The scrapping of government support for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology has put at risk the UK’s international commitments on tackling climate change, an influential group of MPs has found. The energy and climate change committee said that, without such technology, it would be much more expensive to meet national and internationally agreed targets on reducing greenhouse gases. The extra cost could run to billions, outstripping the £1bn of public funds that had been promised for CCS. Angus MacNeil, the Scottish National party MP who chairs the committee, said: “The manner in which the government pulled the plug on the CCS commercialisation competition was hugely disappointing. UK companies had been working towards this for years and were only weeks away from final proposals. This is the latest in a series of snap decisions that have damaged confidence in the government’s energy policy.” Ministers agreed to long-term carbon targets at the landmark … [Read more...] about Scrapping carbon capture support ‘threatens UK climate targets’
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A joint report by environmental groups Global Energy Monitor, Greenpeace and the Sierra Club has warned China's increased coal use and a proposal to boost capacity could endanger global climate change goals. Beijing imposed measures in 2012 and 2013 to slow the coal industry's growth. Chief among them were the tightening of credit, caps on production and the indefinite suspension of dozens of coal plants under construction. But recent satellite images show that China has "quietly resumed" construction on dozens of previously shelved coal-fired power plants, researchers said. Read more: Asia faces tough contradictions in dealing with climate change China had also vowed to cap coal consumption nationally, but overall, researchers found that coal-fired generation has increased, particularly from new "coal bases" in the nation's northwest. "Another coal power construction spree would be near impossible to reconcile with emission reductions needed to avoid the worst … [Read more...] about China’s push for more coal power imperils climate goals
Humans needs to drastically reduce the amount of meat they consume over the 10 years to prevent climate change spiralling out of control, scientists have warned. In an open letter sent to the prestigious Lancet journal, a team of academics from around the world call on 'high and middle income countries' to hit 'peak meat' by 2030 as it is 'necessary' in order to halt the climate emergency. This would mean that, by the end of the incoming decade, the number of livestock around the world should have peaked and started to decline. The letter sets out a four-part plan, which scientists say will greatly help meet climate targets outlined in the 2015 Paris Agreement. They believe that within the next 10 years it will become essential for humanity to move away from eating animals and rely more on vegetarian alternatives. Scroll down for video In an open letter sent to the prestigious Lancet journal, a team of academics from around the world say hitting 'peak meat' by … [Read more...] about Worldwide meat consumption and livestock farming ‘must peak’ within the next decade to hit 2050 CO2 emissions targets and prevent climate change spiralling out of control
A drastic reduction in emissions is needed to avert catastrophic global warming. And it's needed fast, say climate scientists. Global greenhouse gas emissions must fall by 7.6 per cent each year over the next decade to limit rising temperatures to the 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) threshold outlined in the Paris Agreement, a UN Environment Program report warns. Read more: CO2 emissions gap: UN report warns of 'collective failure to act' Reducing emissions must be a global effort. But some nations emit far more CO2 than others. From industry to infrastructure, resources to development, and population to politics, there are different reasons for these countries' high carbon emissions. But why is it so hard to cut back on carbon and make progress on climate protection? Germany: Cars and coal A decade ago, Germany's plan to move to renewable energy positioned the country as a pioneer in the fight against climate change. But its climate protection … [Read more...] about High emission countries: Why are they lagging on climate protection?
A new map showing what the land is like underneath the ice on Antarctica is helping scientists predict the impact of global warming on the frozen continent. Glaciologists at the University of California, Irvine say it is the most precise map of the continent ever created and reveals the layout of the land under the ice sheets. They say the 'BedMachine' project has helped them identify which regions are going to be more, or less, vulnerable to melting as the planet warms. They were able to pinpoint which glaciers have a bed of land underneath them, what the layout of the bed is like and what impact it will have on the ice above it. Scroll down for video A new map showing what the land is like underneath the ice on Antarctica is helping scientists predict the impact of global warming on the frozen continent. The high resolution map (pictured) shows where areas of land sit One of the most striking finds was the discovery that the canyon below Denman Glacier in East Antarctica … [Read more...] about What lies beneath? Scientists create ‘the most precise map yet’ of the land underneath Antarctica’s ice sheet to help them predict the impact of climate change on the frozen continent