UK residents enjoying record low emissions

May 28, 2020 by  
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By now, almost everybody has heard about record low CO2 emissions brought on by  coronavirus  lockdowns. But new data shows not only that the U.K.’s emissions are the lowest they’ve been since the 1920s, but there’s reason to hope they might not shoot back up to pre-pandemic rates as soon as life returns to quasi-normal. A recent paper published in the scientific journal  Nature Climate Change examined six sectors known for their climate change contributions: electricity  and heat; surface transport; industry; home use; aviation; and public buildings and commerce. They found that surface transport was notably down, partially accounting for why the U.K. cut emissions by 31% during lockdown, compared to a global average of 17%.  “A lot of emissions in the UK come from surface transport – around 30% on average of the country’s total  emissions ,” said Professor Corinne Le Quéré, the paper’s lead author. “It makes up a bigger contribution to total emissions than the average worldwide.” Since the U.K. reached full lockdown, Quéré said, people were forced to stay home and not to drive to work. Mike Childs, Friends of the Earth’s head of policy, reminds us that our problems are far from over. “A 31% emissions drop in April is dramatic, but in the long run it won’t mean anything unless some reductions are made permanent,” Childs told HuffPost UK. “This lockdown moment is a chance to reset our carbon-guzzling economy and rebuild in a way that leaves pollution in the past, to stop climate-wrecking emissions spiking right back up to where they were before, or even higher.” Fortunately, British drivers appreciate the cleaner air and plan to permanently alter their driving style, according to a survey. In the Automobile Association’s poll of 20,000 motorists, half plan to walk more post- pandemic , and 40% aim to drive less. Twenty-five percent of respondents said they planned to work from home more, 25% intend to fly less and 20% to cycle more. The U.K. government plans to spend £250 million on improved infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists. “We have all enjoyed the benefits of cleaner air during lockdown and it is gratifying that the vast majority of drivers want to do their bit to maintain the cleaner air,” said Edmund King, Automobile Association president. “ Walking  and cycling more, coupled with less driving and more working from home, could have a significant effect on both reducing congestion and maintaining cleaner air.” + Nature Climate Change Via HuffPost and BBC

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Deforestation and climate change combined may split Amazon in two

June 27, 2019 by  
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Deforestation is a well-documented enemy in the Amazon, but new research suggests that the climate crisis , when coupled with the destruction of trees, could mean the end of the rainforest as we know it. The Amazon contains at least ten percent of the world’s biodiversity, but the synergistic impact of a changing climate and tree clearing could destroy up to 58 percent of the trees by 2050 and effectively split the forest in two. A new study, published in Nature Climate Change , developed and applied models of different climate scenarios to over 5,000 species of trees and layered that with possible deforestation scenarios. Related: Deforestation in tropical countries linked to European diets in new study For example, their computer program modeled scenarios where current rates of carbon emissions and deforestation remain constant and discovered that between 19 and 36 percent of trees would be lost to deforestation in addition to 31 to 37 percent from climate change. As if it weren’t enough, the loss of these species will be detrimental to other plants, animals and people who live within and depend upon the ecosystem. “The impacts of deforestation are local. We can see clearly the area we are impacting,” study author Vitor Gomes. “Climate change may impact the whole area. Climate will be changing all over the forest area.” The scientists’ models also indicated that given the current rate and location of deforestation activities, the Amazon might be split in two, with human settlements between the two disconnected sides. This ecosystem fragmentation is also devastating to animals, particularly migratory birds and wide-roaming species. In addition to policies that curb emissions and limit deforestation, the researchers suggest establishing more protected areas within the forest. Protected areas have been documented to retain more biodiversity and can be effectively managed and even sustainably harvested when under the control of local and indigenous groups. Via Earther , Nature Climate Change Image via Ibama

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The World Surf League is pledging to eliminate single-use plastics and become carbon-neutral by the end of 2019

June 27, 2019 by  
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The World Surf League (WSL)  is known for being the authority for all things surfing, famous for showcasing the most talented professional surfers to the rest of the world. Now, they’ve decided to use that powerful platform to set an example for sports organizations everywhere by committing to substantial environmental initiatives. Earlier in June, the WSL announced a series of pledges that will apply to all WSL Championship Tour and Big Wave Tour events. They include becoming carbon neutral globally by the end of 2019, eliminating single-serve plastics by the end of 2019 and leaving each place better than they found it. The WSL runs more than 230 global surfing events each year. Considering the WSL’s millions of passionate fans, and the organization’s plan to hold competitions throughout Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, South Africa, Tahiti, France, Portugal, California and Hawaii in 2019 alone, these public commitments are bound to inspire others to address critical issues about the state of our environment. Related: Kin Travel is offering unique vacation ideas that benefit destinations through conservation and sustainability Along with the announcement came an expansion of the WSL’s already-active ocean conservation efforts by their launch of a global campaign to “ Stop Trashing Waves ” with its non-profit arm, WSL PURE (“Protecting Understanding and Respecting the Environment”). WSL CEO Sophie Goldschmidt spoke of breaking new ground in the world of sports when it comes to the “urgent battle against climate change and ocean pollution,” saying, “We believe it’s our responsibility to be ‘all in’ with our efforts to protect the ocean and beaches amid the devastating climate crisis we all face. We invite everyone who cares about the ocean to join us.” So how does the WSL plan on carrying out these goals? For starters, the organization is offsetting its carbon footprint by investing in REDD+ and VCS (Verified Carbon Standard) certified carbon offset projects. These projects are focused on restoring and protecting natural and renewable energy ecosystems based in each of the WSL’s operating regions. The WSL will also be making an effort to limit non-essential travel and implement policies to reduce carbon emissions within its offices. 11-time WSL Champion and surfing legend, Kelly Slater, spoke of the announcement with enthusiasm. “I think it’s a great stance and an important message to send to people around the world. The ocean is vital to everyone, for food, for oxygen and especially to us surfers. I think everyone should make it their priority to care about this issue and make changes in their lives to help.” + World Surf League Images via World Surf League

