Primary tabs

Arctic sea ice retreats to record low by end of summer with ominious consequences for global warming

Measurements by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center showed the extent of sea ice on August 8 was almost 30% below the long-term average. Researchers have forecast ice-free summers in the Arctic by 2040.

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%.

Fight climate change by taxing 'McMansions,' U.S. Congressman says

A Michigan Democrat wants to slash carbon emissions up to 80 per cent by 2050 by hiking gas taxes and ending mortgage-tax deductions for large houses. The measures are part of a multi-tiered bill that will be introduced September 1 before the Congressional committee that handles legislation around global warming.

UN links 13 weather events so far this year to global warming

The United Nations World Meteorological Association linked 13 extreme weather events around the world so far this year to global warming yesterday, saying that heat- and flooding-related catastrophes can be thought of as consequences of global warming — and signs of what is to come if nothing is done to stop the runaway climate change engulfing the globe due to greenhouse gas emissions.


U.S. energy bill clears House, but still faces White House opposition, Senate tussle

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed energy legislation that would extract $16 billion in annual subsidies from oil companies while supporting ‘clean’ energy sources like biofuels, wind, solar and geothermal. But the bill, opposed by President Bush, must be merged with Senate measures before it can become law.

Taking aim at carbon is ‘missing the point’ in global-warming fight

The focus on reducing carbon emissions has blinded us to the real problem - unsustainable lifestyles. A writer in BBC’s Green Room says climate change, though serious, is only one of a growing list of problems resulting from the way we live. And cutting emissions is like using methadone to cure heroine addition.

Ontario acknowledges polar-bear extinction, other widespread threats due to global warming

A new government website says if climate change continues the temperature will rise up to 10 degrees in northern Ontario, driving polar bears to extinction and unleashing new insect-borne disease across the province.

New study ties beef production to global warming

Japanese scientists have concluded beef production typically contributes more to climate change than cars do. The main source of greenhouse gas emissions is the methane released from an animal's digestive system.

Businesses, worried about climate change, believe they must provide solutions

A survey of hundreds of businesses in Australia found 86 per cent of executives “overwhelmingly concerned” about global warming, and 77 per cent said companies are most responsible for curbing the threat.

Human misery soars in step with rising carbon emissions, economic study says

The New Economics Foundation has found that reducing social inequality and energy consumption is crucial to improved well being, not increased consumption.

While Europe’s carbon emissions have risen markedly over the last 40 years, the report says, the extra burning has not made people happier.