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Committee on Climate Change Aviation Report

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In January 2009 the Government adopted a target to reduce UK aviation emissions back to 2005 levels in 2050 alongside its decision to support expansion of Heathrow airport. Together with deep cuts in other sectors, this would achieve the UK’s legislated economy-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) target to reduce emissions by 80% in 2050 relative to 1990 without the need to rely on purchase of credits in the global carbon market.

Copenhagen and Beyond

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In this short guide, ippr’s expert climate change team set out in a clear and accessible way what might happen at Copenhagen, what might come after and the background to the negotiations. ippr climate change experts will be available for comment, briefing and interviews throughout the summit, both in Copenhagen and London.
http://www.ippr.org/members/download.asp?f=%2Fecomm%2Ffiles%2Fcopenhagen...

Other worlds are possible: Human progress in an age of climate change

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The report describes how the costs and benefits of global economic growth have been very unfairly distributed, with those on lowest incomes getting the fewest benefits and paying the highest costs. A wide range of examples of more positive approaches are given from the wide, practical experience of the agencies in the coalition. Altogether they paint a picture of more qualitative development that is not dependent on further global over-consumption by the already rich, in the hope that crumbs of poverty alleviation are perhaps passed to those at the bottom of the income pile.

Major sea level rise likely as Antarctic ice melts

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Sea levels are likely to rise by about 1.4m (4ft 6in) globally by 2100 as polar ice melts, according to a major review of climate change in Antarctica.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8387137.stm
http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/met/SCAR_ssg_ps/ACCE_25_Nov_2009.pdf

The Copenhagen Diagnosis: Climate Science Report

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It is more than three years since the drafting of text was completed for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (AR4). In the meantime, many hundreds of papers have been published on a suite of topics related to human-induced climate change.
The purpose of this report is to synthesize the most policy-relevant climate science published since the close-off of material for the last IPCC report. The rationale is two-fold.

Taking care of business - Climate Change

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The world’s biggest corporations have highjacked the UN climate talks. That’s bad news for our future, argues Oscar Reyes. from the New Internationalist.
http://www.newint.org/features/2009/12/01/corporate-influence/

Earth 'heading for 6C' of warming!

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Average global temperatures are on course to rise by up to 6C without urgent action to curb CO2 emissions, the lead author of a new analysis says.
Emissions rose by 29% between 2000 and 2008, says the Global Carbon Project.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8364926.stm
http://www.globalcarbonproject.org/carbonbudget/index.htm

Meeting the UK Climate Change Challenge: The Contribution of Resource Efficiency

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This study, by the Stockholm Environment Institute, provides a detailed assessment of the reduction in Greenhouse Gases that could be achieved by implementing a range of resource efficiency strategies in the UK. It demonstrates that resource efficiency has an important role to play and offers a number of "Quick Win" opportunities to achieve emissions reductions. The authors calculated the Greenhouse Gas savings from a range of strategies that could be implemented by households, government and industry, all relating to the more efficient use of material.

Adaptation to a changing climate - Today’s investments in tomorrow’s climate

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This report, by Consumer Focus, sets out how climate change will impact on British consumers, with a particular focus on the implications for property and investments - choices made by today's consumers that are likely to be affected by tomorrow's climate. Survey data indicates that consumers are increasingly aware of the risks of climate change, but do not have the information or the ability to prepare themselves.

Eating the Planet - Feeding the world without trashing it

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Friends of the Earth and Compassion in World Farming, reveals new research findings indicating that if you wish you can still enjoy meat several times a week whilst feeding the world using planet-friendly and humane farming methods. The research models future food production against different diets, farming methods and land use, and concludes that enough food can be produced to feed the growing world population with fairer and healthier diets whilst avoiding deforestation and animal cruelty.

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