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London’s economy at risk from extreme world weather

Published today, 23rd July 2015, the London Assembly Economy Committee report ‘Weathering the Storm’, looks into the impact of climate change on London’s economy in terms of risks and opportunities.

The key findingas are:

  • London’s businesses are ill-prepared for climate change risks - 54 per cent of FTSE 100 firms have no business adaptation strategy in place for climate change.

Fancy skiing? Loco2 puts the Alps in easy reach as Ski Train bookings open

Loco2 is the best place to book tickets for the direct ski trains and new London to Lyon service, which go on sale today. Only on loco2.com can skiers book from any UK railway station to the largest number of Alpine resorts in a single transaction. Skiers will be able to connect from their local station to the two direct ski train services that will run each week between London St Pancras International, calling at Ashford International, and Moûtiers, Aime-la-Plagne and Bourg St Maurice in France. Read more »

19.3 million displaced by disasters but “mother nature not to blame” says new report

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Displacement related to disasters worldwide in 2014

In the last seven years, an estimated one person every second has been displaced by a disaster, with 19.3 million people forced to flee their homes in 2014 alone. Disaster displacement is on the rise, and as policy leaders worldwide advance towards the adoption of a post-2015 global agenda, the time has never been better to address it. Read more »

Rapid decline in bumblebee species caused by climate change, study finds

Bumblebee (UFZ)

In the most comprehensive analysis of climate change impacts on critical pollinators, researchers have found that rapid declines in bumblebee species across North America and Europe have a strong link to climate change. The study was published in Science. It was conducted by scientists from University of Ottawa and other North American institutions. Scientists from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), as one of the major partners from Europe, were responsible for coordinating basic data collection. Read more »

Norway could be Europe's green battery

Alta Dam in northern Norway, one of the country‘s 937 hydropower installations. Norway is the world‘s sixth largest producer of electricity from hydropower. Photo: Rehro, via Wikimedia Commons.

Norwegian hydropower could make Norway the “green battery” of Europe — not by building new power plants, but by further developing the hydropower installations that were built out beginning at the turn of the last century. Read more »

Climate change may knock seafood off the menu

Pink salmon is one of the species jeopardised by the impact of carbon dioxide emissions. (Image: NOAA Fisheries via Flickr.com)

Pink salmon – the smallest and most abundant of the Pacific salmon species, and a supper table mainstay in many parts of the world – may be swimming towards trouble. And they are not the only dish likely to disappear from the menu. Mussels, oysters, clam and scallop could all become scarcer and more expensive as the seas become more acid. And as the world’s waters warm, fish will start to migrate away from their normal grounds at an ever-increasing rate. Read more »

Community groups in Devon are enabling people to invest in local renewable energy projects, improving their community's resilience

A film by Regen SW and Devon County Council on the community energy journey towards renewable generation and community benifit.

For more info visit: http://www.regensw.co.uk/communities/

Partially logged rainforests could be emitting more carbon than previously thought

Dead wood in Borneo. (Picture © Marion Pfeifer/Imperial College London)

Global carbon emissions from forests could have been underestimated because calculations have not fully accounted for the dead wood from logging. Living trees take in carbon dioxide whereas dead and decaying ones release it. Understanding the proportion of both is important for determining whether a large area of forest is a source of carbon dioxide, or a ‘sink’ that helps to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Read more »

Taking nature's best ideas to solve human problems

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The IBERS living walls on Gogerddan campus

A newly established Plants & Architecture Network has been set up between Aberystwyth, Bangor and Cardiff Universities with funding via Welsh Government’s Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and the Environment (NRN-LCEE). Read more »

Finalists announced for Ashden UK and Travel Awards

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One of Reading Buses’ biomethane-powered fleet. Picture: Ashden

The shortlist has been announced for the 2015 Ashden UK and Travel Awards. The Awards are a globally recognised measure of excellence in the field of sustainable energy and celebrate the organisations that Ashden considers to be leading the way in this field. Read more »

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