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Climate change ‘may curb growth in UK flying’

Climate change ‘may curb growth in UK flying’

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Concerns over climate change might restrict the growth of flying in the UK, the government has admitted.The advisory Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recently said the UK's planned increase in aviation would need to be curbed to restrict CO2.Now a senior civil servant has told a green group that means ministers may have to review aviation strategy.The group says climate concern is so high the decision on Heathrow expansion should be brought back to Parliament. Media playback is unsupported on your device The Department for Transport defended the proposed Heathrow expansion, saying it would "provide a massive economic boost to businesses and communities" across the UK, all at "no cost...
Climate change is helping spread a deadly virus among frogs in Britain

Climate change is helping spread a deadly virus among frogs in Britain

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May 10 (UPI) -- Earth's warming climate is encouraging the spread of a virus causing a deadly epidemic among common frogs, Rana temporaria. When a team of researchers in England compared the records of mass-mortality events linked to Ranavirus with climate patterns, they found rising temperatures were associated with an increased risk of a viral outbreak. If temperatures continue to rise, scientists expect Ranavirus outbreaks to become more severe and occur more frequently. In addition to analyzing weather and frog mortality data compiled by the Met Office and Froglife's Frog Mortality Project, scientists also studied cell cultures and live models in the lab. Their tests confirmed warmer temperatures increased the likelihood of Ranavirus triggering an outbreak of the fatal disease. The l...
Climate change: Scientists test radical ways to fix Earth’s climate

Climate change: Scientists test radical ways to fix Earth’s climate

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Scientists in Cambridge plan to set up a research centre to develop new ways to repair the Earth's climate.It will investigate radical approaches such as refreezing the Earth's poles and removing CO2 from the atmosphere.The centre is being created because of fears that current approaches will not on their own stop dangerous and irreversible damage to the planet. The initiative is the first of its kind in the world and could lead to dramatic reductions in carbon emissions.The initiative is co-ordinated by the government's former chief scientific adviser, Prof Sir David King."What we do over the next 10 years will determine the future of humanity for the next 10,000 years. There is no major centre in the world that would be focused...
Climate change: Half world’s biggest airlines don’t offer carbon offsetting

Climate change: Half world’s biggest airlines don’t offer carbon offsetting

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1.5 degrees Keeping the rise in global average temperature below 1.5 degrees Celsius will avoid the worst impacts of climate change, scientists say. That’s compared with ‘pre-industrial’ times. The world has already warmed about 1C since then. 2 degrees The original target for limiting the rise in global average temperature. Recent research points to 1.5 degrees being a far safer limit. 3 degrees The current likely rise in ave
Climate change: England flood planners ‘must prepare for worst’

Climate change: England flood planners ‘must prepare for worst’

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England’s flood planners must prepare for the worst on climate change, the Environment Agency has warned.Its chairwoman, Emma Howard Boyd, said on current trends, global temperature could rise between 2C and 4C by 2100 and £1bn a year would need to be spent on flood management.She said some communities may even need to move because of the risk of floods.The government said it would be seeking evidence for its own flood policy in the autumn.Ms Howard Boyd, launching the consultation on the agency’s flood strategy, said government policy should ensure that all publicly-funded infrastructure is resilient to flooding and coastal change by 2050. “We can’t win a war against water by building away climate change with infinitely high fl