Multiple reports forecast dire climate change impacts
A series of reports published for the UK and US governments have predicted profound consequences, should climate change continue unabated.
The UK’s Environment Agency estimates that summer temperatures could be up to 5.4˚C hotter by 2070 depending on greenhouse gas emissions, while London’s sea levels may rise by up to 1.15 metres by 2100.
Meanwhile, a report mandated by the US congress and issued by 13 federal agencies has warned that the damage inflicted by global warming could knock as much as 10% off the country’s economy by the end of the century.
Both claim that infrastructure and property are at high risk without substantial, sustained global mitigation and regional adaptation to increasingly frequent extreme weather events.
However, a UN report has revealed that emissions are on the rise for the first time in four years, and that nations will have to triple their reduction efforts without delay.
UN Environment Programme deputy executive director, Joyce Msuya, said: “Governments need to move faster and with greater urgency – we’re feeding this fire while the means to extinguish it are within reach.”
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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a new 'Green Claims Code' to ensure businesses are not misleading consumers about their environmental credentials.
In Elliott-Smith v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the claimant applied for judicial review of the legality of the defendants’ joint decision to create the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) as a substitute for UK participation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).
In R. (on the application of Hudson) v Windsor and Maidenhead RBC, the appellant appealed against a decision to uphold the local authority’s grant of planning permission for the construction of a holiday village at the Legoland Windsor Resort.
In R (on the application of National Farmers Union) v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the claimant applied for judicial review of the Secretary's direction to Natural England concerning badger culling.