G8: Halve Emissions by 2050

May 27, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

Environment ministers from the G8 have urged their leaders to set a global target to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a small but vital step in the fight against climate change. But they stopped short of suggesting specific interim targets ahead of 2050, a key demand of developing countries in tough U.N.-led talks to … Read More

EU: Keep the Temperature Rise Well Below 2 Degrees

May 21, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

Global temperature rises should be kept well below the European Union’s target of 2 degrees Celsius to avoid costly damage to people and their lifestyles, according to a new European Parliament report. European consumers must be given better information about the “carbon footprint” of goods they buy, including products imported from outside the 27-nation bloc, … Read More

World CO2 at Record Levels

May 13, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached a record high, according to the latest figures, renewing fears that climate change could begin to slide out of control. Scientists at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii say that CO2 levels in the atmosphere now stand at 387 parts per million (ppm), up almost … Read More

US Emissions Will Still be 25 per Cent over UN Benchmark

April 22, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

Even if the US implements the proposed measures outline by George W. Bush, it will still be nearly a quarter over a key UN benchmark by 2025, the International Energy Agency has conceded. 1990 is a closely watched — and politically sensitive benchmark for measuring the commitment for tackling global warming. “With current policies, the … Read More

UK “May Miss 2020 Target for CO2”

August 23, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Further promises by the UK government to meet greenhouse gas targets look unlikely to be met, according to a leading think tank says. Cambridge Econometrics was one of the first to forecast that the government would miss its target to cut CO2 by 20% for 2010.