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Jul 22, 2012

Bacteria outbreak in N. Europe due to ocean warming, study says

LONDON, July 22 (Reuters) – Manmade climate change is the
main driver behind the unexpected emergence of a group of
bacteria in northern Europe which can cause gastroenteritis, new
research by a group of international experts shows.

The paper, published in the journal Nature Climate Change on
Sunday, provided some of the first firm evidence that the
warming patterns of the Baltic Sea have coincided with the
emergence of Vibrio infections in northern Europe.

Jul 19, 2012

UN sees future for carbon scheme despite price drop

LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) – The United Nations’ carbon
offset market has a long future in helping the world curb
man-made greenhouse gas emissions, even with carbon prices at
record lows, the executive chairman of the U.N. Clean
Development Mechanism (CDM) said on Thursday.

U.N-backed carbon credits, called certified emissions
reductions (CERs), have plunged around 70 percent over the past
12 months as a massive supply of credits has built up because of
a drop in demand due to a slowing economy. The benchmark CER
contract hit record lows below 3 euros this week.

Jul 18, 2012

EU rescue plan setback drives down carbon prices

LONDON, July 18 (Reuters) – Low European Union carbon prices
dived further on Wednesday after sources said the European
Commission was likely to set back until September details on a
plan to remove emissions permits from the market to fix a huge
supply glut.

Three separate EU sources said on Tuesday detail would now
not come until after the recess, sending EU carbon prices down
more than six percent.

Jul 17, 2012

Pace of widespread Arctic drilling still uncertain

LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) – The extent of interest in
widespread drilling in the Arctic for natural resources such as
oil and gas is still uncertain as the commercial viability of
exploration in such a remote environment is unknown and huge
risks remain, a panel of experts said.

High commodity prices and concerns about future energy
security are driving several oil and gas majors to seek new
sources of hydrocarbons.

Jul 12, 2012

EU shale gas depends on better fracking process-BG

OXFORD, July 12 (Reuters) – Success for shale gas extraction
in Europe will hinge on developing more efficient techniques and
a more targeted approach to fracking, Andrew Gould, chairman of
UK gas producer BG Group PLC, said on Thursday.

Until recently, shale gas extracting firms have used a
“blitzing technique” whereby they frack as much as they can in
the hope of opening gas to the well, Gould told delegates at a
resource scarcity conference in Oxford.

Jul 10, 2012

England 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

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.

    • 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 ..."
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      2007
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      Russian, Italian, French, basic Japanese, some Turkish
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