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Ryanair rapped over low emissions claims

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Claims made by Ryanair about its carbon emissions have been banned by the UK's advertising watchdog.Europe's biggest airline by passenger numbers had billed itself as the region's "lowest emissions airline" and a "low C02 emissions airline".But the Advertising Standards Authority ruled Ryanair's claims in press, TV and radio adverts could not be backed up.Ryanair hit back in a statement saying consumers could halve their carbon footprint if they switched to it.In adverts last year, the Dublin-based operator claimed to have "the lowest carbon emissions of any major airline" and to be a "low fares, low CO2 emissions" carrier "based on the top 27 European airlines".Complainants to the UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said the adverts were misleadin...
Climate change: Worst emissions scenario ‘misleading’

Climate change: Worst emissions scenario ‘misleading’

Science
The worst-case scenario for emissions of CO2 this century is no longer plausible, say researchers.Referred to as "business as usual", the scenario assumes a 500% increase in the use of coal, which is now considered unlikely.Climate models suggest that this level of carbon could see warming of up to 6C by 2100, with severe impacts.Researchers say that on current trends, a rise in temperatures of around 3C is far more likely.How has this confusion come about?About 10 years ago, ahead of the fifth assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), researchers developed four different scenarios to describe how carbon emissions might change over the rest of this century. One of these clumsily titled "Represen...
Netherlands climate change: Court orders bigger cuts in emissions

Netherlands climate change: Court orders bigger cuts in emissions

Science
The highest court in the Netherlands has upheld a ruling requiring the government to slash greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% of 1990 levels by the end of next year.The case was brought six years ago by the Urgenda environment group in a bid to force ministers to go well beyond EU targets.However, the chances of the government reaching the target look slim.By the end of 2018, emissions were down only 15% on 1990 levels.Dutch environment researchers believe that levels could be cut by 23% by the end of 2020 but believe the reduction could be as low as 19%.The government in The Hague presented its climate accord at the end of June, with plans for a 49% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and phasing out coal-fired power g...
Climate change: ‘Bleak’ outlook as carbon emissions gap grows

Climate change: ‘Bleak’ outlook as carbon emissions gap grows

Science
Countries will have to increase their carbon-cutting ambitions five fold if the world is to avoid warming by more than 1.5C, the UN says.The annual emissions gap report shows that even if all current promises are met, the world will warm by more than double that amount by 2100.Richer countries have failed to cut emissions quickly enough, the authors say.Fifteen of the 20 wealthiest nations have no timeline for a net zero target.Hot on the heels of the World Meteorological Organization's report on greenhouse gas concentrations, the UN Environment Programme (Unep) has published its regular snapshot of how the world is doing in cutting levels of these pollutants. The emissions gap report looks at the difference between how much carb...