(Reuters) – Representatives from around the world gather in Rio in June to try to hammer out goals for sustainable development at a U.N. conference designed to avoid being tripped up by the intractable issue of climate change.
But there is concern in the lead-up to the conference, known as Rio+20 or the Earth Summit, that it risks ending up as all talk and little action.
LONDON (Reuters) – A huge pool of fresh water in the Arctic Ocean is expanding and could lower the temperature of Europe by causing an ocean current to slow down, British scientists said Sunday.
Using satellites to measure sea surface height from 1995 to 2010, scientists from University College London and Britain’s National Oceanography Center found that the western Arctic’s sea surface has risen by about 15 cms since 2002.
LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Investment trust Ecofin
Water and Power Opportunities Plc (EW&PO) fell in 2011 but not
by as much wider stock market indexes as strong UK and U.S.
performance helped to offset weak results in Europe and China,
UK-based Ecofin told investors.
The fund, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange
and invests in oil and gas, electricity, water and
alternative energy firms, had 537 million pounds ($823 million)
of gross assets under management at the end of last year.
LONDON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Europe’s metals sector is
gearing up for talks with the European Commission on plans to
start taxing its carbon emissions but at the same time prevent
factories and smelters from shutting shop or moving abroad.
Metals lobby group Eurometeaux, which is meeting with the
commission at the end of January, wants to persuade it to grant
the sector full exemption from the indirect carbon costs
embedded in electricity prices.
LONDON (Reuters) – A new molecule has been detected in the earth’s atmosphere which could help produce a cooling effect, scientists said, but it remains to be seen whether it can play a major role in tackling global warming.
The molecule can convert pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide, into compounds which can lead to cloud formation, helping to shield the earth from the sun, the researchers said.
LONDON (Reuters) – Leadership changes this year among some of the world’s heaviest polluting countries should not undermine progress towards setting up a new global legally binding climate deal by 2015, the United Nations’ climate chief said on Wednesday.
This year could see a sweeping change in national political leaders in large greenhouse gas emitters, including the United States, Russia, China and Japan, in elections or polls.
LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Camco International
saw a 27 percent rise in the number of California
carbon credits issued in the second half of last year as
participants geared up for the start of the U.S. state’s
emissions trading scheme, the low-carbon project developer said
in a trading update on Tuesday.
As of Jan. 6, Camco had 356,061 California carbon credits
under management, compared to 281,061 on July 28, 2011.
LONDON (Reuters) – High levels of carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere mean the next ice age is unlikely to begin for at least 1,500 years, an article in the journal Nature Geoscience said on Monday.
Concentrations of the main gases blamed for global warming reached record levels in 2010 and will linger in the atmosphere for decades even if the world stopped pumping out emissions today, according to the U.N.’s weather agency.
LONDON (Reuters) – The global economy could withstand widespread disruption from a natural disaster or attack by militants for only a week as governments and businesses are not sufficiently prepared to deal with unexpected events, a report by a respected think-tank said.
Events such as the 2010 volcanic ash cloud, which grounded flights in Europe, Japan’s earthquake and tsunami and Thailand’s floods last year, have showed that key sectors and businesses can be severely affected if disruption to production or transport goes on for more than a week.
LONDON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – The global economy could
withstand widespread disruption from a major natural disaster or
attack by militants for only a week, a report by UK-based
think-tank Chatham House said on Friday.
The frequency of natural disasters, such as extreme weather
events, appears to be increasing and globalisation has increased
their impact, the report found.