Rupert Murdoch eases climate change scepticism ahead of COP26

The media mogul Rupert Murdoch hopes to become the ‘hero of COP26’ by performing an about-turn over climate change, as advertisers pile on the pressure. Adam Sherwin explains in an article on the inews website.   Rupert Murdoch’s Australian media empire begins to ease decades-long climate change scepticism Rupert Murdoch has bowed to political and … Continue reading Rupert Murdoch eases climate change scepticism ahead of COP26

New EEA briefing on the importance of innovation for sustainability

Innovation is a political priority across Europe that can deliver many benefits for society but also generate costs that are often unaccounted for. A European Environment Agency briefing, published this week, looks at how innovation can respond to sustainability challenges and how Europe needs to look for solutions beyond technological innovation.   Innovating for sustainability … Continue reading New EEA briefing on the importance of innovation for sustainability

Tony Blair’s experts say achieving net zero does not require transforming our live

Tony Blair’s think tank, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, has recently published a report that states that meeting the net-zero goal – and our arguably more difficult interim targets in 2030 and 2035 – cannot rely on technology deployment alone. It will also require significant behavioural changes from consumers (and voters) across the … Continue reading Tony Blair’s experts say achieving net zero does not require transforming our live

“Is there anything morally praiseworthy about driving an electric vehicle?”

It is good to look at our energy and climate transition from various angles. Matthew Scarfone, Postdoctoral Fellow and Moral Philosopher at the University of Toronto, writing on The Conversation website, makes the assumption that driving EVs is generally good for the environment, but that assumption doesn’t show that driving EVs is morally praiseworthy. What … Continue reading “Is there anything morally praiseworthy about driving an electric vehicle?”

Men’s spending on goods causes 16% more climate-heating emissions than women’s spending

Men’s spending on goods causes 16% more climate-heating emissions than women’s. The biggest difference was men’s spending for their cars. Damian Carrington discusses the differences from a study undertaken in Sweden.   Men cause more climate emissions than women, study finds Men’s spending on goods causes 16% more climate-heating emissions than women’s, despite the sum … Continue reading Men’s spending on goods causes 16% more climate-heating emissions than women’s spending

A creative way behavioural insights could be applied to COP26

In this blog post, the Behavioural Insights Team outlines a few creative ways behavioural insights could be applied to COP26 in Glasgow – from lead-up, to opening day, to delivery of the conference itself. This is a tongue-in-cheek manifesto of how the conference would look if overzealous behavioural scientists helped organise it. Background: the Behavioural … Continue reading A creative way behavioural insights could be applied to COP26

Most people in Scotland are ‘in the dark’ over what net-zero means for them

Politicians must have an "honest conversation" with Scottish people after new research showed the majority are unaware that changes will be made to their homes in the journey to net-zero. The majority of adults back the UK’s efforts to reach net zero emissions but 90 per cent don’t know what impact climate measures will have … Continue reading Most people in Scotland are ‘in the dark’ over what net-zero means for them

EcoTok, a collective of young influencers posting to video-sharing platform TikTok about environment and climate topics

Dance routines and cat memes are usually what goes viral on TikTok. But now young eco-influencers are racking up millions of views with videos on everything from trash to the rights of nature. Claire Wiley writes on the Deutsche Welle about the latest trend.   The Gen Z climate activists going viral on TikTok In … Continue reading EcoTok, a collective of young influencers posting to video-sharing platform TikTok about environment and climate topics

Germany benefits from citizen assembly on environmental ambitions

Inspired by citizens’ assemblies in Ireland and France, Germany is doing the same. One hundred and sixty Germans, four major issues, one goal: for lawmakers to live up to their climate pledges. The Citizen Assembly is set to debate Germany's environmental ambitions and make sure its voices are heard. Martin Kuebler discusses recent developments in … Continue reading Germany benefits from citizen assembly on environmental ambitions

Understanding what people know about energy efficiency in a favela in Rio de Janeiro

The architect Aline Marieta, writing on the Rio On Watch website, analyses energy efficiency in 16 homes, between public and self-built units in a favela in Rio de Janeiro’s North Zone.   Energy Efficiency: Never Seen It, Never Ate It, and Least of All Heard of It! Have you heard of energy efficiency? This was … Continue reading Understanding what people know about energy efficiency in a favela in Rio de Janeiro