Climate change, rather than human hunters, drove the wooly mammoth to extinction. That’s the claim from scientists who say that the hairy beasts lost their grazing grounds as forests rapidly replaced grasslands after the last ice age, roughly 20,000 years ago.
Why have we seen two decades of static emissions in France? A report from France’s ministery of sustainable development states that between 1990 and 2007 France carbon emissions have not declined. This is a little puzzling given that France is signed up to the Kyoto Protocol, an environmental treaty binding 37 countries to reduce emissions by 2012. It is still further perplexing when you consider France has been championing nuclear power since the 1970’s and relies heavily on this ‘clean’ energy for over 75% of it’s electricity, according to IAEA statistics. With 58 nuclear power reactors in operation across the country, France has more reactors than any other country except United States. So if France relies so little on carbon dioxide-producing fuels for energy then why haven’t the French managed to bring down their emissions of the greenhouse gas in recent years? WIth crunch time for the Kyoto protocol looming, it’s worth asking what has happened.