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Renewable energy firms are failing on serious ethical issues, with not one of those assessed “fully meeting” their responsibilities to human rights

Renewable energy firms are failing on serious ethical issues, with not one of those assessed “fully meeting” their responsibilities to human rights

Of the 16 largest publicly traded solar and wind companies assessed against the new Renewable Energy and Human Rights benchmark, not one was found to be respecting land rights, and only one has a public commitment on indigenous rights. The sector overall has faced allegations of human rights abuse, including killings, threats and land grabs, … Continue reading

Move to have airlines postpone their climate obligations deflated the little ambition of the aviation’s sector climate plan, which was already “far below what is needed to avoid climate catastrophe”

Move to have airlines postpone their climate obligations deflated the little ambition of the aviation’s sector climate plan, which was already “far below what is needed to avoid climate catastrophe”

A handful of countries on the council of the International Civil Aviation Organization agreed to change the rules to reduce the sector’s carbon costs. There are serious climate implications. Chloé Farand explains in an article on the Climate Change News website.   Airlines’ climate obligations postponed as UN body endorses industry proposal Airlines have wriggled … Continue reading

Northern Ireland’s unique context, particularly in energy, will require further innovation and a strategic joined up approach to improve energy performance of its buildings

Northern Ireland’s unique context, particularly in energy, will require further innovation and a strategic joined up approach to improve energy performance of its buildings

While decarbonisation of the heat network remains one the toughest challenges, an energy efficient building fabric is needed to be both effective in cost savings and emissions reductions. Patrice Cairns discusses the situation in Northern Ireland in an article on The Irish News website.   Overhaul of energy performance in existing housing stock essential Under … Continue reading

A team of researchers reconstructed the global average temperature over the Holocene Epoch to show the full impact since the industrial revolution started 150 years ago

A team of researchers reconstructed the global average temperature over the Holocene Epoch to show the full impact since the industrial revolution started 150 years ago

In little more than 150 years, humans have reversed a 6,000-year pattern of global cooling, a major study into historic temperatures has found. Harry Cockburn explains the results in an article on The Independent website.   Climate change over last 150 years has undone 6,000 years of global cooling, study shows In little more than … Continue reading

Pension funds in UK being urged in a new campaign to invest the nation’s savings to help fight the climate emergency

Pension funds in UK being urged in a new campaign to invest the nation’s savings to help fight the climate emergency

In an initiative launched by celebrity film director Richard Curtis and ex-Bank of England governor Mark Carney there is a new campaign to get pension funds to support investments in climate change. Tanya Jefferies explains in an article on the Thisismoney website. Are we seeing similar developments in other countries?   Mark Carney and Comic … Continue reading

The challenge for architects to integrate all design requirements including improving energy performance but also coping now with the 100-year viral pandemic

The challenge for architects to integrate all design requirements including improving energy performance but also coping now with the 100-year viral pandemic

We have developed complex codes, regulations and guidelines to achieve goals such as structural safety, fire safety, adequate ventilation and energy efficiency, and to anticipate extreme scenarios such as 100-year floods. The question for architects now is whether and how the 100-year viral pandemic will change architectural design and building operations. This is the challenge … Continue reading

Housing retrofits must be the ‘number one investment priority’ for the UK’s post-Covid-19 recovery, as lockdown confines Britons to overheating homes

Housing retrofits must be the ‘number one investment priority’ for the UK’s post-Covid-19 recovery, as lockdown confines Britons to overheating homes

Madeleine Cuff writes about the vulnerability of British homes but the same can be said for many countries. What are your views?   Lockdown has revealed ‘vulnerability’ of UK homes to climate threat, government advisers say As the country bakes under a heatwave, the Government’s climate advisers have warned British homes are ill-prepared to cope … Continue reading