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Plan to drill for gas in coal seams under the North Sea

The Journal reports, 31st March 2014: “A billion-pound plan to reach untapped coal reserves under the North Sea will be under way by the end of the year, as the vast scale of the energy source beneath the North Sea is made clear. Scientific data of the true extent of the coal deposits on the […]

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New “ozone-eating” gases identified in Antarctica’s ozone hole

The Guardian reports, 9th March 2014: “Dozens of mysterious ozone-destroying chemicals may be undermining the recovery of the giant ozone hole over Antarctica, researchers have revealed. The chemicals, which are also extremely potent greenhouse gases, may be leaking from industrial plants or being used illegally, contravening the Montreal protocol which began banning the ozone destroyers […]

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SCAR AGM Opportunity

Anne Page, Secretary of SCAR (Suffolk Coast Against Retreat) invites you to the 2014 Annual General Meeting of SCAR to be held at 10.30 am on Saturday 29th March at 10.30 am (Coffee from 10 am) at the Riverside Centre, Stratford St Andrew. The Guest Speaker will be Lord Deben, Patron of SCAR and Chair […]

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Norfolk Surge Damage

The surge damage that hit the Norfolk Coast on the evening of Thursday 5th December was the worst experienced since 1953. In fact along the North Norfolk coast facing the gale the sea was pushed to an even higher level during the storm flood peak sea levels as well as producing even bigger waves. The […]

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Large fish have disappeared from vast tracts of Australian coast

From The Guardian 21st February 2014: Vast tracts of Australia’s coastline have been denuded of large fish, with marine life under pressure from climate change, over-fishing, pollution and invasive species, a year-long study has found. The reef life survey, undertaken by volunteer divers along the entire Australian coastline, took in reefs up to 400 nautical […]

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Arctic summer sea ice thicker and more extensive in 2013 compared to recent years

BBC News reports, 16th December 2013: “The bounce back in the extent of sea ice in the Arctic this summer was reflected also in the volume of ice. Data from Europe’s Cryosat spacecraft suggests there were almost 9,000 cu km of ice at the end of this year’s melt season. This is close to 50% […]

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Magellanic and Adelie penguins experiencing pressure “due to climate change”

The Guardian reports, 30th January 2014: “Penguins are in peril because of extreme environmental conditions linked to climate change, research has shown. Two new studies highlight the plight of penguin colonies trying to cope with the effects of global warming in Argentina and Antarctica. At both locations, the beguiling birds face an uncertain future. Climate […]

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“Greenland is now at the heart of 21st century geopolitics” says Greenland PM

The Guardian reports, 23rd January 2014: “Climate change, says Aleqa Hammond, Greenland’s Prime Minister, is placing Greenland at the heart of 21st century geopolitics. As the ice retreats, it is moving from being a non-player in global affairs to the centre of a new international resource rush. “Climate change and this resultant new industrialisation brings […]

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Speculation by scientists that the Gulf Stream could be weakening

The Guardian reports, 20th January 2014: “The UK’s run of rain-drenched summers could be ended by a slow-down in major Atlantic currents which bring warm, wet air to Europe, according to research. The currents were known to have weakened since 2004 but the new work suggests the trend began in the 1990s and shows no […]

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Continuing evidence of “climate change” affecting UK seas

The Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP, see membership listed below) has published, 28th November 2013, its latest “report card” which seeks to assess how climate change is affecting UK seas. Their press release states: ” For the first time, Arctic sea-ice coverage is considered by the report’s authors. A long-term decline is clearly apparent, […]

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Scottish government criticised for failure in its “climate and wildlife policies”

The Guardian reports, 28th October 2013: “Alex Salmond’s government is failing to live up to many of its ambitious promises on climate change and protecting Scotland’s natural heritage, a study has concluded. The report by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) said that the Scottish government’s efforts to set new standards on climate and […]

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Independent professional panel says health of oceans is “declining fast”

BBC News, 3rd October, 2013, reports: “The health of the world’s oceans is deteriorating even faster than had previously been thought, a report says. A review from the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO), warns that the oceans are facing multiple threats. They are being heated by climate change, turned slowly less […]

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Rising levels of acidity in the oceans is worrisome and “potentially catastrophic”

The Guardian reports, 25th August 2013: “Rapidly rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are causing a potential catastrophe in our oceans as they become more acidic, scientists have warned. Hans Poertner, professor of marine biology at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany, and co-author of a new study of the phenomenon, told the Guardian: […]

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Global sea levels fell in 2010 and 2011. Why?

The Guardian reports, 23rd August 2013, “Rain — in effect, evaporated ocean — fell in such colossal quantities during the Australian floods in 2010 and 2011 that the world’s sea levels actually dropped by as much as 7mm. “Rainwater normally runs swiftly off continental mountain ranges, pours down rivers, collects in aquifers and lakes and […]

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Marine life migrating to the Poles and cooler waters, probably due to climate change

The Guardian reports, 5th August 2013: “Rising ocean temperatures are rearranging the biological make-up of our oceans, pushing species towards the poles by 7kms every year, as they chase the climates they can survive in, according to new research. The study, conducted by a working group of scientists from 17 different institutions, gathered data from […]

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Arctic summer sea ice now 54% less than it was in 1980

The Guardian reports, 6th August 2013: “The Arctic lost record amounts of sea ice last year and is changing at an unprecedented pace due to climate change Last year was among the 10 warmest years on record — ranking eighth or ninth depending on the data set, according to a report led by the National […]

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Arctic ice thaw is an “economic timebomb”

The Guardian reports, 6th August 2013: “Rapid thawing of the Arctic could trigger a catastrophic “economic time bomb” which would cost trillions of dollars and undermine the global financial system, say a group of economists and polar scientists. “Governments and industry have expected the widespread warming of the Arctic region in the past 20 years […]

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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef could be on the “danger list”

It might be regarded as some sort of sick joke that the Great Barrier Reef happens to nestle beside the heart of Australia’s fossil fuel export boom. When the coal ships leave the Queensland ports, the two become one as the captains make passage through the 2300 kilometre/1430 mile-long reef – the world’s largest. Now […]

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Legacy of the great sea flood of 1953

It was exactly sixty years ago, in 1953, following the great North Sea Surge when the East Anglian dune defence system was broken through and three hundred people drowned. The government of the day resolved ‘never again’ and promptly set to work installing defences. But they had said the same thing following the 1938 Horsey […]

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Global warming expands Antarctic sea ice

In a polar paradox, melting land ice helps sea ice to grow. Ocean warming may be a major driver of sea-ice expansion in the Antarctic, researchers report today in Nature Geoscience. While sea ice at the North Pole has shrunk substantially over the past three decades, scientists have struggled to explain why sea ice near […]

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