February 2013 climate change news
February 28 - Even more spent on fossil fuel subsidies
Globally, governments doled out more than $620 billion to subsidize fossil fuel energy in
2011; 20 percent more than in 2010. $131 billion of that figure went to
fossil fuel based electricity generation. Read
February 25 - Climate change to impact productivity
Rising temperatures and humidity could reduce the world’s labor capacity to 80 percent during summer months
- double the effect these factors have today. The effect would double again
by if global carbon emissions are not substantially reduced. Read
February 21 - Kerry on Climate Change
The USA's newly-minted Secretary of State, John Kerry, has not minced words on the topic of climate change in his first major speech in the position. Kerry said failure to act on climate change may be the only thing this generation
is remembered for. Read
February 20 - Oil sands' appalling energy return
One unit of natural gas is needed to create less than three units of oil-based energy
derived from tar sands in Canada. This not only makes it incredibly
energy intensive, but piles on greenhouse gas emissions associated with
the extraction. Read
February 19 - Marshall Islands' climate change plea.
Low lying islands, including the Marshall Islands, want the UN Security Council to recognise
that climate change is an international security threat and one that jeopardises
the survival of low-lying states; some of which are already seeing a
related exodus as water becomes contaminated and food production becomes
an issue. Read
February 18 - Climate change denial - or consensus denial?
University of Queensland's John Cook argues there is no such thing as climate change denial. What exists is denial of scientific consensus
he says and techniques of consensus denial are easily identifiable. Read
February 15 - Hand feeding polar bears?
The time may come, and soon, that polar bear populations may need to
receive supplemental food from humans during ice-free periods in the
Arctic and/or be relocated. In the worst case scenario, some may need to
be killed. Read
February 13 - Obama to ramp up climate change efforts
In his fifth State of the Union Address, US President Barack Obama called for for oil-funded technology research to
help kick the nation's oil habit, a doubling of energy efficiency in 20 years and stated if Congress won't take action on climate change, his administration will.
February 11 - Climate change worsening US storm
A senior scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research believes climate change will add snowfall totals from the storm battering Northeast USA by by 5 to 10 percent.
February 10 - Work less, save the world
The Center for Economic and Policy Research believes even a 0.5 per cent annual reduction in the length of the average
working week could cut between eight and 22 per cent of every degree of global warming
expected to occur by 2100. Read
February 8 - Renewables beat fossil fuels for power in
In Australia, new wind farms can now produce electricity cheaper than
new coal fired and gas based power generation plants - and solar PV
isn't far behind. Read
February 6 - US power plant emissions decrease
Indicating power generation is using less on coal and more on natural gas and renewable sources,
greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants dropped 4.6 percent in
2011 according to the US EPA. Read
February 4 - A 'new kind of rain' for the UK
Chairman of the UK's Environment Agency says the UK is experiencing a new kind of rain and Britons should prepare for more flooding, more frequently.
February 3 - Hottest January on record for Australia
The fact that January was the hottest month on record won't be a huge
surprise for many Australians, but what is remarkable is it occurred
outside of an El Nino or drought year. Read
February 2 - Insurers funding climate havoc
Claims are being made that major insurance companies are funding major oil and gas exploration in the Arctic;
which could unlock more fossil fuels to add to the world's climate
change woes. Read
February 2 - US Energy Secretary Steven Chu resigns
Secretary Chu's resignation was accompanied by a lengthy letter
outlining the successes and challenges of boosting renewable energy
uptake in the USA during his tenure and takes a parting shot at climate
change deniers. Read
February 2 - Amazon tree mortality revised
The Amazon, commonly referred to as the lungs of the world, is doing it
tough due to storm and drought damage - and estimates of tree mortality
may be off by 9-17 percent according to a a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
February 2 - Climate influences flu
A team of scientists studying influenza outbreaks and climate patterns
found warm winters are usually followed by heavy flu seasons. With the
world warming, flu is likely to have a bigger impact in the years ahead.
February 1 - Scientists warn of misinformation campaign.
The Union of Concerned Scientists has flagged that a misinformation campaign about renewable energy
will be launched this year; "brought to you by the Koch brothers and other large players in the fossil-fuel