21st December 2007 Towards
The IPCC's 4th Assessment Report, Gore's Nobel Prize and the Bali
Summit have made 2007 another year of increased climate change
awareness. Here's to more progress in 2008.
21st December 2007 Bali
An agreement has been reached at the UN Climate Summit in Bali.
It sets in train 2 years of discussions to set new targets for
cutting greenhouse gas emissions post-2012.
13th December 2007 Methanogen
Steve Larter and colleagues at the University of Calgary, Alberta,
have reported a mechanism by which methanogenic bacteria can convert
hard-to-extract oil into methane for recovery.
13th December 2007 Moving
The Hadley Centre in th UK has revealed that 2007 is set to take
7th place in the ranking of warmest years ever recorded. This
is despite it having been a La Nina year.
27th November 2007 Developing
The UN Development Programme has warned that without greater efforts
to mitigate against climate change past progress on international
development could be reversed.
27th November 2007 20
Brenda Boardman and colleagues at Oxford University's Environmental
Change Institute have revealed a strategy to cut residential carbon
dioxide emissions by up to 80 percent
27th November 2007 Open
The key role of the business community in achieving greenhouse
gas emissions cuts and mitigating climate change has been highlighted
by the Confederation of British Industry.
11th November 2007 Greenhouse
The World Meteorological Office has revealed that greenhouse gas
concentrations are continuing to rise. Atmospheric concentrations
of carbon dioxide increased 0.5 percent in 2005.
11th November 2007 Wildfire
Jason Neff and Christine Wiedinmyer at the National Center for
Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, have calculated that
the wildfires in California emitted 8.7 million tons of CO2.
11th November 2007 UK
The UK is to become the first nation in the World to make commitments
on carbon dioxide reductions legally binding. The current target
is for a 60 percent cut in CO2 emissions by 2050.
22nd October 2007 Ocean
Researchers at the University of East Anglia, UK, have reported
a weakening in the oceanic carbon sink. Carbon dioxide uptake
in the North Atlantic has halved in 10 years.
22nd October 2007 Ship
Intertanko, a maritime industry body, has estimated that international
shipping emits up to 1.2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each
year - double that arising from aviation.
16th October 2007 Nobel
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore have
shared this year's Nobel Peace Prize for their work to heighten
awareness and understanding of human-induced climate change.
16th October 2007 Nitrogen
James Lovelock and Chris Rapley have suggested that oceanic carbon
dioxide uptake could be enhanced by piping nutrient-rich water
to the surface to promote algal blooms.
17th September 2007 Cloud
Veerabhadran Ramanathan and colleagues at the Scripps Institute
in California have found that the brown clouds arising from air
pollution can be an important driver of atmospheric warming.
17th September 2007 Cool
Anders Levermann and colleagues at the Potsdam Institute in Germany
have reported that sea ice melt may help to stabilize ocean currents
by allowing the oceans to release more heat.
17th September 2007 Locally
The UK's House of Commons inquiry into climate change mitigation
by individual action has recommended more government support to
help local authorities tackle climate change. Full
1st September 2007 Stomatal
Richard Betts and his team at the UK's Hadley Centre have warned
that elevated carbon dioxide concentrations may increase flood
risks due to reduced transpiration.
1st September 2007 Cast
Timothy Filley and colleagues at Purdue University, Indiana, have
revealed that earthworms are changing soil chemistry at their
study sites and so may be altering carbon dioxide fluxes.
19th August 2007 Biofuelled
Renton Righelato and Dominick Spracklen, both in the UK, have
stated that reforestation is more effective than increased use
of biofuels in reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the EU.
August 2007 Albedo
Mark Serreze and colleagues at the US National Snow and Ice Data
Centre expect this summer to mark a new record low point in the
extent of sea-ice cover in the Arctic Ocean.
11th August 2007 Tropical
Ken Feeley and colleagues at Harvard University have warned that
rising temperatures may reduce the growth rate of trees in tropical
rainforests, so reducing their potential as a carbon sink.
11th August 2007 Biofuels
Paul Crutzen and colleagues have suggested that nitrous oxide
emissions arising from the cultivation of several biofuel crops
may negate reduced carbon dioxide emissions relative to fossil
11th August 2007 Up
Close and Personal
Doug Smith and colleagues at the UK's Hadley Centre have revealed
projections for climate change over the next decade. They predict
that natural climate drivers will help to slow warming until 2009.
11th August 2007 N-Rich
Dave Reay of Edinburgh University and GHGonline.org has suggested
that amplification of forest carbon sinks due to increased nitrogen
deposition is unlikely to be significant on a global scale.
12th July 2007 Sundowners
Mike Lockwood from the Rutherford-Appleton Lab in the UK and Claus
Froehlich from the WRC in Switzerland have demonstrated that solar
activity cannot explain recent global warming.
4th July 2007 Climate
A MORI poll in the UK has revealed that a significant proportion
of the public believe scientists and politicians have exaggerated
the threat posed by human-induced climate change.
4th July 2007 Carbon
Dave Reay, of GHGonline.org, and colleagues at the University
of Edinburgh are to launch a new MSc in Carbon Management for
business, economics and environmental science graduates.
