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Global warming limit could be passed within a decade

Polar Bear stuck on ice

Global temperatures are set to pass a key target set out in the Paris Agreement within ten years.  That’s the stark warning from Richard Betts, head of climate impacts research at the UK Met Office’s Hadley Centre to a meeting of climate scientists in Oxford. According to Laurie Goering at …

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Does anyone still trust energy ratings?

TV Energy Ratings

The world was momentarily stunned when investigators discovered that software engineers at Volkswagen had rigged on-board software to detect and give false readings for emissions tests.  It soon transpired, however, that all vehicle manufacturers use tricks of one kind or another to generate fuel-efficiency and emissions readings far more flattering …

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France bans plastic spoons

Plastic Spoons

There is a meme that occasionally turns up in Facebook newsfeeds that goes something like this: “It’s pretty amazing that our society has reached a point where the effort necessary to extract oil from the ground, ship it to a refinery, turn it into plastic, shape it appropriately, truck it …

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The other inconvenient truth

climate-change-in-kenya

We have long known that elderly rich white men are the group most likely to deny the existence of man-made climate change.  And in a statement of the blindingly obvious last week, the Black Lives Matter campaign pointed out that poor Black and Asian people in developing countries (and to …

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Atlantic air travel to set pulses racing

air-turbulence

There’s nothing quite like turbulence to trigger an adrenaline rush in the average airline passenger.  And according to climate scientists, changes to air flow in the upper atmosphere will cause more and stronger turbulence above the Atlantic Ocean in future: “It is predicted there will be more and more incidents …

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Climate change – all talk but little action

Rio 2016

The urgent need to address climate change was in the news last week.  Global temperature records continue to fall, with 2016 shaping up to be the hottest year on record; with every chance of exceeding the 1.5°C upper limit agreed by world leaders in Paris less than a year ago.  …

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The chink in the left’s climate change armour?

Nuclear power

For the best part of 40 years, the climate debate has split across a broadly left (liberal)/right (conservative) divide in which the left argue that we need urgent action to prevent runaway global warming while the right questions the validity of the evidence.  Meanwhile, businesses and households carry on with …

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