Environment

Earth’s vegetation could be saturated with carbon by the end of the century and stop acting as a brake on global warming, scientists warn.

Cash from EU green plan 'to fund dirty coal plants'

European countries will be able to use money from a key EU scheme for reducing climate-changing carbon emissions to build new coal-fired power stations, documents leaked to The Independent suggest.

Oil company to store peat bog for 30 years

A moorland peatbog is to be dug up wholesale and put into storage for more than 30 years in an unprecedented measure to protect it from destruction. The peatbog on Shetland is in the way of a gas processing facility which is to be built as an extension to the Sullom Voe oil terminal on the island.

Peter Lockley: Fly less and we'll all be happier

The last week has not been a happy one for the aviation industry, nor for the thousands of stranded travellers waiting for the air to clear. But if Eyjafjallajökull's eruption has made us think about the reality of a world with less flying, it could, in fact, turn out to be a blessing.

New regulations on energy efficiency 'mired in confusion'

Businesses unsure how commitment to carbon reduction will work

<i>IoS</i> Letters Special: Readers answer climate sceptic and former chancellor Nigel Lawson

Nigel Lawson asserts that suspecting "wicked oil companies" of sowing disinformation "will not do". On the contrary, the report "Smoke, Mirrors, and Hot Air" in 2007, from the Union of Concerned Scientists in the US, lays out very clearly what companies such as ExxonMobil have been up to in pursuing a campaign to sow doubt about anthropogenic climate change, mirroring the Big Tobacco campaign in previous decades. He is right to say that there is "far too much at stake" to make simplistic assumptions. There is also, I suggest, too much at stake to procrastinate endlessly in the fond hope that the issue might go away, despite significant evidence to the contrary, or at least become someone else's problem.

David Prosser: Carbon prices are going the wrong way

Outlook: The sooner the carbon price rises very significantly the better

Long hours blamed as Government's carbon footprint increases

Figures show 10% increase in energy use compared with last year

David King: There is a way ahead after Copenhagen

The climate change talks show, at least, that the world takes the issue seriously. Now we need a truly global carbon-trading scheme

10 years to avoid climate change catastrophe, warns Met Office

Carbon emissions must start to fall within 10 years to limit the global temperature rise to the crucial 2C mark, experts at the Met Office warned.

Boiler scrappage scheme unveiled

A new boiler "scrappage" scheme to help 125,000 households replace their old boilers with new, more efficient models was among a series of green measures in the Pre-Budget Report today.

Leading article: Will the world finally wake up to the scale of the challenge?

The Copenhagen summit must focus attention on an unfolding disaster

The power of 10: Helping to counter global warming

These scientific advances could help counter global warming, as could the gadgets and suggested life changes outlined below

Dorothy Thompson: A burning ambition for power

Europe's biggest coal-fired power station is betting the business on turning itself green the chief executive tells Sarah Arnott

Climate change: What now?

The problem and the potential consequences are all too clear. But which responses to climate change are likely to be most effective? Cathy Holding considers some options

Michael McCarthy: A vital initiative Beijing had to take

Look at the graph above. Look at the red line. Look at its dramatic slope upwards, after about 2002. It's one of the scariest things in modern history.

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