WHEN my husband is in charge of this country, he says, the first thing he’ll ban – apart from patio heaters, which are so environmentally unfriendly – will be men in shorts and flip-flops parading around outdoors in the middle of winter. He came home from a recent trip to Waitrose outraged at the sight of several of these offenders against common sense braving gale-force winds and driving rain. You remember, Storm Georgina, the day of the power cuts? “What’s going on with these people?” he asked indignantly. “You see the same thing any time you go into town these days. Global warming hasn’t happened to that extent yet!” I agreed that it’s incomprehensible. Pass by any construction site and you’ll see almost as many cases of bare knees as of builders’ bottom. How come they’re not freezing like the rest of us? And another thing. The computer he looked at in Waitrose was £100 dearer than the same … [Read more...] about Global warming hasn’t happened to that extent yet!
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IF Captain Planet had ever become a police officer, this would be his patrol car.The Ford Motor Company recently introduced the first hybrid police car in the world to two of America's most iconic police forces, giving them the opportunity to drastically reduce air pollution in major cities.Making its debut in New York and Los Angeles, Ford released the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, which is a modified version of the Ford Fusion.It is the is the first "gasoline-electric" police car to be "pursuit rated", meaning it is tough enough to handle the demands of a high-speed pursuit for long periods, and is capable of zero to 60mph in 8.7 seconds.The hybrid engine gives the car a combined range of 38 miles per gallon, making it more than twice as efficient as the current 3.6L V6 Ford Police Interceptor, and a catalyst for a reduction in toxic emissions.While the car is idling, its lithium-ion battery powers the electrical loads of the vehicle, reducing engine run time and saving close … [Read more...] about World-first eco-friendly police car that fights crime and global warming at the same time
WHETHER you believe his theories or not, it could be argued prophet Nostradamus has been scarily accurate with some of his predictions for 2016.According to conspiracy theorists, the 16th century French philosopher saw the election of Donald Trump coming - 16 years after the The Simpsons.He is previously believed to have predicted both the rise of Napolean and Adolf Hitler, as well as the 9/11 terror attacks in New York.It's also been claimed Nostradamus foresaw ISIS’s bid to control parts of Europe, in the hope they will spark WWIII.And when it comes to 2017, several of Michel de Nostredame's prophecies are sounding scarily possible.From a war over global warming to the "collapse" of America, here are the oracle's predictions for 2017.According to the prophet, the two warring nations will come to an agreement next year, though the terms of which are unclear.Contrary to what's happened so far, he said the US will oppose the truce … [Read more...] about A war over global warming and increased space tourism… what Nostradamus predicted for 2017
The forecast for US cooperation on global climate policy doesn't look good. President-elect Donald Trump has said that the US would drop out of the Paris Agreement and he called global warming a "hoax" in 2014 during an extremely cold winter. The scientific community tends to disagree with Trump and 2016 is projected to be the hottest on record. China is the world's heaviest emitter of greenhouse gases, and after an ongoing public health crisis resulting from a coal-fueled industrial revolution, it is taking sweeping measures to reduce its emissions. Conversely, in 2012, Trump said on social media that man-made global warming was "created for and by the Chinese to make US manufacturing non-competitive." Rather than US businesses being harmed by a Chinese climate conspiracy, it seems they are more likely to be impacted by Chinese climate innovation, if skepticism and protectionism prevent new policies and innovation from taking root at home. US-led environmental protection and … [Read more...] about How China’s climate revolution can stop global warming
Steps to control global warming would require less than 0.1 percent of world's annual gross domestic product, according to the 24-page report released by the IPCC on Friday in Bangkok. "If we continue to do what we are doing now, we are in deep trouble," said Ogunlade Davidson, co-chair of the IPCC. "This report is all about solutions to climate change." The report presented a best-case scenario of limiting global warming to 2.0-2.4 degrees Celsius (3.6-4.3 degrees Fahrenheit), which is generally recognized as the threshold to avoiding the most extreme consequences of climate change. CO2 reduction still possible Protestors in Bangkok demanded governments take action on climate change There is "substantial" potential for the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below current levels without crippling the global economy since many of the tools already exist and could be quickly implemented, the report said. Harnessing more solar, wind, and hydro-power could have a large … [Read more...] about Report: Reducing Global Warming Won’t Derail World Economy
