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Climate Change News

Below are news items on climate change – many with relevance to aviation

 

Climate Change: It’s still real and it’s still a problem

Climate-related controversies and the outcome of the Copenhagen summit widely regarded as a failure have left a sense of hopelessness in climate policy, says Lord Chris Smith. He stresses the soundness of the fundamental climate science and the need to continue pushing for meaningful climate deals. The worst response to Copenhagen would be to throw up our hands in horror,say nothing was achieved and give up. The scientific evidence is overwhelming. (BBC)

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Industries hoarding greenhouse gas emission permits

Companies across Europe are hoarding permits to produce greenhouse gas emissions worth hundreds of millions of pounds.   The surplus credits have been amassed from over-allocation of permits to pollute from the EU ETS  and by buying cheap credits from carbon-cutting projects in developing countries and holding on to their more expensive official EU allowances. The saved permits can be used to meet future targets without actually reducing CO2. (Guardian)

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IATA enters legal case brought by ATA and 3 US airlines against the UK over the Aviation EU ETS

IATA has filed an "amicus brief" in London ahead of the hearing expected this month into the case brought by the ATA and American Airlines, Continental and United – over the aviation EU ETS. They claim that unilaterally applying the EU ETS to non-EU airlines is in breach of the Convention on International Civil Aviation 1944 – the Chicago Convention. A government consultation on the transposition of the ETS ends on March 5th. (GreenAir online)

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Aviation was 6.3% of the UK’s CO2 in 2008 (and 12% of its climate change effect)

The AEF (Aviation Environment Federation) have done a bit of calculation on the government figures on CO2 emissions, and found that - in 2008 (as the 2009 figures are not yet available) - Aviation was 6.3% of the UK's CO2 (and 12% of its climate change effect)

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Climate sceptics are recycled critics of controls on tobacco and acid rain

Science continues its  urgent message: we are fuelling dangerous changes in Earth's climate. The global public is disconcerted by recent attacks on climate science. If experts cannot agree that there is a climate crisis, why should governments address it? Today's campaigners against action on climate change are often backed by the same lobbies, individuals, and organisations that sided with the tobacco industry to discredit the science linking smoking and lung cancer. (Guardian)

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Skeptical Science – all the arguments anyone every needed on climate change

There is a brilliant website, Skeptical Science, which goes through all the arguments that climate change is not happening, or is not caused by human activity.   It gives the science and the reasons why each argument is not true.   Well worth a look.   Very well worth a look.   http://www.skepticalscience.com/argument.php

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Climate sceptics denounced by Brown as he launches climate change group

Gordon Brown has launched a new UN climate fundraising group, and says sceptics go 'against the grain' of scientific evidence. He will co-chair the UN High Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing. It aims to raise £19 bn over the next 3 years - rising to £60 bn annually by 2020 – to help poor countries limit their emissions and adapt to climate change. He said Britain supports a legally-binding agreement at in Cancun later this year. (Guardian)

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Coalition of denial: The sceptics who are trying to reshape the climate debate

Who are the main climate sceptics? What are their main points? Several articles that show who is who, and what they are saying. Lomborg. Monckton. Bellamy. Griffin. Levitt and Dubner. Lawson. Peiser. Pilmer. Inhofe. Klaus. Wilson. Milloy. Michaels. Palin. Phillips. Booker.

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Climate scepticism ‘on the rise’, BBC poll shows

A Populus poll of 1,001 people for the BBC suggests the number of British people who are sceptical about climate change is rising. Now 25% do not think global warming is happening, a rise of 8% since a similar poll was conducted in November.   75% of respondents now say  climate change is a reality, down from  83% in Nov.   26%  now believe climate change is happening and "now established as largely man-made". A third now feel the potential consequences of living in a warming world had been exaggerated

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Global deal on climate change in 2010 ‘all but impossible’

According to senior figures across the world involved in the negotiations, a global deal to tackle climate change - from the next climate summit in Mexico 2010  - is all but impossible, leaving the scale and pace of action to slow global warming in coming decades uncertain. Many say only a legally binding deal setting "top-down" global limits on emissions can ultimately avoid the worst impacts of rising temperatures, but an agreement does not reduce one molecule of  CO2 – it's national policies that do that.

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