UN issues desertification warning

28/6/2007 BBC Tens of millions of people could be driven from their homes by encroaching deserts, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia, a report says. The study by the United Nations University suggests climate change is making desertification “the greatest environmental challenge of our times”. Read the rest of this entry »

Icebergs are ‘ecological hotspot’

22/6/2007 BBC Drifting icebergs are “ecological hotspots” that enable the surrounding waters to absorb an increased volume of carbon dioxide, a study suggests. US scientists found that minerals released from the melting ice triggered blooms of CO2-absorbing phytoplankton. Read the rest of this entry »

Lake disappears suddenly in Chile

21/6/2007 BBC Scientists in Chile are investigating the sudden disappearance of a glacial lake in the south of the country. Read the rest of this entry »

Snapshot of global climate change

21/6/2007 BBC  At BBC Scotland, we’ve been recording the exceptional weather so far this year. Now we’d like you to join in…. Please send us your photos and comments and help us to create a climate change calendar. Read the rest of this entry »

Vatican’s ‘driving commandments

19/6/2007 BBC The Vatican has issued a set of “10 commandments” for motorists to promote safer driving. The “Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road” call on drivers to respect speed limits, refrain from drinking before driving and avoid cursing. Read the rest of this entry »

China building more power plants

19/6/2007  BBC  China is now building about two power stations every week, the top climate change official at the UK Foreign Office, John Ashton, has said. He said there was no point blaming China for rising global CO2 emissions. Rich nations had to set an example of low-carbon development for China to follow Read the rest of this entry »

Arctic spring’s ‘rapid advance’

18/6/2007 Spring in the Arctic is arriving “weeks earlier” than a decade ago, a team of Danish researchers have reported. Read the rest of this entry »

Inconvenient truth about the carbon offset industry

16/7/2007 Guardian Nick Davies shows how greenhouse gas credits do little or nothing to combat global warming. Read the rest of this entry »

Feeling the pinch of compact cities

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Arctic ice no barrier for plants

15/6/2007 BBC Arctic plants are able to migrate the distances needed to survive changes to the climate, scientists have suggested. Habitats are expected to shift further north as the planet warms, and plants’ inability to move quickly enough has been a cause for concern. Read the rest of this entry »

Taskforce to cut ‘cyber warming

10/6/2007 BBC Reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the production, operation and disposal of computers is to be the aim of a new government taskforce. Computers and other IT equipment have been blamed for causing as much global warming as the airline industry. Read the rest of this entry »

World tidal energy first for Northern Ireland

7/6/2007 BBC The world’s first turbine to create commercial amounts of electricity from tidal energy is to be installed in Northern Ireland. Read the rest of this entry »

Twice as many’ species at risk

7/6/2007 BBC The number of species on the endangered list in Britain has almost doubled in 13 years, according to a new study. There are now 1,149 species of plants, mammals, birds and insects, and 67 different types of habitat under threat from climate change and human activity. Read the rest of this entry »

Europe’s seas face ‘bleak future’

7/6/2007 BBC Europe’s seas are in a “serious state of decline” as a result of coastal development, overfishing and pollution from agriculture, warn scientists. The continent’s regional seas will deteriorate even further unless action is taken to curb the threats, they add. Read the rest of this entry »

Europe pays for China to cut gases

5/6/2007 BBC Europeans are paying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in China as part of the continent’s efforts to tackle global warming. Power generators and other polluting firms are buying “carbon credits” from countries such as China to offset their own emissions. Read the rest of this entry »

Fishing ‘destabilises Black Sea

5/6/2007 BBC Excessive fishing in the Black Sea has triggered major changes in the marine ecosystem, scientists suggest. The collapse of fish stocks altered the sea’s food chain, triggering a “regime shift” that allowed a species of invasive jellyfish to bloom, they said. Read the rest of this entry »

China puts economy before climate

4/6/2007 BBC China says its first and overriding priority in tackling climate change is to maintain economic development. The remarks come in China’s first national plan on climate change. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia PM pledges climate plan

3/6/2007 BBC Australian Prime Minister John Howard has announced a shift in policy on climate change, promising to set up a carbon trading scheme to cut pollution. Read the rest of this entry »

Abuse/incompetence in fight against global warming

2/6/2007 Guardian Abuse and incompetence in fight against global warming. Up to 20% of carbon savings in doubt as monitoring firms criticised by UN body. A Guardian investigation has found evidence of serious irregularities at the heart of the process the world is relying on to control global warming. Read the rest of this entry »

EU ‘must walk its climate talk

1/6/2007 BBC  EU institutions need to put their own house in order before it can be seriously considered as the global leader in the battle against climate change, argues Green MEP Caroline Lucas. Read the rest of this entry »