UK Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry has today confirmed rumours the UK is bidding to host the 2020 UN Climate Summit in London. Speaking today at COP24 in Katowice, Perry said she has formally written to the UN requesting the UK becomes host for the COP26 Summit, which is due to be held in late 2020 and is expected to see the Paris Agreement come into full effect.
Business Green 13th Dec 2018 read more »
“Global heating” is a more accurate term than “global warming” to describe the changes taking place to the world’s climate, according to a key scientist at the UK Met Office. Prof Richard Betts, who leads the climate research arm of Britain’s meteorological monitoring organisation, made the comments amid growing evidence that rising temperatures have passed the comfort zone and are now bringing increased threats to humanity. “Global heating is technically more correct because we are talking about changes in the energy balance of the planet,” the scientist said at the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland. “We should be talking about risk rather than uncertainty.” Earlier this month, the Met Office produced a new report that showed the searing heatwave that hit the UK this summer – along with other parts of the northern hemisphere – was made 30 times more likely by human-caused climate change.
Guardian 13th Dec 2018 read more »