4th July 2007 Ampere
A report by the UK's Energy Savings Trust has highlighted the
rapid increase in domestic electricty use resulting from gadgets
such as TVs and radios with high standby power usage.
25th June 2007 Climate
An UN Environment Programme report has cited climate change as
a key driver of the on-going conflict in Darfur. Drought and desertification
in the region have intensified in recent decades.
25th June 2007 Cemented
The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency has reported that
China has now overtaken the United States as the world's biggest
single emitter of carbon dioxide.
25th June 2007 Healthy
The UK's National Health Service (NHS) has been urged to do more
to reduce it greenhouse gas emissions - its estimated annual emissions
total one million tonnes of carbon .
10th June 2007 Handshakes
Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, has been at the forefront of
efforts to reach agreement on cutting greenhouse gas emissions
by 50 percent by 2050 at the latest G8 summit in Germany.
10th June 2007 Climate
Walter Jetz and colleagues at the University of California, San
Diego, have warned of the threat posed to many bird species by
the combination of climate change and human disturbance.
22nd May 2007 Sink
Corinne LeQuere and colleagues at the British Antarctic Survey
have reported a lack of reponse to elevated CO2 concentrations
by the Southern Ocean carbon sink.
22nd May 2007 All
The UK's MONARCH project has identified numerous species at risk
from climate change by 2050. Other species, such as the stone
curlew, may become more prevalent.
6th May 2007 Mitigation
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report
on the mitigation of climate change says that far-reaching cuts
in greenhouse gas emissions are economically viable. Summary
6th May 2007 Exporting
China is set to become the leading emitter of greenhouse gases
within the next year, overtaking the US. However, its manufacture
of goods for export may mask true national responsibilities for
19th April 2007 Climate
The UN Security Council has been discussing climate change in
terms of the threat its impacts pose to national and international
security. The UK - current holders of the presidency - initiated
19th April 2007 Impacts
of Climate Change
The latest summary report from the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC) has highlighted the vulnerability of billions
to the impacts of climate change. Click
here for the full summary.
3rd April 2007 EPA
Ponders 'New' Pollutant
The US Supreme Court has ruled that the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) does have the power to regulate against carbon dioxide
emissions from new cars and lorries.
3rd April 2007 Must
Carbon dioxide emissions are estimated to have risen by 1.25 percent
last year in the UK. However, the UK remains on track to meet
its Kyoto Protocol commitments.
15th March 2007 Climate
The UK government has announced details of its climate bill. Aims
include cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 60 percent by 2050
and setting 'carbon budgets' every 5 years.
4th March 2007 Bang
Inuit leaders are demanding cuts in US carbon dioxide emissions.
Ice and permafrost melt is threatening Inuit communities and human-induced
climate change has been blamed.
4th March 2007 War
UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has warned of the potentially
huge consequences of human-induced climate change, equating the
threat it poses to the world with that of wars.
24th February 2007 Climate
The Washington summit on climate change mitigation, attended by
numerous high-profile politicians, has agreed that developing-world
nations should also have targets for emission cuts.
24th February 2007 Greenhouse Gas
GHGonline.org editor Dave Reay, and colleagues Nick Hewitt, Keith
Smith and John Grace, have published a new edited volume on Greenhouse
Gas Sinks with publishers CABI.
14th February 2007 Carbon
Douglas Wallace and colleagues at the Leibniz Institute of Marine
Sciences in Kiel, Germany, have shown that anthropogenic carbon
dioxide has accumulated in deep ocean waters in the North Atlantic.
14th February 2007 Turning
Senator John McCain and other high-profile US politicians are
meeting with representatives from the EU, China, India and Japan
to discuss ways to cut global greenhouse emissions post-Kyoto.
14th February 2007 $25
Sir Richard Branson, owner of Virgin, has offered a prize of $25
million for a solution that will take 1 billion tonnes of carbon
emissions out of the atmosphere every year.
3rd February 2007 4th
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has published its
landmark report on the physical science basis of climate change.
To view the summary for policy makers click
28th January 2007 Post-Kyoto
UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has indicated that agreement on
meaningful commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the
US, China and India could now be within reach.
19th January 2007 Download
The results of the home PC-run climate model from 'Climateprediction.net'
have now been analysed. They predict a warming in the UK of between
2 and 6 degrees C by 2080.
17th January 2007 5
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved the 'Doomsday
Clock' forward to 5 minutes to midnight. The predicted impacts
of climate change are cited as a key reason for the increased
15th January 2007 Thawing
George W Bush is expected to make a major change in his stance
on climate change and its mitigation. The move may pave the way
for agreement of post-Kyoto Protocol emission cuts in the US.
7th January 2007 Warmest
Year on Record?
The UK Meteorological Office are predicting that 2007 will be
the the warmest year ever recorded. A combination of El Nino conditions
and high greenhouse gas concentrations is to blame.
7th January 2007 Ryan
Michael O'Leary, head of budget airline Ryan Air, has hit back
at criticism from Environment Minister Ian Pearson over the airline's
response to climate change and its mitigation.
7th January 2007 Tipping
2006 was a landmark year for climate change awareness. The Stern
Report, Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, and Sir David
Attenborough's films reached millions. Happy 2007.