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Scientists warn of dangerous climate change within decades

The current rate of global warming will mean that sea levels rise by several metres in the coming decade, devastating low level cities and countries, according to a former Nasa scientist.

James Hansen, who is described by the Guardian as the “father of climate change awareness”, states in research published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, that the current rate of warming could see sea levels rise several metres in the next 100 to 150 years.

The research states that even global warming of two degrees above pre-industrial levels, the rate agreed at the Paris climate conference, could have a serious impact.

The New York Times quote Hansen as saying: “We’re in danger of handing young people a situation that’s out of their control.”

The news comes as researchers from the World Meteorological Organisation found that human beings are pumping carbon into the air at a faster rate than any time in the 66 million years.

The researchers warned that the release rate was “unprecedented”.

WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas said in a statement: “The future is happening now.”

Oil majors withdraw staff from Algeria after attack

Staff from BP and Statoil have been withdrawn from two gas plants in Algeria, after an attack by militants on a facility in the country.

Fighters from Al Qaeda’s North Africa branch claimed responsibility for an attack on Friday on a facility operated with state-owned firm Sonatrach.

Even though no one was killed or injured in the strike, Reuters report that that oil majors have decided to act as a “precautionary measure”.

In 2013, BP and Statoil facilities were attacked in Algeria, in which 40 people killed. At that time the Algerian government responded with strong anti-terror legislation.

Algeria is a major oil and gas supplier to the UK, but the country’s energy sector has been hampered by instability and corruption.

Asia turns away from coal

Emerging economies in Asia look to be turning the back on coal, according to new research.

A study by the Energy and Climate Change Intelligence Unit found that falling demand, over capacity and climate change mean that China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam will only build a fraction of scheduled coal plants.

Together the countries have 1,824 planned to be built in the next five years, but the report suggests that only around 500 are likely to be completed.

Yesterday evening, Australia top independent coal producer New Hope reported a 56% slide in first-half core profit.

The firm did however state it believed falling demand for coal in Asia had now bottomed out, and suggested that demand remained for Australian coal across the region.

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