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Ed Davey voices concerns over likelihood of strong climate change agreement

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey has revealed that the UK will be seeking a legally binding climate change agreement at negotiations later this year. However, he has also voiced concerns that the deal will not go far enough to avert dangerous levels of climate change. Davey’s comments...


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Experts warn of increasing migration due to climate change

Experts have warned governments that migration is set to increase in the coming decades as climate change impacts become more frequent and intense. According to data from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) 22 million people were displaced by extreme weather events, such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines,...


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Shell agrees £55m payout over Niger Delta oil spill

Oil giant Shell has agreed to a £55 million settlement with residents of the Bodo community in the Niger Delta over two oil spills that occurred in 2008 and 2009. The spills caused environmental devastation and particularly affected fisherman in the area, with 15,600 being impacted. Each individual affected...


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London’s Oxford Street has already breached air pollution limit

London’s Oxford Street had breached its nitrogen dioxide (NO2) limit for the whole of 2015 by 5 January, according to campaign group Clean Air London, which has blasted London Mayor Boris Johnson for taking “backward steps” around the issue. Campaigners state that the landmark shopping street has already exceeded...


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Met Office: 2014 UK’s warmest year on record

Provisional full year figures have confirmed that 2014 was the UK’s warmest year, according to the Met Office. Despite this, awareness of the effects of climate change on the UK remains low amongst the public, leading to one expert calling the government’s communications on the issue a “colossal failure”....


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David Attenborough: people in power denying climate risk

Naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough has accused those in a position of authority and power of denying the risks posed by climate change because it is easier than taking the necessary action. Speaking to Sky News, Attenborough said, “Wherever you look there are huge risks. The awful thing is...


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Nuclear power needed to tackle climate change, say leading scientists

Top conservation scientists have stated that in order to tackle climate change and protect the natural environment nuclear power must be considered. They warn that relying solely on renewables to replace fossil fuels is “risky”. In an open letter over 70 scientists call on environmentalist and campaign groups to...


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7,000 properties to be lost due to rising sea levels, says Environment Agency

By the end of the century an estimated 7,000 properties across England and Wales will be lost to rising sea levels, according to the Environment Agency, after a decision that states the cost of protecting the properties would be too high. The risk of flooding in the UK is...


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UNEP: universal climate change agreement must be in place by 2015

By 2015 a plan must be in place to enable countries to implement a universal climate change agreement that will help facilitate a transition to an inclusive green economy, according to Achim Steiner, executive director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Steiner’s comments come in the eighth edition of...


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WWF: Abbot Point dredge plans raise ‘alarming concerns’

Plans to dump dredged sediment close to the Great Barrier Reef have been fast tracked leading to estimates of damage and risk being underestimated, according to a report for the WWF. The government’s proposal suggests that 1.7 million cubic metres of dredged seabed will be mixed with sea water,...


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10% of wildlife havens have been lost or damaged in last five years

Since 2009 more than 10% of wildlife havens have been lost or damaged, according to analysis from the Wildlife Trusts, which added the findings highlight some “worrying trends”. The report – Secret Spaces: The statues of England’s Local Wildlife Sites 2014 – has been published by the Wildlife Trusts....


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Climate change affecting coral reefs across northern Pacific

Coral reefs across the northern Pacific are experiencing a phenomenon known as bleaching because of climate change, experts have said. In recent months an El Nino weather pattern has occurred, raising temperatures and stressing delicate coral reefs. Previous studies have also suggested that climate change is causing trillions of...


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Climate change could cut crop production by 18%

Climate change is set to have uncertain effects on the world’s agriculture system, and could lead to anywhere between an 18% decline in production and a 3% increase, according to research. The study calls for carefully planned adaptation strategies to anticipate changes. The study, from the International Institute for...


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NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory returns first maps

The fist global maps from NASA’s new Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) shows elevated carbon emissions across the southern hemisphere from springtime biomass burning. The results suggest that the observatory is performing well and will offer valuable insights. The OCO-2 satellite launched in July and measures where carbon dioxide comes...


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Study: microplastics accumulating in deep sea

Harmful tiny fragments of plastics are accumulatingin the deep-sea in surprisingly high concentrations, according to scientists. The findings suggest that marine life and the deep sea ecosystem is being threatened by waste plastic. Scientists from the Museum of Natural History, the University of Oxford, the Scottish Association for Marine...




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