“Scotland has the potential to produce well more energy than it needs from renewable sources…” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/in-scotland-gusts-of-wind-usher-in-a-quiet-energy-revolution/2016/10/15/e5da2f5a-8a57-11e6-8cdc-4fbb1973b506_story.html)
…without more wells:
“The Scottish Government will not support underground coal gasification (UCG) developments in Scotland.” (http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Underground-coal-gasification-blocked-2c9f.aspx)
“The country’s next challenge … is to figure out how to translate success in electricity production to lagging areas, such as heating and transport.” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/in-scotland-gusts-of-wind-usher-in-a-quiet-energy-revolution/2016/10/15/e5da2f5a-8a57-11e6-8cdc-4fbb1973b506_story.html)
Lagging is of course usually deployed as insulation – the Scottish climate giveth and it taketh away.
“The world is running out of chocolate. That’s because climate change and crippling poverty are driving Africa’s cocoa farmers to produce other crops. … In the next 40 years, the temperature in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, where 70% of cocoa is grown, is set to rise by 2C. That’s going to make it too hot and dry for cocoa trees.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/09/no-beer-chocolate-coffee-how-climate-change-ruin-your-weekend)
Climate Change will require serious adaptation. Cocoa plants need 20-30C, humidity and some shade. I am prepared to share my bath.
Meanwhile, though who knows for how long, fair trade and organic chocolate is available from Ethical Superstore.
“New varieties, innovative growing methods – including the use of LED lights … [and] climate-controlled glasshouses have allowed growers to extend the season for British strawberries. As a result, British strawberries are now available from March to December.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/18/strawberries-record-breaking-year-forecast-uk)
With all the nutritional value and flavour of wet toilet paper.
“The use of the weather as a weapon was banned in 1978.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/15/spy-agencies-fund-climate-research-weather-weapon-claim)
The use of climate as a cash cow isn’t looking so hot either.
“Investors are starting to think by 2030 the world will be in such a panic about climate change that either by law or by price it will be very hard to burn fossil fuels on anything like the scale we are doing at the moment.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/15/fossil-fuel-industry-must-take-stranded-assets-seriously-say-tim-yeo)
“AJ Lucas … a founding investor in Cuadrilla, which plans to exploit fracking licences in the UK … has lost 71% of its value in the last 12 months.” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2753599/fracking_company_valuation_sinks_to_new_lows.html)
“An international coalition of experts on climate change, family planning and development aid are now pushing for universal access to family planning to be recognized as a part of ‘climate-compatible development’.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/02/03/us-population-climate-idUKKBN0L71IY20150203)
Always a sensitive area, but one that’s ballooning.
“Although spring is generally arriving earlier, to receive a frogspawn sighting before winter has properly begun is highly unusual.” (http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/news/press-releases/frisky-frogs/)
And once frozen, frogspawn makes great marbles.
“The world is facing a wine shortage … [as] demand for wine exceeded supply by 300m cases in 2012.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-24746539)
Nothing environmental about that. Unless we’re subconsciously drowning our sorrows about climate change stuffing up the grape harvest. Another round?
“Fool’s autumn colour is … caused by trees still struggling to cope with a dry summer. They wilt and drop their leaves early to save water.” (http://www.woodlandtrust.presscentre.com/News-Releases/Scotland-set-for-two-autumns-f77.aspx)
Please be emotionally sensitive if you encounter a tree suffering from premature autumnulation.
“As [Arctic] ice gets thinner and more dispersed, it’s more of a sitting duck as storms come through.” (http://www.nature.com/news/summer-storms-bolster-arctic-ice-1.13605)
It’s quacking up.
Greenland is greening, although very slowly. “Despite this handicap, a key species such as the Arctic dwarf birch could be established over more than 400,000sqkm … by the end of the century.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/aug/28/climate-change-greenland-green)
For those of you, like me, with visual artifacting, the Arctic dwarf bitch is also expanding her range. Be wary.