Environmental News

Global warming evidence strengthens, UN official says

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Evidence that global warming is man-made is getting stronger, the head of a UN panel of climate scientists said, in a further blow to sceptics who argue rising temperatures can be explained by natural variations.

Rajendra Pachauri spoke on the sidelines of a conference in Qatar where 200 nations are trying to reach a deal to cut emissions of greenhouse gases to avert floods, droughts, heatwaves and mounting sea levels.

The influential UN climate panel said the probability human activity was the main cause of climate change was "at least 90 per cent" in its last report in 2007.

Pachauri told Reuters late on Wednesday he expected the panel would raise the level of that likelihood even higher in its next report, due in 2013.

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Climate summit's 2015 goal

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It is an annual ritual: nearly 200 nations sit down at the end of each year for two weeks of glacially paced negotiations meant to stop global warming. Meanwhile, leading scientific and economic bodies warn the best evidence suggests time is fast running out to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Starting Monday it is the turn of the oil-dominated Qatar to host the latest major United Nations’ climate summit.

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Report on gasfield leaks is premature, says industry

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The coal seam gas industry has written to the vice-chancellor of Southern Cross University, attacking research that shows high levels of methane and carbon dioxide leaking from a gasfield.

The letter accuses two researchers, Isaac Santos and Damien Maher, of sloppy work and says it is ''deeply concerning'' that the university has not publicly released all its data before the academic, peer-review process is completed.

Dr Santos and Dr Maher found large-scale gas leaks in a gasfield operated by BG Group at Tara gasfield on Queensland's western downs. The findings, contained in a submission to the federal government, suggest the industry may not have properly accounted for gas leaks, which could have implications for human health and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Degrees of devastation: major report warns of drastically hotter planet

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The World Bank has warned the planet is on track to warm by four degrees Celsius this century - causing increasingly extreme heat waves, lower crop yields and rising sea levels - unless significant action is taken to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

In a major report released ahead of the year-end United Nations climate summit in Qatar, the bank says changes associated with four degrees of warming would have dramatic and devastating effects on all parts of the world, including Australia, but that the poor would be most vulnerable.

Read more: hhttp://www.theage.com.au/environment/degrees-of-devastation-major-report-warns-of-drastically-hotter-planet-20121119-29l3c.html