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Christmas gadgets to raise UK energy bill by £392m

Gadgets and other electronic gifts being given over the Christmas period are set to increase the UK’s energy bill by £392 million, the equivalent of lighting 4.4 million homes for a year, analysis suggests. The research, from B&Q and the Energy Saving Trust, indicates that almost half of Brits...


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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....


coal power plant by Emilian Robert Vicol via Flickr

Global 500 firms account for 10% of global emissions

The world’s 500 largest businesses are responsible for more than 10% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and the figure is rising despite calls for companies to cut emissions and aid climate change goals, according to new research. A report, published by Thomson Reuters and BSD Consulting, reveals that...


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UK’s largest solar farm connects to National Grid

The UK’s largest solar farm, which is capable of powering 14,000 homes, has now been connected to the National Grid. The news represents the UK’s continuing move towards low-carbon alternatives for energy generation. The 46-megawatt (MW) Landmead project is a joint venture between First Solar and Belectric and is...


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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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EU approves import of tar sands oil

Despite some politicians calling for the oil produced from tar sands to be labelled as ‘dirty’ and for the veto of such imports into the bloc, the European Parliament voted to allow imports, delivering a boost to Canada. In May, it was reported that Canada was lobbying to make...


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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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UK energy consumption falls

Despite coming out of a recession and entering economic growth, the UK’s energy consumption has decreased, new analysis shows. Typically increasing wealth leads to increased energy usage but energy efficiency measures appear to have rebuked this trend. Analysis of government figures for the BBC News found that the average...


car fumes by Riley Kaminer via Flickr

Car industry calls for standardisation for London’s ultra-low emission zone

In an open letter the car industry has called for London’s ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) to be “harmonised” and include the same standards for both petrol and diesel vehicles. The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) has stated that is supports and applauds the proposals but urged...


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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...


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Climate finance of $150bn needed to limit climate change

Pledges made by Europe, China and US to cut carbon emissions and move to more sustainable energy sources are and an “important step forward” but a more comprehensive effort is needed to prevent catastrophic climate change, according to the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. A study from the...


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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Climate change could affect half of South West rail lines

Climate change and the associated increased risk of flooding in the UK could threaten up to half of the South West rail lines, according to an internal report at Network Rail. The UK has been ranked among the countries where flooding poses the greatest risk to economic output, research...



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