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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...


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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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2014 on track to be hottest year on record

Both the UK and the world are on track to make 2014 the hottest year on record, according to early figures from the Met Office. The organisation added that the temperatures recorded would be “highly unlikely” without human influence on the climate. Across the globe between January and October...


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70% chance El Niño will be declared

The weather phenomenon El Niño could soon be declared, according to meteorologists.  The climate variation pattern can have a huge impact on weather and as a result can affect farming and the occurrence of extreme weather events. The El Niño southern oscillation (ENSO) is a stream of warm ocean water...


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World must cut meat consumption to curb climate change

If the world is to curb dangerous levels of climate change then more must be done to cut meat and dairy consumption, a sector that contributes greatly to greenhouse gas emissions, and raise awareness of the issues, according to a report for think-tank Chatham House. The report – Livestock...


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UN Green Climate Fund nears $10bn after Spanish pledge

Spain has committed €120 million (£95m) to the UN Green Climate Fund, which is designed to support counties adapting to climate change, taking the total to almost $10 billion (£6.3bn). So far 22 nations have committed finance to the fund, now worth $9.7 billion (£6.1bn). The Green Climate Fund’s...


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UN climate talks get underway in Lima

As governments meet in Lima, Peru, to discuss an international climate change agreement, the UN is confident that the talks will be a success and pave the way for the climate conference to be held in Paris late next year, where a new universal UN-backed treaty on climate change...


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Report: climate change to impact severity and frequency of extreme weather

Both the severity and frequency of extreme weather events are likely to increase because of climate change, according to a report from the Royal Society. The study argues that action needs to be taken now to reduce future vulnerabilities. The report – Resilience to extreme weather – highlights the...


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Parasite linked to climate change a threat to honey bees

New research from the Queen’s University Belfast has found that the spread of an exotic parasite that threatens the UK’s honey bee population could be speed up by climate change and rising temperatures. The study was funded by the Insect Pollinators Initiative and published and the journal Proceeding of...


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Research finds Antarctic ice thicker than previously thought

A research team has used a robot to create a 3D map of previously inaccessible areas of the Antarctic and found that sea ice is thicker than previously thought. The team, which consists of scientists from the UK, US and Australia, has so far mapped three locations around the...


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Salt degradation risking food security, says UN study

A study from the UN has found that an area of previously fertile land equivalent to the size of France has been damaged by salt, putting food security at risk. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder to ensure its survival. Please pledge. The study, from the...



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