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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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Climate change playing significant role in record temperatures

Europe is likely to have experienced its hottest year since the 1500s in 2014, and according to new research climate change has played a significant role in setting record temperatures. Scientists from Oxford University, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), the University of Melbourne and the Australia National University...


greenland ice sheet by Christine Zenino via Flickr

Greenland ice melt and sea level rise ‘greatly underestimated’

Two separate studies have concluded that ice in Greenland could be lost more rapidly than expected, leading to sea levels rising quicker than previously estimated. The first study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, comes from the University of Buffalo and agues that current...


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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 short’, 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...


Ocean plastic - Jason Karn via Flickr

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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