Archive | September 2014

‘Driest ever September’

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http://news.uk.msn.com/in-pictures/driest-ever-september/

The UK has experienced its driest September since records began.

The Met Office expects the month to also be among the top five warmest, with mean temperatures significantly above the seasonal average.

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Driest ever August, followed by driest ever and highest levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. Does anyone see a pattern developing?

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“Earth lost 50% of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF”

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http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/29/earth-lost-50-wildlife-in-40-years-wwf?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by scientists at WWF and the Zoological Society of London found.

“Tiger Farming – Trading in Extinction”

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Conspicuous Absences at the United Nations Panel on Climate Control

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Chart showing the growth in carbon dioxide emissions from world’s top four regions from 1960 to 2013. Image: Global Carbon Project Photograph: Global Carbon Project

 

The Global Carbon Project (GCP) shows the reason why India and China were absent from the UNPCC this week.

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The graphs of coal and cement CO2 emissions shows what they were doing instead.

 

 

 

“Marshall Islands Speaker Tells U.N. ‘We Are Drawing The Line Here’ On Climate Change”

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If any country understands the urgency of acting on climate change, it’s the Marshall Islands. The small island nation has become the poster child of climate change’s real, visible impacts — it sits, on average, just about 6 feet above sea level, and has already had to battle with extreme drought and flooding that has come close to destroying its capital city.

So it comes as no surprise that the United Nations chose 26-year-old Marshall Islands poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner to be among the keynote speakers at the U.N.’s climate summit in New York Tuesday.

But these problems aren’t unique to the Marshall Islands — drought and sea level rise affects countries all over the world, and Jetnil-Kijiner called for a “radical change of course” to tackle climate change.

“CO2 emissions bury the UN summit”

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A coal pile buries the UN General Assembly, gas races down 42nd Street and then New York is lost under a blue mountain. These dramatic CGI scenes, depicting actual quantities, create an immersive journey that brings home the scale of global carbon emissions and fossil fuel consumption.

A dynamic four-minute film, being launched at the UN Climate Change Summit in New York September 2014, shows the part that carbon capture and storage can play in limiting global climate change to 2 degrees.

To see the full film click the link below.

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Penguin Watch: Get Involved

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Are You Interested in Helping to Conserve Penguins?

Penguin Watch needs people like you to mark the penguins in their camera trap images.

Your participation will help to:

  •   Understand how threats to the ecosystem are affecting penguins.
  •   Develop a computer program that recognizes penguins in these images.
  •   Mark these colonies for improved protection.
Monitor Penguins in Remote Regions.
Scientists have travelled to some of the coldest areas on the planet to learn more about penguin populations. Help annotate their images of wildlife in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.
Get involved by clicking this link.

“Liberia signs ‘transformational’ deal to stem deforestation”

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29321143

Liberia is to become the first nation in Africa to completely stop cutting down its trees in return for development aid.

Norway will pay the impoverished West African country $150m (£91.4m) to stop deforestation by 2020.

There have been fears that the Ebola crisis would see increased logging in a country desperate for cash.

Norwegian officials confirmed details of the deal to the BBC at the UN climate summit in New York.

 

“Scientists debate polar sea-ice opposites”

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29312320

Arctic sea ice has passed its minimum summer extent, say polar experts meeting in London.

The cover on 17 September dipped to 5.01 million sq km, and has risen slightly since then, suggesting the autumn re-freeze has now taken hold.

This year’s minimum is fractionally smaller than last year (5.10 million sq km), making summer 2014 the sixth lowest in the modern satellite record.

The Antarctic, in contrast, continues its winter growth.

It is still a few weeks away from reaching its maximum, which will continue the record-setting trend of recent years.

Ice extent surrounding the White Continent has just topped 20 million sq km.

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Extreme climate is appearing at the Poles. 

“China Surpasses EU in Per-Capita Pollution for First Time”

China's new version of air pollution law would impose heavier fines

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-21/china-beats-u-s-in-per-capital-pollution-for-first-time.html

China surpassed the European Union in pollution levels per capita for the first time last year, propelling to a record the worldwide greenhouse-gas emissions that are blamed for climate change.