Latest update on energy finance for mitigation

Latest update on energy finance for mitigation

The SDG Knowledge Hub of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) provides the September update on energy finance for mitigation compiled by Beate Antonich. Energy Finance Follows Mitigation Opportunities, But More Focus on Energy Access is Needed   During the month of October, we saw reports on long-term development and mitigation strategies, and more … Continue reading

Understanding Germany’s Green Party

Understanding Germany’s Green Party

The Greens have made huge gains in two recent state elections in Germany. But to what extent is the success of this political party connected to the environment?  Irene Banos Ruiz reviews the policies of the Green Party in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.  Given how important the Greens are for the entire … Continue reading

Reducing emissions in Scotland – 2018 Progress Report to Parliament from the Committee on Climate Change

Reducing emissions in Scotland – 2018 Progress Report to Parliament from the Committee on Climate Change

This is the Climate Change Committee’s seventh report on Scotland’s progress towards meetings emissions targets, as requested by Scottish Ministers under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. Overall, Scotland continues to outperform the rest of the UK in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, but successful strategies for energy and waste mask a lack of progress … Continue reading

Tackling our plastic crisis

Tackling our plastic crisis

Plastic trash increasingly pollutes rivers and fills landfills. In Jakarta, two men are on a mission to offer alternatives that could have an impact on the environment and the economy, not just in Indonesia. Manuela Kasper-Claridge explains in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   Manioc to the rescue in the fight against plastic … Continue reading

In search of Europe’s clean air

In search of Europe’s clean air

Air pollution kills hundreds of thousands of Europeans every year. But breathing is riskier in some places than others. In countries like Poland, change is happening — but only slowly. Irene Banos Ruiz provides an excellent overview on the Deutsche Welle website of the air quality in Europe   Where is Europe’s air safe to … Continue reading

Taking the necessary action to avoid a crisis

Taking the necessary action to avoid a crisis

People only accept change when they are faced with necessity, and only recognise necessity when a crisis is upon them. Jean Monnet French political economist and diplomat who was one of the founding fathers of the European Union   The recent special report from the  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that the impact … Continue reading

Staying calm in interesting times

Staying calm in interesting times

We live in interesting times with respect to energy and climate concerns. There is no simple theme to where we are and where we are going. Well, we know where we are supposed to be going but the road isn’t obvious. It is as if we are flailing all over the place trying to make … Continue reading