Climate Change

COP19: Highs and Lows from Warsaw

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COP19: Highs and Lows from Warsaw

Was the United Nations COP19 conference on climate change a success or failure? Let’s look at the highs and lows of the event in Warsaw over the last 2 weeks. COP19: The Warsaw Mechanism The ‘Warsaw mechanism’ aims to help populations most at risk from global warming impacts. These include extreme weather events like hurricanes, as well as long-term events such as rising sea-levels. Work on this agreement is set to begin next year, so at present it is just an idea with no plans or budget. The Filipino delegate, Yeb Sano, made an...

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Climate Change: IPCC’s 5th Report

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Climate Change: IPCC’s 5th Report

The first part of IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report on global warming ‘Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis’ has finally been released. So who is the IPCC? And what does the report say? Who is the IPCC? The United Nations and the World Meteorological Organization set up the IPCC or Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 1988. The IPCC aims to provide regular reports on the scientific basis of climate change. World governments use the IPCC assessment reports on climate change to help determine climate-related policies. The UN...

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Meat and Greenhouse Gas on Earth Day

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Meat and Greenhouse Gas on Earth Day

What has Earth Day got to do with eating meat? Earth Day is a world-wide movement to protect our environment. The environment is now being badly affected by global warming from greenhouse gas build-up. And livestock farming produces 20% to 50% of man-made greenhouse gases. Livestock and Greenhouse Gas In 2006, the UN/FAO report Livestock’s Long Shadow found that about a fifth of all human-produced greenhouse gases came from meat, dairy and egg farming. The World Bank and IFC’s report Livestock and Climate Change checked their findings...

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Geoengineering: the quick fix for global warming?

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Geoengineering: the quick fix for global warming?

Is geoengineering the ‘most powerful conservation tool created’ or the ‘most dangerous invention since the nuclear bomb’? Jeff Goodell, the journalist and writer, explores these questions in his book How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate. A Parasol for the Planet On Monday night, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Jeff Goodell gave a thought-provoking lecture on the ideas behind his book. As he sees it, the large scale fixing of the climate is like a ‘parasol for the planet’....

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LA Green Festival – time for people power!

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LA Green Festival – time for people power!

Had an interesting day at the Los Angeles Green Festival on Saturday… I wonder how many got there by bus like me and my husband? An hour’s journey from Venice Beach for us to downtown LA, but a relaxing ride on one of the city’s excellent Rapid Metro buses.     Working towards a sustainable society The charismatic speaker, John Perkins, gave a rousing speech that called for us all to use our talents and follow our passion to work towards a sustainable, just and peaceful world. John’s background as an economic hitman...

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Women in Green Forum 2011 – pollution is high on the agenda.

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Women in Green Forum 2011 – pollution is high on the agenda.

I spent the last two days at the excellent Woman in Green Forum in Santa Monica, that explored the environmental issues facing the world today from a uniquely female perspective. The speakers ranged from directors of multinationals such as Microsoft, through CEOs of start-ups, public health officials, entrepreneurs, to scientists and environmental activists.  The over-riding ethos of the conference was summed up by Karen Owyeung of Lunera Lighting who stated that we all need to Create a Vision, Show Passion and Take Action. Many of the...

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Los Angeles…an environmental conundrum?

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Los Angeles…an environmental conundrum?

Back from holiday, but spending some time in the beach city of Santa Monica, part of the huge metropolis of Los Angeles…a vast urban landscape with 13 million inhabitants. It’s the land of celluloid dreams where the car is king and the sun shines 365 days a year. But what about its environmental credentials? Los Angeles is often quoted in the Top 10 of greenest cities in the US but it is also has some of the most polluted air, a poor public transport system and limited resources for the huge population. So how does it really stack...

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Australian Carbon Tax Explained

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Australian Carbon Tax Explained

Why do we need it? The link between climate change and greenhouse gas emissions is well accepted and there is a world-wide impetus to reduce these emissions to reduce future global warming. The Australian government has set a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 5% by 2020 from 1990 levels. Australia has the highest per capita carbon footprint in the world, largely due to its reliance on coal-fired electricity stations, which are responsible for 40% of the country’s emissions. Australia is also being left behind in the global...

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