While many of us are pessimistic about the likelihood that a new global accord on climate change will emerge to replace the Kyoto Protocol (with large emitters like Canada and the United States retreating from the development of national programs), we have many reasons to be optimistic about the potential for urban and regional approaches to succeed.
Climate change legislation sees huge increase
A growing number of countries are passing laws aimed at ensuring they will keep their promises to cut emissions of greenhouse gases, new research shows. But some still need to do more to give their pledges practical effect under national laws. An analysis by researchers and staff of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UNFCCC, shows a clear rise in the number of countries introducing legislation to support the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) they have undertaken to make under theParis...
Climate change promises rough ride for airlines
Keep that seat belt buckled − it could be a bumpy flight. New research predicts that severe clear airturbulence in the stratosphere could increase by 149%because of climate change. That is because global warming, driven in part by the colossal fossil fuel consumption of today’s massive global jetliner fleet, is expected to generate strongerwind shearwithin the stratospheric jetstreams. Paul Williams, a meteorologist at theUniversity of Readingin the UK,reports in the Advances in Atmospheric Sciences...
Global climatic change prompts marine life to go on the move
How global climate change will alter the ocean and ecosystems at the heart of global food security over the 21st century has been highlighted by a trio of ground-breaking research papers. The studies, published in the leading journals Nature Communications, Science and Global Change Biology, were co-authored by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). The Science paper highlights the profound challenges that face species and ecosystems, and demonstrates that the resulting “species on the...
Majority of Canadians support more action on climate change
As Earth Month approaches during the year of Canada’s 150th birthday, Canadians are looking to the future with support for more action on climate change and increased renewable energy generation. These results come from a recent poll conducted by Environics Research Group and commissioned by Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider. According to the Canada 150 Climate Change Survey, the majority (57%) of Canadians think the country should be doing more to address climate change. Millennia...
Cities taking action, learning from each other to adapt to climate change
Despite budgetary challenges, cities and towns across Europe are taking action to put in place measures that will help them adapt to the impacts of climate change. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report released today highlights the opportunities open to municipalities to share best practices and how they can support projects like green roofs or expanding city parks to help alleviate the negative effects of climate change. The EEA report“Financing urban adaptation to climate change,”takes a...