COVID-19 has helped researchers better understand the relationship between economic activity and the environment

Although COVID-19 itself, and the associated containment measures, have had tragic consequences for societies, it also serves as an unprecedented natural experiment that helps us to better understand the relationship between economic activity and the environment. Frederik Noack, Assistant Professor, environmental economics, University of British Columbia; Dominic Rohner, Professor of Economics, Université de Lausanne; and … Continue reading COVID-19 has helped researchers better understand the relationship between economic activity and the environment

Air pollution from burning fossil fuels is causing more than twice as many deaths as thought, a study has found

A recent study has shown that fine particle pollution is having a a greater health cost than previously thought. The authors said that the higher number was due to better understanding of the impacts of fine particles thanks to studies which tracked large groups of people over time and compared pollution levels where they lived … Continue reading Air pollution from burning fossil fuels is causing more than twice as many deaths as thought, a study has found

New report argues that the only way to offset the socio-economic devastation resulting from the pandemic is to make “smart investments in economic, societal and climate resilience”

The SDG Hub of the International Institute for Sustainable Development discusses a new UN report that underscores role of SDGs in emerging from the pandemic. The report depicts resilience as going hand-in-hand with sustainable development, noting that one cannot exist without the other.   World Economic Situation and Prospects Report Underscores Role of SDGs in … Continue reading New report argues that the only way to offset the socio-economic devastation resulting from the pandemic is to make “smart investments in economic, societal and climate resilience”

A senior official in the Trump administration may have violated US law by publishing papers downplaying the climate crisis

A White House spokesperson said the papers organised by NOAA scientist, Dr David Legates, were not cleared or approved by the administration. Louise Boyle discusses in an article on The Independent website.   ‘Grotesque disinformation’: Trump official fakes White House approval on papers that downplay climate crisis A senior official in the Trump administration may … Continue reading A senior official in the Trump administration may have violated US law by publishing papers downplaying the climate crisis

A growing chorus of experts caution carbon capture technology may not be that effective and in some cases could even add to GHG emissions

Molly Segal writes on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation website about the growing doubts of the expected effectiveness of carbon capture technology in addressing our climate and energy concerns. What are your views?   How carbon capture technology can add to the emissions problem Carbon capture is often talked about as a climate solution, but a … Continue reading A growing chorus of experts caution carbon capture technology may not be that effective and in some cases could even add to GHG emissions

Working at the district level will bring many benefits to combat climate change

It is good to see an article on the important role of districts. Laurie Stone & Matt Jungclaus,  from the Rocky Mountain Institute write on the CleanTechnica website discuss released report, A Guide to Energy Master Planning of High-Performance Districts and Communities. It reminds EiD of a recent report by Sophie Shnapp for the EC … Continue reading Working at the district level will bring many benefits to combat climate change

How the Trump White House attempted to put its mark on the National Climate Assessment, and why those efforts stumbled

The White House repeatedly attempted to thwart the country’s premier climate science document, one meant to steer policy for years. Scientists got in the way. Christopher Flavelle explains in an article on The New York Times website.   How Trump Tried, but Largely Failed, to Derail America’s Top Climate Report The National Climate Assessment, America’s … Continue reading How the Trump White House attempted to put its mark on the National Climate Assessment, and why those efforts stumbled

Overcoming the problems of finding easily and quickly trustable energy data

Data is at the heart of good analysis.  Our policymaking in energy policy depends on it, yet so often we face major data problems. One project funded by the European Commission, entitled EnerMaps, has developed a new tool to help overcome some of these problems.  Below is a short version describing the project. A longer … Continue reading Overcoming the problems of finding easily and quickly trustable energy data

The maritime industry gives considerable attention to real-time data

Every sector is encouragingly giving more attention to the importance of data. The maritime industry is no different. This is an article originally published on the Sofar Ocean website. Sofar connects the world's oceans to provide insights to science, society, and industry for a more sustainable planet. The company deploys and grows the world’s largest … Continue reading The maritime industry gives considerable attention to real-time data

New report from JRC: Enabling Positive Energy Districts across Europe: energy efficiency couples renewable energy

From an energy perspective, zero or positive energy districts (PED) provide opportunities to achieve cost-effective levels of high-energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. This newly published report by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) aims to understand how to handle energy performance targets by moving beyond individual buildings towards a district level. This is a … Continue reading New report from JRC: Enabling Positive Energy Districts across Europe: energy efficiency couples renewable energy