World’s richest 10% ‘produce half of global emissions’

The richest 10% of people around the world produce half of global emissions. That’s according to a report from British charity Oxfam, which also stated the poorest half of the population produce 10% of total emissions worldwide. It suggests the average footprint of someone in the richest 1% could be 175 times more than of […]

Biggest food firms emit more gas than Scandinavia

From cereal makers to fizzy drink bottlers, the world’s ten largest food and drink companies churn out more greenhouse gases than Scandinavia. That’s according to a new report from Oxfam which calculates the ‘Big 10’ emit more than Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland’s total of 250 million tons of greenhouse gases. In its new […]

Green groups quit UN climate talks over ‘lack of progress’

Thirteen environmental and justice groups walked out of the UN climate talks yesterday in protest at the “lack of progress” in tackling the climate crisis. More than 800 people from organisations including WWF, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, WWF, Oxfam and 350.org, with the slogan “Polluters talk, we walk” stuck to their clothing (pictured), left […]

Oxfam warns hotter world will be hungrier

Oxfam has warned a warned a hotter world will also be hungrier ahead of the release of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). On Friday the IPCC will unveil its fifth assessment of the scientific basis of climate change, carried out once every six years. Oxfam expects the assessment to […]

World Bank warns leaders against 4°C temp rise

The World Bank today warned international leaders against letting the world’s temperature rise more than 4°C because it claims this could trigger a “cascade of cataclysmic changes” by the end of the century. This includes extreme heat waves, food shortages and a sea-level rise hitting hundreds of millions of the poorest people in coastal or […]

Crops for biofuel ‘risks hunger for millions’

Using crops for biofuels risks leaving millions hungry around the world, Oxfam warned yesterday. The charity’s demands came the day before EU Commissioners confirmed new draft legislation – which was leaked to the media last week – will see the EU limit its crop-based biofuels transport quota to 5%. Previously EU biofuel laws demanded that […]