UK’s chief climate scientist honoured by government

Today’s top five climate change stories chosen by RTCC
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(Pic: World Met Org)

(Pic: World Met Org)

1. Climate expert appointed Dame
The UK Met Office’s chief scientist, Julia Slingo, has become a Dame in the New Year Honours List, reports the BBC. Slingo, who was awarded an OBE in 2008, was honoured for her contribution to weather and climate science over a career spanning more than 30 years.

2. Abbott advisor pans climate science
The chief business advisor of Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott as accused the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of “dishonesty and deceit” says the Guardian. Maurice Newman said it focuses on “exploiting the masses and extracting more money” in a climate crusade.

3. New York slashes carbon emissions
New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions have dropped by 19% since 2005 report Reuters. This puts the country nearly two-thirds of the way to meeting the goal that Bloomberg set five years ago. Earlier this year Bloomberg unveiled a $20bn climate adaptation package designed to protect NYC against extreme weather events.

4. Canada quashes climate fears
Federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq ignored advice from her department to acknowledge the dangers posed by climate change after a recent UN climate science report was published, reports the Montreal Gazette. Instead opposition parties accuse Aglukkaq of releasing an “attack document”.

5. Comment: 2014 needs strong climate policies
Increased acceptance of the carbon bubble was an exciting development of 2013, writes CDP chief Paul Simpson in the Guardian. Action on carbon prices and fuel efficiency standards are key for 2014.

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