Winemakers in France are planning to introduce a new hybrid grape to offset the effect global warming is having on the production of champagne. Over the past 20 years, vineyards have moved harvest dates ahead by two weeks amid fears that rising temperatures will harm the luxury bubbly, which relies on cold temperatures during production.In a bid to futureproof the industry, winemakers are researching how to create a new grape that can resist higher temperatures and mature more slowly.It is hoped the hybrid of chardonnay, pinot noir, meunier and other grapes will also cut the risk of mildew and fungus.Thibault le Mailloux, from the Committee of Champagne, told Sky News: "We are adapting practices for the climate change currently and we are also working on improving our own environmental footprint."But basically climate change doesn't affect the style of champagne at the moment because we still can adapt, both by ploughing the ground, changing harvest dates."Thomas Jorez, who works for … [Read more...] about A sparkling idea: Champagne makers plan to tackle global warming with hybrid grapes
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Men and women dressed in suits and armed with phones and papers rush to meetings at the UN Climate Conference in Bonn, largely ignoring two lines of young people holding colorful signs. As they stomp towards each other to symbolically close the "gap" between government pledges and projected emissions, the protesters shout for global leaders to "step up" and cut CO2. "We want leaders to be more ambitious," Hsin-yi Yao from Taiwan told DW, "and really care about the people of their own country and other people on this earth – so to make a step up for more ambitious climate plans." Stronger commitments are needed, says the Care about the Climate group - which is made up of young people from countries as diverse as Uganda, Sweden and the US - because current targets will make it impossible to achieve the Paris objectives. These are to keep the global average temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, with an aim to limit it to 1.5 degrees, and … [Read more...] about Are international pledges bold enough to stop global warming?
Men and women dressed in suits and armed with phones and papers rush to meetings at the UN Climate Conference in Bonn, largely ignoring two lines of young people holding colorful signs. As they stomp towards each other to symbolically close the "gap" between government pledges and projected emissions, the protesters shout for global leaders to "step up" and cut CO2. "We want leaders to be more ambitious," Hsin-yi Yao from Taiwan told DW, "and really care about the people of their own country and other people on this earth – so to make a step up for more ambitious climate plans." Stronger commitments are needed, says the Care about the Climate group - which is made up of young people from countries as diverse as Uganda, Sweden and the US - because current targets will make it impossible to achieve the Paris objectives. These are to keep the global average temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, with an aim to limit it to 1.5 degrees, and … [Read more...] about Will international pledges be enough to stop global warming?
Warning bells have been sounded one day before the Paris Agreement come into force: If nations don't reduce predicted 2030 emissions by 25 percent, there will be no chance to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warns in its 2016 Emissions Gap Report that by 2030, emissions are expected to reach 54 to 56 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent a year - the 2 degree limit would require maximum 42. For reference: 1 gigatonne is roughly equivalent to the emissions generated by all transport in the European Union over a year - including aviation. Well done, but keep working Erik Solheim, head of UNEP, believes the world is "moving in the right direction" with the Paris Agreement and the recent Kigali Amendment to reduce HFCs. However, he added in his statement connected to the report that "it's still not quite good enough if we are to stand a chance of avoiding serious climate change." The 2016 report … [Read more...] about UNEP: Paris agreement could fail to prevent global warming
China's domestic coal production fell 3.5 percent in 2015, while imports dropped by almost 30 percent, according to Chinese government data. The combination of lower domestic production and collapsing imports means the Asian nation's coal consumption is estimated to have fallen by five percent, said the US-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Studies conducted by environmental group Greenpeace also came to the same conclusion. "All this suggests that both power sector coal consumption and total coal consumption probably fell by more than four percent," said a report released by the NGO last week. The document also noted that the country's carbon emissions dropped by three to four percent in 2015. Economic factors A multitude of factors are behind this drop in coal use in China - a country that is heavily reliant on the fossil fuel to produce energy. Bill Hare, director of Germany-based Climate Analytics, says slowing economic growth in China has led … [Read more...] about A look at China’s efforts to reduce coal use
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
Germany gave the green light on Monday to a controversial plan with India to drop six tons of iron dust in the South Atlantic. The experiment is the biggest trial ever of iron fertilization, a technology which could theoretically help stop global warming at very little cost. But following complaints by environmentalists, Germany's Science Ministry ordered the plan suspended while it conducted an urgent review. "After careful a study of expert reports, I am convinced there are no scientific or legal objections to the German-Indian marine research project," Research Minister Annette Schavan said on Monday, Jan. 26. "I have therefore decided … to begin the experiment." Opponents of the plan fear that the results could be catastrophic, worring that it would cause the sea to become more acidic or trigger algae blooms that would deprive large areas of the ocean of oxygen. Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel told Schavan in a letter recently that the experiment "destroys Germany's … [Read more...] about Germany Gives Green Light to Global Warming Experiment
Consumers will not escape the costs either, which Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso said would amount to a total of around 60 billion euros ($86.6 billion) a year -- 0.5 percent of gross domestic product. "That amounts to about three euros ($4.35) a week for everyone," Barroso said. The package is an attempt by the EU executive to translate into action the aim of EU leaders, announced last March, to cut emissions of the gases that cause climate change by 20 percent by 2020, compared to 1990 levels. The measures, including a new look at state aid for environment projects, will set the 27 nations specific targets for renewable energy use, to ensure that 20 percent of the bloc's energy in 2020 comes from these forms. The commission has come under attack from virtually all sides, including in-house, even before the plans are examined by EU countries and the European Parliament, a process Brussels hopes to conclude by the end of the year. Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas … [Read more...] about EU Unveils Ambitious Package to Limit Global Warming
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
Climate change may soon transform oceans teeming with complex life into simple ecosystems that can no longer support the billions of people relying on them as a primary source of food, according to a new study . Unabated warming and ocean acidification will devastate numbers of zooplankton and smaller fish with a knock-on effect for larger carnivorous fish, according to the meta-analysis, which combines data from more than 600 experiments measuring the effects of climate change on ecosystems. Only microorganisms are expected to increase in number and diversity. "Our analysis projects decreases in species abundance across many types of organisms. There will be a species collapse from the top of the food chain down," said Ivan Nagelkerken, lead author on the paper and ASC Future Fellow at the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute in South Australia. Warmer waters and acidity are also killing coral and oyster reefs. In the US, oyster farms are already spending large … [Read more...] about Global warming may cause ocean species collapse