Barack Obama has been accused of watering down the climate change bill following pressure from coal and oil companies. The policy that originally would have required companies wanting to build greenhouse gas emitting power stations and producing carbon emissions to pay for a permit and penalised them per tonne for carbon emitted has been diluted following discussions in Congress.
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The UK Climate Projections for 2009 (UKCP09), which has been informed by scientific data from the UK Met Office, has been released today, and provides an alarming insight into the potential effects of global warming on the UK climate. The projections include an array of scenarios including changes in temperature that we would expect to encounter, variation in rainfall, humidity and cloud cover across the year.
The Sizewell A nuclear power station in Suffolk hasn’t produced electricity since December 2006. Since then the plant has been going through a lengthy decommissioning period. However, it has come to light this week that in January of 2007, the Sizewell A plant had leaked around 40,000 gallons of radioactive water from its cooling ponds.
A new campaign launched by environmental campaign group Greenpeace is calling on consumers to take steps to help increase awareness about the detrimental effects that the footwear industry can have on the world’s rainforests.
There have been many stories over the last couple of decades warning of fish stock depletion due to over fishing of the world’s oceans, especially with cod. But the reality is that if current practices continue to be used, and at the rate presently seen, one day there will be no fish left in the sea.
China has promised to significantly increase renewable energy by 2020 by investing heavily in photovoltaic solar panels. This, along with other green energy initiatives, will see the proportion of renewable energy in China’s energy mix raised from 1.5% to 6%.
Dean Cannon, state representative for Florida and set to take up the position of speaker in the House of Representatives in 2010, is arguing strongly for Florida to take advantage of oil and gas reserves off the coast of Florida, despite residents’ concerns about the potential environmental impact this could have for the states’ beaches.
2009 has been officially declared as ‘Year of the Gorilla’ in an attempt to promote this important creature and increase awareness of the threats the species faces that could have a serious effect on gorilla populations. A project by YoG is looking to supply local people of the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo with affordable fuel efficient stoves to reduce the demand for charcoal from the rainforests.
A recent study by the US Geological Survey has pointed the finger at Asia’s coal fired power stations. Original theories believed that mercury levels in the ocean were caused by pollution from US and Canadian coal plants being passed into clouds from the atmosphere, where the mercury would then return to earth in rain and other precipitation. The findings of the study no longer think this is the main cause.
Following the decision to make safety a number one priority, oil company BP are the subject of much speculation about whether this means the end of their investment in green technology and renewables.
The Women’s Institute announced the launch of their new campaign, Women and Climate Change, yesterday. The campaign focuses on promoting the role women can play and the impact they can have on helping reduce the impact of climate change.
Harnessing the power of digital media, Prince Charles has launched a new campaign to spread public awareness of the importance of the rainforest and acting to stop further deforestation and destruction while we still can.
The reported loss of the Chacaltaya Glacier in Bolivia earlier this year could have bigger implications for Bolivia than first thought.
Climate change has been blamed for causing what could end up being the hottest April Germany has seen since records began. DWD, the German Weather Service has reported temperatures that have been on average 4.5 degrees higher than normal for this time of year. Wolfgang Kusch, president of the DWD said yesterday,
“The climate change train is not just rolling, it’s getting faster and faster. If the next two days pan out as expected, we will have a new record month.”
A major MoD nuclear submarine base in Faslane near Glasgow yesterday released information under the Freedom of Information Act detailing a number of embarrassing incidents involving nuclear and radioactive waste and admitted inadequate staff training for employees.