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Biofuels may not be as green as you might think - new study sheds light on 'con'

Biofuels may not be as green as you might think - new study sheds light on 'con'

Posted Wed, 23 Mar 2011 08:41:01 GMT by Helen Roddis

Biofuels produced in Africa but destined for use in Europe will result in up to six times the carbon emissions of fossil fuels, according to a new report. Some species of the succulent Jatropha genus are widely promoted as easily grown crops, and oil from the seeds is used extensively in many developing countries to produce biofuel. However, the new report contradicts the 'green image' of biofuels, which are widely considered to be a renewable alternative to fossil fuels.

Biofuels may not be as green as you might think - new study sheds light on 'con'

Is the clock ticking on Earth Hour?

Is the clock ticking on Earth Hour?

Posted Tue, 22 Mar 2011 17:21:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Earth Hour annual event to raise the profile of climate change faces criticism. Started in 2007, Earth Hour might be facing a ticking clock. Criticism is growing. There are allegations of ''tokenism'' and that it is an ineffectual response. A darling of large corporations who want to align themselves with a brand to increase their green credibility might be, in themselves damaging what began as an underground zeitgeist.

Is the clock ticking on Earth Hour?

A review of climatic history following a new look at Antarctic ice cores

A review of climatic history following a new look at Antarctic ice cores

Posted Mon, 21 Mar 2011 12:33:00 GMT by Michael Evans

A review of Antarctic ice cores by German physicists, leads to an expansion of the accepted hypothesis of climatic history. Researchers have reconstructed temperature fluctuations in Antarctica for the last million years by studying ice cores. Up until now the presumption has been that these fluctuations were triggered by the global effect of climatic changes in the northern hemisphere.

A review of climatic history following a new look at Antarctic ice cores

Extreme weather motivates greener behaviour

Extreme weather motivates greener behaviour

Posted Mon, 21 Mar 2011 09:21:00 GMT by Laura Goodall

People who live through extreme weather catastrophes are more concerned about climate change and are more willing to adopt greener habits to help tackle it, say environmental behaviour scientists. Researchers at the Universities of Cardiff and Nottingham suggest that when individuals have experienced extreme weather events in their local area, such as flooding, they are more prepared to reduce how much energy they use in an effort to minimise climate change.

Extreme weather motivates greener behaviour

Are we in the first 'hyperthermal' for 40 million years?

Are we in the first 'hyperthermal' for 40 million years?

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 12:57:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Starting 50 million years ago, repeated spikes in temperature pushed life on earth to the brink. Now new research published in Nature has shown that these hyperthermals were more common at that time than originally thought. With these events being linked to massive outpourings of CO2, they may have much to teach us, as we head into the first hyperthermal in tens of millions of years.

Are we in the first 'hyperthermal' for 40 million years?

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen; how global warming impacts Corn yields

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen; how global warming impacts Corn yields

Posted Tue, 15 Mar 2011 16:30:00 GMT by Nicolette Smith

It's actually happening; after years of forewarnings Global Warming is now demonstrably affecting the way that we live and adversely impacting certain regions of the world. A recent study conducted by research scientists based at Stanford University, California was reported at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the results showed how increased temperatures have proved harmful to Corn crops in Africa.

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen; how global warming impacts Corn yields

A worrying rate of ozone depletion is found above the Arctic

A worrying rate of ozone depletion is found above the Arctic

Posted Mon, 14 Mar 2011 22:03:46 GMT by Nikki Bruce

New data illustrates the rapid rate of ozone loss above the Arctic. The ozone is destroyed when products from chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are converted into aggressive substances, this happens when they come into contact with extremely cold conditions and there has long been a link between climate change and the loss of the ozone. Filed in environmental issues: ozone/climate change.

A worrying rate of ozone depletion is found above the Arctic

Hottest hit hardest - Africa's maize vulnerable to warming climate

Hottest hit hardest - Africa's maize vulnerable to warming climate

Posted Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:16:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The impact of global warming on maize yields in the tropics has not been fully appreciated, according to new research in the inaugural issue of Nature Climate Change. Yields can fall by more than 20% for most areas, when subject to a drought plus a 1 degree C rise in temperature. But the new research also offers a potential avenue for fast-tracking such crop studies, in other climate-change prone areas. Filed in environmental issues: climate change.

Hottest hit hardest - Africa's maize vulnerable to warming climate

Communities warned to prepare for effects of climate change along the UK coastline

Communities warned to prepare for effects of climate change along the UK coastline

Posted Sun, 13 Mar 2011 10:50:00 GMT by Nikki Bruce

A recent report had warned communities of the impending disruption that will be caused by rising sea levels and stormy conditions. The report, titled 'Impacts of Climate Change on Disadvantaged UK Costal Communitites' examines the current impact that the changing climate has already had on the coastline and predicts the effects that it will have by 2080. Filed in environmental issues: climate change.