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Global Warming Could Affect Crops Sooner Than We Thought

March 17, 2014 by  
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A new report by scientists at the University of Leeds shows that global warming may affect crops much sooner than originally thought. The study compared data from 1,700 other studies on climate change and agriculture to determine that a global increase of just 2 degrees Celsius could reduce crop yields by as early as 2030. Read the rest of Global Warming Could Affect Crops Sooner Than We Thought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: climate change crops , eco design , global crop yields , global warming , green design , nature climate change , sustainable design , university of leeds        

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There is Still Time to Slow Shell-Melting Ocean Acidification, Say Researchers

August 26, 2013 by  
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Image via Shutterstock Researchers warn that rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere are gradually increasing acidification levels in our oceans as well . While this lower pH will prove to be particularly harmful to crustaceans such as crabs and lobster that have shells made mostly of calcium, the researchers also noted in their report Inhospitable Oceans published in the journal Nature Climate Change that taking swift action now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could avert the worst damage. Read the rest of There is Still Time to Slow Shell-Melting Ocean Acidification, Say Researchers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon dioxide in the atmosphere , Climate Change , coral reefs , crustaceans at risk of acid oceans , global warming , greenhouse gas emissions , Inhospitable Oceans , lobster at risk , nature climate change , ocean acidification , Permian Triassic extinctions        

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Climate Change is Greening the Arctic and That’s Not a Good Thing

April 1, 2013 by  
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Image via Shutterstock Normally news about greening spaces has a positive connotation, but when it comes to the Arctic , a greener landscape is not a good thing. Researchers published new projection models in the journal Nature Climate Change which reveal that by 2050, the great white north could have as much as double the amount of vegetative cover as it does now as a result of higher temperatures and precipitation changes. Read the rest of Climate Change is Greening the Arctic and That’s Not a Good Thing Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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Harvard Scientist Proposes a Way to Refreeze the Arctic to Combat Possible Global Warming Disaster

December 12, 2012 by  
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The amount of ice in the Arctic Ocean shrunk to an all time low in September, with the area covered now only half of what it was in the 1980s. This alarming development along with the global community’s inability to come to a consensus about cutting CO2 emissions has led Harvard professor of applied physics David Keith to look at a technological solution to reversing the warming of the Arctic. In a paper published in Nature Climate Change and an affiliated study in the Environmental Research Letters , Keith proposes a way to refreeze the Arctic through geoengineering . Read the rest of Harvard Scientist Proposes a Way to Refreeze the Arctic to Combat Possible Global Warming Disaster Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: counteracting the greenhouse gas effect , cutting co2 emissions , David Keith , Environmental Research Letters , geoengineering , global warming emergency , harvard professor of applied physics , injecting reflective particles in the atmosphere , killing drought , nature climate change , reducing sunlight reaching the earths surface , reversing the melting of the arctic ice cap , shrinking arctic ice , sudden collapse of ice sheets , united nations convention on biological diversity , using gulfstream jets to inject reflective particles into the atmosphere

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Researchers Say That Fish Could Get Smaller as the Seas Get Warmer Due to Climate Change

October 2, 2012 by  
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Adding to the concern over industrial commercial overfishing , researchers from the University of British Columbia have stated that changes in ocean and climate systems could lead to smaller fish. Their research, which was published in the journal Nature Climate Change , is the first-ever global projection of the potential reduction in the maximum size of fish in a warmer and less-oxygenated ocean. Read the rest of Researchers Say That Fish Could Get Smaller as the Seas Get Warmer Due to Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: climate systems , fish stocks , marine life , nature climate change , overfishing , oxygen levels , Sea Levels , University of British Columbia , warming oceans

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Melting Ice Roads Could Cause Northern Countries’ Interiors To Become Wilder

May 31, 2011 by  
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Ice road on Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories, photo: Wikipedia . A twist on the tale of Arctic development opened up by warming temperatures and melting ice : We know that oil companies are itching to explore in newly ice-free waters and that nations are already staking claims, but a new report in Nature Climate Change says that access to interior regions of northern la..

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