Friday News Roundup

I’ve still got lots of human rights stories to post, but more of them later.
Today it is the latest news headlines and news of the environment:

Via the Guardian:

£3.68 trillion: The price of failing to act on climate change

Britons face the prospect of a welter of new green taxes to tackle climate change, as the most authoritative report on global warming warns it will cost the world up to £3.68 trillion unless it is tackled within a decade.

The review by Sir Nicholas Stern, commissioned by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and published tomorrow, marks a crucial point in the debate by underlining how failure to act would trigger a catastrophic global recession. Unchecked climate change would turn 200 million people into refugees, the largest migration in modern history, as their homes succumbed to drought or flood.

Full story: http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1934381,00.html

Via the Beeb:

Only 50 years left’ for sea fish

There will be virtually nothing left to fish from the seas by the middle of the century if current trends continue, according to a major scientific study.

Stocks have collapsed in nearly one-third of sea fisheries, and the rate of decline is accelerating.

Writing in the journal Science, the international team of researchers says fishery decline is closely tied to a broader loss of marine biodiversity.

But a greater use of protected areas could safeguard existing stocks.

Full story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6108414.stm

More fish:

UK ‘must shield fishing industry’

Britain has to protect its fishing industry, despite warnings stocks could be virtually wiped out by 2048, the UK fisheries minister has said.

Ben Bradshaw said the warning, issued by scientists on Thursday, represented the world’s biggest environmental challenge after global warming.

But he ruled out a complete ban on cod fishing, saying a “zero catch” would see “the end of all fishing in the UK”.

UK fishermen’s representatives have criticised the report as “grandiose”.

The international study, published in the American journal, Science, said supplies of fish such as cod were under threat from over-fishing and habitat destruction….

… Dr Nicola Beaumont from Plymouth Marine Laboratory was one of the scientists who helped draw up the report.

She said it was not just about fishing, but pollution, climate change, ocean acidification and destruction of marine habitats.

Full story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6112352.stm

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