Local governments continue to fill policy gap

Local governments continue to fill policy gap

We have read much recently about how US states and local governments are playing an increasingly important role in taking action on climate change and sustainable energy. This is equally true in Europe. Now Michael Slezak writes in The Guardian about similar actions in Australia.   Australian local councils lead the way in tackling climate … Continue reading

Latest update on climate finance for mitigation

Latest update on climate finance for mitigation

The SDG Knowledge Hub of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) provides a recent update on global developments in climate finance for mitigation.   Climate Mitigation Finance Update: MDBs Launch Funding Initiatives as EBRD Invests in Green Bond Multilateral development banks (MDBs) have pledged over US$2 billion in funding for initiatives supporting climate mitigation … Continue reading

Benefits of low-energy homes

Benefits of low-energy homes

Researchers from Australia and Britain have shared experiences in the two countries to better understand the benefits of low energy homes. Stephen Berry and David Michael Whaley from the University of South Australia together with Trivess Moore from RMIT University write in The Conversation about some of their findings. Low-energy homes don’t just save money, … Continue reading

Consumers benefiting from energy efficiency standards

Consumers benefiting from energy efficiency standards

It is encouraging to see that the Consumer Federation of America has reported to the Department of Energy of the benefits that consumers are enjoying from important federal minimum energy performance standards. This is their article on YubaNet.com from Nevada County, California. Are comparable calculations available for Europe?   New Analysis Shows Energy Efficiency Standards … Continue reading

Cleaning dirty urban water using solar panels

Cleaning dirty urban water using solar panels

One city in California is planning to save local government money by using solar panels to clean dirty water. Thaddeus Millertmiller explains in an article on the Chowchilla News website.   Solar panels will save Chowchilla money, city says Chowchilla plans to clean its dirty water with help from the sun, which leaders say will … Continue reading

Climate change will have impact on grape pickers

Climate change will have impact on grape pickers

Researchers in Greece have produced the first study that climate change will have a serious effect on grape pickers. It is the first such study to assess the impact of heat on agriculture workers. Brandie Weikle explains in an article on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation website.   Global warming threatens some of the world’s favourite … Continue reading