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Climate Change Bulletin


22 – 29 July 2014

Prepared by the IMechE Information and Library Service



Fracking push gets go-ahead across UK as ministers tighten safeguards 

(Guardian) Jul 28, 2014

Ministers will give the go-ahead on Monday for a big expansion of fracking across Britain that will allow drilling in national parks and other protected areas in "exceptional circumstances".


Fracking is vital, but a balance has to be struck 
(Telegraph) Jul 28, 2014

The Government's promise to limit fracking in national parks is welcome - but shale gas is still a vital part of our energy future.


The Guardian view on the dash for shale gas 
(Guardian) Jul 28, 2014

Editorial: Fracking is likely to be part of Britain’s future, but the mix of Whitehall haste and corporate greed is alarming.


Former fracking consultant appointed as new Environment Agency chief
(Blue & Green Tomorrow) Jul 23, 2014

Philip Dilley, the former chairman of an engineering firm that wrote environmental reports on fracking, will be the new chairman of the Environment Agency.


IPCC climate change report's findings must be accepted, MPs say 
(Guardian) Jul 29, 2014

The Energy and Climate Change Committee found that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's processes were “robust” and their conclusions should be accepted by policymakers.


EU approves UK’s renewable subsidy scheme and capacity market 
(Blue & Green Tomorrow) Jul 24, 2014

The EU has approved the UK’s capacity market, which aims to prevent blackouts, and and the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, which will support renewables.

Renewable energy sector reacts with anger to subsidy funding plans 
(Click Green) Jul 24, 2014

RenewableUK, the trade association, which represents the wind, wave and tidal energy industries, has expressed disappointment that insufficient funding is being made available to ensure the UK’s successful transition from fossil fuels to clean energy sources. 


Germany, UK and Poland top ‘dirty 30’ list of EU coal-fired power stations 
(Guardian) Jul 22, 2014

Environmental study highlights health effects from pollution, with Germany coming top, and the UK third in total coal consumption. 

EU Commission agrees 30 percent energy savings goal for 2030: sources 
(Reuters) Jul 23, 2014

The European Commission agreed on Wednesday to put forward a target to improve energy efficiency by 30 percent as part of a package of climate and energy policy for 2030, EU sources said.


Welcome to DECC: New Energy Minister suffers latest Green Deal fiasco 
(Click Green) Jul 25, 2014

Newly appointed Energy Minister Amber Rudd has been forced to shut down the Green Deal money back scheme “with immediate effect” after it was overwhelmed by a last-minute dash for cash.


Aviation expansion doesn’t need to cost the environment, argues CBI 
(Blue & Green Tomorrow) Jul 22, 2014

Business lobby group CBI has argued that the UK’s air links must develop in order to support growth and future economic options. However, a new report from the organisation states that such development does not have to come at the expense of environmental commitments.

£1bn UK low carbon vehicle research centre to be hosted at Warwick University 
(Blue & Green Tomorrow) Jul  28, 2014

A new Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) hub will be located at Warwick University, as part of a joint 10-year initiative to develop the UK’s sustainable transport industry.





Your questions answered: geoengineering

(Engineer) Jul 25, 2014

 Our expert panel discusses the feasibility of using geoengineering techniques to counteract climate change.



Population Growth

Climate change a greater threat to global food production than previously thought: MIT researchers
(International Business Times) Jul 28, 2014
The world is expected to need about 50 percent more food than it does today by 2050, due to population growth and the increasing demand for cereal-based diets. But warming temperatures may reduce global crop yields by about 10 percent over that same period.

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