With heat being an emergency for cities globally, Athens becomes the second city to appoint a chief heat officer to find ways to cool the city, beyond the obvious air conditioning in buildings

Heat is a particular problem for people in cities because built-up areas and concrete store heat from the sun, while energy use and transport create its own excess heat that adds to the natural warming effect, and there is less of the natural cooling effect of trees, vegetation and water. Athens has followed Miami-Date county … Continue reading With heat being an emergency for cities globally, Athens becomes the second city to appoint a chief heat officer to find ways to cool the city, beyond the obvious air conditioning in buildings

Most people in Scotland are ‘in the dark’ over what net-zero means for them

Politicians must have an "honest conversation" with Scottish people after new research showed the majority are unaware that changes will be made to their homes in the journey to net-zero. The majority of adults back the UK’s efforts to reach net zero emissions but 90 per cent don’t know what impact climate measures will have … Continue reading Most people in Scotland are ‘in the dark’ over what net-zero means for them

Recent conflicts, political turmoil and the growing threat of climate-induced disasters could push Mozambique to re-envision its energy and development strategies

Mozambique is at a crossroads in its development. It has fossil fuels that it desperately wants to exploit, seeing them as a major opportunity for wealth creation. Yet, this is far from certain, and many believe that such exploitation will simply entrench poverty and lead to continued conflict. Mozambique has had too much of both. … Continue reading Recent conflicts, political turmoil and the growing threat of climate-induced disasters could push Mozambique to re-envision its energy and development strategies

A female scientist 165 years ago explicitly warned us about extraordinary power of carbon dioxide gas to absorb heat – the driving force of global warming

Sylvia G. Dee, Assistant Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Rice University writes on The Conversation website about an American scientist named Eunice Foote who documented the underlying cause of today’s climate change crisis in 1856. The author ends with an important question: Why haven’t we listened more closely?     Scientists understood … Continue reading A female scientist 165 years ago explicitly warned us about extraordinary power of carbon dioxide gas to absorb heat – the driving force of global warming

What it takes to urgently improve the energy efficiency of Britain’s housing stock

With some of the worst levels of energy efficiency in Europe, Britain’s housing stock is in urgent need of a plan to encompass wishes, grants to alleviate fuel poverty as well as installer training. Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, provides his views in his column for the July/August issue of Energy … Continue reading What it takes to urgently improve the energy efficiency of Britain’s housing stock

Space tourism and climate change

In order for international regulators to keep up with this nascent industry and control its pollution properly, scientists need a better understanding of the effect these billionaire astronauts will have on our planet’s atmosphere. Eloise Marais, Associate Profession in Physical Geography at University College London, discusses the environmental consequences in an article on The Conversation … Continue reading Space tourism and climate change

“Despite increased climate ambitions, the amount of economic recovery funds being spent on clean energy is just a small sliver of the total”

Global carbon emissions are set to rise to record highs in 2023 unless governments around the world do more to channel Covid-19 recovery spending towards green projects, the IEA warns. This is an important message in a year when climate issues will be at the forefront at COP26. Worryingly, the IEA says that only two … Continue reading “Despite increased climate ambitions, the amount of economic recovery funds being spent on clean energy is just a small sliver of the total”

With greater ambition, Germany can meet all its energy demand with renewable energy within next 15 years

Charlotte Nijhuis writes on the Clean Energy Wire about a new report by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) showing that Germany can meet its entire energy demand in little more than a decade by renewable energy. Now, let’s see if the country takes up the challenge.   Germany can fulfil entire energy … Continue reading With greater ambition, Germany can meet all its energy demand with renewable energy within next 15 years

New technology removes humans from offshore wind turbine repairs, helping reduce overall costs to consumers

Alan Tovey writes on The Telegraph website about six-legged robotic “bugs” being used to repair offshore wind farms.   Flying robot bugs deployed to fix wind farms Six-legged robotic “bugs” could soon be repairing offshore wind farms, putting an end to humans doing risky maintenance and potentially lowering energy bills in the process. Engineers have … Continue reading New technology removes humans from offshore wind turbine repairs, helping reduce overall costs to consumers

Recycled vegetable oil heats Scottish home

Since March a family in Scotland has been using recycled vegetable oil to heat their home.  The renewable liquid fuel is made from certified waste fats and oils and manufactured by a synthesised process with hydrogen to create the fuel. Sally Guyoncourt discusses latest developments in an article on the inews website.   Family become … Continue reading Recycled vegetable oil heats Scottish home