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Environment Update

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Every few months my website will carry news items concerned with the environment and climate change compiled by my staff. I hope you find the items useful and interesting.

Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference

The UK government hosted the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade in February. A number of countries and international organisations took part in the conference, and they announced the species threatened by extinction. The UK’s government’s ‘Commitment to Action’ plan allocates 10 million to help fund governments and international organisations deal with illegal wildlife crime across the world.

Other actions at the conference include categorizing wildlife trafficking in the same section as drugs, arms and human trafficking.

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United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published the second part of its latest report on the 31st of March. The report covers the issue of climate change and the impact it is having, now and in the future.

The ‘impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation’ report identified 3 key risks from climate change for Europe. Those include increased economic losses and flooding in river basins, an increase in water restrictions with an increase in economic losses and people affected by extreme heat.

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International Climate Change Talks

The International climate change talks that occurred in Warsaw in late November 2013 concluded that a new global climate deal must be reached by 2015.

The UK is aiming for a deal that would see a 50% reduction in European emissions in the near future. Additionally, the UK will join the United States by ending support through the public financing of new-coal fired power plant overseas. The exception lies with countries that have no feasible option other than coal powered energy.

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Siemens building major offshore manufacturing site in UK

Siemens will invest 160 million for wind turbine production and installation in the Yorkshire and the Humber region. This new production facility will create over 1,000 jobs in the Hull area, and give a boost to the offshore wind industry.

Currently, 11% of UK’s electricity was from wind. With the construction of more offshore windfarms, we can expect that percentage to rise and the UK’s dependence on unsustainable forms of energy to fall.

International Partners pledge over 160 million to protect world’s forests

The UK, USA and Norway pledge over 160 million to sustain the world’s forests, and in turn reduce green house gas emissions. The ‘BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes’ is a public-private partnership that aspires to combat the loss of the world’s forests and reduce forest degradation before 2020.

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