Governments around the world gave 20% more in overseas aid funding to fossil fuel projects in 2019 and 2020 than to programmes to cut the air pollution they cause

Air pollution kills more than malaria, HIV/Aids and TB combined but receives only 1% of development aid. Damian Carrington discusses how poorly air pollution is addressed in an article on The Guardian website.   More global aid goes to fossil fuel projects than tackling dirty air – study Governments around the world gave 20% more … Continue reading Governments around the world gave 20% more in overseas aid funding to fossil fuel projects in 2019 and 2020 than to programmes to cut the air pollution they cause

“People of all ages and all walks of life are making the right kind of changes”

It is encouraging to see youth getting actively involved in addressing climate change. As part of a series on Canada’s National Observer website highlighting the work of young people in addressing the climate crisis, writer Patricia Lane interviews Shitangshu Roy, a computer expert who believes apps can help combat climate change.   Hackathon host develops … Continue reading “People of all ages and all walks of life are making the right kind of changes”

While the decarbonisation challenges for buildings are significant, so are the opportunities

There are four crucial trends driving zero carbon buildings: decarbonisation, electrification, efficiency and digitalisation. Efficient, zero carbon buildings take advantage of available, cost-effective technology to reduce emissions while increasing health, equity and economic prosperity in local communities, thus presenting many opportunities. Clay Nesler, Global Lead, Buildings and Energy at the World Resources Institute; Khee Poh … Continue reading While the decarbonisation challenges for buildings are significant, so are the opportunities

Rupert Murdoch eases climate change scepticism ahead of COP26

The media mogul Rupert Murdoch hopes to become the ‘hero of COP26’ by performing an about-turn over climate change, as advertisers pile on the pressure. Adam Sherwin explains in an article on the inews website.   Rupert Murdoch’s Australian media empire begins to ease decades-long climate change scepticism Rupert Murdoch has bowed to political and … Continue reading Rupert Murdoch eases climate change scepticism ahead of COP26

To avert catastrophic warming, the global community must rapidly reduce how much of these fossil fuels it extracts and burns

Daniel Welsby, James Price and Steve Pye from University College London write on The Conversation website that their research found that nearly 60% of global oil and fossil gas reserves will need to remain in the ground in 2050. This supports Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the IEA, who told The Guardian: “If governments are … Continue reading To avert catastrophic warming, the global community must rapidly reduce how much of these fossil fuels it extracts and burns

New EEA briefing on the importance of innovation for sustainability

Innovation is a political priority across Europe that can deliver many benefits for society but also generate costs that are often unaccounted for. A European Environment Agency briefing, published this week, looks at how innovation can respond to sustainability challenges and how Europe needs to look for solutions beyond technological innovation.   Innovating for sustainability … Continue reading New EEA briefing on the importance of innovation for sustainability

Forty years of conflict have left many Afghans on the edge of survival — and highly susceptible to the impacts of climate change

The past 30 years have brought flood, drought and hunger to Afghanistan. With the Taliban sweeping to power, many within and outside of the country wonder how to deal with looming climate disaster. Jennifer Collins discusses the situation in Afghanistan in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   Amid Taliban takeover, climate change could … Continue reading Forty years of conflict have left many Afghans on the edge of survival — and highly susceptible to the impacts of climate change

UNECE helps Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and the Republic of Moldova scale up cost-effective climate action by improving buildings’ energy efficiency

Improving energy efficiency is a cost-effective means to support economic development while contributing to climate action. On a national scale, energy efficiency helps strengthen energy security, reduce energy expenditure, slow down energy demand growth, reduce investment needs for new generation capacities, and creates green jobs. Out of all sectors of economic activity, in many countries, the buildings sector has the largest potential for cost-effective improvement in energy efficiency and emissions reductions. To help capitalise … Continue reading UNECE helps Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and the Republic of Moldova scale up cost-effective climate action by improving buildings’ energy efficiency

At the start of this UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the Sudbury model for industrial restoration is an important recipe to apply to climate change

Sudbury, Ontario was an environmental disaster with its nickel and copper mines and smelters. INCO (now Vale) in Sudbury was the world’s largest nickel producer at one time and was the subject of my master’s thesis. Nadia Mykytczuk, Interim CEO/President of MIRARCO at Laurentian University writes on The Conversation website about the transformation of the … Continue reading At the start of this UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the Sudbury model for industrial restoration is an important recipe to apply to climate change

Flagship DNV report says energy efficiency remains the biggest opportunity to tackling climate change as the world drifts further away from achieving Paris climate agreement

DNV’s annual Energy Transition Outlook presents the results from their independent model of the world’s energy system. It covers the period through to 2050 and forecasts the energy transition globally and in 10 world regions. An article on the evwind website provides a good commentary on the report.   Electrification Not Enough to Meet Net … Continue reading Flagship DNV report says energy efficiency remains the biggest opportunity to tackling climate change as the world drifts further away from achieving Paris climate agreement