climate change

Hothouse earth image

The UK has recently been experiencing the type of prolonged hot spell that hasn’t been seen since the summer of 1976.  In that year the government of the day introduced a Drought Act and even appointed a Minister for Drought, Denis Howell, whose job was to encourage the public to use less water. While a very wet (and cold) Spring and Winters saved us from serious water shortages, 1976 was

Hurrican Harvey

At the time of writing (September 2017) US city Houston is struggling to cope with unprecedented flooding and damage from wind that has displaced many 1000s from their home, killed and injured people and damaged property. The facts are startling: Since Aug. 25, Harvey has flooded the Houston area with almost 52 inches of rain, a single-storm record for the contiguous U.S. So far, close to 94,000 homes have been damaged or

UK government axes the Climate Change department

The government has axed the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) in a major shake-up. The brief will be folded into an expanded Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy under Greg Clark. In his statement, Mr Clark appeared keen to calm concerns about the priority given to tackling global warming. He said: “I am thrilled to have been appointed to lead this new department charged with delivering a

Lord Stern

Lord Stern, one of the world’s most influential voices on climate economics, is highly critical of those that take a narrow view prosperity and ignore the devastating consequences of global warming. “You have to be a complete idiot to think that GDP sums up prosperity,” says Stern, who believes we need to change the way we measure economic success and wealth. Stern, who wrote the landmark 2006 Stern review of

Germany sets new high, generating 74 percent of energy needs from renewable energy, solar, wind and hydro etc

On Sunday 11 May 2014, Germany’s impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continued, with renewable energy generation surging to a new record — nearly 75 percent — of the country’s overall energy demand by midday. With wind and solar in particular filling such a huge portion of the country’s power demand, electricity prices actually dipped into the negative for much of the afternoon, according to Renewables International. In the first

Global dip in renewable market share but generation grows

Global investment in renewables fell by 14% during 2013, but the percentage of electricity generated by renewable sources still grew, according to a new United Nations report – Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014 It said investment fell for the second year in a row because of cheaper technology such as falling cost of solar photovoltaic systems, but also as a result of uncertainty surrounding energy policy. However, falling

satellite image uk storm

There has been a catalogue of unprecedented weather events in recent times, leaving politicians and authorities powerless. Rainfall in many areas in the UK has been twice the average for January and February and has left large parts of southern England under water now and for the foreseeable future. The US has been hit by a second wave of snow storms in the North East – Second wave of huge snow

Despite the US cold snap, NASA Finds 2013 Sustained Long-Term Climate Warming Trend

Despite the recent cold snap in the US, NASA scientists say 2013 tied with 2009 and 2006 for the seventh warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. With the exception of 1998, the 10 warmest years in the 134-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the warmest years on record. NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New

Signs of early spring after a mild winter in the UK

An extremely mild winter has led to signs of an early spring sprouting across the UK, from snowdrops and hazel flowering to sightings of ladybirds and butterflies. This winter has been unusually mild, with the Met Office confirming December as the third warmest on record. The average temperature for the month was 8.7C, compared to an average of 6.7C over the years 1981-2010. January so far has continued the mild weather, with temperatures reaching

Extreme weather - while US freezes, UK floods and Australia swelters, climate change deniers in denial

January 2014 has seen some remarkable and contrasting weather across the world. In Australia, 2013 will go down as the hottest ever – Australia saw hottest year on record in 2013 – and 2014 started with record temperatures in Western Australia – Temperatures climb towards 50s as heatwave grips Western Australia. In the UK, flooding has affected much of the South East and South East and flood warnings have been issued for the