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Steady Increase in Flights Will Outweigh Carbon Cuts

Steady Increase in Flights Will Outweigh Carbon Cuts

percent of global carbon dioxide emissions coming from its aircraft. The problem is the speed at which aviation itself is growing. One aircraft builder believes the number of planes in service in 2011 will have doubled by 2031. Whatever the industry’s efforts to reduce its carbon emissions, they will be outweighed by the growth in air traffic, even… Read More

What Climate Change Means for Your Coffee

What Climate Change Means for Your Coffee

Coffee — the black liquid that kick-starts the day for billions of people each morning — is one of our most precious global commodities. But as this video from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew explains, it’s also under threat from a changing climate. “Although there are now 125 species of coffee, we only actually use two species to produce the beverage c… Read More

Win-Win Way Pinpointed to Aid Food Security & Climate

Win-Win Way Pinpointed to Aid Food Security & Climate

Imagine being able to contain greenhouse gas emissions, make fertilizer use more efficient, keep water waste to a minimum, and put food on the table for the 10 billion people crowded into the planet’s cities, towns and villages by the end of the century. An impossible dream? Not according to Paul West, co-director and lead scientists of the Global … Read More

U.S. and China Lead the Way on Carbon Capture & Storage

U.S. and China Lead the Way on Carbon Capture & Storage

For years, the energy companies have been telling us not to worry. Yes, mounting carbon emissions threaten to heat up the world – but technology, particularly carbon capture and storage (CCS), will come to the rescue. The trouble is that there’s been plenty of talk about CCS and little action, with few projects being implemented on a large scale.… Read More

Groundwater Is Drought Lifeline for California Farmers

Groundwater Is Drought Lifeline for California Farmers

By the end of this year, the California drought will have cost the state about 3.25 million Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of surface water. That’s 2.15 trillion gallons, or 6.6 million acre-feet of water, lost to drought — enough water to supply 18.4 million average homes with water for an entire year, costing California $2.2 billion in econo… Read More

Engineers Warn UK Infrastructure at Risk from Climate

Engineers Warn UK Infrastructure at Risk from Climate

Vital parts of UK infrastructure are being neglected, with potentially severe impacts on national competitiveness and quality of life, according to a new study by engineers. Energy networks, transport, waste and water are all at risk, while flood defenses are falling well behind where they need to be. This is happening while future risks to these e… Read More

UK and Germany Break Records for Solar Power

UK and Germany Break Records for Solar Power

Britain and Germany have broken records for generating solar electricity in the last few weeks, according to new industry figures. Germany generated over half its electricity demand from solar for the first time ever on June 9, and the UK, basking in the sunniest weather of summer during the longest days of the year, nearly doubled its 2013 peak s… Read More

New Report Puts Price Tag on Climate Change in U.S.

New Report Puts Price Tag on Climate Change in U.S.

NEW YORK — Climate change poses “multiple and significant risks” to the U.S. economy, particularly along coastlines and to the energy and agriculture sectors, a new report released Tuesday concludes. The report, the first to quantify the damage the American economy could sustain from unabated climate change, was compiled by the non-partisan Risky… Read More