Monday December 22nd 2014, 9:00 AMThe calendar is about to flip over once again, meaning it’s time for the obligatory roundup of the most important environmental stories of the past year. [News Source]
The most important environmental stories of 2014.
2014: Riding a rocket, divestment movement gains momentum.
Monday December 22nd 2014, 9:00 AMMore threatening than anything is something the industry has never faced before: The growing belief among global leaders, investors, scientists, and large corporations that the use of fossil fuels must be sharply curtailed—if not phased out—for the sake of future generations. [News Source]
Impact of climate change.
Monday December 22nd 2014, 9:00 AMCompanies that use palm oil are under more pressure to make their supply chains more environmentally sustainable, from customers, from environmental groups, and increasingly, from investors — which is where public pension funds come in. [News Source]
Mysteries in fire and ice.
Monday December 22nd 2014, 9:00 AMChemist Jihong Cole-Dai keeps a winter coat in his office even during the summer. He needs it every time he brings a section of ice out of a deep freeze storage unit. He wants to know what is in ice cores from Antarctica and Greenland because they tell him what was in the air during earth's history. [News Source]
Worried about melting ice, pro hockey vows to go green.
Monday December 22nd 2014, 9:00 AMThe commissioner of the National Hockey League has good reason to be concerned about global warming. Two weeks before one of the most popular games on the league’s schedule, Gary Bettman announced that the NHL will wipe out its carbon footprint by the end of the season. [News Source]
Less-gassy cows could soon be on farms.
Monday December 22nd 2014, 9:00 AMGassy cows, sheep and deer could be far more pleasant to be around in coming years - especially for the environment. [News Source]
Direct Action unlikely to meet emissions target, says Climate Change Authority.
Monday December 22nd 2014, 9:00 AMThe government’s climate advisory body has delivered a stark assessment of the Coalition’s policies, stating it was unlikely that its Direct Action policy would meet Australia’s 5% emissions reduction target and calling for the renewable energy target (RET) to remain intact. [News Source]
Fast Finland warming means blue Christmas for Santa.
Monday December 22nd 2014, 9:00 AMRapid warming across Finland means that even Santa’s hopes for a white Christmas are shrinking. The average temperature in the Arctic country has risen by more than 2C since 1847, twice as fast as the global average. [News Source]
Philippines have a welcome shift on climate change action.
Monday December 22nd 2014, 9:00 AMIn recent years, the Philippines has played an outsized role in United Nations climate talks. Its devastating typhoons make it a symbol of what developing countries face without the resources to protect cities from floodsas seas rise and storms intensify. [News Source]
Oil, coal and gas soon worthless?
Monday December 22nd 2014, 9:00 AMGovernor of the Bank of England Mark Carney's letter to the Environmental Audit Committee of the British parliament in late October 2014 fueled the debate over combustion of fossil fuels. He argued that to manage global warming, and avert climate disaster, such energy reserves should stay in the ground. [News Source]
Abbott government comes in from the cold.
Monday December 22nd 2014, 9:00 AMThe Abbott government came in from the cold at the Lima climate change talks that finished earlier this month. But it will now face increased international scrutiny over its commitment to tackling climate change in the lead-up to the next UN meeting in Paris in 2015. [News Source]