New McKinsey report says reaching net zero is vital to avoiding the most catastrophic impacts of global heating and the transformation becomes more expensive the longer action is delayed

In a new report by McKinsey, the global management consulting company, they look at the economic transformation that a transition to net-zero emissions would entail—a transformation that would affect all countries and all sectors of the economy, either directly or indirectly. Damian Carrington discusses the report in an article on The Guardian website.   McKinsey: … Continue reading New McKinsey report says reaching net zero is vital to avoiding the most catastrophic impacts of global heating and the transformation becomes more expensive the longer action is delayed

New EEA report on analysis of air quality in Europe

The vast majority of Europe’s urban population is exposed to levels of air pollutants above new World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, according to an updated European Environment Agency (EEA) analysis on air quality in Europe released this week.   Europe’s urban population remains at risk due to levels of air pollution known to damage health … Continue reading New EEA report on analysis of air quality in Europe

Total annual investment in efficient energy worldwide needs to triple by 2030 to be consistent with a path towards reaching net zero emissions by 2050

Global energy efficiency improvements are returning to pre-pandemic levels; however, they remain well below the pace needed in a net zero pathway to meet international climate goals.  Zeenat Ganie discusses the recently published report by the IEA on energy efficiency on the ESI Africa website.   Energy efficiency improvements are too slow to reach net … Continue reading Total annual investment in efficient energy worldwide needs to triple by 2030 to be consistent with a path towards reaching net zero emissions by 2050

New EEA interactive report providing updated overview of how climate hazards are changing across Europe’s different regions

As extreme weather events and other climate hazards are increasing in frequency and severity across Europe, solid information is needed for assessing climate risks and planning for adaptation. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) new interactive report, published this week, gives an updated overview of how climate hazards are changing across Europe’s different regions.   Climate … Continue reading New EEA interactive report providing updated overview of how climate hazards are changing across Europe’s different regions

Governments around the world are struggling with ithe immense contribution their militaries are making to the climate crisis

To get a sense of the problem, a recent study showed that if the US military were a country, its fuel usage alone would make it the 47th largest emitter of GHGs in the world. Despite the outsized role of militaries, we know surprisingly little about their emissions. Doug Weir, Research and Policy Director at … Continue reading Governments around the world are struggling with ithe immense contribution their militaries are making to the climate crisis

Conventional economic analysis approaches have consistently understated the risks from unmitigated climate change and overstated the costs of a low-carbon transition

Fifteen years on from the Stern Review, we can say with great confidence that the risks of action are far lower than the risks of inaction. Dimtri Zenghelis, Special Advisor to the Bennett Institute, University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge and a senior economist on the 2006 Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change … Continue reading Conventional economic analysis approaches have consistently understated the risks from unmitigated climate change and overstated the costs of a low-carbon transition

New analysis shows inclement weather conditions deter some cyclists more than others

Researchers in Australia have been studying the impact of weather on cycling. In Australia, bicycle travel accounts for only about 1% of journeys. Their analysis would hopefully help remove barriers to cycling. Richard Bean, Dorina Pojani and Jonathan Corcoran of The University of Queensland discuss their analysis in an article on The Conversation website.   … Continue reading New analysis shows inclement weather conditions deter some cyclists more than others

Climate change academics from some of the regions worst hit by global warming are struggling to be published

Researchers from the Carbon Brief website examined the backgrounds of around 1,300 authors involved in the 100 most cited climate change research papers from 2016-2020. They found that some 90% of these scientists were affiliated with academic institutions from North America, Europe or Australia. Matt McGrath discusses the findings of the report in an article … Continue reading Climate change academics from some of the regions worst hit by global warming are struggling to be published

Blog from Nick Eyre: Re-thinking the zero-carbon energy transition

Delivering the energy transition at the rate needed to meet agreed climate targets will require changes much faster than we have achieved for decades. On that there is agreement. But what is the role of efficiency improvement and demand reduction in this? We know what the energy industry vested interests think. According to the Shell … Continue reading Blog from Nick Eyre: Re-thinking the zero-carbon energy transition

Focusing solely on technical solutions will fail to solve the climate crisis

The University of Utah provided details of a new study on the Science Daily website that examined the comparative effectiveness of energy efficiency improvement and renewable energy production in the United States. For the past 150 years, humans have pumped extraordinary amounts of greenhouse gasses, such as CO2, into the atmosphere and warmed the planet … Continue reading Focusing solely on technical solutions will fail to solve the climate crisis