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Tiny traces of Japan radiation spread to IcelandReuters | 22 Mar 2011
Minuscule numbers of radioactive particles believed to have come from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant have been detected as far away as Iceland, officials said on Tuesday.
North Europe expects colder weather in April: WSIReuters | 21 Mar 2011
Most of Europe is likely to see colder-than-average weather in April, while May will bring higher temperatures than usual, U.S.-based Weather Services International said on Monday.
Britain adds voice to criticism of EU GM crop plansReuters | 14 Mar 2011
Britain became the latest European Union country on Thursday to raise serious doubts over proposals to let EU governments decide individually whether to grow or ban genetically modified (GM) crops.
Will rising seas put London under water?Guardian Unlimited | 14 Mar 2011
In its 2007 report, the IPCC projects that sea level will rise anywhere from 180mm to 590mm by 2090-2100. This range is smaller than in the IPCC's 2001 report, but it excludes some key uncertainties about how quickly warming will melt land-based ice. The last few years have seen glaciers accelerating their seaward flow in many spots along the margins of Greenland and West Antarctica.
Greenpeace attacks government's plan to cut carbon emissionsGuardian Unlimited | 13 Mar 2011
Lack of electric car and speed limit proposals in Carbon Plan suggest 'entrenched opposition' from transport officials. Greenpeace has strongly criticised a new government plan to cut carbon emissions, arguing that it neglects the field of green transport. Chris Huhne, the energy and climate...
France extends shale oil, gas exploration ban to JuneReuters | 11 Mar 2011
French Prime Minister Francois Fillon extended a moratorium on research and drilling for shale oil and gas until mid-June, pending reports commissioned by the government to establish their impact on the environment.
Green investment bank 'must be able to borrow'Guardian Unlimited | 11 Mar 2011
Green economy is at risk if the bank cannot attract private sector investors, a cross-party committee of MPs have warned. The government is putting the UK's fledgling green economy at risk by downgrading the "green investment bank" to a mere fund, MPs have warned in a scathing report on the plans....
Bee deaths may signal wider pollination threat: U.N.Reuters | 10 Mar 2011
OSLO (Reuters) - Mass deaths of bee colonies in many parts of the world may be part of a wider, hidden threat to wild insect pollinators vital to human food supplies, a U.N. study indicated on Thursday.
Eco-farming can double food output by poor: U.N.Reuters | 08 Mar 2011
Many farmers in developing nations can double food production within a decade by shifting to ecological agriculture from use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, a U.N. report showed on Tuesday.
EU urges efficiency spend to curb fuel costsReuters | 08 Mar 2011
Europe must invest heavily in efficiency to limit spiraling energy costs and beat its own target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the European Commission said on Tuesday.
Justice Department to set up oil spill probe task forceReuters | 07 Mar 2011
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department said on Monday that it will create a single task force to oversee all aspects of its criminal investigation into last year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Climate change 'will wreak havoc on Britain's coastline by 2050'Guardian Unlimited | 06 Mar 2011
Millions living near the coast are likely to be hit by rising sea levels, erosion and storm surges, warns a new study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. On Benbecula, they know all too well that rising tides threaten the UK's coastline. For the 1,200 inhabitants of the small, low-lying island in...
'Oil prices make the case for green economy'Guardian Unlimited | 03 Mar 2011
Climate and energy secretary says an oil price of $100 a barrel transforms the economics of climate change. Britain is facing a 1970s-style oil price shock that could cost the UK economy £45bn over two years, the climate and energy secretary, Chris Huhne, is expected to warn in his first...
BBC's 'impartial' stance on climate is irresponsibleGuardian Unlimited | 03 Mar 2011
Sceptics too often go unchallenged when they make inaccurate and misleading statements on BBC programmes. A bizarre performance by former TV presenter Johnny Ball on Wednesday's edition of The Daily Politics show has once again highlighted the BBC's unsuccessful struggle to balance accuracy and...
Soaring oil price reignites fossil fuel debateGuardian Unlimited | 03 Mar 2011
As pressure grows on the government to stabilise fuel prices via tax breaks, green campaigners say this may be the ideal time to reduce the UK's dependence on oil and gas. High oil prices are a headache for governments. Ministers are acutely aware that the price at the petrol pump is one of the...
Pull the levers of power in the UK with Decc's new carbon calculatorGuardian Unlimited | 03 Mar 2011
Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air by David MacKay, professor of physics at Cambridge University, was one of the 2008 cult hits for anyone with an interest in the green future of the planet. For the first time, the book laid out in great detail the options that the UK must choose from if we are to meet our stated goals of cutting emissions by 32% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.
Satellite eye on EarthGuardian Unlimited | 02 Mar 2011
Pollution over Bangladesh, severe winter storms and a heart-shaped coral atoll were among the images captured by Nasa satellites last month.
Climate Camp disbandedGuardian Unlimited | 02 Mar 2011
Climate activists decide to end annual camp and focus on tackling broader ecological, social and economic issues. After five years of camps, composting toilets, vegan curry and run-ins with the police, Climate Camp is calling it a day. There will be no camp for the climate activists this year and...
Climate Week is trying to galvanise the green movement - but it is splitting itGuardian Unlimited | 02 Mar 2011
The backing of Cameron, Clegg and Kofi Annan isn't enough, say Climate Week's critics, it is blinkered - and RBS-sponsored Climate Week is coming. If that means nothing to you, how do you fancy a "supercharged national occasion that offers an annual renewal of our ambition and confidence to combat climate change"? Still not clear? Well, the plan, Climate Week founder Kevin Steele tells me, is "all about pointing people to real low-carbon actions that are already happening.
Plane spotters and bubble blowers wanted for climate surveyGuardian Unlimited | 02 Mar 2011
Met Office and Royal Meteorological Society scientists call for participants in their research into how humans affect the climate. The UK public are being asked to blow bubbles and spot plane trails as part of a new national survey on the climate. The research, led by scientists at the Met Office...