The UN General Assembly has taken a first step toward establishing a Global Pact for the Environment, in a move opposed by the United States, Russia, and a handful of other nations. The pact would be aimed at finding gaps in protection of the environment around the globe and taking steps to address them. By a 142-5 vote on May 10, the 193-member world body approved a resolution to start identifying those gaps in international environmental laws. Under the resolution, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is asked to produce a report on environmental gaps for the next General Assembly session starting in September. It also establishes a working group to discuss possible options for addressing any gaps, with a view to making recommendations to the assembly in 2019. The proposal passed despite opposition from the United States, Russia, Turkey, Syria, and the Philippines, but it has been championed by French President Emmanuel Macron. It ultimately could lead to adoption of an … [Read more...] about UN Endorses Plan To Address Gaps In Protecting Global Environment
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According to an international study, the tourism sector accounts for 8% of all anthropogenic emissions of CO2, and its carbon footprint could increase significantly due to a lack of regulations. EURACTIV’s partner le Journal de l’environnement reports. With low-cost flights and long distance holidays at discounted prices, tourism has become an activity responsible for a high level of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), a trend which will continue to increase in the coming years if the demand for tourism continues to grow. This is not the first time the carbon footprint of tourism is evaluated. In 2007, the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) estimated the volume of carbon dioxide emissions caused by tourism to be 5% of the global carbon footprint, the equivalent of 1.3 billion tonnes of CO2 per year. Carbon emissions only Manfred Lenzen, a physicist from the University of Sydney and one of the authors of the study, believes the evaluation of the previous study to be undervalued … [Read more...] about Tourism’s growing contribution to GHG emissions
by Press Association 04/03/2018, 2:13 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter A fascinating video of ice being dropped 90 metres into an Antarctic glacier has been shared thousands of times on Twitter – and it’s sure to appeal to your inner child. Climate scientist Peter Neff dropped the ice into the deep borehole and posted the video – for which you’ll certainly want the sound on. “The resulting noise is so unexpected and fascinating,” Peter told the Press Association. “The holes are beautiful blue portals.” Those holes are from Taylor Glacier in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, where Peter and his team were drilling to recover ice cores and study the gases trapped inside. “Glacier ice traps ancient air, caught in the space between snowflakes as they are slowly compressed into ice,” Peter said. “You can nicely see this in the image I’ve included of … [Read more...] about This captivating video of ice dropping down a 90-metre hole needs to be watched with the sound on
In the fight against climate change, much of the focus rests on reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and developing alternative energy sources. However, the results of a new study suggest that far more attention should be paid to deforestation and how the land is used subsequently – the effects of which make a bigger contribution to climate change than previously thought. The research, conducted by Cornell University and published in the journal Environmental Research Letters,shows just how much this impact has been underestimated. Even if all fossil fuel emissions are eradicated, if current rates of deforestation in the tropics continue through to 2100 then there will still be a 1.5 degree Celsius increase in global temperature. Most scientists believe that a temperature increase of 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels will bring dangerous disruption to the world's climate. Indeed, many already think this target may be unattainable. "A lot of the emphasis of climate policy … [Read more...] about Deforestation has double the effect on global warming than previously thought
Mount Agung on the Indonesian island of Bali is on the verge of a full-scale eruption with huge quantities of ash and dust spewed into the atmosphere as local authorities attempt to evacuate more than 100,000 people from the danger zone. On Tuesday (28 November), the country's National Disaster Management Authority declared the highest level of alert for the volcano. The number of eruptions was increasing and a large explosion was possible, they warned. Although scientists are unable to predict exactly how events will play out, the current ejection of ash, lava and other materials is likely to continue for weeks. There is even a chance that the eruptions could affect the global climate. When volcanoes erupt they throw millions of tonnes of ash and dust particles, as well as gases, into the atmosphere. Larger particles fall to the surface fairly quickly but smaller particles can accumulate to such an extent that solar radiation is blocked, creating a cooling effect on the area below. … [Read more...] about Could Bali’s Mount Agung eruption affect global climate?