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Greenhouse Gas News Archive 2009

money 19th December 2009 COP Discord
A new Copenhagen Accord agreed by the US, China, India, Brazil and South Africa aims to deliver additional funding for mitigation and adaptation, but fails to set legally binding commitments.


signpost 16th December 2009 There is Hope
The multinational delegation of Carbon Masters from the University of Edinburgh at COP-15 have given a powerful and inspirational message to delegates in Copenhagen.


sun 7th December 2009 14 Days
The 15th Conference of the Parties begins in Copenhagen today, with more than 15,000 delegates from 192 nations converging to broker a post-2012 climate agreement.


eggs 3rd December 2009 Family Planning
The Optimum Population Trust, in the UK, has suggested that funding family planning and contraception is a more cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


rail track 3rd December 2009 India Indication
Jairam Ramesh, the Indian Environment Minister, has announced that India will cut its carbon intensity by 20-25 percent by 2020, providing sufficient international support is available.


pc 21st November 2009 Climate Hack
The Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, UK, has been attacked by computer hackers who have obtained and published emails on one of its servers.


crops 1st November 2009 Storm Warning
Gordon Conway, chief scientist of the UK's Department for International Development, has warned that climate change could devastate Africa due to drought, floods and disease.


flood 1st November 2009 Retreat Australia Fair
A parliamentary report on the risks posed by sea level rise to coastal communities in Australia has called for urgent action. They estimate that $150 billion dollars of property is at risk.


fish 1st November 2009 Popsicle Polyps
Simon Harding, of the Zoological Society of London, is one of several researchers that have suggested freezing coral samples is now required to preserve many species for the future.


storm surge 11th October 2009 Sediment Signals
Aradhna Tripati and colleagues at the University of California have shown that carbon dioxide concentrations were at ~400ppm, and sea levels 25-40m higher, 20 million years ago.


sun 19th September 2009 Unhealthy Climate
An open letter from leading medics in the Lancet and the British Medical Journal has highlighted the huge threat to human health posed by global climate change in the 21st century.


ice 19th September 2009 Reduced Arctic Melt
Walt Meier and colleagues at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center have reported that the 2009 summer melt of Arctic sea ice has been less than that in 2007 and 2008.


flood 28th August 2009 Adapted Figures
Martin Parry of the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London, and colleagues, have revised upwards the estimated costs of protecting society from the impacts of climate change.


shags 28th August 2009 Climate Hijack
Richard Black, of the BBC, has assessed whether the predominance of climate change in politics and the media has been to the detriment of other key environmental issues.


tree 25th August 2009 Climate Ents
Melanie Harsch and colleagues at Lincoln University in New Zealand have found that tree lines around the world are extending to higher altitudes and latitudes in response to climate change.


money 17th August 2009 Horse Trading
The Australian Parliament has rejected plans for a national greenhouse gas trading scheme. The Government plans to reintroduce the legislation in three months' time.


leaves 17th August 2009 REDD Road
Mark Schrope has provided an updated analysis of the potential for an international deal on reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation, and its on-going political tensions.


ice 6th August 2009 On Thinner Ice
Ron Kwok and colleagues at NASA have reported widespread thinning of Arctic sea ice. Multi-year sea ice thinned by around 7 inches per year between 2003 and 2008.


sun 9th July 2009 Two Degrees
The G8 and a host of other developed and developing countries have agreed that global temperatures must not rise by more than 2 degrees C above the pre-industrial average.


sunset 30th June 2009 Aerosol Parasol
Gunnar Myhre of the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo has found the cooling effect of aerosols in the atmosphere to be much less than previously thought.


gas flame 30th June 2009 Energy Gap
The Royal Society has published a report demanding more investment in renewable energy in the UK and recommending higher consumer energy prices to help support it.


car and gas station 30th June 2009 Representative Vote
The US House of Representatives has voted in support of a new climate change bill aimed at reducing US greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.


storm 15th June 2009 Climate Change Migration
Koko Warner, of the United Nations University in Bonn, Germany, has highlighted the need for migration impacts to be mainstreamed in climate change adaptation policy.


pc 15th June 2009 Falling Short
Joeri Rogelj and colleagues at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research have calculated that current national emissions targets stand little chance of avoiding 2 degrees C of warming.


rising sun 15th June 2009 Japanese Target
The Japanese Government has announced a target reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 15 percent by 2020, equating to an 8 percent cut relative to the 1990 baseline year.


