Transport biggest polluter as UK greenhouse gases fall BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Transport was the largest sector for UK greenhouse gas pollution in 2017, as emissions driving climate change fell 3% overall, official statistics show. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/transport-biggest-polluter-as-uk-greenhouse-gases-fall-37784639.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article37784637.ece/4a79a/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_dea341ea-ba34-4178-ae78-e7e147328e63_1 Email Transport was the largest sector for UK greenhouse gas pollution in 2017, as emissions driving climate change fell 3% overall, official statistics show. Greenhouse gases were down 3% on 2016 to 460 million tonnes, and the main pollutant, carbon dioxide, was also down 3%, to 373 million tonnes in 2017, the most recent year for which figures are available. The UK’s domestic greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by more than two-fifths (42%) since 1990 and carbon dioxide is down 37% over the same … [Read more...] about Transport biggest polluter as UK greenhouse gases fall
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European consumers need to change their behaviour, otherwise it will be very difficult to make the EU's collective environmental footprint climate-neutral by 2050. That much was clear from the European Commission's strategy paper on climate action published on Wednesday (28 November). But the commission steered clear of issuing specific recommendations on whether Europeans should eat less meat, take fewer holidays in far-away places, or commute to work by train instead of car. "Climate change can only be tackled if people actively engage, as consumers and as citizens," said the paper, titled 'A Clean Planet for all: A European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy'. The paper laid down the vision of a Europe that produced net-zero greenhouse gas emissions - which means that any economic activities still producing these heat-trapping gases should be compensated for, for example by capturing and storing CO2. It discussed the … [Read more...] about [Analysis] Climate-neutral EU by 2050 needs us to change lifestyle
The Finnish government has penned an agreement with the main auto industry group aimed at halving road traffic carbon emissions by 2030.The Central Organisation for Motor Trades and Repairs (AKL) and the state unveiled their Green Deal climate agreement on Thursday. It is intended to lower the average carbon emissions from new cars by four percent annually.The non-binding pact aims to reduce the average age of vehicles on the road while encouraging consumers to buy low-emission or alternative-fuel cars.Finland only has one significant car manufacturer, Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki. It currently produces three Mercedes-Benz models as well as electric vehicle solutions such as battery packs, having produced several electric car models in the past.More biofuel and fossil gasTransport Minister Anne Berner said low-emission or alternative-fuel cars will become "mainstream". Under the plan, a quarter of all new cars sold will be electric or run on natural gas by 2025. Natural gas, a … [Read more...] about Finnish auto sector targets 25% of new cars using electricity or natural gas by 2025
Huge farms of computers used to mine Bitcoin produce the same amount of carbon dioxide per year as every car in the UK combined, warns a new study. They could produce enough greenhouse gases to raise global temperatures 2C (3.6F) within the next 15 years. This level of warming is forecast to bring catastrophic droughts, flooding and storms to regions across the globe by scientists. Bitcoins are generated using a free computer program to solve complex mathematical problems - a process known as mining. Creating Bitcoins requires huge amounts of computing power and energy but in the rush to get rich its environmental impact has not been addressed by miners, scientists behind the new study said. Scroll down for video Pictured are two technicians inspecting processors at a Bitcoin farm in Quebec, Canada. Scientists have warned so-called Bitfarms produce the same amount of carbon dioxide as every car in the UK combined Experts at the University of Hawaii at Manoa … [Read more...] about Bitcoin mining farms could push global temperatures up 2C by 2033
Environmental campaign groups have long highlighted how plastic pollution is harming both marine and land wildlife. Following a pledge earlier this year by more than 40 companies, including major supermarket chains, to ensure that all plastic packaging they use in the UK will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, it seems the world is finally responding to this call for action. But are we doing enough to tackle plastic pollution locally in Sheffield? We asked the experts as part of our latest Telegraph Voices feature. Dr Rebecca Atkinson and Dr Kirsty Burnet, co-owners of zero waste shop Unwrapped in Crookes The ‘plastic problem’ and the issues surrounding single use packaging are in the forefront of our collective psyche thanks to Sir David Attenborough and Blue Planet.As scientifically-trained environmentalists, we knew we could contribute to local action to address the plastic problem. This led us to open … [Read more...] about TELEGRAPH VOICES: Are we doing enough to tackle plastic pollution in Sheffield?