Decarbonising the energy system by 2050 could save trillions

For decades, scientists have called for a transition to clean energy to prevent the worst impacts of climate change but fears that such a transition would be costly and harm the economy have held back progress. However, a study from the Oxford Martin Programme on the Post-Carbon Transition published this week shows the reverse: an … Continue reading Decarbonising the energy system by 2050 could save trillions

Going to 100% renewable energy expensive but new study shows payback would take just six years

Mark Jacobson and his team at Stanford University have published a renewable energy study in which they argue the payback time is just 6 years. Steve Hanley discusses in an article on the Clean Technica website.   Switching The World To Renewable Energy Will Cost $62 Trillion, But The Payback Would Take Just 6 Years … Continue reading Going to 100% renewable energy expensive but new study shows payback would take just six years

Concern that scenarios forecasting the future of the energy sector prepared by major oil companies not compatible with the Paris climate agreement

In an article on the Conversation website, Robert Brecha, Professor of Sustainability at the University of Dayton and Gaurav Ganti, Ph.D. Student in Geography at Humboldt University of Berlin discuss the results of an analysis of several scenarios including two from the International Energy Agency and determined that five of them – including frequently cited … Continue reading Concern that scenarios forecasting the future of the energy sector prepared by major oil companies not compatible with the Paris climate agreement

Understanding the core determinants of anti-science attitudes help us understand what is driving rejection of diverse scientific theories and innovations, ranging from new vaccines to the evidence for climate change

Why are so many people anti-science? Three experts on attitudes, persuasion and how humans are impacted by scientific innovations discuss their recent research that showed that there are four key reasons people reject scientific information in an article on The Conversation website. The experts are: Aviva Philipp-Muller, Assistant Professor, Marketing, Simon Fraser University; Richard Petty, … Continue reading Understanding the core determinants of anti-science attitudes help us understand what is driving rejection of diverse scientific theories and innovations, ranging from new vaccines to the evidence for climate change

James Lovelock: “a nonconformist who had a unique vantage point that came from being, as he put it, half-scientist and half-inventor”

Mark Maslin, Professor of Earth System Science at UCL, in an article on The Conversation website, discusses the extraordinary life of James Lovelock, the maverick scientist and inventory who was best known for his Gaia hypothesis. Do you think Lovelock transformed the way we think of life on Earth?   James Lovelock: the scientist-inventor who … Continue reading James Lovelock: “a nonconformist who had a unique vantage point that came from being, as he put it, half-scientist and half-inventor”

New EEA reports on which European cities have the best air quality

The cleanest cities in Europe in terms of air quality during 2020 and 2021 were Umeå in Sweden, and Faro and Funchal in Portugal according to the updated European city air quality data viewer published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) recently. In addition to the viewer, the EEA also published two reports looking at … Continue reading New EEA reports on which European cities have the best air quality

New JRC report – Empowering vulnerable consumers in the energy transition

A new JRC paper examines ways to empower the energy poor and vulnerable consumers as active informed citizens and actors in the energy system, looking at exemplary practices from around Europe. Promising initiatives include energy advisors, trusted intermediaries, locally embedded innovative business models (like one-stop shops), trainings of energy actors, energy ombudsmen, energy cafés and … Continue reading New JRC report – Empowering vulnerable consumers in the energy transition

Now, listen here – special big brain series

A podcast on Mrs. Green’s World with John A. “Skip” Laitner, International Resource Economist, Past-President of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) and University of Arizona Instructor. Skip is well known to EiD readers. Impact Earth: Special Big Brain Series, Episode 1 This is the first episode in a three-podcast series that they … Continue reading Now, listen here – special big brain series

Clean energy funding to surge 12% in 2022, remains insufficient

Global energy investment is set to increase by 8% this year, the energy forum has estimated. Dimitris Mavrokefalidis discusses the IEA report on the Energy Live News website. The report is available here.   IEA: “Capital spending is insufficient to tackle the energy and climate crises” The current level of global capital spending is still … Continue reading Clean energy funding to surge 12% in 2022, remains insufficient

A review of recent studies has ruled out hydrogen playing a major role in the heating of buildings

Investigations repeatedly find that H2 will prove to be too expensive and inefficient compared to other clean alternatives such as heat pumps. In an article on the RECHARGE website, Leigh Collins discusses the findings of a total of 18 independent studies.   Revealed | What 18 independent studies all concluded about the use of hydrogen … Continue reading A review of recent studies has ruled out hydrogen playing a major role in the heating of buildings