your planet needs you 7th June 2009 Your Planet Needs You
Dave Reay, of Edinburgh University and GHGonline, has just published a new book on climate change for children. It is published jointly by the Science Museum and Macmillan.


drought 28th May 2009 Hot Chile
Fernando Santibanez and colleagues at the University of Chile have highlighted the threat that climate change poses to Chile - and in particular its agiculture - in the coming decades.


ice melt 18th May 2009 Rise and Fall
Jonathon Bamber and colleagues at the University of Bristol, UK, have revised downwards the predicted sea level rise that would result from loss of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.


sun 18th May 2009 Unhealthy Climate
Anthony Costello and colleagues at the Institute for Global Health have cited climate change as the biggest threat to human health in the 21st century in a new report in the Lancet.


fish 13th May 2009 White Coral
Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and co-authors of a new WWF report have warned that reefs in Asia's Coral Triangle may be wiped out by 2100 due to climate change, pollution and fishing.


money 5th May 2009 Deal or No Deal
Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has announced that plans for an emissions tradin scheme in Australia have been delayed until July 2011 because of the difficult economic climate.


fog 24th April 2009 Carbon Captured
Ed Miliband, UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary, has revealed plans for a new generation of carbon capture and storage (CCS) coal-fired power stations.


leaves 24th April 2009 Brighter Shade
Lina Mercado, of CEH in the UK, and colleagues, has reported that atmospheric pollution has increased primary production and carbon dioxide uptake since the 1960s.


clouds 24th April 2009 CO2 'Pollutant'
The US Government has designated carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as substances that may endanger human well-being and so should be regulated as pollutants.


coast 13th April 2009 American Tide
Walter Vergara, of the World Bank, and others attending a climate change conference in Copenhagen, have highlighted the risk to the Americas of accelerating sea level rise.


flame 13th April 2009 Carbon Masters
Carbon Masters from Indonesia, Tanzania, India, Nepal, the UK and the US have told the Scottish Parliament of the climate change impacts already being seen in their home nations.


fungi 13th April 2009 Climate Disease
Kevin Lafferty, of the US Geologocal Survey in Santa Barbara, has argued that climate change is more likely to shift the ranges of many infectious diseases, rather than expand them.


flood 22nd March 2009 Resilience Reports
The US National Association of Insurance Commissioners has decided to make insurers provide climate risk reports, detailing how climate change is likely to affect them.


rice 22nd March 2009 Paddy Potential
Xiaoyuan Yan and colleagues at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have highlighted the potential for improved management to reduce methane emissions from rice cultivation.


sun 22nd March 2009 Shifting Europe
The United Nations has raised concerns that the European Union is shifting its stance on how investment in low carbon technologies in the developing world should be spent.


ice 22nd March 2009 Methane Mire
Amanda Leigh Mascarelli of Nature Reports Climate Change has examined the recent evidence for, and implications of, accellerating hydrate and permafrost methane emissions.


car 23rd February 2009 Climate Watch
The Exxon Mobil and Massey Energy corporations have been put on a 'Climate Watch' list by investors due the risks to their competitiveness posed by a lack of climate change action.


ice 23rd February 2009 Puddle Trouble
Christina Alsvik Pedersen, of the Norwegian Polar Institute, and colleagues, have linked melt water pools on the surface of Artcic sea-ice with unexpectedly rapid ice melt rates.


cloud 4th February 2009 Touching the Void
Britton Stephens, and colleagues from the US National Center for Atmospheric Research, are using jet aeroplanes to investigate how greenhouse gases enter and leave our atmosphere.


fish 4th February 2009 Acid Bath
A declaration from The Ocean in a High CO2 World Symposium has highlighted the threat of severe damage to marine ecosystems if carbon dioxide emissions are not radically reduced.


flame 4th February 2009 Biogas Boon
The UK's National Grid have suggested that increased use of biogas from landfill sites and sewage plants could meet two-thirds of the nation's renewable energy targets for 2020.


drought 4th February 2009 Talking the Walk
Ken Kostel, writing for Nature Reports Climate Change, has examined the barriers faced in communicating climate science in terms of its impacts on food production.


sun rise 20th January 2009 Lighter Europe
Robert Vautard and colleagues at the Atomic Energy Commission in France have linked the rapid rate of warming in Europe since the 1970s with reduced air pollution.


spring flowers 8th January 2009 Met Metrics
Happy New Year. The UK's Met Office has predicted that, despite ongoing La Nina conditions, 2009 will be in the top five warmest on record. 2008 was the 10th warmest on record.


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