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  • Blog Post: Update from Bonn - Russia stalls things

    John Lanchbery, RSPB Principal Climate Change Advisor, at the Bonn UNFCCC conference It is warm, sunny day here at the UN climate talks in Bonn. It is less warm and sunny inside the main meeting room, however, where Russia has just finally stalled one of the two main technical sessions, the Subsidiary...
  • Blog Post: UK emissions up; hopes for wildlife down

    We’ve had two bits of bad news so far this year. The first was that global greenhouse gas emissions reached record levels last year in spite of the economic downturn ( IEA 2011 ) . As it stands, it is likely that the world will have increased in temperature by an average of 4 o C by 2070s (...
  • Blog Post: A day in the life... Bonn talks draw towards close

    John Lanchbery, RSPB Principal Climate Change Advisor, at the Bonn UNFCCC conference Thursday and a warm, humid morning breaks over the climate change talks in Bonn. Up early to ensure that I am sufficiently alert to chair the daily NGO 'political coordination' at nine. Catch the local...
  • Blog Post: Climate check – It’s report time for the Coalition

    Climate check – It’s report time for the Coalition The RSPB has been working on a Green Alliance-led project with fellow NGOs WWF, Christian Aid and Greenpeace to carry out a rigorous assessment of the Coalition Government’s performance on climate change, 16 months on from when it...
  • Blog Post: Greenhouse gas emissions fall...

    ... because we had a mild winter. Today the independent Climate Change Committee made its annual report to the Government on UK’s progress towards meeting its emission reduction targets. The headline figures look good: greenhouse gas emissions fell by 7% in 2011. However, the Committee has done...
  • Blog Post: Don’t Forget to Email David Cameron Today!

    You may remember us asking you to help us put pressure on PM David Cameron last week to show his support for 30% reduction in emissions target in his environmental speech this Thursday 26 th April. Well so far over 13,500 people have emailed the prime minister, including me, plus both Nick Clegg and...
  • Blog Post: RSPB responds to climate committee report – renewable energy in harmony with nature?

    The Climate Change Committee (CCC) published a major report on the future of renewable energy in the UK today. The RSPB has welcomed the report and its headline conclusion that renewable energy has serious potential to deliver in the UK. Why? Because wildlife is already feeling the heat from climate...
  • Blog Post: Making biomass work

    Matt Williams, Climate Change Policy Officer I was embarrassingly proud today when I was quoted for the first time as an RSPB climate change policy officer. The article was published on my birthday too, which is a nice treat. My statement is in an article related to biomass, which Government hopes...
  • Blog Post: Draft water Bill – this summer’s latest damp squib

    Guest post by Rob Cunningham, Head of Water Policy Water has been big news this year, two years of poor winter rains left our rivers and wetlands drying out this spring only for torrential summer rain and floods to grab the headlines. While I’m not going to claim this weather is directly a consequence...
  • Blog Post: Pests and marine species moving faster than terrestrial wildlife

    Land based wildlife seems to be responding more slowly to climate change than both life in the oceans, and agricultural pests and diseases, suggest two papers in Nature Climate Change. A new synthesis of observed changes in marine biodiversity reports widespread and systematic shifts which show remarkable...
  • Blog Post: Climate science: an alarm bell

    John Lanchbery Principal Climate Change Advisor Finally, we have it - after all the waiting and tit-for-tat teases from the various interests, the Intergovernmental panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published the summary of its report on climate science. And it’s pretty strong stuff. The...
  • Blog Post: Climate change projections from IPCC?

    John Lanchbery, Principal Climate Advisor In the few days since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its report on climate science, there have been some liberal interpretations of what it says. One major source of confusion has been the IPCCs’ projections of future...
  • Blog Post: What has Europe ever done for green energy?

    Ivan Scrase, Senior Climate Change Policy Officer - Renewable Energy Tomorrow we will find out how the EU sees its role in climate and energy policy after 2020. In the mean time, the UK Government is reviewing of each area of EU policy ‘competence’, from agriculture to taxation. This includes...