Climate Change News

There’s been some good news on the environment and climate change front over the past couple of days.

One up for the walrus as Reuters report a poke in the eye for Shell. The US Fisheries and Wildlife Service put a spanner in the works by telling Royal Dutch Shell that they must maintain a 24km buffer zone between their drilling rigs in the Arctic. Cue the Beatles coo-coo-cachoo.

The Church of England has announced it is to divest itself of its stake in Soco Oil because of the company’s unwillingness to rule out drilling for oil in a National Park in the Congo which could endanger one of the last refuges of the mountain gorilla.

And much to the Daily Telegraph’s chagrin Blackpool will not be the new Dallas after planning officers and local councillors told Cuadrilla to frack-off. This will hopefully lead other councils to do the same.

More good news, the latest analysis of China’s commitment to reduce emissions suggests that the peak will be earlier than previously thought. According to the Carbon Brief China’s emissions are due to peak in 2027 rather than 2030 as previously thought.

South Korea has also increased its carbon reduction goal from15-30% to 37% by 2030.

Happy new month!

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My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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