2 degrees Celsius Keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) is a target for tackling climate change adopted by the UNFCCC at COP16 in 2010. As far back as the 1970s, scientists predicted that a global temperature rise of 2 degrees C would set in motion devastating and irreversible consequences. More recently, scientists have warned that around this temperature, ice sheets will begin to melt at an uncontrollable rate, resulting in massive sea level rise. 400 ppm In March 2013, the global concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere stayed over 400 parts per million for a month for the first time in recorded history - and perhaps for the first time in 25 million years. Some scientists had considered this to be a milestone - albeit a negative one - for climate change. CO2 concentration of 400 ppm represents a rise of 85 ppm since measurements began in 1958. And scientists add that the rate of change is increasing to an alarming 2.75 ppm per … [Read more...] about Climate talk: decoding the global warming jargon
From Sami Tulonen's office in Brussels, it's just a five-minute walk to the EU Parliament and three minutes on foot to the European Commission. It's the perfect strategic location -- a stone's throw from the corridors of power -- for the chief lobbyist of Foratom, the umbrella organization of the European nuclear industry. "When something energy-related is discussed in the Commission or Parliament, my team is there in a proactive manner to make sure that the nuclear industry is being heard in that debate," said Tulonen. EU warms up to nuclear energy The nuclear lobby has certainly been banging the drum in recent years and with increasing success. At the end of 2005, a slew of EU parliamentarians signed a "Statement on Climate Change and Nuclear Energy" initiated by Foratom. They included conservative German MPs Herbert Reul and Daniel Caspary. "Nuclear energy should play an increasingly key role in the worldwide fight against climate change and remain a pillar of EU … [Read more...] about Nuclear lobby buoyant as Europe warms up to atomic energy
Nobel Prize laureate and climate advocate Al Gore said Tuesday that prompt action is necessary to prevent the potentially irreversible melting of the planet's ice. The former US vice president co-chaired a conference devoted to melting ice in the town of Tromso in northern Norway. Gore told foreign ministers and climate change scientists that the ice was melting faster in the Arctic and in Greenland than the worst-case projections by experts a few years ago. "The ice is also melting in West Antarctica and in mountainous regions across the globe," Gore said. "This conference is a global wake-up call." The scientific evidence for action at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in December was continuing to build up week by week, he said. Norway's foreign minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said peaceful cooperation in the Arctic was crucial, as the region's five bordering countries vie for potentially lucrative natural resources. "High North, low tension," Stoere told reporters. "We will, … [Read more...] about Melting ice could accelerate global warming, says Gore
With wisps of morning fog drifting across the surface of the Irrsee, ecologist Harald Ficker lowers a thermometer into the deep blue water to measure the Earth's global warming fever. Since the 1970s, the water has warmed about 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) - twice as fast as the global average. Although that may be nice for early-season visitors to the popular swimming lake near Salzburg, it's not so good for fish. Global warming has been disrupting ecosystems here, and in lakes around the world. As temperatures continue to rise, that will affect fisheries, water supplies, farming, recreation and energy production - prompting scientists to consider how to make lakes more resilient to climate change. Ficker monitors lakes for the Austrian environment ministry. As he takes readings at different depths, he describes the changes. In spring, the ice has been melting a month earlier than in 1975. With the ice gone, the top layer of water heats up. Measurements show that the … [Read more...] about Can we save our lakes from global warming?
Near the end of Austria's record-hot 2015 summer, the forests above the Danube near Linz were sapped out. Dry beech and oak leaves crackled at lower elevations, where the trees baked for weeks under a dome of dry desert air. Daily highs topped 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) for 13 straight days, smashing the previous streak of five days, set during the ferociously hot summer of 2003. A little higher up, away from the river, there are fire-warning signs at the edge of an 80-hectare plantation of pines that's under attack by bark beetles. A year before, the insects claimed an even larger patch nearby. None of the old-timers in the area can remember seeing the tree-killing bugs on such a scale, naturalist Georg Schüssenegg said during a guided hike to a Danube lookout point. To the south, the glinting edge of the Alps baked under the summer sun. Throughout the region, climate trackers, as well as forest managers and firefighters, were on edge. Never had such a high fire … [Read more...] about Global warming is increasing forest fire risk in the Alps