Climate & health: Climate change could undermine 50 years of health advances
Migration is a theme in our first report, published in the respected Lancet health journal and reported just about everywhere. “Climate change has the potential to reverse the health gains from economic development that have been made in recent decades – not just through the direct effects on health but through indirect means such as increased migration and reduced social mobility,” said Professor Anthony Costello, Director of the UCL Institute for Global Health,.
The report – which includes 12 scientists from a leading Beijing university – also looks at the impact of air pollution from coal plants (Ed King at RTCC) suggesting the annual death toll from fossil fuel burning could be around 250,000 between 2030 and 2050 and calling for an urgent reassessment of plans for new coal plants and suggesting that using gas as a bridging fuel is “increasingly difficult to justify”.
Climate & economics: US Environmental Protection Agency warns on cost of climate change
And all of this climate instability costs money, according to – yes – another report.
In the absence of global action to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the United States by the end of the century may face up to $180 billion in economic losses because of drought and water shortages, according to a report released Monday by the White House and Environmental Protection Agency – reports The New York times (and most other people).
But in case this is beginning to sound like some kind of fluffy global climate consensus it may be worth remembering that Poland’s recently boosted leading opposition party is seeking to negotiate exemptions from the European Union’s rules on reducing carbon emissions because the nation’s energy security and economic development depends on coal – reports Bloomberg.
Fracking: New report warns on environmental risks – dismissed as Greenpeace funded scaremongering
A new study by the Chem trust on fracking contains the slightly worrying title “How toxic chemicals from fracking could effect wildlife and people” but the report has been criticized in The Telegraph because it’s author is a sandle wearing hippy – sorry – used to work for Friends of the Earth and the CHEM trust is partially funded by, ahem, Greenpeace. The trust responded that the report was based on a lengthier study by an independent journalist. The teacup based storm is made all the more entertaining because Labour leadership hopeful, Andy Burnham, used the study to back up his call for a moratorium on shale.
Oh. In entirely related news Lancashire county council will meet today to discuss plans from UK fracking firm Cuadrilla to to extract shale gas at Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood on the Fylde Coast, in Lancashire. The adversarial atmosphere around the decision continued on Monday when the council was surprisingly sent a letter by 850 elected officials in New York State urging them to reject the “dirty and dangerous” industry.
Clean energy costs: Onshore wind projects canned as auctions cut costs
Ending onshore wind farm subsidies will save hundreds of millions of pounds, energy secretary Amber Rudd has said, as she confirmed that 250 proposed projects were now “unlikely” to get built reports Emily Gosden in The Telegraph.
Her story comes as another friggin report – this time by the International Renewable Agency – argues that auctioning renewable energy contracts is slashing costs around the world, including in the UK. There are though some details to iron out, after all, the UK’s auction wound up finding projects that bid too low and will never now be built.
Oh, and there’s ANOTHER REPORT which suggests that clean energy (building wind turbines etc) creates more jobs than fossil fuels. Which isn’t entirely surprising when you think about it.
Clean tech: Quiet wind turbines, black goop & Tesla rival
Quick clean tech summary. Wind turbines could be made considerably quieter in the future after Cambridge University scientists developed a new material based on the unique downy wings that allow owls to fly silently – reports the Indie. Quartz reports on a new black gloop which could transform batteries and London start-up powervault is set to take on Tesla’s powerwall with a clunkier, cheaper alternative.
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