Climate change headlines and global warming news for June 2010
June 29 - More doubts raised over carbon capture
Professor Gary Shaffer from the Danish Centre for Earth System Science recently studied a
variety of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) methods to determine their effectiveness. While saying CCS has many potential advantages over climate geoengineering,
he believes short and long-term problems with leakage from underground storage should not be underestimated.
June 27 - Canada phasing out old coal fired power
Unless operators of Canada's aging coal fired power plants make substantial investments to cut emissions from their facilities, they will be required to shut down. The measures are expected to reduce emissions by 15,000
tonnes, which is the equivalent of taking 3.2 million vehicles off the road.
June 26 - Climate change also affecting space junk
Greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet at ground level are cooling the Earth's upper atmosphere, decreasing atmospheric density and causing space junk to remain in orbit up to 25% longer.
June 26 - Carbon dioxide levels could change plant
With atmospheric carbon dioxide saturation to reach levels double those of the
pre-industrial era by 2050, food production for a rapidly growing population will become even more challenging as plant diseases are likely to change.
June 22 - Sunday Times apologises to IPCC
The Sunday Times contributed to the anti-IPCC media frenzy a while back
after publishing a piece criticizing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC)'s reliance on information from WWF about the Amazon in relation to
climate change - but now the paper has published an apology after scientists involved in Amazon research have come forward and defended the WWF study.
June 21 - Painting glaciers to reduce temperatures
A project in the Andes is seeking to reduce local temperature by using
eco-friendly white paint to cover mountains once covered by glaciers but
laid bare warmer conditions. The project will whitewash over 170 acres of
mountainside on three Andean peaks. Read
June 19 - Rising temperatures creating havoc for
After reviewing a decade's worth of research about ocean changes, an
Australian and US researcher have found fish are getting smaller, marine life distribution is being interrupted and more disease is occurring in marine life as a result of water pollution, over-fishing, increased ocean acidification and rising temperatures.
June 18 - A great green wall for Africa
African leaders are further discussing the the idea of planting a tree belt across Africa in order to halt the advancing Sahara desert. The "great green wall", should it go ahead will be 9 miles wide and over 4,800 miles long.
June 17 - Whale poop sequesters carbon
A new study has found Southern
Ocean sperm whales play a crucial role in removing the equivalent carbon
emissions of 40,000 cars every year. The estimated 12,000 sperm
whales in the Southern Ocean each defecate around 50 tonnes of iron into
the sea; food for phytoplankton, marine plants that utilize carbon
June 15 - Singapore's "cruel heat"
According to Singapore's National
Environment Agency (NEA), the country's average temperature last year was
27.9 degrees Celsius, about 1 degree Celsius higher than the average
temperature over the last half-century. The NEA said it is difficult to
ascertain how much of the increase was due to global warming and how much to Singapore's rapid development over the past
three decades. Read
June 14 - BP oil leak offers global warming insights
It's not just huge quantities that have been spewing into the Gulf of
Mexico, 40% of the leak from consists of methane, a powerful greenhouse
gas. A research team will be looking at how this methane is distributed
and its effects in order to get a better understanding of global warming. Read
June 13 - Global warming causing plant migration
Global warming is seeing trees and companion plants move into new areas.
While some have begun moving north or upward to higher elevations, others
in areas that are drying are shifting southward or toward greater sources of
June 12 - USA's hottest spring on record
US May temperatures tied with May 1998 as the hottest on record according to NASA data and January to May averages
were the warmest on record; even in the midst of the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century.
June 11 - Rich nations' carbon emission pledge
Developing countries accused rich nations of undermining the entire climate regime after new UN data showed that developed countries will be able to substantially increase emissions due to loopholes in reduction pledged. Outgoing UN executive secretary, Yvo de Boer, said the pledges are not enough to guarantee the survival of most vulnerable and poorest.
June 8 - Canada under fire for slashing emissions targets
The Canadian government has slashed its carbon emissions goals for
2010 by over 90%, drawing sharp criticism from the Canadian branch of the
Sierra Club. The continuation of Alberta's tar sands projects will use up
the majority of Canada's carbon budget. Read
June 6 - Mega cities + climate change = mega
The United Nations Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs says
one of the largest challenges facing the aid community were issues
stemming from changing weather patterns and expressed concern about
mega-cities falling victim to mega-disasters. Read
June 5 - Arctic ocean carbon dioxide acidification
Carbon dioxide emissions are making oceans more acidic and ocean acidity has increased by 30% since
the beginning of the industrial era. Arctic and Antarctic seas are considered particularly vulnerable to acidification due to the high solubility of carbon dioxide in cold water. A group of 35 researchers has commenced a study to determine the response of Arctic marine life to the rapid change in ocean chemistry.
June 4 - Obama shows renewed vigor for climate bill
Drawing the crisis facing the USA in connection with the Gulf of Mexico BP
oil spill, President Obama has vowed to see the necessary Senate votes are
secured this year to allow crucial climate change legislation to be
June 3 - Climate change concern grows in India.
While in some parts of the world concerns about climate change are waning,
the people of India are growing increasingly aware of the issue. A recent
survey has found over 54 per cent of the Indians polled continue to be
'very concerned' about global warming. Read
June 2 - Climate talks in Bonn off to a shaky start
The 185-nation Bonn climate conference commenced on June 1 and will run
until June 11. It is the largest international meeting on climate change since
the failed Copenhagen summit last year. Tensions were already apparent on
the opening day as familiar mistrust between developed and developing
nations re-emerged. Read
June 2 - India heatwave kills hundreds
Hundreds have perished in India in recent times due to baking temperatures
and the death toll is expected to climb with temperatures of up to 50C
(122F) forecast in coming weeks. Read
June 1 - Global warming affecting Mt. Everest
According to a Nepalese sherpa, the melting of glacier ice along the
slopes of Mt. Everest due to global warming is making climbing the peak
more difficult and deep crevasses are being exposed, making the ascent
more dangerous for climbers. Read
June 1 - Hotter UK nights ahead
Global warming combined with the heat island effect could see the number
of hot nights in the UK jump considerably. The UK's Met Office has
predicted the average temperature will have risen by 3.6F (2C) within 30
years, accompanied by a higher frequency of hot spells. Read