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UK greenhouse gas emissions up 2.8 percent in 2010Reuters | 31 Mar 2011
Britain's greenhouse gas emissions rose 2.8 percent in 2010 due to increased power generation, largely due to cold weather early and late in the year, provisional data from the government showed on Thursday.
Aircraft contrails stoke warming, cloud formationReuters | 29 Mar 2011
Aircraft condensation trails criss-crossing the sky may be warming the planet on a normal day more than the carbon dioxide emitted by all planes since the Wright Brothers' first flight in 1903, a study said on Tuesday.
Will the Gulf Stream slow down?Guardian Unlimited | 29 Mar 2011
The Gulf Stream and North Atlantic Drift - which are part of the Atlantic thermohaline circulation – bring warm water, and with it warm air, from the tropical Atlantic to northern Europe. This helps keep the UK several degrees warmer than it would otherwise be. Although this system is unlikely to pack up entirely, the IPCC deems a slowdown of it "very likely" over the next century.
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....
Ancient megadroughts preview warmer climate: studyReuters | 23 Feb 2011
Ancient megadroughts that lasted thousands of years in what is now the American Southwest could offer a preview of a climate changed by modern greenhouse gas emissions, researchers reported on Wednesday.
Target 'black carbon', recommends UNGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
Cutting the amount of soot we pour into the atmosphere, and emissions of methane from agriculture, would be one of the most powerful ways to tackle climate change, a new report from the United Nations environment programme (Unep) has concluded. Preventing "black carbon" - particles of soot from industry and cooking fires – from polluting the air would help to cut global warming by as much as 0.5C, and reduce warming in the Arctic by about two thirds by 2030.
Climate change demands new diplomacyYahoo! News | 22 Feb 2011
A new "politics driven" diplomatic approach is required to tackle global warming the Foreign Office's special representative for climate change said yesterday.
Green economy needs 2% of every nation's income, says UNGuardian Unlimited | 21 Feb 2011
Global green investment drive 'would pay off in terms of jobs, cleaner air and energy use' Obama, Hu Jintao and big business back call for every country to contribute. The United Nations will call on Monday for 2% of worldwide income to be invested in the green economy, a move it says would boost...
Climate change creates longer ragweed seasonReuters | 21 Feb 2011
A changing climate means allergy-causing ragweed pollen has a longer season that extends further north than it did just 16 years ago, U.S. scientists reported on Monday.
Floods linked to manmade climate change: studiesReuters | 16 Feb 2011
Man-made greenhouse gas emissions are linked to more frequent heavy rainfall, two studies published found on Wednesday, portraying a clearer human fingerprint after a spate of floods around the world.
How bike hire users can cut emissionsGuardian Unlimited | 16 Feb 2011
Serco's fleet of vehicles used to tow trailers of bikes have been involved in road accidents and create emissionsJust when Transport for London (TfL) thought the bike hire scheme provided an answer to London's carbon emissions problem, they found a snag - bikes cannot be provided without producing emissions. TfL uses Serco contractors to move hire bicycles around London, so there are enough in each dock to meet demand, while ensuring there is space for users to drop theirs off.
EU energy plan could cut CO2 by a quarter: draftReuters | 15 Feb 2011
Europe's new energy strategy could lead to a 25 percent cut in greenhouse gases by the end of this decade and could ultimately cut fuel import bills roughly in half, a draft strategy paper shows.
What is the Stern review?Guardian Unlimited | 15 Feb 2011
The Stern review on the economics of climate change is an influential report published in 2006. It was commissioned by Gordon Brown, then UK chancellor of the exchequer, and written by Sir Nicholas Stern, an expert in economics and development who had previously served as the chief economist at the...
Letters: We must end our dependence on oilGuardian Unlimited | 10 Feb 2011
Eleven years after the last fuel protests demonstrated our dependence on crude oil, fuel prices have again become a hot political issue (Saudi oil running out, US cables reveal, 9 February). Our transport system is dependent on a fuel which is ever more dangerous and expensive to extract, which is...
Climate skeptics unpersuaded by extra-warm 2010Reuters | 08 Feb 2011
Remember 2010? U.S. and international scientists reckon it tied for the warmest year on record, supporting findings of unequivocal global climate change. Climate skeptics remain unconvinced.
The weather in JanuaryGuardian Unlimited | 07 Feb 2011
A period of cold, wintry weather in Scotland up to 11 January was followed by a mild and wet spell across the UK between 12 and 16 January. Anticyclonic conditions early in the month gave way to a prevalence of low pressure, then mild south-westerlies, and between 7 and 17 January there was a lot of rain, some of it heavy. High pressure built again through the second half of the month, leading to a drier, colder last week or so.
Ten ways to change the way we liveGuardian Unlimited | 06 Feb 2011
We've heard repeatedly over the past couple of years, the bees are disappearing, which, since they pollinate around 16% of the world's flowering plants, can only be bad news. But here's the good news. One of the simplest and most effective measures to speed their return – alongside restrictions on...
Guardian green blog festivalGuardian Unlimited | 31 Jan 2011
The environment is, by definition, global. So over the next two weeks, we will bring you a blog a day at 8am from a different part of the world, allowing fresh voices to explore the top green issues there. Of particular personal interest is the post from Brazil we will run tomorrow. I visited last year and was really struck by the progress made there under President Lula and its ambition to be the world's first environmental superpower.