments

A new platform has launched with the aims of giving decision makers, investors and consumers more information on how companies are tackling deforestation and living up to the pledges they have made on the issue. The platform follows the Forest 500 rankings, which identifies, ranks and tracks companies, investors,...


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Lord Stern: development and climate finance should not be separated

Lord Nicholas Stern has argued that government should not consider development and climate finance to developing countries as separate issues because they are interconnected in a new policy paper. The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy...


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National Trust: climate change ‘single biggest threat’

Climate change has been described as the “single biggest threat” by the National Trust, which argues the phenomenon is bringing new risks to a natural environment already under pressure. The organisation has set out a ten-year strategy to “nurse the natural environment back to health and reverse the alarming...


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Arctic sea ice hits record low

This year’s maximum Arctic sea ice is the lowest on record, US scientists have said. The figures have led to campaigners calling for “dramatic cuts” in greenhouse gas emissions. The National Snow and Ice Data Centre at the University of Colorado, Boulder, has issued a statement saying Arctic sea...


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Budget 2015: government announce marine reserve around Pitcairn Islands

The UK is to establish the largest, continuous marine reserve in the world, chancellor George Osborne announced in 2015 budget. The reserve will protect the waters around the Pitcairn Islands, a UK Overseas Territory. Some 94% of the UK’s biodiversity exists in it Overseas Territories and the water around...


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Carbon absorbed by Amazon has halved since 90s, says study

A study has found that the net carbon uptake of the Amazon forest as halved since the 1990s. Researchers warn that the findings have implications for climate change and emission reduction targets. The research, which was led by the University of Leeds and published in the journal Nature, notes...


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Report calls for next government to prioritise climate change and environment

Ahead of the General Election in May, a new report has been published calling on the next government to prioritise climate change and the environment, arguing it is needed to promote the UK’s health, wealth and security in the long-term. The report – Environment: Priorities for the next government – has...



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