UK conservatives launch ‘climate sceptic’ fightback

 A summary of today’s top climate and clean energy stories.
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UK: Tory campaigners on climate change are embarking on a fightback against sceptics on the right of the party who have tried to “smother” debate in recent months, according to party sources. (Guardian)

Geoengineering: Lord Rees, the Astronomer Royal, claims that launching mirrors into space, triggering algal blooms in the oceans and seeding clouds are just some of “Plan B” schemes which will have to be considered by world leaders unless carbon emissions can be cut in the next 20 years. (Telegraph)

US: Rare torrential downpours unleashed flash flooding in Colorado that killed at least three people, left one missing and forced thousands to flee to higher ground on Thursday as rising water toppled buildings and stranded motorists, officials said. (Reuters)

Ghana: The Cabinet has approved the National Climate Change Policy, Dr Joe Oteng Adjei, Minister for Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation announced yesterday. (Ghana Government)

UK: All three leading political parties in the UK have failed to demonstrate strong environmental leadership, a new report claims. (RTCC)

Indonesia: The National Council on Climate Change predicts that half of Jakarta will be under water by 2030 due to global warming. (Asia One)

Serbia: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (ERBD) has confirmed that it will no longer finance as 750MW lignite power plant project near Belgrade, Serbia. Confirming the decision, the bank said the project would “have to be assessed against the new energy strategy” if it were to become active again. (tcktcktck)

Peru: Peru’s cloud forests could face near extinction as their fragile ecology means they are ill equipped to deal with the changing climate. The forests, home to a third of Peru’s mammal, bird and frog species, are highly sensitive to changes in the temperature. (RTCC)

Energy: Global oil prices have climbed after the International Energy Agency raised its demand outlook for next year. The continuing geopolitical uncertainty over a diplomatic solution to Syria’s chemical weapons underpinned the market, analysts said. (WA Today)


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