Increased risk of extreme heat and droughts amid climate change could impact nuclear plants

Muriel Boselli writes on the Montel news website that France faces major problems with its nuclear fleet because of the impact of climate change. Regardless of one’s position on nuclear energy, France is heavily dependent on it. Could this lead to a re-think of its entire energy strategy? What are your views?   Climate change … Continue reading Increased risk of extreme heat and droughts amid climate change could impact nuclear plants

A pact to phase out fossil fuels in November’s UN climate talks is the only credible response to the warnings of scientists

Simon Lewis, professor of global change science at University College London and University of Leeds provides an opinion piece in the Guardian giving two reasons why the just published IPCC synthesis report is crucial for the upcoming COP28 in November-December. What are your views?   The IPCC’s climate report has drawn the battle lines for … Continue reading A pact to phase out fossil fuels in November’s UN climate talks is the only credible response to the warnings of scientists

New EEA briefing assesses the costs and benefits of climate change adaptation

A better understanding of the costs and benefits of adaptation measures to counter climate change is needed according to a recent European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing which assesses the main methods, challenges and constraints in taking action.   Improvements needed in assessing costs, benefits of climate change adaptation There is an urgent need to speed … Continue reading New EEA briefing assesses the costs and benefits of climate change adaptation

Climate change: “the wine sector is the canary in the coalmine”

Forgotten grape varieties offer adaptation hope for an industry particularly sensitive to change. In an article on the Guardian website, Ashifa Kassam discusses how some winemakers are adapting to the changing conditions.   Climate-resistant grapes? Spanish winemakers revive ancient varieties The ads – tucked in the corners of local newspapers and directed at winemakers – … Continue reading Climate change: “the wine sector is the canary in the coalmine”

Trees, trees and yet more trees can help make Europe’s cities more comfortable

Jon Henley writes on The Guardian website about the importance of trees in urban settings. Sadly, many EU cities are less green than they were a century ago.   ‘We need trees’: green vision struggles to take root in Europe’s cities From Madrid to Berlin and Paris to Budapest, scientists and planners agree, trees, trees … Continue reading Trees, trees and yet more trees can help make Europe’s cities more comfortable

The World Bank’s new mission is expected to “emphasize the importance of sustainability and resilience to reflect more clearly that our mission includes global public goods (GPGs), such as climate change”

A draft document suggests the bank will broaden its “twin goals” of boosting prosperity and ending extreme poverty to encompass climate action. Joe Lo writes on the Climate Change News website about the draft new mission.   World Bank moots stronger strategic focus on climate action The World Bank is considering making climate action more … Continue reading The World Bank’s new mission is expected to “emphasize the importance of sustainability and resilience to reflect more clearly that our mission includes global public goods (GPGs), such as climate change”

Even with all the bad news significant changes are underway that have the potential to create a more sustainable world

Rachel Kyte, Dean of the Fletcher School, Tufts University writes on The Conversation website about her views on the global shift to clean energy. Ms Kyte was the former CEO of Sustainable Energy for All, and Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All.   How Putin’s war and small islands … Continue reading Even with all the bad news significant changes are underway that have the potential to create a more sustainable world

New EEA report assesses the state of national adaptation actions in 2021

EU Member States recognise the importance of adapting to impacts of heatwaves, droughts, floods, heavy precipitation and changing temperatures and of mainstreaming climate change adaptation to a wide range of affected areas like agriculture, or water and disaster risk management. These are key findings of a European Environment Agency (EEA) report published this week which … Continue reading New EEA report assesses the state of national adaptation actions in 2021

How “loss and damage” was handled at COP27

Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development at the Independent University in Bangladesh and a friend of EiD has argued for many years that developing countries need serious support to address their own concerns because of climate change. One of the few positive outcomes of COP27 was the agreement to … Continue reading How “loss and damage” was handled at COP27

With the current architecture for climate finance, cities are being left out

The current architecture of the institutions and funds that provide climate finance is, however, not designed to work at a sub-national level. Therefore across the globe, cities are being left out. This situation is even more pertinent for African cities as Africa is both the fastest urbanising continent in the world and among the most … Continue reading With the current architecture for climate finance, cities are being left out