BBC coverage of IPCC gave climate deniers ‘false balance’

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UK: Foreign Office’s former top climate official queries BBC ‘false balance’ in giving climate sceptics ‘undue’ voice on global warming study (Guardian)

UK: Kevin Anderson, professor of energy and climate change at the University of Manchester says IPCC chair Dr Rajenda Pachauri places too much emphasis on world’s financial markets to address problem of rising carbon emissions (Independent)

US: After observing extremes in local weather patterns, Dane County, Wisconsin, executive Joe Parisi plans to allocate nearly $981,000 of the 2014 county budget proposal to address issues stemming from climate change. (Badger Herald)

US: In a keynote speech at the 2013 World Seafood Congress Tuesday morning, George Rose, the fisheries conservation chair at the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, said climate change is affecting offshore ecosystems. Temperatures, acidity levels, and even the amount of plastic floating in our waters all need to be considered, he said. (Telegram)

Africa: Agriculture researchers are now promoting new farming practices and new animal breeds in Africa in the hopes that the farmers can withstand natural disasters and the changing climate system. (All Africa)

UN: Climate adaptation is to become the main focus of the UN body tasked with addressing land degradation, according to its new chief Monique Barbut. She said she would direct her energies to achieving a successful global climate change deal in two years. (RTCC)

Europe: As EU member states work towards finalising new standards for fuel efficiency, Germany has suggested phasing in the final target over a period of five years, meaning the ultimate target of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometre would be set back to 2024. (RTCC)

Research: An EU-funded project dubbed REWAGEN (‘Electrochemical water treatment system in the dairy industry with hydrogen recovery and electricity production’) is currently developing a pilot plant to prototype to treat dairy wastewater and whey which could cut water and energy consumption dramatically, saving the food industry millions of euros. (

UK: Supermarket giant Tesco will launch a collaborative buying club this week to help suppliers invest in energy efficient products by offering discounts and advice. (RTCC)

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