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Pacific islands recently hosted a summit designed to increase global efforts against Co2 emissions. Now they hope nations will keep their promises.  

 

Climate change is upon us already, and some countries will feel the effects sooner than others. In the Pacific Ocean, smaller island states are vulnerable to rising ocean levels as the Arctic ice melts as a consequence of increasing carbon volumes released into the atmosphere. That includes the Marshall Islands, a group of 29 atolls and coral islands that are located on an average of two metres above the ocean.

The effects are being felt already. Coastal floods, soil erosion and droughts have hit islands in recent times. Earlier this year, the president of the Marshall Islands, Christopher Loeak, declared a state of emergency after a drought and floods nearly destroyed Majuro, the capital. Its seawall was breached and the airport runway flooded. Some 6,000 people were left to survive on less than a litre of water per day. Continue Reading…

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A new direction

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EU parliamentarians have voted to limit food crop-based biofuels. That could be good news for developing countries.

Biofuels were always supposed to be a good thing. But not all kinds. In July, the European Union’s (EU) Environment Committee voted to cap the volume of food crop-based biofuels. It said no more than 5.5 per cent of member nations’ transport fuels must originate from food crops. With the current output at just beneath five per cent, the move dramatically limits the £14billion industry. The decision will pass for a full European Parliament session in mid-September. Continue Reading…

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Green retreat

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Businesses seeking sustainable solutions could do worse than book in at Green & Away – Europe’s only tented conference facility.

 

In a field where innovation is highly prized, the Green & Away conference centre is exploring the boundaries of sustainable living. Here air-conditioned meeting rooms and excessive corporate facilities make way for wooden cabins, organic bars, solar-powered showers and compost toilets. The reason, says co-ordinator Helen Cranston, is simple: “We want people to make changes in their lives to be more sustainable by experiencing low-impact living.” Continue Reading…

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Leading the way

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The aviation industry is often portrayed as the chief offender of rising carbon emissions, with airplanes contributing two per cent of the world’s human-generated Co2. However, it is not all doom and gloom. Here are five green airports fighting the good fight.

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Five cars to watch this year

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As the electric car industry continues to develop, we are now seeing extended journey capacity and improved mpge (miles per gallon equivalent), while zero tail emissions are now more commonplace, writes Mark Benson. With that in mind, here are the top five electric cars to watch throughout the year, giving you a mixture of cutting-edge technology, mass-market appeal, and comfort.  Continue Reading…

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Full speed ahead

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The European Commission has proposed a new scheme that would dramatically increase the number of electric charging points across Europe. Could this catapult the electric car onto the market? Continue Reading…

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Time for change

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As the world’s governments are meeting in Doha to negotiate the way forward for curbing carbon emissions, the stakes over climate change have never been higher.  

In November, around 17,000 delegates from more than 190 nations touched down in Doha, the capital of Qatar, for the Conference of the Parties – the highest decision-making authority of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The negotiations, which lasted until 7 December, represented the year’s most important meeting on climate change. And as the global situation worsens, there is room to argue that, in the wake of the discussions, imminent action is more important than ever. Continue Reading…

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Up in the air

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As countries continue to disagree over how to curb aircraft emissions, experts say only second-generation biofuels can help meet reduction targets. So what is the aviation industry doing about it?  Continue Reading…