European countries should not heavily rely on their forests to absorb carbon dioxide but instead preserve them from climate change, according to a study published on Wednesday (10 October) in the scientific journal Nature. EURACTIV France reports. The Paris Agreement of 2015 mentions the importance of forests as carbon sinks because they are capable of removing CO2 from the atmosphere. Researchers have studied various forest management strategies in Europe, such as maximising CO2 storage or reflecting more light which is then directed back into space. However, those simulations do not take into account possible reforestation or deforestation. EU policymakers face a big challenge to maximise the economic potential of Europe’s forestry sector while balancing its carbon emissions and removals. But it’s one they will have to rise to if the bloc is to meet its climate and energy targets. The amount of carbon removed by trees over 90 years (2 parts per million) is … [Read more...] about European forests cannot further curb global warming, French study warns
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opinion The Editorial Board USA TODAY Published 7:16 PM EDT Oct 10, 2018 Just two days after a United Nations report demanded urgency in the fight against climate change, a powerful Category 4 hurricane slammed into the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday. Did global warming "cause" Hurricane Michael? No. Is the storm's rapid intensification over unusually warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico entirely consistent with predictions of stronger, soggier storms? Absolutely. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that a window of opportunity to sharply reduce the harshest consequences of global warming — extreme weather, food shortages, water scarcity and sea level rise — is closing fast. But is the situation hopeless? Certainly nations that spew the most heat-trapping greenhouse gases — particularly China and the United States, the two leading emitters — must act more aggressively to switch away … [Read more...] about Global warming, Hurricane Michael and what you can do to help Earth
A NEW report suggests that "rapid and far-reaching" changes are needed to combat the catastrophic impact of climate change. But what exactly is global warming, and what impact is it having on our planet? Here's what we know about the man-made crisis and what's being done to fight it. What is global warming and what caused it? Global warming describes a set of changes to the climate that is causing Earth to heat up. This rising of the Earth's temperature is often talked about in the context of the "greenhouse effect" to explain the damage being wreaked on our planet. Without the greenhouse effect the Earth's surface would be an average of about 60 degrees Fahrenheit cooler, and therefore unlivable. The effect allows gases in but keeps heat from escaping from the earth, like the glass walls of a greenhouse. However, over the past century humans have aggravated the greenhouse effect by dramatically increasing the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Human sources of CO2 come from … [Read more...] about What is global warming, what causes it and what effect is it having on earth?
With the Government to be taken to court for its alleged failures on climate change, the law is now a frontline for campaigners, writes Caroline O’Doherty.Around kitchen tables and over cross-country phone calls, preparations are being made for a court case with no less an aim than saving the planet. Or at least pushing Ireland to do its full share of the job.High Court case 2017/793JR will have its hearing over four days next January when the campaign group, Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE), seek to hold the Government to account for alleged failures to take the necessary action against climate change which is imperilling Earth and all in it.Specifically, they are targeting the National Mitigation Plan, published by the Government last year, which they will argue is so vague and weak that it breaches the requirements of the Climate Act 2015, the Constitution and human rights law.FIE’s small band of volunteers have been to the High Court many times before, challenging … [Read more...] about Climate change: Courts become a new battleground in the battle against global warming
News / UK and world by Press Association July 23, 2018, 4:02 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Sheltered pockets of cool habitat in the British countryside could come to the rescue of species threatened by climate change, say scientists. Hummocky hillsides and shaded valleys provide local “microclimates” in which vulnerable flora and fauna can seek refuge, research suggests. After analysing five million records of plants and animals collected by members of the public, experts concluded that a number of these sheltered spots or “refugia” are already being used by species sensitive to warming. They include butterflies, beetles and plants that have started to disappear from the warmer parts of their geographical range. By the end of the century, many native British species will be experiencing intolerable temperatures, forcing them to move northwards and uphill, say the researchers. Lead scientist Dr … [Read more...] about Shady countryside spots could help UK animals and plants survive global warming