No-One Ever Said... The Spectator does a reverse ferret

Posted by Graham Thompson — 4 April 2014 at 3:24pm - Comments

The Spectator has had a go at adapting to the changing media climate by switching to the deniers new ‘adaptation’ meme. Will anyone notice the pivot? The evidence has been carefully hidden away on the covers of their previous editions.

IPCC's global warning means it’s time to get serious about protecting our oceans

Posted by Willie — 31 March 2014 at 11:10am - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace

We know climate change is the biggest threat facing our planet, which is why it is Greenpeace’s priority campaign across the world. Today’s report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s highlights the enormous impacts and consequences climate change is having on our oceans. This must act as a wake-up call for everyone who depends on, or cares about our oceans and the vast array of life within them.

These are the most important messages from report - and they mean for our oceans.

How often do ‘once in a thousand year’ events happen?

Posted by christian — 22 November 2009 at 4:43pm - Comments

Flooding in the UK - The river Severn in 2000

I grew up in Cumbria, so I've been following the flooding there, described by the Environment Agency as ‘unprecedented', pretty closely. Electricity and gas supplies have cut out in parts of the area affected. Dozens of people have been rescued by the lifeboat service. People have died. Environment Secretary Hilary Benn called it a "one in a thousand year event".

Bali: rich nations must pay up

Posted by jossc — 5 December 2007 at 2:53pm - Comments

Rich countries have paid only $67m into a UN fund designed to help the world's poorest countries adapt to climate change, according to a new report published today by develoment charity Oxfam. Although this may sound a lot, in fact it's less than what Americans spend on suntan lotion each month, and only a tiny fraction of the real amount needed. Oxfam estimates that the true cost of successful adaptation is likely to be at least $50 billion a year, and far more if global greenhouse-gas emissions are not cut fast enough.

"Biofuels can be good," says UN; scientists not so sure

Posted by jamie — 16 November 2007 at 6:22pm - Comments

The head of the UN Environment Programme has warned that the biofuel market could crash if suitable environmental standards aren't established. According to the BBC, "Achim Steiner... said there was an urgent need for standards to make sure rainforests weren't being destroyed." The story also picked out Indonesia's tropical peatlands for special mention of what it terms "biofuel folly". (Nice phrase, I'll have to remember that one!)

Mind you, Steiner was making those comments in response to an independent group of scientists who criticsied the stance taken by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on biofuels, which was described as "naive".

Wake up and smell the carbon

Posted by bex — 4 May 2007 at 2:29pm - Comments

Greenland glacier

Sometimes world-changing pronouncements aren’t delivered on stone tablets accompanied by thunder bolts, but in densely written reports, packed with charts, footnotes and appendices.

A nuclear solution? It just doesn't add up

Posted by tracy — 2 May 2007 at 9:20am - Comments

Hartlepool reactor

Later this week the UN panel on climate change will tell the world what they think we should do to stop climate change.

Already this year the panel reported that climate change is happening faster than previously thought. They also said that the impacts of these changes will include decreasing animal and plant life, melting glaciers, increasing desertification, increasing crop pests and disease, and the changes will have a severe impact on people, particularly those with the least resources.

Blair: fossil fool

Posted by bex — 6 February 2007 at 3:59pm - Comments

Greenpeace volunteers tip four tonnes of coal on government's doorstep

The world's top climate scientists have this morning released their latest report on the science of global warming. Their verdict: the world is on the verge of climate catastrophe.

Blair's failing the climate - Brown, what will you do?

Posted by tracy — 2 February 2007 at 9:00am - Comments

Volunteers dump coal outside government building

The world's leading climate scientists released their latest report today that says even the oil barrons can't deny it any more, the climate is a changin and it's human made.

It's not too late!

Posted by bex — 30 January 2007 at 2:58pm - Comments

It's not too late!

As the world's top climate scientists gather in France to finalise their landmark climate report due out on Friday, we've taken our message to Paris to urge the world's governments to act.

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