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List of natural disasters and extreme weather makes 2011 the worst on record
January 11, 2012 02:27 PM - Click Green Staff, ClickGreen
A sequence of devastating earthquakes and a large number of weather-related catastrophes made 2011 the costliest year ever in terms of natural catastrophe losses. Estimates of around US$380 billion in global economic losses were nearly two-thirds higher than in 2005, the previous record year with losses of $220 billion. The earthquakes in Japan in March and New Zealand in February alone caused almost two-thirds of these losses. Insured losses of $105 billion also exceeded the 2005 record of $101 billion.
Does Hyacinth the cow hold the key to a more sustainable future?
January 11, 2012 08:56 AM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
A cow named Hyacinth is leading a campaign to 'green' a city by disposing of all its food waste by anaerobic digestion at Europe's first combined low-carbon energy centre and manufacturing farm. Problems with a reducing milk yield from a herd of Jersey and Guernsey cows, which includes Hyacinth, has led to spectacular green energy solution at Langage Farm, at Lee Mill, on the outskirts of Plymouth, Devon and moved on to a powerful waste disposal campaign.
Europe's mountains show clear and rapid change to a warming climate
January 10, 2012 08:47 AM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
The decade from 2000 to 2009 was the warmest since global climate has been measured, and while localized studies have shown evidence of changes in mountain plant communities that reflect this warming trend, no study has yet taken a continental-scale view of the situation — until now. With the publication of "Continent-wide response of mountain vegetation to climate change," scheduled for Advance Online Publication (AOP) in Nature Climate Change on 8 January, researchers from 13 countries report clear and statistically significant evidence of a continent-wide warming effect on mountain plant communities.
Think-tank blasted over "flawed" wind power report
January 9, 2012 11:25 AM - Click Green Staff, ClickGreen
A think-tank report has been attacked after claiming the UK's focus on generating wind power is preventing the nation from effectively reducing CO2 emissions. The Civitas report, authored by economist Ruth Lea, claims wind-power is unreliable and requires back-up power stations to be available in order to maintain a consistent electricity supply to households and businesses. "This means that energy users pay twice," it argues. “Once for the window-dressing of renewables, and again for the fossil fuels that the energy sector continues to rely on. Contrary to the implied message of the Government's approach, the analysis shows that wind-power is not a low-cost way of reducing emissions."
Survey reveals consumer interest in electric vehicles continues to slide
January 5, 2012 08:29 AM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
Consumer interest in plug-in electric vehicles continues to decrease, according to a new research report. The year 2012 will be an important test of the commercial viability of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). Two automakers, Chevrolet and Nissan, ended 2010 with the launch of their first highway-capable PEVs for the mass market.
Scotland looks to build on a record year for renewable energy
January 4, 2012 08:53 AM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
Scotland's Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has called on the renewable energy industry to build on the successes of 2011. Two weeks after Department for Energy and Climate Change figures were released which showed 2011 is on track to be the best year ever for renewable energy in Scotland, with 94 per cent of 2010's entire output generated in the first three quarters alone, Mr Ewing said he was determined to make 2012 an even better year.
Study finds link between air pollution and increase in DNA damage
December 19, 2011 08:43 AM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
A study in the Czech Republic has found a link between exposure to certain air pollutants and an increase in DNA damage for people exposed to high levels of the pollution. They found that breathing small quantities of a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), called benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P), caused an increase in the number of certain 'biomarkers' in DNA associated with a higher risk of diseases, including cancer.
After 40-year decrease, figures show rise in UK acid rain pollution
December 16, 2011 08:00 AM - Click Green Staff, ClickGreen
The UK Government has revealed a year-on-year increase in the amount of sulphur dioxide emissions, which reverses a 40-year downward trend. For the first time since the Seventies, official statistics show a small increase in the emissions of the sulphur dioxide of 2.3 per cent between 2009 and 2010.
11 billion miles from Earth, "Grand Tour of the Solar System" comes to an end
December 14, 2011 02:25 PM - Click Green Staff, ClickGreen
In 1977, Jimmy Carter was sworn in as president, Elvis died, Virginia park ranger Roy Sullivan was hit by lightning a record seventh time, and two NASA space probes destined to turn planetary science on its head launched from Cape Canaveral. The identical spacecraft, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, were launched in the summer and programmed to pass by Jupiter and Saturn on different paths. Voyager 2 went on to visit Uranus and Neptune, completing the "Grand Tour of the Solar System," perhaps the most exciting interplanetary mission ever flown. Now NASA has announced that Voyager 1 - about 11 billion miles from Earth - has now sailed to the edge of the solar system and is expected to punch its way into interstellar space in the coming months or years. Voyager 2 is not far behind, but on a different trajectory.
UK issues severe weather alert as experts warn of worst storm in decades
December 13, 2011 09:10 AM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
Government officials have this afternoon issued a warning as one of the stormiest periods the UK has seen for several years is set to worsen. Weather experts warn the strength of an incoming low-pressure system can already be compared to the Great Storm of 1703. According to the advisory released by the Central Office of Information this afternoon, the end of the week in particular could see dramatic stormy conditions across England and Wales.