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Climate change: Rugby World Cup highlights injustice

Climate change: Rugby World Cup highlights injustice

Science
Ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan, a report from Christian Aid highlights what they term the "climate injustice" endured by Pacific island participants.Fiji, Samoa and Tonga face an uncertain future in a warmer world, with rising seas and increased storms.But rich rugby nations like Japan and Australia are blocking aggressive climate action, the study says. Christian Aid says this mirrors the exploitation of the Pacific islands for their best rugby players. The charity says that the Pacific nations are among the countries that have done the least to cause the climate crisis. Carbon emissions per person in Samoa are just 0.7 tonnes every year but the average Australian produces 24 times more, at 16.5 tonnes. According to figures produced by the Climate...
Climate change: Warming to drive ‘robust increase’ in UK flooding

Climate change: Warming to drive ‘robust increase’ in UK flooding

Science
Coastal areas in the UK and Northern Europe will experience an increase in "compound flooding" in coming decades say researchers. These events, where storm surges and heavy rainfall combine, will become more common thanks to rising global temperatures. Devon, Cornwall and the Bristol channel may become "hotspots" with events seen more than once every six years. The study is published in the journal Science Advances. Researchers say that floods on the Avon in Bristol in 2014 and in Ravenna in Italy in 2015 are both good examples of compound events that have caused significant losses to people and property.These events are marked by a combination of storm surge and heavy rainfall, sometimes driven by the same low pressure system. Storm surges can be made wo...
Faster pace of climate change is ‘scary’, former chief scientist says

Faster pace of climate change is ‘scary’, former chief scientist says

Science
Extreme events linked to climate change, such as the heatwave in Europe this year, are occurring sooner than expected, an ex-chief scientist says.Prof Sir David King says he's been scared by the number of extreme events, and he called for the UK to advance its climate targets by 10 years.But the UN's weather chief said using words like “scared” could make young people depressed and anxious.Campaigners argue that people won't act unless they feel fearful.Speaking to the BBC, Prof King, a former chief scientific adviser to the government, said: “It’s appropriate to be scared. We predicted temperatures would rise, but we didn’t foresee these sorts of extreme events we’re getting so soon.”Several other scientists contacted by the BBC
Climate change: Electrical industry’s ‘dirty secret’ boosts warming

Climate change: Electrical industry’s ‘dirty secret’ boosts warming

World
It's the most powerful greenhouse gas known to humanity, and emissions have risen rapidly in recent years, the BBC has learned. Sulphur hexafluoride, or SF6, is widely used in the electrical industry to prevent short circuits and accidents. But leaks of the little-known gas in the UK and the rest of the EU in 2017 were the equivalent of putting an extra 1.3 million cars on the road. Levels are rising as an unintended consequence of the green energy boom.Cheap and non-flammable, SF6 is a colourless, odourless, synthetic gas. It makes a hugely effective insulating material for medium and high-voltage electrical installations. It is widely used across the industry, from large power stations to wind turbines to electrical sub-station...
Byron burger allergy death: Owen Carey’s family demand law change

Byron burger allergy death: Owen Carey’s family demand law change

Health
Media playback is unsupported on your device The family of a teenager with a dairy allergy who died after he unwittingly ate buttermilk in a burger restaurant have called for a change in the law.Owen Carey ordered grilled chicken at Byron burger at the O2 Arena in London while celebrating his 18th birthday. He told staff about his allergy but was not told the meal included buttermilk.After a coroner ruled he was not told about allergens that led to his death, Mr Carey's family said the current policy left too much room for error.Speaking outside Southwark Coroner's Court, Mr Carey's sister Emma Kocher said her brother's death should not have happened. She said the family wanted someth...