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18.02.2015
Today's climate and energy headlines
DAILY BRIEFING BP says CO2 emissions unsustainable, warns on global warming
BP says CO2 emissions unsustainable, warns on global warming

News.

BP says CO2 emissions unsustainable, warns on global warming

Oil major BP says carbon dioxide emissions from burning
fossil fuels are unsustainable and calls for a global carbon price
to incentivise action, reports the Telegraph. The BP Energy Outlook
2035, published yesterday, sees emissions growing less quickly than
it expected last year. Low-carbon energy sources could generate 38
per cent of power by 2035 in the outlook, reports the
Financial Times. The Guardian
also
covers the BP outlook. The Timessays the outlook finds UK
shale gas production will be of “no great
significance”.
Business Greenhas a summary of the
outlook’s findings.

The Telegraph Read Article

Climate and energy news.

EU on track for green energy goal but UK, Dutch lagging

The EU is on track with a target to get one fifth of its
energy from renewable sources by 2020, the European Environment
Agency (EEA) says. That’s despite the UK, the Netherlands and
Luxembourg lagging behind, Reuters reports. Coal use would have
been 13 per cent higher without renewables, the EEA says.

Reuters Read Article
Biofuel from trash could create green jobs bonanza, says report

Creating biofuels from waste could generate 36,000 jobs in
the UK and save around 37 million tonnes of oil use annually by
2030, according to a report covered by the Guardian. Advanced
biofuels from waste could replace 16 per cent of EU road transport
fuel, the report says.

The Guardian Read Article
G20 climate pledges likely to determine success of Paris summit

The success of the UN’s planned climate deal will hinge on
emission reduction pledges made by major economies between now and
October, a senior EU official tells RTCC. Artur Runge Metzger, head
of international climate strategy at the European Commission, says
Intended Nationally Determined Contributions from major economies
including China, should be submitted in the first half of the year.

Scotland 'could rely on England to keep the lights on'

The closure of Longannet, Scotland’s only coal-fired power
station, could leave the country reliant on imports from England
rather than being a net exporter as at present. Business secretary
Vince Cable says this would not be a
problembut Professor Paul Younger, a
persistent criticof fossil-fired
plant closures in Scotland says a gas fired replacement should be
commissioned.

The Telegraph Read Article
Minister's claims that solar panels harm UK food security are false

The Guardian says the environment secretary’s claims that
solar panels harm food security are false, based documents released
under freedom of information rules. The government moved to end
farm subsidies for solar farms last October but had “no hard
evidence” to back its decision, the documents show.

The Guardian Read Article
Fossil fuel industry protests over 'risky' assets warning from energy secretary

The Guardian has seen a letter from UK fossil fuel industry
organisation Oil and Gas UK to energy and climate secretary Ed
Davey, following his recent suggestion oil assets could lose value
because of global climate action. Davey’s comments “unsettled” the
industry and conflict with government efforts to maximise North sea
oil extraction, the trade group says. Meanwhile billionaire
investor Warren Buffet has solda $3.9 billion stake in oil
major Exxon Mobil and Green MP
Caroline Lucas saysthe MPs’
pension fund is at risk from its fossil fuel investments.

The Guardian Read Article
UK approves world's biggest offshore wind farm

The world’s biggest offshore wind scheme has been approved
off the coast of Yorkshire. The Dogger Bank Creyke Beck would
contain up to 200 turbines and a combined peak capacity of 2.4
gigawatts. The government says the scheme could support hundreds of
jobs. The Guardian saysthe scheme would cost £6 to £8
billion to build and cover 430 square miles.

Financial Times Read Article
Are wildfires COOLING Earth? Forest blazes make the landscape reflect sunlight to reduce global warming, study finds

Wildfires in the forests of north America and Eurasia can
reduce the amount of heat in the atmosphere, according to research
covered by the Mail Online. Increased snow cover replacing
previously forested areas reflects sunlight back in to space and
could cause more cooling than aerosols from volcanoes, the study
suggests.

Mail Online Read Article

Climate and energy comment.

Geoengineering is no place for corporate profit making

Private firms should not seek to make money from
geoengineering schemes designed to limit the impacts of climate
change, argues Clive Hamilton in the Guardian. If you want to make
money out of global warming invest in energy efficiency and
renewable energy, he says.

The Guardian Read Article

New climate science.

What motivates rural households to adapt to climate change?

A new study examines farmers’ adaptation measures in response
to drought in three Chinese mountain villages, as well as what
motivates communities to adapt. The researchers found the perceived
capacity of households to adapt is the most important driver of
proactive adaptation decisions, highlighting the vital role human
cognition plays in raising risk awareness.

Climate and Development Read Article
Methane emissions from natural gas infrastructure and use in the urban region of Boston, Massachusetts

Most research on the environmental impact of natural gas have
focused on the production process, not on emissions resulting from
distribution and end use. A new study finds natural gas emissions
from an urban region of Boston are two to three times higher than
predicted from industry reports, with about 2.7 per cent of the gas
lost to the atmosphere.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Read Article

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