One of the largest icebergs ever recorded, a trillion-tonne monster that snapped off Antarctica last year, has begun moving north. Known as A-68, it is one quarter the size of Wales and the sixth-largest iceberg on record, according to the UK-based Antarctic research group Project MIDAS. It consists of almost four times as much ice as the fast-melting ice sheet of Greenland loses in a year but because the ice was already afloat it will have little effect on sea levels, experts said.
Times 5th Sept 2018 read more »
More and more people in Scotland believe climate change is an urgent problem, according to statistics. Six in 10 adults (61%) in 2017 said they view it as an immediate issue, an increase of 6% in one year and up by a third since 2013. Young people appear to be particularly concerned about global warming, while worry is lowest among those in the 75+ age group. The proportion of 16-24 year olds who view climate change as an immediate problem increased by more than half between 2013 and 2017, from 38% to 58%, the largest increase of any age group. The figures are contained in the annual 2017 Scottish Household Survey published by Scotland’s Chief Statistician, which contains a wide-ranging look at people’s changing attitudes and circumstances in Scotland. Dr Sam Gardner, acting director of WWF Scotland, said: “It’s no surprise a growing number of people are concerned about climate change, it’s playing out in front of our eyes. This week it was confirmed this summer was the joint hottest on record in the UK. Now we need politicians of all colours to ensure the Climate Change Bill currently making its way through the Scottish Parliament, shows the leadership needed to avoid the worse impacts of climate change both here and abroad.”
Scotsman 4th Sept 2018 read more »
The National 5th Sept 2018 read more »
72 per cent of British adults now ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ concerned about impacts of climate change. British people’s concern over climate change hit the highest level in almost a decade amid the record-breaking heatwave which swept across Britain this summer, a new poll has revealed. While many people took the opportunity to enjoy the hot weather, the unprecedented temperatures also appear to have led many to worry about what caused it. The poll by Opinium showed 60 per cent of British adults think climate change made the heatwave “stronger or more likely to happen”.
Independent 5th Sept 2018 read more »
Political leaders should take action to avoid the “global cataclysm” facing mankind, according to a letter signed by 200 people, including some of the world’s most famous actors, artists and scientists. Urging them to act “firmly and immediately” in the face of the “greatest challenge in the history of humanity”, the letter penned by actress Juliette Binoche and astrophycist Aurélien Barrau said: “We are living a global cataclysm. Global warming, drastic decrease of living spaces, collapse of biodiversity, pollution of soil, water and air, rapid deforestation: all the indicators are alarming.” Published in French newspaper Le Monde, it added: “At the current rate, in a few decades, there will be almost nothing left. Humans and most living species are in a critical situation.”
Independent 4th Sept 2018 read more »
Throughout the world millions of people are being pushed further into poverty by extreme weather caused by climate change. It is an injustice that those who have done least to cause the problem are suffering the most. SCIAF sees first-hand the huge impact this is having. Many families don’t know when to plant their crops any more as the once predictable rains are erratic or may not come at all, while more frequent and severe storms, droughts or floods can wipe out their homes and harvests overnight. With support from Scotland, including money from the Scottish Government, we’re working tirelessly to help vulnerable families cope with climate change. Progress is already being made. Many communities are now growing better crops which are more able to withstand floods and drought, and diversifying their income by starting up new small businesses means they’re less vulnerable if their crops are destroyed. New technology such as solar power is helping many families to develop without damaging our planet. But we all need to do more to stop the problem getting much worse.
Scotsman 4th Sept 2018 read more »