LONDON, Sept 20 (Reuters) – The “reckless gold rush” of oil
and gas exploration in the Arctic should stop until stronger
safeguards against spills are introduced, a UK Parliament
committee said on Thursday, just days after Shell put a
drilling project on hold.
The report by the Environmental Audit Committee, made up of
UK Members of Parliament, called for a halt to drilling until a
pan-Arctic oil spill response standard is put in place.
BRUSSELS/LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – EU technical experts on
Wednesday held a preliminary discussion on proposals to prop up
the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, with Poland standing out as the
sharpest opponent, while the majority of nations took no firm
position, EU sources said.
The closed-door meeting did not get as far as a serious
debate about how many allowances should be withheld from the
next stage of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) beginning next
year, one source said on condition of anonymity.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – From white sandy beaches to a bustling centre to vibrant rainforests on the sprawling hills, Rio de Janeiro has something for everyone who visits.
Home to over 6 million people, Brazil’s second biggest city has a vibrant and colourful atmosphere which is infectious.
LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The chance to save the world’s
coral reefs from damage caused by climate change is dwindling as
man-made greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, scientists
said in a study released on Sunday.
Around 70 percent of corals are expected to suffer from
long-term degradation by 2030, even if strict emission cuts are
enforced, according to the study.
LONDON (Reuters) – A new 500 million euro renewables fund aims to attract capital from pension and sovereign wealth funds through a low-risk, long-term investment strategy which would give higher returns than government bonds, one of its founders said.
The Real Asset Energy Fund (RAEF), managed by Solar Investment Group, plans to start investing in renewable power plants which are already in operation, mainly in the wind and solar sectors, from the first quarter of next year.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 14 (Reuters) – From white sandy beaches
to a bustling centre to vibrant rainforests on the sprawling
hills, Rio de Janeiro has something for everyone who visits.
Home to over 6 million people, Brazil’s second biggest city
has a vibrant and colourful atmosphere which is infectious.
LONDON (Reuters) – Burnt, buried or frozen and turned to powder are some of the options for dealing with the remains of a loved one whose last wishes include lessening death’s environmental impact.
Our demise can have a big environmental impact. Around three quarters of people in the United Kingdom alone are cremated after they die but cremation uses about the same amount of domestic energy as a person uses in a month.
LONDON (Reuters) – United Nations’ climate talks should continue pushing for more ambitious action to ensure global warming is kept under 2 degrees, an EU climate negotiator said on Tuesday, a month after the United States was accused of backtracking on the goal.
Almost 200 nations agreed in 2010 to limit rising temperatures to below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F) above pre-industrial times to avoid dangerous impacts from climate change like floods, droughts and rising sea levels.
LONDON (Reuters) – The first board meeting of the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund will be held on August 23 to 25, an official at the fund’s interim secretariat confirmed on Thursday, five months later than it was originally planned.
The fund is designed to help channel up to $100 billion a year in climate finance by 2020 to help developing countries adapt to climate change.
LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – The cost of wave and tidal
energy in Britain could fall by over half to current offshore
wind levels by 2020-2025 and by 80 percent by 2050 if much more
research and development is done, a marine energy expert at the
Carbon Trust said on Friday.
The cost of developing wave and tidal energy is much higher
than other renewables at the moment because it is a nascent
industry with a wide range of technologies and commercial
viability has not yet been proven at large-scale.