RedskyNews Category: Eu – Politics & Science

Disaster Losses Hit Record In 2011

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The disasters that plagued the globe this year will send 2011 into the record books as the most costly year for catastrophes on record. Japan’s powerful tsunami, earthquakes in New Zealand, floods in Thailand and a series of severe tornadoes

World Must Manage The Planet

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The Rio+20 summit next year should focus on reshaping the world economy to better “manage the planet,” the UN’s top environment official told AFP at climate talks in Durban. “Rio will help the world look at climate change in the

World ‘Heading For 3.5 C Warming’

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Current pledges for curbing carbon emissions will doom the world to global warming of 3.5 C, massively overshooting the UN target of 2 C, researchers reported at the climate talks here on Tuesday. Output of heat-trapping carbon gases is rising

Arctic Much Worse Since 2006

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US federal officials have said the Arctic region has changed dramatically for the worse in the past five years. It is melting at a near record pace and is darkening and absorbing too much of the sun’s heat. A new

Climate To Cause Global Exodus

Rising sea levels and droughts associated with climate change threaten to force vast shifts of populations, yet states have so far been slow to react, the Global Migration Group (GMG) warned Thursday. The body, made up of 14 United Nations

Permafrost Loss Gets Worse

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The threat to climate change posed by thawing permafrost, which could release stocks of stored carbon, is greater than estimated, a group of scientists said on Wednesday. By 2100, the amount of carbon released by permafrost loss could be “1.7-5.2

Past Decade Is the Hottest Ever

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Thirteen of the warmest years recorded have occurred within the last decade and a half, proving that global warming is a reality, the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation said on Tuesday. The year 2011 caps a decade that ties the record

More Extreme Weather Expected

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The world is getting hotter, with 2011 one of the warmest years on record, and increasing temperatures are expected to amplify floods, droughts and other extreme weather patterns around the planet, said a U.N. report released on Tuesday. The World

Quarter Of World’s Land Degraded

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The UN food agency warned Monday that a quarter of the world’s landmass is “highly degraded,” making it difficult to meet the food needs of a booming population. “Humankind can no longer treat these vital resources as if they were

UK Wants Climate Pact By 2020

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LONDON (Reuters) – The government wants a new globally binding climate deal to be “operational” by 2020 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions enough to keep world temperature rises to a limit of 2 degrees Celsius, the UK’s minister for energy