June 2013 climate change news
June 30 - Cameron coy on climate change
While other leaders are reassuring the public on action on climate
change; NewStatesman says UK Prime Minister David Cameron hasn’t made a single speech on climate change in the three years since he
became PM. Read
June 29 - Climate change could make areas uninsurable
The effects of climate change could make some areas of the world “uninsurable,” according to global insurance trade body, the Geneva Association; which says parts of the UK and Florida are already facing this scenario.
June 26 - Obama: no time for flat earthers on climate
U.S President Barack Obama has put a special emphasis on renewable
energy as part of his plan to reduce the nation's carbon emissions and
says there is no time for meetings with the "Flat Earth
Society"; a signal of his growing impatience with those in
government still in denial concerning climate change. Read
June 24 - Melting ice draws nations closer together
Some trading destinations have suddenly become closer in a way due to global warming. The opening previously ice-bound trade routes is having profound effects. For example, the travel time between the port of Yokohama in Japan and Hamburg in Germany has been slashed by 40 percent - a small silver lining on a very dark, very large and very ominous cloud.
June 23 - Singapore chokes on Indonesia's smoke
Smoke from fires burning on the Indonesian island of Sumatra have made
their way to Singapore, where pollution levels hit record highs on
Friday. Aside from the very visible effect of the blazes; they are also
generating a huge amount of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Read
June 21 - Obama to rein in power plant emissions
US President Barack Obama is reportedly readying regulations to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. With nearly 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the USA attributable to power generation, such a move would not be a token gesture.
June 18 - Bottoms up - Antarctica melting from below.
More than half of Antarctica's ice loss is being caused through warming
water, which is melting the ice from underneath. Authors of a related
study this revelation has implications in terms of humanity's
understanding of Antarctica's reaction to climate change. Read
June 17 - Climate Commission - leave coal in the ground
Australia's Climate Commission's latest report states that in order to
have any hope of reining in global average temperature rises by 2
degrees or less, around 80 per cent of the world's fossil fuel reserves
must be left in the ground. Read
June 16 - Passing the carbon buck
Just as the West has outsourced its emissions to countries such as
China, within China itself, the carbon buck is being passed to poorer
regions in the nation. Read
June 14 - Heavy England honeybee winter mortality
More than a third of all honeybee colonies in England died over the winter
- the phenomenon has been attributed to erratic weather; which trapped
bees in their hives. Read
June 12 - A baked Big Apple?
Over the next four decades, the summer days in New York City above 32 degrees Celsius could double or even triple and the sea level around the city may also rise by 2 feet.
June 11 - Global energy emissions increase
The world’s energy-related carbon dioxide emissions jumped 1.4 percent in 2012 to 31.6 billion
tons according to the International Energy Agency (IEA); which warned
climate change has "slipped to the back burner of policy priorities".
June 9 - Xi and Obama to work on HFC reduction
US President Barack Obama and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China,
Xi Jinping have agreed to work together to find ways to cut down and
phase out consumption and production of hydrofluorocarbons; which have
many times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Read
June 8 - The dirtiest fossil fuel
It seems there is a dirtier fossil fuel than brown coal with regard to
power generation - petcoke. Petroleum coke is a byproduct of refining tar-sands oil
and it is being used in a Nova Scotia power plant. Read
June 6 - Climate change boosting pollen count
In Northeast USA, tree pollen is at the highest level in 25 years and levels are expected to increase a further 20 to 30 percent by 2020. Part of the reason is likely increasing temperatures, triggering plants like ragweed to bloom earlier in the year.
June 5 - Puffins falling victim to climate change
Young puffins are dying possibly as an indirect result of climate
change. Warming oceans are driving schools of herring further off shore,
so adult puffins are bring back larger fish for their young - which they
can't swallow. Read
June 4 - Aussies planting trees is not enough
A leading climate researcher says the Australian Federal Coalition
party's policy of planting millions of trees will have little effect on
reining in the nation's carbon dioxide emissions - fossil fuel emissions
must be drastically reduced. Read
June 4 - Peak soil warning
The amount of arable land on our planet is rapidly decreasing due to
erosion caused by overgrazing and poor soil management practices. By
addressing these issues, we'll not only be able to feed the world, but
also pull more carbon from the atmosphere. Read
June 3 - Warming seas and dolphin deaths
A perfect storm of high temperatures, algae blooms and disease killed thousands of fish in South
Australia and 33 dolphins in March and April this year. Waters were up to 5C warmer than average.
June 2 - Acidic oceans and squid
Dissolved carbon dioxide is making our oceans more acidic, threatening many marine species, including squid. A new study states squid raised in more acidic ocean water hatch more slowly, are smaller and show abnormalities affecting their balance and orientation abilities.
June 1 - California's warming waterways threatening fish
A peer reviewed study from researchers at UC Davis has warned rising water temperatures in California's waterways may drive most of the state’s native species to extinction and help invasive fish to flourish.
June 1 - Climate change spurring the spread of ticks?
Back in the 1990's, the blacklegged tick was confined to one population in Canada - now it has spread across the country and it's thought climate change may be part of the reason why.