Communities warned to prepare for effects of climate change along the UK coastline

UN report backs green farming for the future

UN report backs green farming for the future

Posted Sat, 12 Mar 2011 13:57:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Large scale agricultural production is not the answer to food shortages and climate change says a UN report which backs smaller producers and green farming methods. Environmentalists everywhere will welcome the news that the United Nations is backing more ecological agriculture; not just for its green benefits but in order to produce an estimated doubling of yields in areas affected by food shortages. Filed in environmental issues: food/agriculture/climate.

UN report backs green farming for the future

More ice leaving polar ice sheets than ever before

More ice leaving polar ice sheets than ever before

Posted Thu, 10 Mar 2011 17:34:01 GMT by Louise Murray

A new NASA-funded satellite study of the polar ice sheets shows an alarming accelerating trend of ice loss from both Greenland and Antarctica. Combined with losses from mountain glaciers and ice caps this could result in a global sea level rise of 32cm as early as 2050. Filed in environmental issues: Sea Levels/Climate

More ice leaving polar ice sheets than ever before

Projected California megastorm given added edge by climate change

Projected California megastorm given added edge by climate change

Posted Tue, 08 Mar 2011 12:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Recurring mega-storms hit California every 200 years, and the impact of the next one could be huge, according to a USC economist. At $1 trillion in economic loss, a potential megastorm could easily exceed the damage from the projected San Andreas earthquake - and climate change is boosting their destructive potential.

Projected California megastorm given added edge by climate change

Of human frailty; how susceptible are we to the dangers of climate change?

Of human frailty; how susceptible are we to the dangers of climate change?

Posted Mon, 07 Mar 2011 18:33:00 GMT by Nicolette Smith

The comparative geographical long-term effects of global warming, and the issues of responsibility and accountability of those who are arguably the worst offenders. Climate change-related headlines always carry with them a terrible sense of impending doom, and the latest news is no more palatable than the rest. The latest developments highlight the fact that the populations least responsible for the problem of Global Warming are taking the most significant environmental hit.

Of human frailty; how susceptible are we to the dangers of climate change?

No hiding for cattle methane culprits

No hiding for cattle methane culprits

Posted Mon, 07 Mar 2011 17:50:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

Tracking cattle methane directly has taken a step forwards, with new research using GPS and laser technology. With scientists able to point fingers at each methane emission in a herd, there is now potential for measuring the best ways to reduce such emissions. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, and reducing releases from cattle is important for knocking back risks from climate change.

No hiding for cattle methane culprits

Is The Great Green Wall The End Of The Line For Desertification?

Is The Great Green Wall The End Of The Line For Desertification?

Posted Mon, 07 Mar 2011 16:46:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Africa's Great Green Wall gets the go-ahead. The Great Green Wall is an initiative that has been planned for many years by a partnership of eleven African countries in a bid to prevent further desertification by the Sahara. The good news is the project has just got the go-ahead at an international summit in Germany at a review of the efforts of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

Is The Great Green Wall The End Of The Line For Desertification?

Greening of the Arctic as trees march north

Greening of the Arctic as trees march north

Posted Sun, 06 Mar 2011 12:10:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

As the earth warms through this century forests will move north into tundra regions while Greenland's ice cover will shrink. Forests will spread north into areas of previously bleak tundra and ice cover once thought to be permanent will retreat uncovering new tundra by the end of this century according to climate scientists from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and South Korea.

Greening of the Arctic as trees march north

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Feet get wet quicker now!

Posted Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:10:09 GMT by Paul Robinson

Heat kills more when it is humid.

Posted Tue, 06 Jan 2015 18:37:00 GMT by JW Dowey

UK or Republican “deniers” are worst?

Posted Tue, 30 Dec 2014 13:10:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Methane danger in undersea permafrost .

Posted Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:41:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Mama Mia Mantis

Posted Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:37:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Use biodiversity to combat climate change!

Posted Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:10:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

Our climate change is related to deep ocean currents and glaciations

Posted Mon, 27 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

If you can't stand the heat..

Posted Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:45:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Flood the Pacific islands or don't sell your coal!

Posted Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:29:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Sea ice helps carbon absorption

Posted Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

COP 17: African Group negotiators protecting climate victims

Posted Wed, 30 Nov 2011 17:03:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

Geoengineering is a leap from the fire into the frying pan

Posted Sat, 23 Apr 2011 08:47:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Living Buildings: Cladding buildings to help combat effects of climate change

Posted Mon, 13 Dec 2010 12:37:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Food Security - the new catchphrase

Posted Wed, 08 Aug 2012 00:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

NASA discovers an alarming anomaly in ozone depletion

Posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 11:20:00 GMT by Dave Collier

History may hold the key to future climate change consequences

Posted Mon, 17 Jan 2011 09:30:01 GMT by David Hewitt

Extreme weather motivates greener behaviour

Posted Mon, 21 Mar 2011 09:21:00 GMT by Laura Goodall

Bringing soot and methane on board, post-Kyoto

Posted Thu, 12 May 2011 18:30:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

Ozone likely to threaten European forests as climate warms

Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2011 15:18:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Ozone hole's long reach brings climate change to the tropics

Posted Thu, 21 Apr 2011 18:00:02 GMT by Martin Leggett