Tag Archive for 'Climate Change'

Counting costs of climate change

October 12th, 2017 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Global warming impacts cause substantial economic damages, hurts human health in many ways, influences the drivers of human migration, and it can jeopardise development for many of the world’s poor. Destabilising the climate can destabilise societies. Counting the costs of climate change is a challenge since the social costs can be hard to calculate and […]

Changing the climate with what you eat

March 30th, 2014 by Chalmers

Greenhouse gas emissions from food production may threaten the UN climate target of limiting global warming to 2° Celsius, according to research at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, which is published in “The importance of reduced meat and dairy consumption for meeting stringent climate change targets” in the Journal of Climate Change. On Monday 31 […]

Ipsos MORI UK poll shows young people strongly support offshore wind farm developments

March 19th, 2014 by RenewableUK

A poll by Ipsos MORI shows that young people from the UK are among the strongest supporters of offshore wind, and the majority aren’t in favour of fracking. According to the survey, commissioned by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Economic and Social Research Council, 85% of 16 to 24 year […]

Climate change is a systemic threat to public health, national security and the global financial system

February 14th, 2014 by RSA

An RSA report has found that mischaracterising climate change as an exclusively environmental issue, rather than a broader systemic threat to public health, national security and the global financial system, has led to the majority of the British public failing to take climate change seriously. In a challenge to the green lobby, A New Agenda […]

Sea level rising fast but just within natural range

December 13th, 2013 by University of Southampton

University of Southampton and the Australian National University researchers report that sea-level rise since the industrial revolution has been fast by natural standards and at current rates may reach 80 cm above the modern level by 2100 and 2.5 metres by 2200. The team used geological evidence of the past few million years to derive […]

Haiti, Philippines and Pakistan most affected by weather catastrophes

November 14th, 2013 by Germanwatch

Germanwatch presented the 9th annual Global Climate Risk Index at the onset of the Climate Summit in Warsaw (COP 19) while overshadowed by the ongoing human catastrophe in the Philippines. “The index shows that the most severe weather related catastrophes in 2012 occurred in Haiti, Philippines and Pakistan,” said Sönke Kreft, Team Leader International Climate […]

University of Exeter offering free online course on Climate Change

September 19th, 2013 by University of Exeter

FutureLearn, a multi-institution provider owned by the Open University, has announced the details of 20 massive open online (pilot) courses (MOOC) including the schedules for eight which are set to begin between October and December 2013. Most of the FutureLearn courses will last six to ten weeks and are aimed at large-scale interactive participation and […]

Food security threatened as pests move poleward with global warming

September 18th, 2013 by University of Exeter

A paper ‘Crop pests and pathogens move polewards in a warming world‘ published in the journal Nature Climate Change reveals that global warming is resulting in the spread of crop pests towards the North and South Poles at a rate of nearly 3 km a year. The research by scientists at the University of Exeter […]

Political & economic short-termism driving civilisation to destruction

March 29th, 2013 by University West

Climate scientists have shown through their research that the ongoing rise in global temperature will cause the sea level to rise, which will drown coastal communities, and cause severe weather, which will kill many people. So why don’t politicians act on these findings? Social scientist Stellan Vinthagen shows that today’s power relations prohibit change. The […]

CEO survey reveals greater concern for energy and raw material costs

December 10th, 2012 by PwC

According to preliminary results from PwC’s Global Annual CEO Survey, concern about energy and raw material costs as a threat to business growth prospects are at a three year high. Fifty-three percent of CEOs – a 7% increase on last year’s results – said the issue had now overtaken consumer spending and behaviour as a […]