environment & climate

A New Climate for Peace

Source: G7 “Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks” An independent report commissioned by members of the G7, identifies seven compound climate-fragility risks that pose serious threats to the stability of states and societies in the decades ahead. Based on a thorough assessment of existing policies on climate change adaptation, development cooperation and humanitarian aid, and peacebuilding, the report recommends that the G7 take concrete action, both as individual members and jointly, to tackle climate-fragility risks and increase the resilience […]

Oslo has joined the dozens of cities pledging to divest their holdings in the fossil fuel industry

“Two years ago, the online advocacy group 350.org launched a campaign to persuade investors to move their money away from the fossil fuel industry. By 2014, according to a study by the University of Oxford, it was the fastest growing divestment movement in history – and last month, Oslo became the first capital city to pledge to divest from coal, the most polluting of fossil fuels.” Source: CityMetric

Public Perceptions of Climate Change as a Human Health Risk

Surveys of the United States, Canada and Malta International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health “We used data from nationally representative surveys conducted in the United States, Canada and Malta between 2008 and 2009 to answer three questions: Does the public believe that climate change poses human health risks, and if so, are they seen as current or future risks? Whose health does the public think will be harmed? In what specific ways does the public believe climate change will […]

The Sixth Extinction?

Can extinction of species be a threat to our public values and for a personal, social or environmental stability. We think it is. We feel extinction is often being dismissed out of hand, downplayed, put in ‘perspective’ and seen as irrelevant – as if new species can develop within years –  and not seen as a not essential part of resilience. Species are often not be considered as part of a system, as element in a ecological chain, as stand alone […]

The Guardian: Keep it in the ground

18 April 2105, The Guardian This newspaper launched a campaign focused on moving away from a global economy run on fossil fuels. Alan Rusbridger: “The argument for a campaign to divest from the world’s most polluting companies is becoming an overwhelming one, on both moral and financial grounds.” As Archbishop Desmond Tutu puts it: “People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change”. Read more >

Scientist warns: ‘it will still take years to heal’

The Guardian The lessons of a landmark moment in climate research have not been learned. It is popularly viewed as one of the greatest environmental success stories of modern times. Exactly 30 years ago, UK scientists announced they had discovered a hole in the ozone layer in the atmosphere above Antarctica. The hole threatened to spread, allowing increased levels of cancer-causing radiation from the sun to reach the ground. Within a few years of the discovery it was agreed to set […]

Malta failing in climate change preparation

November 9, 2008, Times of Malta Malta has failed to prepare a plan on its climate change impact, vulnerability and adaptation – unlike other Mediterranean countries that “have prepared quite extensive climate change assessments”, according to the European Environmental Agency. In a report entitled ‘Impacts of Europe’s changing climate’, the EEA states that the Mediterranean is one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change. The report is based on 40 key indicators and stresses the consequences of observed and […]

El clima está cambiando

Es momento de actuar El cambio climático avanza a una velocidad e intensidad más alta de lo previsto. A partir de 1990 se han registrado los 10 años con temperaturas más altas. Esto está provocando el aumento progresivo de la temperatura, la aparición de fenómenos meteorológicos extremos e imprevisibles y la radicalización del clima en ciertas zonas. Nuestro objetivo es que para 2050 las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero, que contribuyen a elevar la temperatura, se hayan reducido alrededor […]

Volume loss from Antarctic ice shelves is accelerating

Source: Science “The floating ice shelves surrounding the Antarctic Ice Sheet restrain the grounded ice-sheet flow. Thinning of an ice shelf reduces this effect, leading to an increase in ice discharge to the ocean. Using eighteen years of continuous satellite radar altimeter observations we have computed decadal-scale changes in ice-shelf thickness around the Antarctic continent. Overall, average ice-shelf volume change accelerated from negligible loss at 25 ± 64 km3 per year for 1994-2003 to rapid loss of 310 ± 74 km3 per year […]

EC to investigate whether LG tanker poses risk

The petition questioning the anchoring of the LG tanker at Marsaxlokk has been accepted by the European Parliament and is currently being investigated, MEP Roberta Metsola announced this evening. The project may run contrary to the provisions of the Seveso Directive, and that the impact on people’s lives, the environment, businesses, fishermen and their boats has not been properly taken into consideration by the government. Source: Malta Independent The Seveso Directive  is about prevention, preparedness and response and focused on protecting […]

