Britain should welcome climate refugee species

An opinion article by Chris Thomas, biologist at the University of York, UK. The article is adapted from a review in Trends in Ecology and Evolution (vol 26, p 216). He writes: “Some places are ideal havens for species threatened by climate change. One is Britain, and it should throw open its doors.”

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Positive Psychology: Inspiring and Attractive Vision of Planetary Stewardship

As an answer to the question of how to adjust to a world in which commodities are declining, David Carter advocates positive psychology – the science of well-being, for it (though it’s a relative nascent science) positively relates to lifestyle choices consistent with a low environmental footprint.

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Why the UK buried a world-first carbon-capture scheme

The British government has dealt a body blow to hopes of mitigating global warming by capturing greenhouse gases. But is it fatal?
An opinion article for NewScientist on carbon capture and storage in the UK by Stuart Haszeldine the world’s first professor of CCS and head of the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage centre. He provides advice to both the British and the Scottish governments and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, UK. He was awarded the 2011 William Smith medal of the Geological Society of London.

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What Italy’s nuclear referendum means for climate change

Opinion article by Mark Lynas about the negative climate consequences of the new anti-nuclear wave, which spread across Europe after the Japanese tsunami of March 2011 that damaged the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The article was written for the Guardian Environment Blog. Mark Lynas is a British climate journalist and author of Six Degrees, Our Future on a hotter planet (2007) and The God Species: How the planet can survive the age of humans, which will be released in July 2011.

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‘US and China must reduce emissions 80 percent by 2020’

Open letter by 23 high-ranking officials of American energy, climate and environmental NGOs, including Bill McKibben of 350.org, to President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao, calling for wartime-like mobilization by the governments of the United States and China to cut carbon emissions 80 percent, based on 2006 levels, by 2020, in order to reach the 350 ppm atmospheric CO2 stabilisation level.

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