Arctic scientists have warned that the increasingly rapid melting of the ice cap risks triggering 19 “tipping points” in the region that could have catastrophic consequences around the globe. The Arctic Resilience Report found that the effects of Arctic warming could be felt as far away as the Indian Ocean, in a stark warning that changes in the region could cause uncontrollable climate change at a global level. Temperatures in the Arctic are currently about 20C above what would be expected for the time of year, which scientists describe as “off the charts”. Sea ice is at the lowest extent ever recorded for the time of year.
Guardian 25th Nov 2016 read more »
The case for building a third runway at Heathrow has been called into question by the government’s advisers. Lord Deben, chairman of the committee on climate change, has written to Greg Clark, the business secretary, raising concerns that the new runway would undermine efforts to meet Britain’s legally binding emissions targets. The peer, a former Conservative environment secretary, identifies a potential serious flaw in the Department for Transport’s business case for building the third runway.
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