A “Dash For Gas” Will Threaten Renewable Energy Development And Climate Action: British MPs

A new report from Britain’s House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee warns the government that proposed energy reforms may have the perverse effect of encouraging companies to focus on building cheap gas power plants, limiting investments in renewable energy. As well, the Committee agreed with testimony from Friends of the Earth arguing that a “dash for gas” [80],  could prevent the country from reaching its climate action targets, especially since gas plants are expected to rely on unproven carbon capture and storage technology.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has said that £200 billion of new investment in energy infrastructure is needed by 2020 to meet rising demand and achieve renewable energy and climate change targets. First published in November 2009, and revised in October 2010, six draft National Policy Statements on energy (NPSs) laid out the importance of building and funding new electricity infrastructure, to include renewables, nuclear, fossil fuels and improved grid connections. The NPSs aim to increase confidence for investors and to speed up the planning process for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.

Population growth, increasing wealth join climate change as threat to food supplies

Rampant population growth and rising wealth in developing countries are driving up demand for food, a UK official says, while global warming also imperils food stores through decreased rainfall and crop failures.

The agriculture industry is going to have to double food production, but with less water than today. Another big threat to food supplies is biofuel production.

Cremation ignites global-warming, atmospheric conflagration

Efforts to live a sustainable lifestyle are ending in a cloud of smoke as more people choose cremation over conventional burial. And not just because of greenhouse emissions. Lead and mercury toxins are also part of the devil’s brew expelled in the flames.

Legislation making UK first to put carbon cuts into law still 'inadequate'

The British government says new legislation will save four million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year by 2020 and help spread responsibility for collaring climate change right across the economy. A key thrust, however, will be to expand carbon trading, which means paying others to clean up our mess.

Link between beef production and global warming sparks denialist outburst

It didn’t take the denialist shock troops long to pounce on recent disclosures about the cattle industry’s role in global warming. An all-too-familiar diatribe, penned in Colorado, appeared as a guest editorial today in a Vancouver newspaper. The author, like others of his ilk, has discarded scientific research to pitch his own delusion.

Eat less meat to stifle methane emissions and slow global warming, scientists say

A special series in The Lancet medical journal says if people eat fewer steaks and hamburgers it would cut the methane flatulence from cows, sheep and goats, which accounts for nearly a quarter of all emissions worldwide.

Sinking Pacific island pleads for global warming action

Tiny Tuvalu, barely two meters above sea level, has summoned the rest of the world to take stronger action against climate change before it sinks. The alarm was sounded on the heels of a call from Britain’s chief scientific adviser for an international agreement on warming strategy.

UK leader urges international agreement on climate-change strategy

Britain’s chief scientific adviser says global warming poses a greater threat than world terrorism and agreement must be reached within two years to mitigate global warming and minimize environmental catastrophe.

UK Tory group plugs tax rebate for cutting energy use

A Conservative policy committee has proposed broad domestic tax rebates for those who improve energy efficiency on homes they purchase. The group also called for caps on the energy use of major appliances and a ban on goods that exceed restrictions. Britain’s ruling Labour Party, not surprisingly, has questioned the Tories’ calculations.

Global warming could threaten rise in heart disease, doctors say

The most interesting discussions at a recent medical conference in Vienna took place on the sidelines, as cardiologists and other experts discussed the impacts of climate change on cardiovascular disease. In short, arteries harden faster in hot weather, and extreme events like recent wildfires in Greece likely exacerbate the problem.


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