Climate Live: Could climate change change the face of Australia by 2070?

By Tierney Smith

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Latest news: Tuesday 18 September

Last updated: 1700 BST

EU: The EU are set to present there proposal to curb emissions from ships in the coming months, in the absence of an international solution. A European Commission official has said what while the International Maritime Organisation is the “best entity to regulate greenhouse has emissions from international shipping” it is still unable to agree on measures despite more than a decade of discussions. (Bloomberg)

Worldwide: Hunger and malnutrition are likely to be the most serious health threats linked to changes in climate over the coming decades, as farmers struggle to cope with unpredictable weather, Kris Ebi, a lead author of the human health section of the 2007 IPCC report, has warned. (AlertNet)

US: A new study has found that people who feel they are “personally experiencing” climate change with be perceptive of the risk related to it –particularly those where they live. Changes to seasons, unusual weather, water levels, snowfall patterns and shifts related to plant and animals were among those things most commonly cited by people. (

India: The majority of Indians trust scientists’ opinions on climate change and would urge their government to contribute to reducing global warming, according to a new study from Yale University. Only 7% of respondents said they knew “a lot” about climate change, while 41% had either never heard of it or did not know about it. Some 54% of respondents, however, said they wanted India to make a efforts to reduce global warming.

UK: Alistair Harper from UK think tank Green Alliance argues why the government can not afford to ignore the green sector which is expected to grow 40% by 2014, and where UK companies still dominate the global stage. (E2B Pulse)

US: Columbia University’s Earth Institute has unveiled a new tool, inspired by Facebook, which can rapidly calculate the carbon footprint of thousands of products simultaneously. It was designed to help PepsiCo develop standardised calculations of the lifecycle of thousands of its products. (BusinessGreen)

UN: The US aviation industry has urged President Obama to file a UN action to stop the EU from forcing foreign aircraft to pay for their carbon emissions. The call comes ahead of a UN meeting aimed at making progress on a multilateral solution to the ongoing row over aviation. (Reuters)

Australia: Australia could be unrecognisable within decades because of climate change, according to a new report. The research suggests that by 2070 Australia will have environments that do not exist today anywhere in the country. (the Conversation)

El Salvador: Rising sea levels and deforestation have put El Salvador at the forefront of the battle against climate change. The changes have left communities in the Bajo Lempa region of the country fighting for survival as vital mangrove crops are destroyed. (the Independent)

Worldwide: The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released figures which show that this August has been the fourth warmest since records begun in 1880. 2012 witnessed the 36th consecutive August and 330th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. (the Examiner)

Tuvalu: The final leg of Prince William and Kate’s world tour takes them to Tuvalu, where campaigners say it will be hard for them to ignore the effects of climate change across the country’s islands.

UNFCCC: After a turbulent two weeks for the Kyoto Protocol and carbon trading schemes in general, RTCC’s John Parnell takes a look at what the future could hold for the UNFCCC’s flagship policy.

USA: A package of legislation to protect the US coal mining industry will go to a vote in the House of Representatives this week. The Stop the War on Coal Act is seen as an attack by Republicans on President Obama’s attempts to clean up the US energy industry.

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