Climate and insurance

John Scott, CRO Zurich “When you read what’s written about climate change in the insurance industry, it generally falls into a couple of categories,” Scott says. “It is either broad and high-level, with papers written about the potential future impacts of climate change, or it is focused on adaptation, typically taking an underwriting view around minimising the impact of flooding on property risks.” Source: Strategic Risk

The rising sea and value management

The Environment Agency in the United Kingdom analysed and concluded that the next 20 years coastlines will erode due to climate change and sea level rising and that the protection of properties is considered to be too high and that £1 billion  worth of properties will disappear as a result. Valuable properties are at stake and need a proper approach. Related articles Almost 7,000 UK homes will be lost to rising seas Rising sea to claim 7,000 properties New Environment Agency head Sir […]

The Arctic Council is becoming increasingly important and must be subject to better control

Source: Riskrevisjonen Climate change and increased accessibility poses significant environmental challenges in the Arctic. – Rising activity in the Arctic makes cooperation in the Arctic Council increasingly important. The Council can become more effective with better controls, organisation and reporting, says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss. The investigation shows that the Arctic Council suffers from impractical organisation and management of the work is deficient as regards priorities, financing and reporting. For instance, the Council’s working groups function differently as regards mandate, […]

IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) produced the report of IPCC Working Group II. It confirmed that the climate change now is influencing all continents and oceans. And more than that: we are simply not ready for the risks we face. The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) brings forward the latest scientific knowledge and insights related to climate change. Read more >

WMO Statement on the Status of the Climate 2013

Press release World Meteorological Organization “Geneva, 24 March 2014 – The year 2013 once again demonstrated the dramatic impact of droughts, heat waves, floods and tropical cyclones on people and property in all parts of the planet, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s  Statement on the Status of the Climate 2013. The report confirmed that 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest on record, continuing the long-term global warming trend. It provided a snapshot of regional and national temperatures […]

Rotterdam Climate Initiative

As a low-lying delta city with Europe’s largest international port, Rotterdam takes its responsibility seriously in creating a sustainable city, region and Europe. By linking sustainable ambitions to a strong economy, Rotterdam will become the most sustainable world port city. Improving the climate for the benefit of people, the environment, and the economy; that is the challenge confronted by the collective initiators; Port of Rotterdam, the City of Rotterdam, employers’ organization Deltalinqs, and DCMR Environmental Protection Agency Rijnmond. A clean, green […]

EU2030 climate and energy plans lack ambition and overlook local government

by Committee of the Regions Members of the Committee of the Regions have expressed disappointment at the European Commission’s environmental 2030 plans published last week. They had hoped the proposals would commit EU Member States to reducing greenhouse gases by 50%, raise the mix of renewable energy and bind members to increase energy efficiency by 2030. The European Commission began the first phase of its consultation on the 2030 targets when it released its Green Paper last March. The Committee of the […]

WWF’s Perspective on Climate Change

By WWF (quote from page 10) “Climate change is threatening up to 1/3 of animal species with extinction. While the impacts of global warming are only just starting, the decisions that are influencing those impacts are being made now. Climate change threatens to undo everything that conservation organizations like WWF have achieved over the last half-century. Polar bears may make the headlines, but in reality very few species will be unaffected by a changing climate. Many species could become extinct. Even […]

Climate Change 2013

The Physical Science Report By: IPCC, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Press Release STOCKHOLM, 27 September – Human influence on the climate system is clear. This is evident in most regions of the globe, a new assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes. It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. The evidence for this has grown, thanks to more and better observations, an improved understanding of […]

Nuclear Energy, Risk, and Emotions

 By Prof.dr. Sabine Roeser * The pictures of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima are in our minds and are updated daily. People from around the world feel compassion for the Japanese, who have had to cope with a triple disaster: earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident. At the moment of writing this piece, it is far from clear how the latter of this apocalyptic triad will end. In the meantime, the debate about nuclear energy has taken an unexpected turn. In the […]

Europe debates risk to bees

By Daniel Cressey for Nature “Across the globe, hives of honeybees are dying off in a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder. Among the proposed culprits are pesticides called neonicotinoids, which are supposed to be less harmful to beneficial insects and mammals than the previous generation of chemicals. Debate over neonicotinoids has become fierce. Conservation groups and politicians in the United Kingdom and Europe have called for a ban on their use, but agricultural organizations have said that farmers will face hardship […]