LONDON (Reuters) – Expanding cities threaten to eat up a swath of land the size of France, Germany and Spain combined in less than 20 years, putting the world under even more environmental pressure, experts said at a climate conference on Tuesday.
Cities are growing to accommodate a rising global population and as countries like China, India and Brazil pursue fast economic growth.
LONDON, March 26 (Reuters) – The world is close to reaching
tipping points that will make it irreversibly hotter, making
this decade critical in efforts to contain global warming,
scientists warned on Monday.
Scientific estimates differ but the world’s temperature
looks set to rise by six degrees Celsius by 2100 if greenhouse
gas emissions are allowed to rise uncontrollably.
LONDON/MADRID (Reuters) – Europe’s wave and tidal power technology is likely to disappoint EU expectations for 2020 and take over a decade to contribute to energy supply in a significant way, even though it is chalking up rapid growth and drawing in big industrial investors.
The nascent industry has attracted a flurry of investor activity over the past year, securing an estimated few hundred million euros from companies such as Siemens and Vattenfall.
LONDON (Reuters) – Extreme weather events over the past decade have increased and were “very likely” caused by manmade global warming, a study in the journal Nature Climate Change said on Sunday.
Scientists at Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Research used physics, statistical analysis and computer simulations to link extreme rainfall and heat waves to global warming. The link between warming and storms was less clear.
LONDON, March 21 (Reuters) – The cost of damage to the
world’s oceans from climate change could reach $2 trillion a
year by 2100 if measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions are not
stepped up, a study by marine experts said on Wednesday.
The study found that without action to limit rising
greenhouse gas emissions, the global average temperature could
rise by 4 degrees Celsius by the end of the century causing
ocean acidification, sea level rise, marine pollution, species
migration and more intense tropical cyclones. It would also
threaten coral reefs, disrupt fisheries and deplete fish stocks.
LONDON (Reuters) – Global greenhouse gas emissions could rise 50 percent by 2050 without more ambitious climate policies, as fossil fuels continue to dominate the energy mix, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Thursday.
“Unless the global energy mix changes, fossil fuels will supply about 85 percent of energy demand in 2050, implying a 50 percent increase in greenhouse gas emissions and worsening urban air pollution,” the OECD said in its environment outlook to 2050.
LONDON, March 15 (Reuters) – Global greenhouse gas
emissions could rise 50 percent by 2050 without more ambitious
climate policies, as fossil fuels continue to dominate the
energy mix, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD) said on Thursday.
“Unless the global energy mix changes, fossil fuels will
supply about 85 percent of energy demand in 2050, implying a 50
percent increase in greenhouse gas emissions and worsening urban
air pollution,” the OECD said in its environment outlook to
BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – Big business will prove an unexpected ally of the European Commission in pushing for firm policy to cut carbon after existing 2020 targets expire, as companies draw up their own plans for a future of greener power.
Many business leaders, independent of official European Union policy, take the view that locking into fossil fuels creates the danger of stranded assets when a low-carbon grid looks more and more likely.
LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – Drought could spread to
more regions of Britain if dry weather continues this spring,
the UK’s Environment Agency warned on Monday, prompting seven
water companies to impose water restrictions on their customers.
A large part of England is already in drought after
extremely low rainfall for two winters, which has affected much
of the southeast, including London, and East Anglia.
LONDON (Reuters) – The complete melt of the Greenland ice sheet could occur at lower global temperatures than previously thought, a study in the journal Nature Climate Change showed on Sunday, increasing the threat and severity of a rise in sea level.
Substantial melting of land ice could contribute to long-term sea level rise of several meters, potentially threatening the lives of millions of people.