A stark warning that overly ambitious targets set out in the Scottish Parliament’s Climate Change Bill could prove disastrous for Scotland’s beef and sheep farmers was made at yesterday’s Royal Highland Show. Claiming that the thrust of the bill, plus the wider “anti-red meat” agenda, represented a far greater threat to the sector than the uncertainties of Brexit, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chairman Jim McLaren said his fears were backed up in documents from the Scottish Government. He said the publication – produced to give guidance on the likely economic costs of the proposed cuts in greenhouse gas emissions – flagged up the potential for “devastating consequences for many sectors of the Scottish economy, including agriculture” if the “net zero” target was adopted.
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A cluster of 23 nations, including the UK, Sweden, Canada, New Zealand, the Marshall Islands and Germany, have signed a ‘Declaration for Ambition’ promising to boost climate targets by 2020 and calling on other nations to follow suit. The countries are trying to encourage Paris signatories to ramp up their climate pledges and set net zero emission targets, calling for the twin aims to be the focus of a major UN summit scheduled for September 2019. The summit will be the “biggest political opportunity” to raise global ambition on climate change since the Paris Agreement in 2015, the Declaration, released yesterday, suggests. For most countries, a net zero target is widely seen as necessary to be consistent with promises made under the Paris climate treaty to limit global warming to well below 2C and ideally 1.5C, the level scientists agree is necessary to minimise climatic disruption and save low-lying island states.
Business Green 22nd June 2018 read more »
Scottish airports could benefit from an extra 100 flights a week to and from London under plans to ring-fence domestic slots on the proposed third runway at Heathrow. The additional capacity would encourage competition between airlines and bring down prices for Scottish passengers, Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg said on a visit to Glasgow Airport. She confirmed the UK Government will act if required to reserve around 15% of new slots at Heathrow for domestic flights which would guarantee connections with Scotland.
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The rapid rise of bedrock beneath one of the fastest melting regions of the West Antarctic ice sheet could help prevent it collapsing, new research suggests. The natural uplift of the ground in response to melting of ice could help stabilise the ice sheet by “literally pin[ning] the ice to the rock”, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.
Carbon Brief 21st June 2018 read more »
The vast southern ice sheet, despite the Antarctic buffer which has protected it for so long, is now being threatened by ocean swells chipping away at the continent’s coastal edge, says a new study by US scientists published in the journal Nature. For millennia the southern ice sheet has had this protective buffer of sea ice ringing its coastal shelves. But now the swells from the north are flexing them and can weaken their stabilising seaward edge. Regular inundation by summer meltwater as the edge breaks away can also contribute to rapid ice shelf disintegration.
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