The European Commission is leaving it up to member states to propose how much greenhouse gas reductions the EU's agricultural sector should achieve during the next EU budget period (2021-2027). It is giving national governments the freedom to come up with their own 'strategic plans' in which they explain how they will achieve the overarching European goals of the common agriculture policy (CAP). However, the common climate goals are worded so broadly that there is no assurance that the EU will indeed end up with climate action that is in line with the 2015 global 'Paris agreement' on climate. The 'EU specific objective' on climate that the commission laid down in the annex to a legislative proposal, presented on Friday (1 June), said: "Contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as sustainable energy". The 'impact indicators' through which that objective should be achieved, said that greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture should be reduced, but not by how much. … [Read more...] about [Analysis] Commission bets on states to make farm policy ‘green’
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For the last 18 months, Shawn Baker has eaten around 4lbs of steak every day. “I’ve got two rib-eye steaks waiting for me when I get off this call,” said the trained orthopaedic surgeon from Orange County, California. “It can be monotonous eating the same thing over and over again, but as time goes by you start to crave it.” The 6ft 5in bodybuilder in his 50s is one of a growing number of people experimenting with the “carnivore diet”, a regimen that involves eating only animal products like meat, offal and eggs and no plant-based foods. It’s an extreme version of the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet – which trains the body to run on fat rather than carbohydrates – that has become popular in recent years. Proponents of the diet say it reduces inflammation and blood pressure while increasing libido and mental clarity. Baker, who is nicknamed the “Carnivore King” and has amassed a cult following on social media, … [Read more...] about Eating 4lbs of steak a day: meet “carnivore dieters”
LIGHTNING may strike less often in future as the planet warms, a scientific study suggests. Scientists from Edinburgh, Leeds and Lancaster universities used a new method to calculate the likely incidence of lightning flashes from storm clouds. They found there is likely be a 15 per cent drop in the average number of lightning flashes worldwide by the turn of this century. Loading article content This could also impact on the frequency of wildfires, especially in tropical regions. Fewer strikes to infrastructure could also affect how greenhouse gases in the atmosphere contribute to climate change. Dr Declan Finney of the University of Leeds, formerly of the University of Edinburgh, said: "This research questions the reliability of previous projections of lightning and encourages further study into the effects of climate change on cloud ice and lightning." Unlike traditional calculations of lightning flashes which are based on the height of clouds, their approach took into … [Read more...] about Lightning may strike less as planet warms, say scientists
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?