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Jul 10, 2012

Flood risk to rise fourfold by 2035: report

LONDON (Reuters) – The risk of flooding for many English homes and businesses could increase fourfold by 2035 if more action to deal with the impact of climate change is not taken, government advisers said on Wednesday.

As severe floods continue to batter parts of Britain after the wettest June since records began, the climate advisers said more investment and better planning for new housing in flood plains was needed.

Jul 10, 2012

Britain plans more competition in water industry

LONDON, July 10 (Reuters) – Britain’s government set out
plans to reform the water industry, which it said could save the
UK economy 2 billion pounds ($3.10 billion) over the next 30
years.

The government said on Tuesday it wants to make it easier
for companies in England and Wales to merge, for new players to
enter the market and for businesses to switch their water
suppliers.

Jul 9, 2012

UK’s Green Food Project too vague, says WWF

LONDON (Reuters) – A UK government project to overhaul the UK’s food system to meet rising global demand without harming the environment, yet keeping prices affordable, drew criticism for its lack of clear time lines and targets.

The Green Food Project, a partnership between government, farming and food industries and environmental and consumer organizations, outlined how food production and consumption could change across various sectors and geographical areas.

Jul 7, 2012

Maldives eyes $100 million tourist tax for CO2 plan

LONDON (Reuters) – A voluntary tax on tourists who visit the luxury resorts and white sands of the Maldives could raise up to $100 million a year towards the country’s aim to become carbon neutral by 2020, President Mohamed Waheed said.

The Maldives is made up of 1,192 low-lying islands in the Indian Ocean. With average ground level of 1.5 meters above sea level, it is also the world’s lowest country and one of the most vulnerable as climate change raises sea levels.

Jul 1, 2012

Rise in sea level can’t be stopped: scientists

LONDON (Reuters) – Rising sea levels cannot be stopped over the next several hundred years, even if deep emissions cuts lower global average temperatures, but they can be slowed down, climate scientists said in a study on Sunday.

A lot of climate research shows that rising greenhouse gas emissions are responsible for increasing global average surface temperatures by about 0.17 degrees Celsius a decade from 1980-2010 and for a sea level rise of about 2.3mm a year from 2005-2010 as ice caps and glaciers melt.

Jun 28, 2012

Europe’s cities plan to combat mounting climate risk

LONDON (Reuters) – European cities are planning to adapt to climate change as the risks become more severe, a report by UK-based emissions measurement organization the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and consultancy Accenture showed on Thursday.

Cities increasingly have to plan flood defenses, ways to manage water in times of drought, ensure new buildings provide natural cooling to occupants and adapt old buildings and infrastructure to become more energy efficient.

Jun 22, 2012

Q+A-What happens next after Rio+20?

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 22 (Reuters) – A U.N. development
summit ended on Friday with an agreement that put off the
implementation of many proposals on protecting the world’s
natural resources from climate change and globalization, leaving
many attendees asking the question, “What next?”

Nearly 100 heads of state and government gathered over the
past three days in efforts to establish “sustainable development
goals,” a U.N. drive built around economic growth, the
environment and social inclusion.

Jun 22, 2012

Factbox: Main points in Rio+20 agreement

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Global leaders on Friday wrap up a United Nations development summit with little to show but a lackluster agreement, as critics scorned governments for showing no urgency to tackle climate change as well as food and water scarcity.

Nearly 100 heads of state and government gathered over the past three days in efforts to establish so-called “sustainable development goals,” a U.N. drive built around economic growth, the environment, and social inclusion.

Jun 21, 2012

Celebrities back Greenpeace campaign to protect Arctic

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 21 (Reuters) – One hundred celebrities
backed a Greenpeace campaign against oil drilling and
unsustainable fishing in the Arctic on Thursday, as oil giant
Shell prepares to start exploratory drilling in the
region.

Paul McCartney, actor Robert Redford and British
entrepreneur Richard Branson were among the celebrities
demanding that the uninhabited region around the North Pole be
protected from pollution, the environmental group Greenpeace
said.

Jun 20, 2012

Politics, costs main hurdles to green world economy

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The main obstacles to creating global green economy are the lack of political will, the fear of alienating voters with rising costs and the absence of a global price on carbon, economists and scientists said at a U.N. environment summit on Wednesday.

Heads of state and deputy leaders from around 120 countries are meeting in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil until Friday to try and set a series of clear goals for sustainable development and to discuss how to achieve green growth.

    • About Nina

      "Based in London, Nina helps coordinate Reuters' coverage of European power, gas, coal and renewables markets with a focus on policies, investment and trading. She also covers environment, climate change and new clean energy technologies. Nina has twelve years of journalistic experience. Previously at Reuters Nina covered carbon markets in London and EU energy policy and competition in Brussels. Before joining Reuters, Nina worked as a journalist in the European pulp and paper sector in Brussels and for Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun, covering everything from UK politics and the Iraq War to sport and entertainment. Nina holds a first class ..."
      Hometown:
      Manchester
      Joined Reuters:
      2007
      Languages:
      Russian, Italian, French, basic Japanese, some Turkish
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