December 06, 2018 04:44 PM A few weeks ago, Ioane Teitiota, a resident of the island nation of Kiribati, climbed into a fishing boat with six other men for a trip to visit relatives in London, Paris and Poland. The passage took eight days, and when they arrived, London, Paris and Poland were virtually empty. The three settlements on Kiribati's eastern atoll Kiritimati were once given those names by the British explorer James Cook. And now, London, Paris and Poland are halfway submerged. The strip of land has become so narrow that waves rolling in from one side crash into the sea on the other. The dikes, the mangrove breakwaters and the cement walls weren't enough, leading the residents to abandon their homes to the ocean. London, Paris and Poland have gone under. The country that Teitiota calls home has a population of around 110,000 people who are spread across 32 atolls and an island, small dots in the vast blue ocean that are distributed across an area as large as India. … [Read more...] about Addressing the Inevitable: Preparations Begin for the Climate Change Deluge
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Global emissions of carbon dioxide have reached the highest levels on record, scientists projected Wednesday, in the latest evidence of the chasm between international goals for combating climate change and what countries are actually doing. Between 2014 and 2016, emissions remained largely flat, leading to hopes that the world was beginning to turn a corner. Those hopes have been dashed. In 2017, global emissions grew 1.6 percent. The rise in 2018 is projected to be 2.7 percent. The expected increase, which would bring fossil fuel and industrial emissions to a record high of 37.1 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, is being driven by nearly 5 percent emissions growth in China and more than 6 percent in India, researchers estimated, along with growth in many other nations throughout the world. Emissions by the United States grew 2.5 percent, while emissions by the European Union declined by just under 1 percent. As nations are gathered for climate talks in Poland, the message of … [Read more...] about ‘We are in trouble.’ Global carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018.
When you think of a car that is not powered by petrol or diesel, you probably think of a battery-electric vehicle. An advantage of fuel cell hydrogen car is that you can refuel it within three to five minutes – comparable to a petrol or diesel car. Hydrogen can be produced through electrolysis of water with electricity from green power sources like wind or solar. The fuel cells then convert the hydrogen into electricity to power the car. (Although it should be noted that you can also produce hydrogen with polluting fossil fuels, and that the majority of Europe's hydrogen currently has that dirty source.) Ministers from 25 European countries adopted a declaration in Austria in September on the potential of hydrogen from renewable energy sources. They said that "renewable hydrogen is able to store as well as provide reliable and timely access to renewable energy, thus offering new opportunities to increase energy security and reduce the Energy Union's dependency on fossil … [Read more...] about [Visual Data] Hydrogen cars may be the future
Birds thrive where there are shoots It is bizarre that Andrew Knott, of the League Against Cruel Sports, forgets to mention our scientific studies that have demonstrated wildlife will be lost if pheasant shooting were to end at places like Gregynog Hall (“Charity calls for end to shooting at iconic estate”, WM, October 5). In one study of 34 farms we found that those with a shoot had 30% more farmland birds. These species may be declining across Wales, but they can clearly thrive where shoot management is providing places for them to nest, food for them to eat and reducing fox and crow numbers to help their survival. When Natural Resources Wales reviewed this, and other evidence, they concluded that pheasant shooting should continue on their land. However, they took the unprecedented decision to ignore their own recommendation after lobbying. We agree with RSPB spokesman and BBC presenter Chris Packham when he announced last month “lobbying from vested interest groups … [Read more...] about Western Mail letters: Thursday, October 11, 2018
(CNN)Governments around the world must take "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society" to avoid disastrous levels of global warming, says a stark new report from the global scientific authority on climate change. The report issued Monday by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), says the planet will reach the crucial threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by as early as 2030, precipitating the risk of extreme drought, wildfires, floods and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people. The date, which falls well within the lifetime of many people alive today, is based on current levels of greenhouse gas emissions. The planet is already two-thirds of the way there, with global temperatures having warmed about 1 degree C. Avoiding going even higher will require significant action in the next few years. "This is concerning because we know there are so many more problems if we exceed 1.5 … [Read more...] about Planet has only until 2030 to stem catastrophic climate change, experts warn