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Tue, 2007-09-04 10:36Bill Miller
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Climate change drives up greenhouse-gas emissions from UK peatlands

A new study has found that hotter summers and wetter winters could further destabilize the habitat already described as “the most severely eroded in the world,” making it a perpetrator of global warming instead of mitigating it through proper conservation.

Mon, 2007-08-13 10:29Bill Miller
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EU, UK carbon-reduction targets questioned, but Britain holds steady

Citing an internal briefing paper for ministers, the Guardian newspaper reported that under current policies it would be “challenging” for Britain to reach a target of 9% for energy renewables such as wind, solar or hydropower - well short of the EU's 2020 target of 20%, but up from the current 2%.

Fri, 2007-07-13 12:02Bill Miller
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India leads world in climate-change concern, study finds

The surprise finding, announced by HSBC, the world’s fourth-largest corporation, showed India leading both the developed and developing worlds – far ahead of the UK, France, Germany and the US. HSBC said it shatters the widely held myth of the industrialized world leading the pack on global warming.

Fri, 2007-07-06 11:02Bill Miller
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Chemical engineering, not carbon offsetting, is key to a low-carbon future

In this week’s BBC Green Room, columnist Stefaan Simons argues that carbon offsetting may make people feel better about emissions but it does little to change behavior or save the planet from global warming. Instead of simply allowing polluters to pay for emissions – a short-term solution – society must make radical changes to move to a low carbon economy and cut reliance on fossil fuels.

Thu, 2007-07-05 10:58Bill Miller
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A plague o’er both their houses: Business, governments lack resolve on climate change

The United Nations secretary-general has told business it must do more to reverse global warming and use its power to affect the world responsibly, while a new survey of British businesses has found widespread discontent over their government's weakness in providing the necessary framework for environmental decision making.

Fri, 2007-06-08 12:22Bill Miller
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Antarctic glaciers hastening their retreat due to global warming, study finds

A satellite survey has confirmed that glaciers on the Antarctic Peninsula, which has experienced some of the most intense warming on the planet, are now melting at a faster rate than previously recorded.

Tue, 2007-06-05 10:17Bill Miller
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EU carbon-trade scheme fails to reduce greenhouse gases

A BBC investigation has found that after more than two years the program has boosted electricity bills and given windfall profits to power companies without achieving its touted objective of slashing carbon emissions.

Tue, 2007-05-22 11:20Bill Miller
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Climate change threatening UK plant, wildlife species, report says

With hotter, drier summers and warmer, wetter winters predicted by climate scientists, authors of a report suggest action is needed to prevent the loss of some of the UK’s best-loved plants and wildlife.

Fri, 2007-05-04 13:32Ross Gelbspan
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Forget the birds and the bees. It's the butterflies, Stupid!

Britain's hottest April on record has meant butterflies are hatching up to two months early. The charity Butterfly Conservation said butterflies had been emerging an average of half a day earlier each year from the mid-Seventies until last year. 

This year has blown all that away. We have had lots of species coming out two weeks earlier than last year, some a month or two months early. It's really a very dramatic situation.”

Tue, 2007-04-24 10:48Bill Miller
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Rebuffed at UN, Britain continues world climate-change crusade

Accused of scaremongering for taking climate change before the UN Security Council last week, Britain is standing firm in insisting it’s a global challenge that must not be allowed to degenerate into regional bickering.

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