An alternative white paint for buildings containing barium sulphate could be more effective at reflecting the solar radiation than traditional gypsum paint

We are always interested in new innovations. Andrew Parnell, Research Fellow in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield discusses the impact of using an alternative white paint containing barium sulphate (BaSO₄) that could be even more effective at reflecting the solar radiation hitting buildings back into space. The article is on The Conversation … Continue reading An alternative white paint for buildings containing barium sulphate could be more effective at reflecting the solar radiation than traditional gypsum paint

“Let 2021 be the year when the issue of loss and damage from human-induced climate change is recognised with utmost urgency and importance”

Saleemul Huq, a global expert on the links between climate change and sustainable development, particularly from the perspective of developing countries and a friend of EiD, gives his views on the loss and damage from climate change. In an article on the Daily Star website. Saleem is Director of the International Centre for Climate Change … Continue reading “Let 2021 be the year when the issue of loss and damage from human-induced climate change is recognised with utmost urgency and importance”

Miami hires the first official in the US appointed to focus solely on heatwaves

Having been to Miami, one certainly understands extreme heat and it is getting worse. The city and Dade county have hired a chief heat officer  to focus attention on what can be done to address the problem. Oliver Milman discusses recent developments in an article on the Guardian website.   Miami’s chief heat officer calls … Continue reading Miami hires the first official in the US appointed to focus solely on heatwaves

Highlighting some of the problems related to financing adaptation to climate change

Jessica Omukuti, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of York discusses many of the problems related to financing adaptation to climate change in an article on the Conversation website. What are your views?   Climate adaptation finance is ineffective and must be more transparent In 2019, an international climate fund approved a ten year US$9.3 million … Continue reading Highlighting some of the problems related to financing adaptation to climate change

The benefits of regenerative grazing

Regenerative grazing can store more carbon in soils in the form of roots and other plant tissues. Henry Fountain discusses how much it can really help the fight against climate change in an article on The New York Times website.   A Different Kind of Land Management: Let the Cows Stomp Adam Isaacs stood surrounded … Continue reading The benefits of regenerative grazing

Addressing climate change: “Wine and vine is like the canary in the coalmine”

Jacqui Goddard writes on The Times website about an interesting experiment that saw 12 bottles of red wine and 320 stems of merlot and cabernet sauvignon vines spend over a year on the International Space Station for a study that aims to adapt Earth’s agriculture to the challenges of climate change.   Wine aged in … Continue reading Addressing climate change: “Wine and vine is like the canary in the coalmine”

The Green Climate Fund is by design a learning institution

The Green Climate Fund, the biggest multilateral climate fund, is a good example of an institution whose built-in learning structures and accountability have allowed it to remain relevant. Archi Rastogi discusses what the fund can teach us about multilateral organisations. In an article on the Policy Options website.   What the Green Climate Fund can teach us … Continue reading The Green Climate Fund is by design a learning institution

Two new EEA reports on the need for action to improve adaptation nationally and locally

Despite the increasing awareness of climate change impacts and the need to adapt, many of Europe’s cities and towns are struggling to handle the impacts of heatwaves, severe droughts and destructive floods. Two European Environment Agency (EEA) reports published today stress the urgent need for action to improve adaptation and resilience at local and national … Continue reading Two new EEA reports on the need for action to improve adaptation nationally and locally

With heatwaves growing, UK advised that it must do more to protect infrastructure

Much of the UK’s infrastructure dates from the Victorian age, when the climate was less prone to such high temperatures and the risk of flash flooding. Since the privatisation of utilities in the 1980s and 1990s, the emphasis has been on keeping down costs to billpayers, rather than investing in better infrastructure. Now Britain’s buildings … Continue reading With heatwaves growing, UK advised that it must do more to protect infrastructure

Torrential rains have submerged at least a quarter of Bangladesh

Having been to Bangladesh for climate meetings and having worked with many Bangladeshi over the years, it is always painful to watch how the country has to cope with extremes that are not their doing. The country’s latest calamity illustrates a striking inequity of our time: The people least responsible for climate change are among … Continue reading Torrential rains have submerged at least a quarter of Bangladesh