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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Countries attending a U.N. environmental conference in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday will consider a draft agreement on global green growth, but expectations were low for an agreement.
The summit, known as Rio+20, comes 20 years after the first Rio Earth summit in 1992 cleared the way for a global treaty on biodiversity, and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gases, which is due to expire this year.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Diplomats from over 190 countries agreed on a draft text on green global development on Tuesday to be approved this week at a summit in Rio de Janeiro, but environmentalists complained the agreement was too weak.
The summit, known as Rio+20, was supposed to hammer out aspirational, rather than mandatory sustainable development goals across core areas like food security, water and energy, but the draft text agreed upon by diplomats failed to define those goals or give clear timetables toward setting them.