Archive | April 2019

“U.K. Adviser Set to Recommend Zero Emissions Target by 2050 Read more at:”

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“The U.K. government’s official adviser on climate change is set to recommend the country adopt a target to drive net fossil fuel emissions to zero by 2050”

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“Deforestation Wipes Out an Area the Size of Belgium”

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-25/how-bad-is-deforestation-two-connecticuts-were-lost-last-year?srnd=premium-europe

The world’s old-growth rainforests are shrinking at an alarming rate, with enough trees lost last year to cover all of Belgium or two Connecticuts, a new report shows.

Tropical rainforests are found mainly in Equatorial countries, but they store vast amounts of carbon dioxide, so keeping them intact is crucial to fighting global climate change. In addition, they are home to a broad range of species, including orangutans, mountain gorillas and tigers.You’v

“Greenland is melting even faster than experts thought, study finds”

“Climate change is eliminating giant chunks of ice from Greenland at such a speed that the melt has already made a significant contribution to sea level rise, according to a new study. With global warming, the island will lose much more, threatening coastal cities around the world.”

“Tweeting while flying kills migratory birds”


https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/tweeting-while-flying-kills-migratory-birds

Texting while driving can be deadly. So can tweeting while flying, a new study finds—among some species of migratory birds. Researchers have found that birds using faint, high-frequency vocalizations known as flight calls during their nighttime migrations are losing their bearings, crashing into buildings, and possibly luring more birds to their untimely ends.

“Bank of England begins climate enforcement with a velvet glove”

Sarah Breeden, head of international bank supervision at the Bank of England.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/apr/15/bank-of-england-begins-climate-enforcement-with-a-velvet-glove

Threadneedle Street would never publicly endorse action that causes disruption but the speech by Sarah Breeden, head of international banks supervision, suggests a degree of sympathy with the points being made by the protesters: that time is running out to prevent catastrophic climate change and previous efforts to combat the problem have been nowhere near vigorous enough.

“Great Barrier Reef Will Die Without Climate Action, SMH Reports”

Fish swim through the coral at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-14/great-barrier-reef-will-die-without-climate-action-smh-reports?srnd=premium-europe

Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef will die unless radical climate action is taken, including phasing out coal-fueled power, the Sydney Morning Herald reported, citing a report by a government agency.

The reef will collapse if the planet warms by another half a degree, according to a private report prepared by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority –- the government’s lead agency for managing the reef — and obtained by the SMH under freedom of information laws, the paper said.

“Iceland Builds Arctic Port as Global Shipping Routes Get Redrawn”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-11/iceland-builds-arctic-port-as-global-shipping-routes-get-redrawn?srnd=premium-europe

As global warming creates shipping routes that can cut across the northern tip of the planet, a new port is being built on the fringe of the Arctic circle.

Germany’s Bremenports GmbH has entered a deal to develop a deep vessel port together with Icelandic partners, according to a statement on Thursday. Bremenports will initially own two-thirds of the joint venture, while Icelandic engineering firm Efla will control about a quarter. The rest will be co-owned by two Icelandic municipalities.You

“New Satellite Photos Show Climate Change Is Sweeping Europe”

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-04-09/new-satellite-photos-show-europe-s-changing-climate

Climate change is picking up pace in Europe, thrusting farmers and power generators onto the front lines of a battle with nature that threatens to upend the lives of the half billion people who occupy the world’s biggest trading bloc.

Last year was the third hottest on record and underlines “the clear warming trend” experienced in the last four decades, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service, which operates a network of satellites for the European Union that collects weather, soil, air and water data.

“Climate change: ‘Magic bullet’ carbon solution takes big step”

Tiny pellets of calcium carbonate

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47638586

A technology that removes carbon dioxide from the air has received significant backing from major fossil fuel companies.

“EU Toughens CO2 Limits for Cars in Bid to Spur Electric Vehicles”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-27/eu-toughens-co2-limits-for-cars-in-bid-to-spur-electric-vehicles?srnd=premium-europe

The European Union tightened caps on carbon dioxide from cars in a bid to accelerate the development of electric vehicles.

The European Parliament set a 37.5 percent CO2-reduction target for 2030 compared with the 2021 limit. In a vote on Wednesday in Strasbourg, France, the assembly also fixed an interim CO2-cut goal for autos of 15 percent for 2025.